Cratoni Terron helmet review
Cutting a stylish dash, the Terron looks unique and weighs a reasonable 260g (56-59cm), which compares well with similarly specced competition. Its strength comes from the Carbo Wing reinforcing structure, which uses carbon and fibreglass to create a tough shell extending around half of the helmet.
This allows the Terron to have 24 vents (though Cratoni state 22). The central ones are very generous, with good sized exhaust vents behind to expel heat. The outer ribs are cloaked by an inmoulded shell but it doesn’t extend to the underside of the helmet, leaving it vulnerable to accidental damage.
Cratoni’s Anatomic Fitting System cradle has three small height adjustments, controlled one-handed with a central rotary wheel. Although the heights are limited, the rear cradle is well placed.
The webbing straps have effective cam-lock clips for easy adjustability and are anchored at three points. Security is good, the cradle doing a decent job of holding the helmet in place before you fasten the chinstrap.
The oval shape may not suit rounder heads, but even though the shell’s overall look is quite compact, it maintains excellent airflow through its wide inner channels. In fact, the minimal shell and Coolmax pads have relatively little contact with the scalp, which combined with the gale blowing through the oversized vents removed heat almost as soon as it was created.
Quality of finish is good, apart from a couple of small gaps between the carbon and polystyrene core, and minor abrasion to the webbing straps where they enter the shell.
This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.