The Kali Saha covers much more of your head than the Bollé Messenger Premium helmet, which was also on test, with its lower sides (with cut outs around the ears) and a dropped rear.
Inside padding is substantial with a flower-shaped pad spreading out from the crown, a large pad around the nape and a brow pad, plus a small pad on the cradle. All are removable and washable.
The Saha’s small cradle offers very fine adjustment and it feels very secure: more akin to a BMX or skateboard helmet.
The Saha relies on 11 holes cut into the exterior hard shell and through the foam core for its ventilation. At slower speeds this works well, but when you start to put effort in it does become a little on the warm side. The helmet’s interior has no channelling or cutaways meaning it relies solely on the pads to keep the EPS-foam core away from your head.
The Saha is pretty light on details, the hard shell will take huge amounts of abuse and it’s solidly riveted to the foam core so that does mean a weight of 475g.
The foam core is protected at the base by a cloth wrap and the web straps are soft, and the one-handed magnetic clasp is a nice touch. The integrated wool-covered rigid peak is a styling touch that’s practical with it.
Overall, the quality is impressive for such a cost-effective urban lid.