Kask Vertigo Helmet, Team Sky Edition Review

FEATURES

  • In-moulding innovative construction with reinforced frame for additional safety
  • Ventilation is achieved by means of 24 large air vents, arranged to optimize aerodynamics
  • Unique UP-N- DOWN size hinged adjustment system gives the ultimate fit in terms of precision, comfort and security
  • Ventilated, non-stick pads at nape of neck for additional security
  • Easy-clean leatherette chin strap
  • Nylon thermo fixed straps, which have soft lateral spacers where these straps are in contact with the skin, to give excellent
  • ventilation and comfort
  • Chin pad is made from non-allergic imitation leather which improves wearing comfort and eliminates skin irritation
  • Quick release micrometric buckle
  • 3D internal padding optimizes the wicking away and evaporation of sweat, and are removable and washable
  • High-visibility reflector stickers on the back of the helmet and on every strap for maximum safety
  • Weight: 270grams
  • Available sizes: M (48-58 cm) and L (59-62 cm)
  • Available Colors: Team Sky, White/Silver, White/Lime, White/Red and White/Blue
  • Comes with its own carry bag
  • 100% made in Italy

FROM THE MANUFACTURER
A top of the line helmet, offering unsurpassed comfort and fit, together with all Italian styling and manufacture, which incorporates a number of unique design features that make it stand out from the rest. One of the safest, best fitting and most stylish range of cycling helmets available globally. The all-Italian-made KASK helmets are the choice of Team Sky, where no secret is made of the fact that every element has been selected to deliver a winning advantage for the team. The superior quality of the KASK styling and workmanship that has gone into these helmets is evident in the overall finish and attention to detail in every feature. In particular, the helmet incorporates a unique hinged adjustment system that allows for both size and up/down adjustment, which together comfortably cradle the nape of the neck. The helmet size can be adjusted using either the dial or finger push system. This system also includes ventilated, non-stick pads. Working together, these features give the helmet a superior fit and deliver a feeling of improved security that is quite unlike any other helmet.

INITIAL THOUGHTS
At first glance, the Team Sky Edition KASK is jaw dropping. It felt light, and I was duly impressed when I was able to get it seated perfectly on my head within seconds. I was instantly faster, gaining 30 watts just by wearing it. Also, that last sentence is false.

LOOK
Top notch! I felt PRO, and immediately began trying to sort out my finances in order to secure further Team SKY gear to match the helmet. I did receive some ribbing from a friend and former continental elite rider who thought the helmet looked as if it was sitting a bit low on my head. I quickly reminded him that simply by wearing the helmet, I was closer to the PRO peloton than he had ever gotten. Problem solved.

FEEL
Although I have gotten some feedback from other riders that complained about the rear straps pinching or rubbing at the back of their heads, I’d like to blame their mild discontent on the flowing locks of their euro-mullets. Showoffs. For me the helmet sat on my bald head quite nicely from the beginning. Unofficially and most certainly un-scientifically, the Kask Vector seems to have a bit more of a round form factor, which is great for my head shape. After a twist of the central ratchet at the back, and I had a quick, snug fit. The buckle snaps firmly under the chin and the straps are adjustable and fit nicely around the ears.

ECONOMIC IMPACT
A tad on the pricey side considering available offerings from other companies with helmets of similar weight and technology that come in at lower price points.

FINAL THOUGHTS
While most certainly a PRO looking helmet with a great- bordering on excellent – fit, I do have a couple of marginal complaints. First, the much heralded “3D Internal Padding” wasn’t quite as comfortable as I’d hoped. It may have more to do with my lack of long flowing locks than it does the padding, but for the sake of this review, I was unimpressed. A second, much more glaring error: With “24 large air vents”, you would think that the fine people at Kask would’ve accounted for the need to place your sunglasses somewhere convenient on the front of the helmet. How else am I going to impress and intimidate on those Sunday coffee rides?

RATING
Cat 1/PRO

~Shawn M

*NOTE: THIS PRODUCT WAS GIVEN TO ME AT NO CHARGE FOR REVIEWING. I WAS NOT PAID OR OTHERWISE COMPENSATED TO GIVE THIS REVIEW AND IT WILL HAVE MY HONEST OPINION OR THOUGHTS THROUGH OUT. I DO NOT RECEIVE A SALARY OR WAGE FOR THESE REVIEWS, BUT I F THAT SHOULD CHANGE I PROMISE YOU’LL BE THE FIRST TO KNOW.