Continuing the helmet theme, thought id give my 2c on the Kask Protone i got a few months back
Ive put a few hundred kms on it, regualar loops and a session through the hills.
Purchased from BikeandRunPlanet.com in Italy, $330 delivered in about 4 days. Certainly the pointy end of the field when it comes to price, but if im going to keep it for as long as i kept the catlike i had previously, i dont think its so bad in the grand scheme of things.
So theres plenty of close up pics of the actual lid on the net via bikeradar etc so i wont delve into that too much.
The helmet is certainly as per Kasks known quality, light and fit is excellent. I attribute this to two main things
- the leather chin strap, so comfy, and certainly feels more ‘premium’ because of it
- the adjustable cradle for the back of your head
Both of these combined make it a really great fitting lid imo, even the small things like the flat straps that dangle around your ears, much appreciated when you go back to say the Giro Air Attack that dosnt have it. The POC also has this feature
Tightening mechanism also good.
So, Aero. Lets be clear, the only thing aero that i (and most i think) would notice is the shape. Thats about it, unless you actually race of course.
The all important sunny holder, i think the positions of the vents make it quite a secure location for sunnies, so a big thumbs up in that regard.
Caps, i have to say, i dont think caps really suit this lid, i dont know, looks kind of weird. Some lids just dont suit having caps underneath them, and i think the Protone is one of them imo.
Temp wise, having only used it in the cooler months i cant comment how hot it gets so will have to get back to that. This mornings loops was a 9deg start and i wasnt wearing a cap like i normally do. Maybe a little cooler than normal but that could be purely on the weather and no cap, so no real controls to compare properly. Its definitely cooler than the AirAttack though!
The all important sunglass arm fouling the cradle, while it dos make contact, i find the tips of the arms sit ‘in’ the cradle so its not an issue at all. Again, this maybe a personal thing as the more wider you adjust the cradle, the more chances of the sunnies making contact with the cradle. For me personally with my radar xls, not an issue. No contact with the helmet itself
Initial summary, im happy. And i think this one is keeper, combination of the small things and some good design make it worthwhile imo.
A quick comparo, AirAttack - max id pay is $200, the visor is probably the biggest selling point and that alone makes it worth it, everything else is a little meh, the POC, if it had the similar leather chin strap i think it would be worth the $300 price tag, but it just loses out imo because it dosnt have it, plus its super mushroom style. Protone, winner all round in my eyes.
Pics below, any questions or paritcular pics you need feel free to ask