The Met Kaos Ultimalite is a fancy lid, a fancy weight and a fancy price. As my Grandmother said, "If you want to get ahead, get a hat".
Might as well make it a good one I always thought, what do you think?The Met Kaos Ultimalite at £149.99 is one up from the standard Met Kaos that weighs in at a claimed 250grams. At £50.00 more your saving 1 gram for every pound note spent to get down to under 200 grams.
Now all this weight saving is due to Met's ultra light composite construction as well as those huge air vents, all 22 of them. Please note the rear is cut down so not as much rear head protection as some other free ride style lids out there. Now all we need is for it to be hot and sunny here in the U.K!
Some claim this is a freeride helmet so let's define freeride. This is the helmet to be ripping around the likes of Glentress, Cwmcarn, Aston Hill, Cannock Chase and your local XC/Enduro riding spots. For our Canadian friends who understand the real meaning of freeriding: Northshore, Hucking, Log Rolls and generally gravity assisted terrain this ain't.
For our kind of "freeriding" this lid is the absolute bomb. It is superlight and feels like a roadies lid, it is that *light. 22 air vents suck the air in to cool your head, not sure about the winter though, might have to bring out the old "Buff".
The straps are beautifully finished with a perforated webbing strip in the middle for comfort, real nice. Internally the Coolmax padding provides that all important sweat absorption and fast evaporation.
Fitting is very well taken care of by this twin slide lock mechanism that drops down at the back of your head for a super comfortable and secure fit.
• Made in Italy
• UltimaLite Fiber
• Nova 3
• Integral-In-Mould Construction
• 360 Ventilation
• Removable Visor
• Coolmax Washable Pads
• Vents: 22
• Weight: 195g - Is that really true?
*Weight on my scales for a medium is 239grams as proven here. It even says inside the helmet it weighs 195 grams. Perhaps my scales are wrong, you make up your own mind.
Available in Medium (54-57cm) and Large (58-61cm) in two color options: Matt Anthracite or Matt White.
In summary this is probably the best trail helmet out there even if the weight published is a grey area. It maybe worth "weighing up" (pardon the pun) the standard Met Kaos with a published weight of 250grams before you decide to purchase.
For more information on Met Helmets:www.met-helmets.com/home.jsp
Met is exclusively distributed in the U.K by www.Fisheroutdoor.co.uk
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