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Kask Mojito3 helmet review

14 Sep 2020

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Verdict:

The Kask Mojito3 is a handsome update for a classic helmet

Cyclist Rating: 
Price: 
£130
For 
Comfortable • Good all-rounder • Unfussy design • Excellent chinstrap
Against 
No outstanding feature

The Kask Mojito is the Italian company’s do-it-all road helmet. It’s not the lightest in Kask’s range, or the most aerodynamic, or the most ventilated, or the cheapest. It’s the one that does a little bit of everything at a pretty decent price, which is why Kask claims to have sold almost a million Mojitos since it launched in 2016.

This latest model for 2020 is the Kask Mojito³, or Mojito ‘Cubed’ if you like. It’s the third version of the Mojito, although most people failed to notice any differences between the second version, called the Mojito X, and the original.

That’s not the case this time around. The Mojito³ is a different looking beast to its predecessors. Gone are the sharp fins, the pronounced ridges and teardrop vents. The new helmet is altogether smoother and more refined.

 

The overall look is more rounded and the ridges across the top have been squared off, as have the vents. It’s a more uniform, understated shape, with fewer reflective stickers and minimal branding.

Colour options include white, black, matt black, grey, fluoro orange and fluoro yellow. There are no mixed colours or flashy touches – it has all been kept very simple.

The overall effect is to make the Mojito³ feel classy and mature, a move that should appeal to road riders who care more about looking and feeling good on a bike rather than shaving two seconds off their 10km time-trial time.

 

Helmet safety

The safety aspects of a helmet are not something we can easily verify – we’re not paid enough to engage in high-speed crashes and assess the outcome – so we’ll just have to take the company’s word for it.

According to Kask, the updated Mojito³ surpasses European safety certificate requirements by 48%. In comparison to the Mojito X, the Mojito³ also boasts improvements of 32% for rear impacts, 25% for front impacts and 12% for top impacts.

As safety is the main reason for wearing a helmet, any improvements are welcome, although the new Mojito still doesn’t include a Mips insert to help prevent damage from rotational impacts.

 

Ventilation and aerodynamics

Short of building a wind-tunnel and investing in cranial thermometers, it is also tricky to provide an objective assessment of aerodynamics and ventilation in a helmet. Suffice to say that both are acceptable while being unremarkable in the Mojito³.

Kask’s own rating system puts the Mojito³ at four stars out of five for ventilation. That puts it just behind its climber’s helmet, the Valegro (£169), and on a par with its aero helmet, the Utopia (£219), and its super-all-rounder, the Protone (£199).

The latest Mojito has just 17 vents compared to the previous version’s 26, but the new helmet’s vents are bigger and Kask claims that ventilation has been improved as a result.

 

Certainly, you would need a preternaturally sensitive scalp to be able to determine the difference in airflow between the two helmets, but the new Mojito³ seems to do a perfectly decent job of cooling on hot days in the saddle.

As for aerodynamics, Kask rates the Mojito³ at three stars, on a par with the Valegro but behind the Protone (four stars) and Utopia (five stars).

The sleeker design would hint at a more aerodynamic shape than the Mojito X, however Kask doesn’t offer any data on this front, mainly because the Mojito was never meant as an aero helmet so it’s not really an issue.

 

Weight

Kask claims that the Mojito³ comes in at 230g for a size medium. On Cyclist’s kitchen scales it weighs 236g, which is 8g heavier than the previous Mojito X.

An increase in weight is unusual for an update, but it is unnoticeable in practice and seems like a reasonable pay-off if Kask’s safety improvements are true.

For card-carrying weight-weenies, the Mojito³ may not be the first choice, as it is heavier than almost all the other helmets in Kask’s range, including the entry-level Rapido (£69) which comes in at 220g. However, this is academic as the Mojito³ is still easily light enough to wear all day on long rides with no sense of restriction or fatigue.

 

Fit and comfort

Where the Mojito³ really shines is in how well it fits and how comfortable it is to wear.

For this latest version Kask has introduced its Octo Fit retention system that was previously only found on its top-end helmets. This means that a mini-dial at the rear adjusts a free-floating band that runs right around the inside of the helmet, tightening from all angles.

It makes for a neat and secure fit that holds the helmet perfectly in place without squeezing or rubbing. The rear part of the Octo Fit system also adjusts vertically, ensuring it grips snugly at the base of the skull.

The pads inside are generous in width and thickness, making for very soft contact points, and the pad comes as a single piece so it can be easily removed for washing without having to deal with lots of small, individual segments.

Kask also claims the padding is antibacterial and antimicrobial. Certainly it seems to resist sweat well and doesn’t descend into a slushy mess after a hard day’s riding.

Best of all is the eco-leather chinstrap. It may seem like a minor part of the helmet, but a poor chinstrap can ruin a helmet by rubbing, twisting, flapping or dangling.

The Mojito³’s chinstrap does none of those things. It feels soft, smooth, secure and cool against the skin, providing the finishing touch to an exceptionally comfortable helmet.

 

In conclusion

The Mojito³ is very much for the regular cyclist who is not concerned with getting optimal performance advantages. Style and comfort win out over weight and speed.

And, if we’re being honest, that’s what most of us really need.

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