Urge Supatrail Helmet - Review

Apr 13, 2015
by Paul Aston  
Urge Bike Products SupaTrail helmet - Review



Urge says that their base of operations in Provence, France, gives them access to some ''super trails'' in the nearby mountains, and it's these trails that they say were the inspiration for their SupaTrail helmet. As well as a love for the trails, Urge also respects the environment, and this eco-friendly helmet is manufactured with recycled EPS foam and PET straps, and is ranked 6/7 on their 'Eco Friendly Index'. The design is similar to the existing SupaCross XC helmet, with the addition of a light and flexible, wafer thin visor. Cooling-wise, there are fourteen vents in total, as well as channels moulded into the foam to help move air through the helmet. Urge says that ventilation isn't just about vents, though, so each helmet is designed dependant upon its intended discipline. For this all-mountain helmet, less vents are said to be better, as holes in your lid don't protect you from rocks, branches, or the elements. The styling is cutting edge and may well be a love or hate sort of thing.

An XXL size has been added to cover all head sizes, and there's a revised retention system for a comfortable fit. There are three shell sizes: S/M (54/57cm), L/XL (58/60cm) and XXL (63cm), and various extra pads are included to fine tune the sizing. It complies with CE1078 CPSC certification and weighs in at a reasonable 268 grams. $129.95 USD or £99.99 GBP Urge SupaTrail / @urge

Urge Bike Products SupaTrail helmet - Review
Urge says that ventilation isn't just about holes, especially as a holes won't protect you or keep you dry.
Urge Bike Products SupaTrail helmet - Review
The styling is certainly a love or hate affair.

Urge Bike Products SupaTrail helmet - Review
I'm pretty sure you won't see a 'porthole' on any other helmet.
Urge Bike Products SupaTrail helmet - Review
The thin and flexible peak isn't only lightweight, but also impact resistant.


Pinkbike's Take:

bigquotesThe Urge SupaTrail's light weight is noticeable as soon as you put it on your head, as is its somewhat unconventional appearance. I'm personally a fan, and would have to say that it's more Citroen in design than its American counterparts. I chose a S/M size and the fit was great using the medium sized padding of the three options supplied. The retention system employs a ratcheted wheel that turns clockwise to tighten, then depresses like a button to release the tension. The retention system covers from the back of the head, around to the temples, so it should give a comfortable fit for most. Externally, the helmet's profile is very slim compared to some others out there, so if you don't want to look like a mushroom head, this could be for you. Cooling-wise, vents and various channels are moulded into the foam to suck air through and expel it out the back of the helmet, but, to be honest, I can't offer a strong opinion on venting due to my mass of hair generally blocking most airflow on any helmet. The gloss black paintwork seemed durable and was easy to wipe clean, although the angles and edges did trap some dirt.

I did have an issue with the retention system in the beginning, with it being overly stiff to adjust, and this was quickly replaced by Urge. They explained that some of the first batch had this fault, which is a warranty issue if you're faced with the same problem. Fortunately I didn't test the impact capabilities of the SupaTrail during the test period, but was always happy to don it for any type of ride or conditions. - Paul Aston

Urge SupaTrail


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101 Comments

  • + 57
 Holes
  • + 20
 Holes
  • + 29
 Hoes
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 Holes for bowls.
  • + 25
 Glory holes
  • + 18
 "wrong hole!"
  • + 3
 Holey smokes ey?
  • + 6
 Can't see any pictures on mobile, anyone else?
  • + 2
 Worm holes?
  • - 2
 Ditto. Been experiencing this with a few posts here lately.
  • - 1
 pretty big swimmers get caught in that screen.......
  • - 3
 It is a Canadian site after all
  • + 6
 No subwoofers on my helmet please.
  • + 2
 ... Would be like following Chappie...
  • + 1
 They say, "Holes is holes."
  • + 2
 Arse holes
  • + 46
 i saw the picture and immediately thought it was a bluetooth speaker for mid shred tunes.
  • + 21
 cup-holders for espresso shots?
  • + 1
 Rocket engines!
  • + 16
 Glory hole...
  • + 3
 It honestly wouldn't be hard, or very heavy, to wire a little speaker and bluetooth receiver into those holes
  • + 2
 Was just thinking the same. Would make for a nice pairing with Bluetooth and some sort of strava type app.
  • + 9
 music so loud it makes the visor rattle..... BOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMM BOOOOOOMMM BOOOOOOMMM BOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMM
  • + 5
 Only works if you wear your limo tint sunglasses. Hula girl figurine on handlebars for extra points.
  • + 24
 "...and is ranked 6/7 on their 'Eco Friendly Index'" Really? Good for them, I'm rated a phenomenal 8/9 on my 'Awesome Dude Index'!
  • + 1
 They clearly should have tried. They were only 1 point from a perfect score!
  • + 0
 Ha! Good call.
  • + 0
 Ha! Good call.
  • + 17
 Bell super for $60 online right now (in response to the inevitable "$130 for a helmet OMGWTF11!!"), if it fits your head, it's the deal of the century....I love mine....just saying;

