MET Roam Helmet - Review

Nov 7, 2017 at 10:01
by Paul Aston  
Met Helmet


MET launched their latest Roam helmet back in May and it has been available on the shelves since Eurobike. The classic Italian brand is now in its 30th year and has not tried to re-invent the half-face helmet to celebrate, but have been meticulous when it comes to the features and details, leveraging their EWS athletes to try and perfect the helmet for enduro racing. The Roam is priced at €150 / $170 USD or €170 / $200 USD with Mips.



Met Helmet

MET Roam Details

• Intended use: enduro / trail
• EPS and polycarbonate shell
• Flexible visor, adjustable to accommodate glasses and goggles
• Three sizes to fit 52–62cm
• Seven colorways
• SAFE-T Orbital retention system
• 22 vents and internal air channeling
• Claimed weight: 335 grams, medium, 360 grams with Mips
• MSRP: €150€, 170€ (Mips) / $170 / $200 (Mips) USD
• CE - CPSC - AS/NZ certified
www.met-helmets.com



Construction

Construction is based on an EPS foam liner, molded in-situ with three polycarbonate outer shells that protect all of the soft polystyrene from incoming objects, or when the helmet is rolling around in the back of your truck. To suit more extreme mountain biking situations, the sides and back of the helmet are extended to increase coverage and the vents are shaped to prevent branches sneaking through, kind of like archer's windows on castles of old.

Riders can choose from three sizes, and unlike some brands, the Roam has a different shell size for each, not just using the removable pads to make it fit. This means that pilots who are in-between sizes don't end up with a larger, bulkier shell that is filled out with padding which can affect fit and safety. Retention is taken care of by MET's Safe-T Orbital system; their latest retention system works 360º around the head for a secure fit. It is flexible, and the height can be adjusted by three positions at the rear to cup the back of the head.


Met Helmet
Met Helmet

Other features include the visor that is designed to help absorb shocks in a crash, but is not too flexible that it can bounce around or vibrate on rough trails. For half-lid and goggle wearing enduro-ists, this visor also has three indexed positions, the highest of which provides space to store goggles or glasses. The final touch is at the visor's lateral mounting points, where you'll find an additional plastic flap that retains goggle straps in place.


Met Helmet
Met Helmet

Venting is taken care of by 22 vents. MET designed the internal channels to connect the vents and keep air moving. Met is adamant that simply adding more vents doesn't increase airflow if they sit flat against the riders head, closing the flow circuit. Raising the vents and channels from the skull allows air to circulate. There are three main airflow channels through the middle of the helmet, plus extra space at the sides of the helmet to let air to flow above the ears.

Despite being one of the lightest lids in its class at 335 grams, the Roam conforms to all CE, CPSC, and AS/NZ standards.


Met Helmet

Met Helmet
Met Helmet

Met Helmet



Performance

Commenting on a helmet's performance is always a difficult one as the main factor comes down to the fit, and this is something that can only be decided by the customer and their head's shape. But the Roam does have a few key features that prompted me to write this review.

The main feature is the peak and the way it can be used to store goggles. We know that the goggle/half face look isn't for everyone, but for those that do require this feature, the MET is one of the best. The split ends of the peak retain the goggle strap well, and I even forgot on a few rides that my goggles were stored there, thinking I had lost them for a brief moment. Two downsides of this same feature are that you can easily to leave the peak in the high-position, which is a no-no if the fashion police are trailside. Secondly, leaving the goggles on the Roam does block 8 of the 22 vents, which cuts down on the airflow.

There are two well-spaced vents towards the rider's temples, which receives the arms of glasses for storage without them poking into your head.

Fit wise, the retention system that works in 360º should provide a good solution for most riders and allows the tension to be torqued up without increasing pressure on one spot, though one test-rider reported the front of the helmet did pressure his forehead more than others - I did not have this issue.

Airflow works well and their marketing spiel translates to the trail; this is truly one of the few helmets where I can feel the air flowing even at low speeds. Finally, the matte-black and red finish wore really well, cleaned easily and doesn't easily scuff like some gloss finishes.



Pinkbike's Take

bigquotesThere's a vast array of helmets on the market, but the Roam appears to meet most of the criteria for the modern mountain biker, and does so with a great attention to detail and finish.

