I love Smith's helmets, and this one is no exception. Extremely light, super breathable (thanks to it's Koroyd honeycomb construction) and it looks good too! (Helmet is pictured in the middle)
... and the rack weighs about as much as one as well! Proper lifting technique or a helping hand is very much needed installing the rack when equipped with the add-on.
But despite the weight, there are only upsides to rack. It's built super solidly, enough so that I took a nearly fully loaded rack on some light offroading trails and had no issues. The adjustment on the rack to get the perfect secure fit for each bike is easy and inspires confidence on those longer drives. Also, the trail doc is key for those pre-ride tuneups.
The only other thing I wish this rack had is a front wheel lock, because even with the back wheel and frame locked down with the integrated cable lock it would be easy for a thief with some know-how to come and take your front tire in a matter of seconds.
(Excuse my winter gut that I'm still trying to work off)
I took this Arktos in an XL frame down to Moab this past weekend, and here are my thoughts.
This bike pedals excellently, rides like a dream, and handles the Moab single-track like a champ. This bike in a 29'er is THE perfect trail machine for a tall 6'4" guy like myself (the smaller tires had me scrapping pedals every so often). The efficiency of my uphill climbs was second to none, and riding downhill was snappy and excellent as well.
Small brands like Alchemy are outperforming big brands like Yeti and Santa Cruz when it comes to their bike frame geometries and build quality, and this bike is perfect evidence of that. The Arktos is one of the best trail bikes on the market, hands down.
Got my first laps in this helmet going downhill a run in a way the creators of this helmet probably didn't intend. But what I can say is this helmet is comfortable, breathes really well, and is super sturdy. Might be a tad bit heavier than other options but that weight instills confidence that the helmet is built to take an impact and still hold up. Can't wait to try it out biking!