Helmets are always a tricky thing to get right. It's the most important piece of protection to equip yourself with on the bike, so you need to make sure it's fit for purpose, and right for you. There's a number of criteria to be satisfied before investing in a good helmet: Does it have adequate protection? Is it the right type of helmet for my riding style? Does it fit? Functional? What colour does it come in?
For the past few months, I've been bedding in the IXS Trail RS helmet after hearing some great reviews about it. It's the same worn by Elite downhill racer, Katy Curd, so I decided to put it to the test for myself.
This all-mountain trail helmet has great coverage, ensuring all the important parts of the head all well protected by the EPS absorbing material. It's lightweight in the hand, weighing roughly 340g so it doesn't feel clunky or heavy to ride in.
The 22 ventilation system ensures your head stays cool, even on those hot days, by channelling the airflow directly into the helmet. The visor is fully adjustable which allows for you glasses or goggles to tuck in nicely when you don't need them. The vertical and horizontal position of the helmet can be adjusted in small increments, making it ideal for finding that perfect fit.
This has to be one of the most comfortable helmets I've ever tried. The strategically placed padding lining the inside of the helmet has great contact points with the head, so you have the protection and the comfort for a long day of riding.
The additional material around the chin straps is a bonus luxury, even though it's prone to getting dirty and wet against the skin in the rain. The Y-clip fastening system is easy to use with even the muddiest of gloves.
The ratchet wheel at the back of the helmet adjust the helmets size in small enough increments that allow you to find that snug fit, without compromising on comfort. The front end is fairly low, so while the visor offers sun protection, it can be a little annoying when it just creeps into your eye-line.
At no point did I feel too hot, or stuffy in the IXS trail helmet, probably owing to the impressive cooling system of integrated vents.
The IXS Trail RS is impressively comfortable to wear. It's lightweight and attractive design doesn't have you feeling like a bobble head while bouncing around on the trails.
It satisfies my criteria for providing great coverage, comfort, functionality and it's available in 5 awesome colours. I went for red, as it's my favourite.
Like with most helmets, heads come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so although this might be great for me and my noggin, it's always best to try-before-you-buy.