www.jensonusa.com/!1LcFZbRIHIbUkpkQ7u!0ZQ!/Bell-Super-Helmet-2014
  • + 11
 Not to mention the Giro Feature at around the same price
  • + 1
 I bought the red one. Great helmet. So many to choose from. I dont mind spending as long as it protects my head. The one on jenson is the 2013 colors. This will last me the season then next year new helmet time! (I sweat a lot)
  • + 2
 or Giro feature... I cannot use anything else. I wear it and I just forget its there... Fit its 80% once you find THAT lid...
  • + 3
 Urge Enduro-Matic for $43. Prefer it over my old Feature.
www.steepandcheap.com/gear-cache/shop-all-things-mountain-bike/URG000A-BANBLA
  • + 3
 Neither other option has the brow vents the Super has, which is now on my list of "things I'll never buy another helmet without" just an FYI, for those that live in a hot climate like me. Bell Super is the first helmet I've ever owned where sweat wasn't dripping onto my glasses after 30 mins.
  • + 1
 Walked into a local shop a few weeks back & nabbed a Bell Super for $60, couldn't pass that up!
  • + 1
 I'll probably switch to something cooler for the the summer months. But im in Florida, and have used it for the last 4-5 months - and the Enduro-Matic fits better than any other helmet ive used.
  • + 1
 @groghunter Urge helmets have a pad that extends past the front of the helmet to stop sweat from dripping, it seems to work quite well. Of course, if you're happy with what you've got there's no need to change.
  • + 0
 i've got the down-o-matic. I will say their flexible visors work. I've had some crashes where it definitely should've broken, but didn't. Way better than rockin the squid lid.
  • + 2
 I was sceptical paying $10 bucks for a crummy neoprene headband, but these halos work awesome and fit under a helmet:
www.jensonusa.com/Halo-II-Headband-1
  • + 2
 I'm not saying that the headband or gangsta pad don't work, but who would prefer a sweaty pad on their forehead over vents that actually dry you off?
  • + 1
 The Urge Enduro-Matic has the "gangsta pad" in front which is great for sweat. Just pull it off the 3 Velcro fasteners and toss it in the wash (and after a dozen washes replace the Velcro). I buy Bell because they give grants for trails I ride at, but Urge is lightweight and designed really well, as long as you have a normal head size/shape.
  • + 1
 In a proper helmet (I use Bell Volt now) you do not bother about a stinky "pad" because you head does not sweat as much as in Urge helmet. I would not recommend Urge to anybody unless you come from souther France or have extremely short hairs, the ventilation is terrbile, it is a disaster on any hot day..
  • + 1
 I've never felt my that my enduromatic has been too hot, including the week I was in Sedona last year.
  • + 2
 @browntown40 is Steepandcheap safe?
  • + 2
 I sweat a lot and I drink coffee before I ride, even in the summer. The Urge Enduro-m doesn't look like it has good ventilation but it has great flow of air and my head never gets super hot like some other helmets. I was in Moab last week, no clouds 80's, never even thought about my helmet.
  • + 2
 @dcardenast steepandcheep has been reliable for me. I think there is some correlation to backcountry/competitive cyclist, but im not sure.
  • + 3
 I've gotten buttloads of stuff from S&C, they're fine. They're the clearance dept for backcountry.com, & also do some outlet stuff like The Clymb. chainlove & whiskey militia are part of it as well.
  • + 18
 You could spend a month in Walmart and still not see something that's as ugly from the rear as that!
  • + 8
 Uglier than a burst hemmorhoid
  • + 4
 ^^^^^^^^ You sir are a statesman and a gentleman. Comment of the year.
  • + 5
 Dude, I just ate.
  • + 10
 Why Can't I see any pictures on my iPhone? Dear Pinkbike, help
  • + 5
 Glad it's not just me...perhaps pics have been relegated to the gallery on phones for faster loading/less data usage? If so, thanks, but I prefer it the normal way with pics in the review.
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 Don't worry you're not missing anything
  • + 9
 Pre-production...
  • + 8
 KILL IT BEFORE IT LAYS EGGS!
  • + 3
 glad I'm not the only one that saw an insect.
  • + 7
 I'm sorry, but that name alone... What is this, 1992?
  • + 4
 I use the Enduromatic and the Downomatic. Clearly the best named helmets around!
  • + 0
 I have the same two, I love how they don't look so 'American'
  • + 7
 You don't think they look loud and obnoxious?
  • + 1
 Doesn't have that mushroom shape.
  • + 2
 Naw, they make you look like Wolverine!
  • + 1
 If I was a bumble bee I would make a sweet head fort out of that mess. Just think of the savings in honey production alone. At first I thought it was an old Specialized lid that someone empaled themselves on in some sort of JRA.........
  • + 3
 It looks like a bug from the back. I'd put googely eyes & some antennae on it if I picked one up.
  • + 4
 Satan's new signature lid eyy? Complete with removable horn covers...
  • + 3
 WAIT THOSE HOLES AREN'T SPEAKERS?
  • + 1
 From the back it looks like two turtles making out, This helmet is an abortion. The designers need some holes putting in them
  • + 0
 Wait... they said less vents where needed for this kind of helmet because holes don't protect your head... then they put huge holes all over the helmet? Sorry but that thing is ridiculous.
  • + 1
 Liked urge since first came on market unfortunately so far my head and their helmets just don't fit together well. Hope this one will be different.
  • + 1
 I have tried on two at their largest side and my head isn't crAzy big but they have nowhere near fitted
  • + 1
 The report above says that this helmet is now made in an XXL size, 3cm bigger than the previous largest L/XL size.
  • + 1
 in my case I'm 60 / 61 depending on the make. It's more a case that they don't feel comfortable.