91 Comments

  • + 76
 Lego Police reporting for duty sir.
  • + 8
 Hot dang that thing sits high. I have quite the egg head so I feel I would have at least a fivehead rather than the norm forehead.
  • + 1
 Any info on sizing? I'm kind of in between sizes at 58.5cm. Officially I should opt for the large one but wonder if the medium might fit as well. And is the MIPS Version a bit smaller due to the MIPS layer within the same shell?
Thanks!
  • + 9
 Another good option if your going for the giant dick with ears look. The light purple one would be the ticket.
  • + 7
 @SlodownU: the last pic- that model needs to shave that back-neck-pube hair. Tighten that shit up around the back, good sir
  • + 8
 @Ryanrobinson1984: Are you missing the big picture? Its high because its sitting on top of his man-bun. That scruff is just his leftovers.
  • + 3
 @preach LOL!!!!!
  • + 2
 you made my day sir.
  • + 2
 @Ryanrobinson1984: looks like my arse hair
  • + 1
 looks like it's about 2" above the ears. Definitely not a nice fit if that's how they are supposed to fit.
  • + 1
 @richierocket: lego man bun is next in production
  • + 4
 @MatthewCarpenter: Indeed you are close to two sizes: M (56/58cm) and L (58-62cm). The L will be great for sure. The M might fit, as we have a bit of extra room, but it will depend a lot on your head shape. So I would say the best is to try the M to see if you can fit before buying it. The MIPS version is indeed a bit smaller (around half a size less), so it will be 58cm and no more for the M. So if you go for the MIPS, the L would be the only choice. Hope this helps and do not hesitate if you need more information!
  • + 39
 I feel like the model's forehead looks unprotected... maybe its just me.
  • + 24
 He's a model; not to worry!
  • + 19
 No, the goggles are for forehead protection.
  • + 8
 @scary1: That's no forehead.. that's a five head. sheesh
  • + 4
 agreed, seems odd it is so far up on his head.
  • + 1
 @pic2urethis: all a model needs is blue steel for protection
  • + 21
 Planet of the gapes!
  • + 3
 that gap is offensive
  • + 17
 how helmet reviews should be:
start of review:
"It is a helmet"
-picture-
end of review.
  • + 4
 hahahah Big Grin
  • + 9
 MIPS?
ASTM or CPSC?
Maybe even Snell?
Oval or round head?
Eyeglass slits in the helmet padding if it's full face?
No offence, but there are some differences worth mentioning, saying it's a helmet is sorta like saying "It's a beer".
  • + 0
 @woofer2609:
I see what you mean, I was thinking it was quite funny all helmet reviews sound the same.
Anyway, regarding what you said:
1. MIPS is just a marketing trick - creating a need instead of answering an existing need. Just give it a catchy acronym and bump up the price. Have you ever felt the need for MIPS? Who ever said that previous helmets didn't have the same performance as MIPS, just minus the marketing bullshit?
2. I wouldn't buy a helmet that isn't ASTM certified. but I don't need pinkbike to know if it is or isn't.
3. All helmet reviews sum up as:
"It was comfortable but it's only my head and it's individual"
"I didn't crush so I have no clue if it works"
"Look how cool it looks in the pictures!"
  • + 6
 @alonalgr: So in your expert opinion rotational energy being a cause of concussions is BS.
  • + 3
 @alonalgr: you've inspired the best round of helmet reviews to come:

From now on every helmet review will include the head to tree test, the head to rock test, and the three-bounce-head-on-trail test. Sounds perfectly reasonable.
  • + 3
 @rrolly: I was doing this for Pinkbike back in 2008... the operation “tree banger” was a horrific failure. And look at me now...
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: now you're a full on tree f*cker!!

