|For as substantial as the Ambush appears, it has the flyweight, barely-there feel that's the holy grail when it comes to fit, enveloping the head with the amount of comfort you'd expect from a well worn ball cap, not a plastic and foam mountain bike helmet. One of the most impressive aspects of the fit is how securely the helmet stays in place, without the shifting from side to side that can occur with some of the heavier extended coverage options out there. No matter how rough the trail the Ambush stayed put, and there wasn't any need to overtighten the retention system to achieve this level of security. The Mindset 360 retention system proved to be simple and effective - it's easy to access and used one handed, and there are enough detents that dialing in the perfect fit is effortless. |
Ending a ride with eyeballs filled with mud is one of my pet peeves, which is why I regularly commit the fashion faux pas of riding with goggles and a half shell. The Ambush provides plenty of room for goggles to be worn without causing the helmet to tip towards the back of the head, and the visor tips up far enough to accommodate them when they're not in use. Sunglasses didn't pose any problems either - even ones with larger frames didn't come in contact with the shell of the helmet. Regarding ventilation, the Ambush doesn't suffer from the lack of effective airflow that's the Achilles' heel of many all-mountain helmets, and even on hot and humid climbs up shade-free logging roads I never felt like I was overheating.
Riders whose checklists of must-haves for a new lid include 'helmet cam mount' or 'MIPS liner' won't be able to tick those boxes, but other than those two items, the Ambush possesses all of the features that you'd expect from a high end mountain bike helmet. Specialized have combined an excellent fit, light weight, and extended rear and side coverage into an attractive package that's one of the best options currently on the market. The price is a touch higher than some of its contemporaries, but the Ambush backs this up with stellar performance out on the trail. - Mike Kazimer
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