If you haven’t got loads to spend and are after a new lightweight racer, then the Chamonix effortlessly ticks the looks and function boxes.
The shiny red and white outer shell that’s in-moulded to the EPS inner gives it an air of something more expensive, while Specialized’s 4th Dimension venting with a front mouth port, deeply grooved channels and rear exhausts make sure you’re never too warm.
The vents are relatively small but deep channels on the inside and Spesh’s trademark exhaust ports pull more air through them than you’d expect and you’ll rarely cook your crown, even in mid summer. The clip-on beak is non adjustable but still shades your peepers from sun glare and rain very well. Fit is particularly comfortable for a low priced helmet, thanks to a floating internal web with a wide-range ‘Brain Trust’ headlock adjuster at the back.
The Form fit cradle is easy enough to use although it’s a little crude and fiddly when you’re wearing gloves. It comes in pretty much every colour combination you could think of to match neatly with your kit. This minimalist 241g race-inspired lid with removable visor is a true lightweight at a good price
The little ‘sausagey’ pads are prone to splitting though, so be careful if you peel them out for washing. The soft polystyrene back and lower sides can soon get chewed up if not loved too, so don’t just throw it in the boot of your car with your bike..