#Sorryforpartying
  • + 13
 Why no front picture of person with helmet! I want to know if this helmet makes your head look like a giant mushroom! It looks like your purposely avoided a front picture. add one please.
  • + 1
 @enki: bwaaah ha ha!
  • + 16
 It harbors manbuns too.
  • + 1
 I looked to see if someone had made the comment first... bravo.
  • + 4
 Which is why it looks like its levitating. Stupid choice of model.
  • + 4
 Bunsmuggler
  • + 1
 Im always happy to see if my hairs fit into a helmet. Looks like this helmet can't provide that
  • + 12
 Looks like it sits awful high up on the top of the head. Reminds me of a xc lid.
  • + 4
 Agreed, doesn’t appear to afford him good coverage as a result, not covering far enough over the forehead or far enough down over the back of the head...
  • + 10
 That dude needs a haircut...sheesh
  • + 9
 Did he hide something underneath it?
  • + 8
 "Man" bun.
  • + 6
 Why would I not spend the extra $30USD and get a Bell Super 3R? And on that topic, am I the only one who wants a sub $150USD modular helmet that I can add a chin bar to for the descent?
  • + 2
 No you're not, I bought one just a couple of weeks ago, Its better than fresh bread.
  • - 1
 @Kanta: Fresh "sliced" bread? Smile
  • + 9
 That guy has more back hair than an Irish wolfhound.
  • + 3
 Oh my god...what an alias!!!! LOL
  • + 1
 Donkey-Feltcher FTW.
  • + 1
 Where do you see back hair and who gives a $hit?
  • + 3
 @SethStar: Looks like we found the model^^^
  • + 1
 @scary1: not quite sure I know what you mean... I think Paul Aston is the model!
  • + 4
 I emailed a helmet factory in China and asked them how much their top-of-the-line top-top-top model cost. They said $35. The specifications... all of the above. Different shell sizes? Yup. Cool-looking paint? Yup. Do they make for major brands that re-sell the helmets for $175? Yup.
  • + 7
 Nice looking helmet, but I use normal sunglasses, not goggles... Thanks. #Borednduro
  • + 1
 Yes, A single shot of the helmet on a person and not wearing goggles would have been very helpful.
  • + 7
 That a Hell of a Met
  • + 2
 ah gawd, I just have to point this out because its a pretty poor reference. Archer windows were wide and tapered on the inside with a very small opening on the outside. The design of the helmet vents would actually direct branches into the helmet hahaha
  • + 1
 I'd suggest they're shaped to direct airflow in while maximizing the core foam protection... then a marketer got ahold of one, and magically they deflect branches! lol . To be fair, depending on the angle of approach they could stop branches that would penetrate a square walled opening of the exterior size.
  • + 4
 That side-shot looks like there's not enough roam in the helmet for his head.
  • + 5
 Getting worse these designs
  • + 1
 I tried one of these on at the NEC bike show and it didn't sit anything like that on my head, got to say though I was between the Bell Super 3, the FOX Metah and this one, the Metah just looked stupid, the Bell was nice but this one beat all of them in the comfort, ventilation and fit department.
  • + 5
 Goggles look more like forehead protector!
  • + 5
 Looks like a Session
  • + 3
 Great review, but I have one question. Is it flickable and playful yet stable at high speeds?
  • + 3
 Yeah. Does it climb like an XC lid but descend like a DH lid?
  • + 1
 I have a MET Lupo and it's a great helmet except for the straps. They are always in the wrong spot. They're annoying. The helmet is well ventilated and comfortable but those straps are crazy annoying.
  • + 1
 Not a bad night riding helmet actually. It seems you can get the light underneath the visor. Though the visor serves 0 purpose other than style, I hate removing my visor for my headlamp...
  • + 2
 Maybe the model has a tall head. Need more than one model to see how it sits.
  • + 1
 The photos of the roam on the Met website look a lot better. I think this model either has a lot of hair in there or a super long head.
www.met-helmets.com/products/mtb/roam
  • - 1
 Lol...at least Paul is wearing a Met helmet that's fit him this time around.
I still remember his review of the MET Parachute(a helmet that I freaking love and wear almost every ride) it was like 6 sizes too small and there was no way in he'll he could give an honest review on the parachute..totally mislead people about the helmet
  • + 1
 Finally a met helmet that doesn't look like a complete dog. But the coverage....it's not really deep enough on the front and sides. Look how high it is over the ear.
  • + 1
 Looks awesome! Might have to track one of these down to try on once I replace my TLD
  • + 1
 Why should I buy this when I can buy a safety award winning helmet like the 6D?
  • + 1
 Dunno, maybe because it's cheaper? Because it matches your head's shape better? Because you don't have a 6D dealer anywhere near you?
  • + 1
 @bonkywonky: MET- $170 w/ mips
6D - $150 w/ ODS

MET- Dealer only
6D- Online store available


Would you like to try again?
  • + 2
 @YouHadMeAtDrugs:

6D is really nice, but the shape doesn't work for everyone. I'm a 58cm head and medium is the right size, but they are too round and my head is more oval. Too much deadspace, and the helmet won't sit tight and stay put.

Helmet makers - include extra foam pad fit kits!!!
  • + 1
 Anyone know which model of smith goggles they are ? They look well vented and not massive .
  • + 1
 take off the visor and its circa 77 Bell foamy
  • + 1
 saw the first pic. went straight to comments. thanks did not dissapoint.
  • + 1
 Looks like a 20$ zefal from Walmart. Fits like one, jus saying
  • + 1
 Nice looking helmet...on the ground.
  • + 1
 Is bronduro a super hero? Or Charles Bronson in a contrived bike race?
  • + 1
 My God is this guy hiding a man bun under that helmet?
  • + 1
 $259 at MEC!?? I've never Met a half-shell helMet that is so expensive!
  • + 1
 Googles are way to high on his face and it's a gaper look
  • + 1
 Stop the tease release the updated Parachute
  • + 1
 Why is it cut so high above the ears? looks so weird
  • + 1
 So enduro.
  • + 3
 The Helmets are ok they have a jell forehead pad that is good in summer but not takes a bit to warm up when its cold, the strap clips just below your ears are complete shit they don't last the plastic is too thin and brittle. I replaced the clips with ones from an old Bell helmet they work great. This is not a new problem MET fix your shit clips.
  • + 1
 nice looking!
  • + 1
 UUUGGGGLLLYYYY
  • + 1
 My god that price
  • + 0
 Pricy $$$

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