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Catlike Whisper Plus Deluxe Helmet

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Every season, there are certain pieces of each team's kit that stand out in the cacophony of colors, shapes, and sounds all screaming for attention in the pro peloton. The unflinchingly professional black and blue Pinarello Dogma 2s ridden by Team Sky are the first to come to mind. Or the retina-burning fluo green Rudy Project sunglasses worn by Liquigas-Cannondale. Or the vibrant Basque-orange kits and matching Orbea Orcas from Euskatel-Euskadi. Or how about the contemporary dot-matrix red and black jerseys worn by BMC Racing Team? But, of course, the foremost example is the attention-commanding Catlike helmets worn by MoviStar. The Catlike Whisper Deluxe certainly makes a dramatic, memorable statement that resounds long after the MoviStar sprinters cross the finish line.

Catlike uses an in-mold process to fuse the shell and foam liner as a singular structure when the helmet is formed. The slick outer shell is abrasion-resistant, and lets the helmet slide instead of sticking and jerking when you hit the ground. And even though it's very light, Catlike's crash energy splitter (CES) technology diffuses the energy of a crash across multiple nerves or ribs between the vents. Speaking of vents, there are a total of 39 of them; each is uniquely shaped for maximum air intake, with a corresponding exhaust port in the rear. The unique rib construction enhances the Whisper's ventilation capabilities, allowing for the vents to help dramatically reduce the overall shell mass and create the helmet's signature 'swiss cheese' aesthetic.

Lest you think Catlike's helmets are all about looks, consider the MPS (Multi Position System) retention system. It uses a rubberized plastic strap that attaches into, and pivots from, a socket in the shell of the helmet at the temple. It follows the side of your head and curves around towards the back, where it floats freely from the nylon web straps. The rubberized strap is soft and pliable, so it never gets crimped or warped in your gear bag, and it always conforms to your head's natural shape. The MPS suspension has two lateral adjusters that have a push button release on a ratchet strap that connects across the back of the head to allow for circumferential adjustment. This allows the whole system to slide up and down on the rearward web straps. So up, down, and around, the Whisper Plus can comfortably accommodate a wide variety of head shapes.

Catlike provides helmets for Team MoviStar, and now to our very own Competitive Cyclist Racing Team. The Catlike Whisper Deluxe differs only slightly from the team-issue Whisper Plus; most notably in their monochromatic shell color options. The detachable visor is sold separately. Plugs for the visor holes are included, for when the visor is not in use. The Whisper Deluxe is available in Small, Medium, or Large, and comes in a wide range of accenting colorways, one of which is certain to perfectly match your team kit. Choose from a Black shell with Green, Orange, Red, or White accents, or a White shell with Black, Blue, Green, Orange, Pink, or Red accents.

Please note: US Catlike dealers are prohibited from shipping Catlike Helmets outside of the United States.

Tech Specs

Fit Adjustment:
MPS (Multi Position System)
Claimed Weight:
295 g
Recommended Use:
road racing

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I do not even know I am wearing it.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Update on this helmet. I was out for a easy ride when I reached back with one hand to snug up the helmet and the retention system snapped in half. Backcountry has been amazing on taking care of the issue. I cannot recommend this helmet anymore. If it break with 2 fingers I can only imagine what would happen in a crash.

This is the most comfortable helmet I have ever used. Breaths very well. Once the adjustments are set just leave them. The one con I have found is that the adjuster on the right ear piece came off when I was adjusting it. Good thing I was just standing at camp. I would really like to buy a case for this helmet but I cannot find the Catlike case in the US.

Good choice

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The helmet looks great. And it's so light and have great ventilation. I had giro helmet before but that one was somehow uncomfortable and hot when I were it. But with this one I sometimes forget that I am wearing it. I think I was a good investment since it does it's job more than the price.

I was slightly worried about choosing size because I am an Asian, so I have rounder head, I simply measured my head size and ordered small, it fits nicely and easy to adjust. My husband has the same helmet in different color in large size, he loves it too. I would strongly recommend this helmet if my friend or a family want to buy a road bike helmet.

Lastly, I wore this helmet for Newport Beach triathlon yesterday, and had a lot of fun at cycling with this helmet.

The sticker lettering comes off.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love the helmet in terms of fit and styling, but was very disappointed when after very little use all the lettering started coming off. :-( Not something you expect from a top-shelf product.

The Catlike Whisper is definitely going...

The Catlike Whisper is definitely going to be next helmet purchase. I am having difficulty purchasing online because of how the sales are labeled. My big question is, what is the difference between, "Whisper Plus"and "Whisper Deluxe"? My LBS does not carry this brand, nor do many other LBS' in my area . My biggest concern would be purchasing a counterfit helmet. Help!

Best Answer

The difference is that the Deluxe comes in more colors and has holes to attach a visor (sold separately). That's really it. And you should have no concerns about getting counterfeit stuff from Backcountry, they're a legitimate organization.

Thanks, AB! Not to be a weight weenie, but would you happen to know if there are any differences in weight?

The Deluxe is actually a little bit heavier, but I can't figure out why.


    - splendid delivery from Backcountry

    - splendid look of the helmet

    - lots of vents

    - very light, I didn't feel like having it on my head

    - but it's a bit small if I use it with my cycling cap although maybe because my size is on the limit (54-55) thus I was worried if I order Medium I will get it too large. But still good enough.

    I will buy again from backcountry (this time Giro Air Attack Shield when it's out)


    Works for me

      Love this helmet - easy to adjust, well vented and looks cool. Replaced a large Specialized helmet with a large in the Catlike Whisper Plus. I've also got a large Giro mountain bike helmet . All three work ok for my head. I've had less luck in the past with Giro Atmos - for me the top of the helmet pushed down on the top of my head. Shape seems to vary by manufacturer, so hopefully this is helpful.

      Love at first sight

        I fell in love with this helmet because it was different, and had a ton of air vents. The helmet runs very small, I'm glad I ordered the xl. This helmet is so light, you don't notice it on. I love it. I would recommend this helmet to anyone rides. It's a little pricey though, but for the weight difference, you can't beat it.

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        why don't the catlike helmets come in...

        why don't the catlike helmets come in XL?

        I ordered a Large and it was too small. They obviously run small since a Large should have fit me. My head is not really XL.

        Size - to help you out!

        • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

        I just ordered the Medium. Prior to ordering the medium I measured my head and it was exactly 58cm. Exactly. Fattest part of my head = 58 cm. The medium came, the medium did not fit. The problem, my head was a little too long (forehead to occiput). Had it been a little more circular rather that oval, the size would have been grand. However, I literally could not get the helmet on my head all the way.

        I did not use the helmet on the road, I think it was beautiful. I'm sad there are no larges in stock. Hope that helps someone else out there.

        They made me rate it. So four stars for looking rad, and potentially comfortable. -1 star for not fitting my head.

        Please don't read the following comment as a negative criticism. Anyone who drops $250+ on a helmet they have never physically tried on is a complete badass as far as I am concerned.

        Generally speaking, I would say you absolutely have to have a plan B if you're going to purchase a helmet online without ever fitting one in person. I have the same issue as you, my skull did not grow to fit the average bike helmet perfectly, so I have to choose them carefully unless I want it pinching against my forehead and loose on the sides; the sizing label is only good for telling me which option to buy online cheaply after trying one on at the LBS. That's right, I said it.

        Some �bersexy product lines eg Catlike aren't carried by my LBS, so I don't even bother with them.

        I agree you need to try a helmet on, especially when switching manufacturers. But remember Backcountry has a very generous return policy, so you can buy, try and return if the item doesn't fit.