The upper surface of the Merida's Agile helmet is covered by a neatly finished in-moulded shell – though this doesn’t extend to the underside of the rim. This is exposed EPS that is susceptible to marks and damage. Our 58-61cm lid weighed 271g, and there’s also a 53-58cm model.
The Agile has a flattish, fairly wide profile, 24 fairly evenly sized vents and a combination of angular shapes and curves sweeping to a small point at the rear that looks attractive. There are black and yellow options available – though neither include any reflective elements.
The occipital cradle of Merida’s 2D Dial Fit System doesn’t grip as low on the skull as on some helmets, meaning it can be tricky to achieve an ideal fit, but internal padding is generous, helping to keep everything snug and comfortable.
The Agile also has great airflow from its six forward-facing vents. These direct a breeze through six well-defined internal channels, with the four central ones being particularly effective. The rear exit ports are less generous, but still work well – so if you do get hot-headed on the bike, this is one to consider.