And it's not that I'm particularly fussy either as I've got fox, giro, bell and kask helmets that I use regular.

Hopefully this one will work for me and I can finally have the urge
  • + 1
 I've found that they're all to small for my head, which is a shame as I liked the look of their older lids
  • + 3
 i like it then again i have 2 other urge helmets i wear regularly
  • + 1
 I've got a Downomatic and an Archi-Enduro and I love them, but Urge should go for a different design for their half-lids
  • + 2
 Any idea where they have these in stock?
  • + 1
 Chain reaction maybe?
  • + 0
 Ill stick with the Bell Super I just got from Jenson for 62$ shipped. But at least this model of Urge helmets has ventilation. Leaps and bounds better than their old design.
  • + 1
 "especially as a holes won't protect you or keep you dry." - can't argue that.
  • + 1
 FAIL! Article (pics) do not show via mobile v.
  • + 1
 I wonder if u can get bj's through them
  • + 1
 Doesn't look too different from the All Mountain really.
  • + 1
 The holes are where they hook you up to The Matrix
  • + 1
 Looks about as good as my Grandpappy in cellophane underpants.
  • + 1
 until the visor breaks....
  • + 1
 I like quality holes like the ones from Vegas.
  • + 1
 Looks like a large fly haha
  • + 1
 The mesh hole somewhat puts me off, why is it there
  • + 1
 I have the urge to puke.
  • + 0
 If Batman wore a helmet...
  • + 0
 looks good just like any other urge helmet around.
  • + 1
 That thing is fugly!
  • + 1
 it looks confused
  • - 1
 Holy shit that's one ugly lid !!!
  • - 1
 The photo of the back kinda reminded Me off the laferrari
  • - 3
 no mips....no ty
  • + 5
 I can't believe MIPS does anything for a bicycle helmet. In a crash any helmet with pads, sitting on your hair/scalp is going to move around just fine. The extra CM or so that MIPS moves does nothing else.

MIPS only makes sense if the helmet is so tightly fit and stuck to your head that there is no movement possible. Bike helmets just aren't this way.

That's my take.

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