CATLIKE MEN'S HELMETS - ROAD
Catlike Kompacto Helmet
- Item: KAT0008 Actual Weight:"Actual Weight" means we weighed this item ourselves. 343 g
There's no denying that the Catlike Kompacto Helmet and the flagship Whisper Plus are two helmets cut from the same cloth. What the Kompacto lacks in ventilation and pro tour pedigree, it more than makes up for by offering an economical, lightweight, and supremely-fitting alternative to the best Catlike has to offer.
The Kompacto is a helmet way ahead of its time. In fact, it predates the Whisper Plus by four years, and was the basis for the Whisper's striking aesthetic and ventilation. It's almost a backwards technological trickle at Catlike, with ground floor models like the Kompacto serving as the proving grounds and inspiration for the rest of the line. The in-mold shell is constructed around Catlike's signature CES (Crash Energy Splitter) exoskeleton, which disperses impact energy along the structure of the helmet in the event of a crash. You'll also get 21 generously-sized vents that are patterned along the shell in a manner nearly identical to the Whisper. All the forward-facing vents have a matching rear exhaust vent to keep the air moving quickly over your head. And also like the Whisper, this reduced shell surface area inherently reduces the weight of the helmet. A Medium Kompacto comes in under 280 grams, and it's rare that a helmet at this price point weighs less than 300 grams.
The Kompacto uses the same MPS (Multi Position System) retention system as the top-shelf Whisper Plus. The MPS is constructed around a rubberized plastic strap that attaches into, and pivots from, a socket in the shell of the helmet at the temple, which then 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 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 Kompacto can comfortably accommodate a wide variety of head shapes.
Because of the large size of the helmet's vents, the Catlike Kompacto Helmet includes a removable bug net. It also includes a matching visor and plugs for the visor holes for when the visor is not in use. It comes in Small, Medium, or Large. You may choose from Black/Green/White, Black/Grey/White, Black/Red/White, Matte Black, or White colorways.