Specialized Dissident Comp full-face helmet review

Impressive cheaper version of downhill lid

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £150.00 RRP | AUD $250.00 | USD $150.00
Specialized's Dissident Comp may be marginally inferior to its high-end sibling, but you really should still be taking a look

Our review

Stylish full-face lid at a decent price. Doesn’t fit quite as snugly as the carbon version so try before buying
Buy if, You want a full-face helmet that's almost as good as the premium dissident but costs a hell of a lot less
Pros: Well priced, relatively light and as safe as its expensive sibling helmets
Cons: Fit seems slightly less snug than the carbon dissident, chin guard vent poorly fixed
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The cheaper Comp version of Specialized’s Dissident DH lid may not have all the bells and whistles of its carbon counterpart, but the essentials are still present and correct, it looks great and costs half as much. The same safety standards are met too, and like the carbon model, the Comp will accept the EJECT safety system.

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Tipping the scales at 1,020g, the Dissident Comp is one of the lighter full-face lids out there – something you’ll certainly appreciate if you’re wearing it for long enduro stages.

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Internal channels, four forward-facing vents across the top of the head (along with ports on the brow) and seven exhaust ports help a little with cooling. Things still get pretty sweaty on warmer days though.

The mesh vent at the front of the chin guard isn’t fixed as tightly in place as it should be and needs popping back into place on occasion too.

When it comes to the all-important fit, our medium sample felt relatively snug but very comfortable. It didn’t hug our heads quite as securely as the carbon Dissident though, leaving us cranking up the double D-ring closure to eliminate movement.

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All the goggles we tried with the Dissident Comp fitted without issue and when we wore it with a Leatt neck brace, movement remained free and unrestricted.

Product Specifications


Name Dissident Comp full-face helmet (15)
Brand Specialized

Weight (kg) 1020
Material Composite
Vented Yes