The Safesound Road is the third iteration of Coros’s Bluetooth-connected helmet with built-into-the straps speakers.
The EOSS (Ear Opening Sound System) works via a horn shape that pipes sound at your ears, crucially, without covering them, so you can still comfortably hear the world around you.
The sound quality is good, if a little lacking at the low end compared to AfterShokz’ Aeropex headphones. If your musical taste errs towards big bass then you may find the Safesound not quite up to scratch, but for general use they pack more than enough punch. Compared to Coros’s previous helmet, the Omni, the Safesound is streets ahead with a much better volume level and more clarity.
One of the criticisms I’ve had with previous Coros helmets is the weight. Housing a battery, light, Bluetooth and speakers adds heft, which is why the new Safesound seems all the more remarkable: my large test helmet tips the scales at just 303.1g – that’s around 60g lighter than the Omni model and similar in weight to non-Bluetooth models.
The helmet itself has improved too: the open-vented shape looks attractive and the deep internal channelling is airy feeling. At the rear, six large exhaust vents surround the on/off button, charge port and integrated LED rear light (which can be turned on and off, or set to auto via the bar-mounted remote or the app).
The silver-threaded, anti-bacterial pads wick moisture well and the dial-adjust rear cradle is comfortable and minimal. Coros has improved the quality of the straps with a leather under-chin section that’s very comfortable.
It has also introduced a Specialized ANGi-style safety function. In combination with the Coros app, the helmet will detect if you’ve had a collision and notify your emergency contacts.
To make things easier, the helmet comes with a bar-mountable remote control with buttons for volume, phone pick-up and pause.
The Safesound is the best iteration of Coros’s helmet range yet. It doesn’t cover your ears so you can hear traffic from all directions making it one of the safest ways to listen to music or podcasts when you’re out riding.
You can even take phone calls by pressing a button positioned on the outer of the speaker on the strap, or via the bar-mounted remote control. Importantly, the Safesound is cheaper by over £80 than Coros’s similar models.
|Weight||303.1g (L (59-63cm)) – as tested|
|Features||Sizes: S (51-55cm), M (55-59cm), L (59-63cm)
Colours: Black, Red, White
Extras: Ear Opening Sound System (EOSS); LED tail light for full visibility