We can’t speak highly enough of the Italian-manufactured Estro’s build quality. Its in-moulded shell is beautifully finished, fully covers the rear of the EPS (expanded polystyrene) core and partially covers the front.
Internal sculpting keeps the helmet away from your head to allow air to flow through, and the 19 good-sized vents still leave plenty of material for protection. The vented web straps are securely anchored and the inner cradle cage securely bonded into place. We also appreciate the reflective rear 3M Scotchlite panels.
At 321g (large) the Estro isn’t built for light weight, but the quality here means this lid will survive the rigours of day-to-day wear well. Minimal anti-bacterial pads on the crown section combine with a gel brow pad to add comfort.
MET’s inner shape is quite distinct from other helmets on the market. At 212mm long by 178mm wide our large size’s dimensions fit well within what we’d expect. The shape, however, is quite ovalised. We had no problems with the fit but as with any helmet, it’s a case of try before you buy.
The rear cradle – part of a full inner ring – offers three vertical adjustment points. Its quite minimal padding is very well placed, relieving potential pressure points, and inside the front of the Estro is MET’s unique soft-touch gel strip, which is among the most comfortable contact points on any helmet we’ve tried. The web straps have substantial adjusters, making it easy to get the fit right even when wearing gloves.
This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine.