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Reviews Specialized Echelon

Specialized Echelon

Don’t let its ‘recreational’ tag put you off: this 290g helmet fits and performs a lot better than many more expensive lids.

For a start, the four-point retention cradle slides on without any head-wriggling and grasps your head in a gentle but secure hold.

It’s actually the same cradle used on the top-end Specialized lids. The straps are top quality and come complete with effective adjustment cams.

The pads inside are excellent and the vents themselves are very well placed. The ‘Mega Mouthport’ forehead strip helps dry sweat before it gets in your eyes, and big exhaust ports and internal channelling mean plenty of cooling breeze across your scalp.

The deep, rounded shape feels properly protective rather than perched, while three different-sized shells mean it’s easy to find a perfect fit.

The hardshell extends nearly all the way to the bottom of the liner to help protect what is a very wise and top-value investment.

Contact : Specialized UK 020 8391 3500 www.specialized.com

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Matt is a regular contributor to 220 Triathlon, having joined the magazine in 2008. He’s raced everything from super-sprint to Ironman, duathlons and off-road triathlons, and can regularly be seen on the roads and trails around Bristol. Matt is the author of Triathlon! from Aurum Press and is now the editor of Cycling Plus magazine.

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