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Item # KAT0020

Description

A cat for the commute.

To most Americans, Catlike might only conjure up images of the professional peloton. However, Europeans have long known that Catlike also produces helmets, like the mountain-focused Tako Helmet, that extend well beyond its road racing roots. The Tako is a slightly modified version of the venerable Whisper Plus helmet, and it combines an attractive design with features that make it better suited for the dirt over the tarmac.

Not surprisingly, Catlike managed to do this without compromising anything in terms of safety. Instead, the Tako benefits from the same Crash Energy Splitter (CES) technology that's found in the Whisper Plus. Essentially, this design incorporates multiple 'ribs' that run across the helmet. These ribs diffuse crash energy between the helmet's vents, thoroughly reducing the force of impact on the skull.

For comfort, the Tako features 23 air intakes, with the front vents incorporating an insect screen that prevents unwanted, and stinging, hitchhikers. Additionally, Catlike has included a wheel retention system at the rear of the helmet that allows for a nearly infinite level of retention adjustment. Even better, it's simple to operate with one hand when you're on the go. Lastly, the Tako also includes a removable visor that makes adjusting to your environment a simplified affair.

The Catlike Tako Helmet is available in the sizes Medium and Large and in the colors Matte Black, Matte Blue, and Matte White.

Tech Specs

Material:
[shell] polycarbonate, [impact protection] polystyrene foam
Adjustable Vents:
no
Fit Adjustment:
adjustment wheel
Certifications:
CPSC
Actual Weight:
Matte Black, M: 267g
Recommended Use:
mountain biking

Size chart

Catlike

Helmets
 Mixino/Mixino VD2.0
Small Medium Large 
 20.5 - 21.3in
(52 - 54cm)
 21.7 - 22.4in
(55 - 57cm)
 22.8 - 23.6in
(58 - 60cm)
 Whisper
Small Medium Large 
21.3 - 22.0in
(54 - 56cm)
 22.0 - 22.8in
(56 - 58cm)
 22.8 - 24.0in
(58 - 61cm)
 Vacuum
Small Medium Large 
21.3 - 21.7in
(54 - 55cm)
 21.7 - 22.4in
(55 - 57cm)
 22.8 - 23.6in
(58 - 60cm)
 Kompact'o
Small Medium Large 
 20.1 - 21.3in
(51 - 54cm)
 21.7 - 22.8in
(55 - 58cm)
 23.2 - 24.0in
(59 - 61cm)
 Leaf
Small Large 
 21.3 - 22.4in
(54 - 57cm)
 22.8 - 23.6in
(58 - 60cm)
 360
One Size 
 21.3 - 22.8in
(54 - 58cm)
 Chrono WT
Small Medium/Large 
 21.3 - 22.0in
(54 - 56cm)
 22.4 - 23.6in
(57 - 60cm)
 Chrono Aero Plus
One Size 
 21.7 - 23.6in
(55 - 60cm)
 Tako
Medium Large 
 21.3 - 22.4in
(54 - 57cm)
 22.8 - 24.4in
(58 - 62cm)
 Kitten
X-Small Small Medium 
19.3 - 20.5in
(49 - 52cm)
 20.5 - 21.7in
(52 - 55cm)
 21.7 - 22.8in
(55 - 58cm)
How to Measure:
Measure around your head where your hat would fit comfortably.

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5 5

Incredible value

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm not understanding why this helmet is at this price point, it's light (my L is 303g), it has good coverage, good venting in hot humid conditions, is extremely comfortable, I really can find no fault. I use it as my primary MTB helmet despite its "commuter" branding. I have other helmets that cost 50% more that have poorer coverage and venting and are heavier. This helmet really is a steal.

The only thing close to a complaint would be the visor is a little shorter than I would like, but it still keeps sun and water out of my face and stays out of my vision so I suppose it works fine.

Responded on

My noggin' measures in at 59.5 cm and the L helmet sits comfortable over top of a Buff headband with plenty of adjustability either direction. I have a more of an elongated oval-head and I think this may be for more round shapes, as it cinches up front and back before the sides, but it stays put without having to crank it down uncomfortable tight.

Also, the back ratchet goes low enough for me to fit my ponytail above it but below the helmet body, which is a plus. I'd rate the helmet as ponytail-friendly.

4 5

Good Helmet

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great helmet for the price point. It is comfortable and vents well. I got a medium and it is comparable to a Giro size Medium. The guts of the helmet seem minimal, but I haven't yet decided if it's a good or a bad thing yet. I only give it 4 stars because I'm used to a sleek Giro Atmos and this one looks a little funny on my head.