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Met Allroad helmet review

4 Jun 2020
Verdict:

The Met Allroad is a versatile, lightweight, comfortable helmet at a budget price

Cyclist Rating: 
Price: 
£70
For 
Off- and on-road features • Light • Good fit for larger heads
Against 
No Mips option

The equivalent of manufacturers’ 'pink it and shrink it' approach to women’s kit is to colour their kit for gravel riders olive green. So when I opened the box and saw the Met Allroad’s matt battleship grey, although it still has the off-road look I was pleased to see a variant on the usual camo colour option.

But Met does better than that, with three matt black options, as well as white and yellow variants, so you don’t have to pretend you’re hiding from the enemy on your gravel rides.

Actually, the Met Allroad helmet is designed to be more versatile than just a gravel helmet. Its peak suggests that it’s primarily designed for off-road use. But this clips easily and securely in and out of the helmet’s vents without using studs, so you can leave it at home and have a more roadie look if you want.

For off-road use, it’s nice to keep the peak in place though. It protected me from being thwacked by an array of branches as I took to bridleways on a gravel bike and made me feel a bit more like a hardened gravel rider, rather than a lost roadie.

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For the recreational road rider and commuter, there’s a blinkie built into the rear dial adjuster. You can have either a constant or a flashing red light, powered by a non-rechargeable lithium ion coin cell. There are also a couple of thin reflective strips built into the rear side vents for more low light visibility.

So the Met Allroad helmet is a versatile option. It’s pretty light at 280g without the visor and 298g with it, for a size large helmet. Met quotes 265g for a medium, which will fit a 56cm to 58cm head. The Allroad is also inexpensive for a name brand model, being priced at £70.

 

I usually find that Met’s helmets fit my head shape well and the Allroad is no exception. It sat low on my head, rather than feeling perched on top of it, and the fit felt secure.

The rear cradle is easy to adjust, sliding up and down and with a good fit around the back of the head. The large dial adjuster makes it easy to alter while riding.

Met’s wide straps sit comfortably around the sides of the head and the chin too and there’s plenty of adjustment to the side straps and the buckle. Whereas I’m conscious of some helmets as I ride, the Allroad just feels fit and forget, doing its job quietly and unobtrusively.

 

Met’s foam pads are wide and comfortable too, and you can also fit its optional Dual Gel pads in the Allroad. Sitting across the brow, these help keep sweat out of your eyes and add a bit of extra comfort and durability.

Even without gel pads, the Allroad works well though; there’s plenty of airflow through the 16 fairly wide vents to keep your head cool even on slower, more sheltered off-road climbs and I didn’t feel that I was overheating in warm spring weather.

Being a lower priced helmet, the Met Allorad doesn’t offer a Mips option. But if you’re OK without that extra protection, it’s a first-rate lid for the price, with a bit of off-road cred built in.

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