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Van Rysel Racer helmet review

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

Our rating 
4.3 out of 5 star rating 4.3
£39.99
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From Decathlon’s in-house brand Van Rysel, the Van Rysel Racer helmet offers fine ventilation via the 16 mostly vast vents and, as our Silverstone wind-tunnel testing in 2019 proved, superior aerodynamics in wide crosswinds (it was less impressive into direct headwinds).

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The weight of 260g is impressive and among the lightest here. We also like the dual colour scheme for added on-road visibility and the polycarbonate shell that covers the exposed polystyrene.

Sadly, it loses marks due to the firm front padding, a tricky-to-adjust retention system and straps that tend to loosen the longer you ride. If you want to spend even less, Van Rysel’s £30 RoadR 500 also comes highly recommended.

Verdict: Well vented, affordable, and sometimes aero

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Score: 86%