The shape of Bollé’s Messenger Premium helmet is generous and has plenty of adjustment with a two-position rear cradle and loads of adjustment in the straps.
The rear cradle dial offers a wide range of adjustment and the interior pads are split into three with a fourth protecting your head from the cradle.
The Messenger looks like a fully enclosed helmet, but the design is pretty clever. The pseudo peak (integrated into the main body) has two vents cut into it, this channels air into the helmet and through a series of sculpted channels across your head exiting through large exhaust ports.
It does a good job of keeping air flowing and regulating the temperature.
Bollé has put a great deal of thought into the Messenger, and not only through its channelled design but with some very clever detailing such as the outer shell extending all around the foam core, which protects it from accidental damage.
Smart thinking, because commuter helmets tend to get more abused than regular helmets; chucked into bags or strapped loosely to your bike when stopped etc.
Reflective details throughout, an integrated rear LED light and a winter under-cap and protective bag all impress.
I like the open design of the cradle mounts that mean this lid works for long haired riders too.
Bollé has even kept an eye on the weight with a respectable 347g, impressive for such a level of protection.