The undisputed granddaddy of all trail-riding helmets, the Xen is almost certainly due for a replacement. That’s not surprising, though – it’s been around since 2002. But although we’re anticipating a new-and-improved version before the end of the year, there’s still a lot to be said for the old model.
Let’s see. Adjustable visor? Yep, and it alters through a wider range than most, too. Extended shell coverage around the base? Tick. All the way round as well, so this is a helmet you can chuck in your car boot with relative impunity.
Decent venting? Well, yes and no. Vent count is a tad on the low side by current standards, but deep internal channels – despite the lack of an inner reinforcing cage – do a decent job of drawing air through and over the head. Yes, it’s a tad on the weighty side. But it’s still one of the best trail helmets you can buy.