The StormChaser is ABUS’s latest addition to its helmet roster, sitting below the aero-optimised GameChanger and the range-topping AirBreaker. It shares plenty of what makes these premium helmets among the best around.
My test helmet tipped the scales at a scant 238.4g for a size large (59 to 61cm). Similarly priced helmets from rival brands, such as Lazer, Giro and Bell, come in at more than 310g for the same size. This reduced weight is due to ABUS’s designs featuring a much lower volume of EPS foam and a smaller physical size, which makes for a good look, providing they fit your head shape.
Shape-wise, the StormChaser is more oval than rounded and internally has deep channels running from the seven forward-facing vents moving the air across your head and exiting through 16 rear-facing outlets.
In terms of safety, the StormChaser features an internal skeleton to the EPS core called ActiCage, which helps maintain the integrity of the helmet in case of an accident. The polycarbonate shell extends over the base lip of the EPS core, also protecting it from any damage should you drop the helmet.
There are large reflective details on the rear of the helmet, while two of the forward-facing vents have channels designed to hold your glasses.
The StormChaser works incredibly well: the large forward channels push air across your brow, while the space afforded by the deep channels also helps to keep you comfortable.
The retaining straps are lightweight and cotton-soft to the touch (although the non-adjustable anchor point may be an issue for some), and I love the fact that these clip in via an aluminium rod, allowing them to be easily removed for machine-washing.
The Zoom Ace rear cradle offers 38mm of vertical adjustment, and fixes to the helmet via three position anchor points. Plus, you can make micro-adjustments from the 20mm diameter grippy dial. The rear cradle is also designed with a large opening, making it suitable for those with long hair and ponytails.
The StormChaser is full of great features, light for the money and very comfortable to wear. It may not have MIPS, which is designed to reduce rotational forces in the event of a crash, but if that’s not a deal breaker I’d highly recommend this lid.