Specialized Align helmet review£30.00

Respectable budget lid

BikeRadar score3.5/5

With the Align, Specialized undeniably serve up a lot of helmet for your money. At 339g, the Align’s weight is about par, but its coverage is slightly lower than some of its competitors. 

The shell isn’t fully in-moulded, meaning that a fair amount of EPS foam is left exposed to potential damage. In-moulding adds cost, so it’s understandable that it’s lacking on a bargain-basement lid.

Specializedhelmets often do well when it comes to ventilation, and the Align is no different. Specialized has managed to trickle down its mouth-port vent, which sits over the forehead, while the rest of the 22 vents help suck air in. The vents are bigger on pricier lids, but the Align still manages to do a good job.

The Align’s retention system feels a little cheap, but there is plenty of adjustment in the circumference, with a closely indexed turn wheel that’s big enough to grab when you’re wearing gloves.

The Align has a peak that’s non-adjustable, but long enough to be effective. It can be easily removed, making the helmet look a little smarter on the road, should you care. The straps use Specialized’s Tri-Fix web splitter to keep the reflective straps in a comfortable position.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.

Tom Marvin

Technical Editor, Tech Hub, UK
Tom's been riding for 15 years, and has always chopped and changed bikes as soon as his budget allowed. He's most at home in the big mountains, having spent nigh on 30 weeks riding the Alps, as well as having lived a stone's throw from the Scottish Highlands for four years. Tom also enjoys racing events like the Strathpuffer and the Trans Nepal.
  • Age: 29
  • Height: 182cm / 5'11"
  • Weight: 82kg / 180lb
  • Waist: 81cm / 32in
  • Chest: 97cm / 38in
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Steep and super tech or fast and flowy
  • Current Bikes: Canyon Spectral, Pivot Mach 429SL, Mondraker Vantage R +
  • Dream Bike: Transition Scout
  • Beer of Choice: Gin & tonic
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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