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Kali ProtectivesMaraka Road Helmet

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Super vents.

More air forced through frontal vents equals better cooling; the downfall of larger openings is usually weakened overall structure. The Maraka Road Helmet features 25 vents, with five of them using Kali Protectives' Supervent technology to maximize air intake and, most importantly, to easily pass tough CPSC safety standards.

These polycarbonate-reinforced openings feed 20 exhaust vents distributed throughout the Maraka Road's shell for extensive cooling — and the Supervents help achieve a 300-gram weigh in. Contributing to the low weight is an in-mold structure like most high-end helmets, but Kali's use of carbon and polycarbonate materials takes it a step further. This Fusion Plus technology also includes geometric shapes of softer EPS foam next to your head.

This means variable-density, cone-shaped foam will compress and direct energy sideways, away from your head. For padding, Kali's Bumper Fit System's absorbent, cross-linked polymer wicks and is soft against your skin, while also helping to absorb shock. Finally, a Dual Closure provides intuitive fit with quick and precise adjustments.

The Kali Protectives Maraka Road Helmet comes in three sizes: X-Small/small (50-54cm), Small/medium(54-58cm), and Medium/large(58-64cm).

  • 25 vents
  • Fusion Plus impact cones
  • Dual Closure retention system
Tech SpecsSize
Tech Specs
This product can expose you to chemicals including Bisphenol A (BPA), which is known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to
Shell Material
Impact Foam
EPS foam
25 vents
Fit Adjustment
Dual Closure
Recommended Use
road cycling

Kali Protectives

Alchemy, Chakra, Chakra Plus
 XS / SS / MM / L
Head Circumference

20 - 21in

(50 - 54cm)

21 - 23in

(54 - 58cm)

23 - 24.5in

(58 - 62cm)

Alpine, Shiva 2.0
Head Circumference

20.9 - 21in

(53 - 54cm)

21.5 - 22in

(55 - 56cm)

22.5 - 23in

(57 - 58cm)

23.2 - 23.5in

(59 - 60cm)

24 - 24.5in

(61 - 62cm)

Chakra Mono, Chakra Solo
 S / ML / XL
Head Circumference

20.5 - 22.4in

(52 - 57cm)

22.8 - 24in

(58 - 61cm)

 S / ML / XL
Head Circumference

21.3 - 22.8in

(54 - 58cm)

23.2 - 25.2in

(59 - 64cm)

Lunati, Saha
 S / ML / XL
Head Circumference

21.3 - 22.8in

(54 - 58cm)

23.2 - 24in

(59 - 61cm)

Maraka, Phenom
 XS / SS / MM / L
Head Circumference

18.9 - 20.5in

(48 - 52cm)

20.5 - 23in

(52 - 58cm)

23 - 24.5in

(58 - 62cm)

 XS / SS / ML / XL
Head Circumference

19.7 - 21in

(50 - 54cm)

21.5 - 24in

(55 - 61cm)

23.6 - 24.8in

(60 - 63cm)

Head Circumference

18.9 - 21.3in

(48 - 54cm)

21.3 - 22.8in

(54 - 58cm)

22.8 - 24in

(58 - 61cm)

Head Circumference

21 - 22in

(54 - 56cm)

22 - 22.5in

(56 - 57cm)

23 - 23.5in

(58 - 60cm)

23.5 - 24.5in

(60 - 62cm)

Chakra Child
 One Size
Head Circumference

18.9 - 21in

(48 - 54cm)

Chakra Youth
 One Size
Head Circumference

20.5 - 22.5in

(52 - 57cm)

Zoka Youth
Head Circumference

19.7 - 20.1in

(50 - 51cm)

20.5 - 20.9in

(52 - 53cm)

How to Measure:
Measure around your head approximately 0.6in (1.5cm) above your ears. This should be the widest part of your head.

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Superb comfort & fit

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: M/L

I've owned mine for 3 years (avg. 2K miles/yr) and it is the most comfortable, best-fitting helmet I've ever worn. It fits down on your head, not up on top of it. I love the interior netting insert - with a shaved head, I've had two very painful bites as a hornet and a wasp have flown in through big vents and stung me badly. But the Kali net means I'm not afraid. If you're not hung up on big name/big price, I strongly suggest you try the Kali Maraka. I still can't believe it lists for only $160. I will be ordering another one.

Better than others at higher prices

    This is my favorite helmet. I have a number of helmets, including more expensive ones, and this is my all-around, go-to. It feels great and I have a shaved head so I can feel everything. The only bugger, as mentioned elsewhere is that the straps force me to wear my Oakley M2s under them. Not a big deal to me. They still don't buzz during a 40 mph bombing of American Fork Canyon. The slide adjustment (vs a twist/knob) is simple and precise. Ventilation is plenty.

    Really comfortable helmet

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The is the most comfortable helmet I own. The EPS foam really does work. It's like wearing a pillow! It also looks great. At 283g for a large size, it's a tiny bit heavier than other helms but the comfort makes you forget you're wearing a helmet. It's really a hidden gem out of all these pricier selections.

    The only small gripe I have is the strap anchor will sometimes force you to wear your sunglasses on the inside of the straps.

    Unanswered Question

    My head is exactly 58 so which should I...

    My head is exactly 58 so which should I buy? Medium or large?

    Maraka R comfy and secure

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I recently purchased the Kali Maraka R. First off, it arrived a day early, so thanks to Competitive Cyclist for the great turn around.

    It's a good looking helmet. It vents well. It feels quite secure and offers nice coverage. It fits very well and I think they are on to something with the small additions of the memory foam.

    I'm basing all of this on my initial rides with this helmet. Before riding, I tried the helmet on a few times, getting used to the straps and the padding. Glasses need to go on the inside of the straps, but not a problem. the way they are stitched, they won't buzz on you either. I comfrimed this with several segments over 40mph.

    My first ride was about an hour in length and i had the standard pads in the helmet. after about 10 minutes, I mde a small adjustment. From there, it was perfectly comfy.

    For my second ride, it was sunnier and warmer and I knew the insects would be out. spring is what they are waiting on, after all. Anyway, I put in the padding with the insect net. The fit was as good as before. the venting was definitely okay. After 5 hours in the saddle, I still felt cool and had no issues. It was as comfortable at 5 hours as is was at the begininng. I can't say the same about my high end helmet this is replacing. I really credit the foam and construction with this great performance. The lower and mid density foam coupled with the memory type foam makes this thing awesome. Plus, it looks really good, if that matters to you. cheers,


    just me providing a follow up. It's been a month and I've gotten in a few hundred miles including 2 centuries. The helmet is keeping me cool. It remains comfortable. No issues with 2 different Tifosi glasses. I even wore my prescription specs one time. All good. In all, a great helmet at a good price point.