Suomy Scrambler helmet review£127.50

Italian MTB lid for the trail

BikeRadar score3.5/5

If you haven’t heard of Suomy in the past you’re not alone, the company has only been making bike helmets since 2015. However, the brand is well known in the motorsports industry for high-end lids and loud graphics.

The Italian brand ventured into the world of bike helmets putting Gun Wind lids atop the heads of the Lampre-Merida team. Launched alongside the Gun Wind was the Scrambler MTB lid.

Suomy Scrambler helmet specs

  • 23 vents
  • EPS liner with reinforced polycarbonate shell that extends down the sides and back of the head for maximum protection and durability
  • Four position adjustable retention system allows customizable fit
  • Removable and washable anti-microbial moisture liner
  • Adjustable visor
  • Moto-inspired styling
  • 310g actual weight

On the trail

Here you can see the shallow internal channels as well as the one piece removable padding
Here you can see the shallow internal channels as well as the one piece removable padding

Strapping the Scrambler on it’s a comfy lid, the padding is just right and there are no hot spots to speak of. The ‘Biaxal Size Adjuster’ offers easy one-handed adjustment and there are four separate height adjustments, and I found the lowest setting placed the retention system snugly at the bottom of my occipital bone.

The Scrambler also doesn’t need to be wrenched down to stay in place, even through the bumpiest sections of trail the lid stayed planted with the straps and retention system moderately tight.

With so many vents I was a bit surprised at the Scrambler's ventilation. There are 23 vents on offer, but not much air that flows through the helmet and that’s because there’s not much in the way of internal channeling. That said I never had an uncomfortably hot head as the size and number of vents allows plenty of heat to escape.

There are 23 vents in total, but not much internal channeling to guide air through the shell
There are 23 vents in total, but not much internal channeling to guide air through the shell

While I’m not a heavy sweater, with the set up of the brow pad I wouldn't be surprised if some have a bit of trouble with sweat pooling and dripping into their sunnies on a hot day.

At the back, the Scrambler extends down past the point of the Occipital lobe and dips down where the straps meet the helmet at your temples. Despite the added coverage front and back, I didn’t have any trouble with sunglasses interfering with the shell.

Weighing in at 310g in a size medium and considering the coverage, the Scrambler is respectably light.

Moto-inspired

It's not often I like moto-inspired stying, but it works on the Scrambler
It's not often I like moto-inspired stying, but it works on the Scrambler

The liner is made from EPS foam and the sturdy polycarbonate shell wraps well underneath the edge to protect the foam from dings and gouges. At this point in time, there isn't a MIPS version of the Scrambler available.

Keeping the sun and rain at bay is a well-sized adjustable visor. I never found it to be in the way and once properly adjusted didn't creep out of position. Unfortunately this may be short lived due to the plastic visor bolts, which in the past have not been known for their longevity.

The plastic visor bolts are a bit of a disappointment, we'd like to see metal ones
The plastic visor bolts are a bit of a disappointment, we'd like to see metal ones

While the rest of the helmet is well executed the straps are not, and the webbing is noticeably heavier, thicker and less malleable than what’s available on most high-end helmets. This also creates a problem with the adjustable ear splitters and getting them and the straps into a comfortable flat position is tricky, especially the strap in front of your ear.

The visor proved to be a great size and was never in the way
The visor proved to be a great size and was never in the way

When it comes to looks, I’m usually part or the if it looks like a motocross helmet it shouldn't be touched with a ten-foot tailpipe camp, but there are exceptions to every rule. Suomy has adapted its moto styling to the bike quite well and the Scrambler is a great looking lid to my eyes.

Despite our minor complaints, the Scrambler is a comfortable and great looking lid but that Italian styling ain’t cheap with the Scrambler running in at £127.50 / US$N/A / AU$239.

Colin Levitch

Staff Writer, Australia
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Colin now resides in Sydney, Australia. Holding a media degree, Colin is focused on the adventure sport media world. Coming from a ski background, his former European pro father convinced him to try collegiate crit racing. Although his bright socks say full roadie, he enjoys the occasional mountain bike ride, too.
  • Age: 25
  • Height: 175cm / 5'9"
  • Weight: 70kg / 155lb
  • Waist: 81.3cm/32in
  • Chest: 90cm/35.4in
  • Discipline: Road, mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Tarmac mountain climbs into snow-covered hills
  • Current Bikes: BMC TeamMachine SLR01, Trek Top Fuel 9
  • Dream Bike: Mosaic Cycles RT-1
  • Beer of Choice: New Belgium La Folie
  • Location: Sydney, Australia

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