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glenFwrote a review of on March 14, 2019

2 5

I used the MIPS version of this helmet about 1.5 years. I found it to be much noisier (wind noise) than my previous helmet. I don't know if it was due to the straps not being against the side of my head or if it was from the honeycombs, but it made it tough to hear someone next to me trying to say something.
Ironically, I found it useless in holding my older Smith sunglasses. I had to add some "fins" with Sugru to make a ledge and hold the sunglasses securely in place.
I finally had a crash, while gravel riding - and landed in the mud and weeds on the side of the road. Got back up and started riding, no blood no torn clothes and I thought "no big deal." Next thing I know it's an hour later and I have no idea what road I'm on, when I turned on my lights, and no recollection of conversations with riding partners over that past hour. So yeah, I had a concussion and a splitting headache for 6 days.
My replacement helmet was not a Smith.





glenFwrote a review of on July 11, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The good: I've worn this since November 2017 on rides from 25-101F. It sits higher than my old Giro, but it has room for a thin thermal skullcap or balaclava in the winter and a cycling cap or sun beanie in the summer. It's light and I don't think it's any warmer than any other helmet I've worn. The MIPS is a good thing, and the honeycomb helps avoid those incidents where a flying, buzzy, stinging thing gets caught in your helmet/hair. You can get a good, secure fit but getting that fit is where it loses a point.
The bad: the directions/manual is horribly sparse. There's nothing in it to tell you how to adjust the Vapor Fit band to sit lower on the back of your skull (yes, it is adjustable up/down). The strap positions don't sit as well on my face and if you're of the "sunglasses over the strap" school, there's enough of a gap that it's hit or miss where the sunglass arms will wind up. Lastly, I haven't figured out how to *securely* stow my sunglasses (there's nothing in the manual to even say where they should go; you're left to figure it out on your own: front? rear? It's all trial and error.) You have to have completely straight sunglass arms with no ear bend to get a secure fit. Even my Smith glasses don't stay in place because they have a slight ear bend. After a couple of times having to fish my glasses out of a toilet, coupled with much cursing, I don't put any glasses in the dock at all.




glenFwrote a review of on January 11, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Sadly, Sidi doesn't make their narrow line any longer. But, for my US 12B foot, this was a huge improvement over the Shimano shoes I had before. The Boa adjuster tweaks the fit very comfortably, leaving only a little side-to-side play. The sole is thicker than my other carbon shoes with no flex. Others have reported some discomfort during the first few rides - a "break in period" I guess. I didn't have any problem at all and was very comfortable from the first wearing. It being winter, I can't comment on how well the shoe breathes in the summer. I can say that I'm comfortable with toe covers above 32F and full shoe covers below that. Lastly, every component of the shoe can be replaced if it wears or breaks. This was a huge selling point for me as I like well-made products that last.