Met Stradivarius review

Expensive but very light head protection

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £149.99 RRP | USD $208.83
Met Stradivarius

Our review

Expensive but extremely light and well made; a real race winner
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The Stradivarius is one of the most expensive helmets you can buy, so what do you get for £150? 


Not a lot of weight for a start. Met claims “the world’s first bicycle helmet below 200 grams!” The medium tested was just over that, but not by much. 

By using a new composite material called Ultima-Lite, Met has reduced the weight of the Stradivarius by 25 percent compared to previous models. Considering the low weight, the helmet feels extremely well made and tough. The in-moulded outer shell completely covers the helmet, even all the delicate underside edges. It’s also finished in a hardwearing rubber-like coating that sheds off the scrapes.

There’s not a lot to the helmet and what there is sits low on the head. Even the straps get the diet treatment, having been slimmed down using Kevlar thread. The Y-buckle and adjustment is really easy to use and the best on test.  


Fit is tight for a medium and we can see people with big heads struggling to find their size. Vents are a bit smaller compared to race rivals but the helmet never felt stuffy. The Stradivarius is a true masterpiece and only gets marked down on price.

Product Specifications


Name Stradivarius199 Helmet
Brand MET

Available Colours Black Silver Yellow
Weight (g) 199
No of Vents 17
Sizes Available Two Size Fits All
Fastening Type Adjustable Strap