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Specialized Echelon II Mips helmet review

Looking for a lid that won't break the bank? Matt Baird tests Specialized's best sub-£100 helmet for training and racing...

Our rating 
3.8 out of 5 star rating 3.8
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Aided by having their own wind tunnel, Specialized’s Evade helmet is a regular winner of our aero road helmets test.


The Echelon II is a third of the Evade’s price and it shows, namely in the 338g weight, clearly heavier than all of the lids on test. Some 25-45g of that will come from the additional MIPS liner, but the added weight was especially noticeable late in the day after much wheel turning.

The Echelon does everything else superbly well, though. Ventilation is aided by 31 sizeable air channels, comfort comes from decent pads, multiple adjustment positions and solid straps. It’s also compatible with Spesh’s ANGi crash detector navigation system. Plus, we love the striking colour choice.

Verdict: Comfy, stylish and safe. But about 50g too heavy.


Score: 76%