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SPECIALIZED S-WORKS PREVAIL II WITH ANGi
We already liked Specialized’s top lightweight race helmet, the Prevail, so we had to wonder how much could be done to improve it. As it turns out, quite a lot. The S-Works Prevail II now features an ANGi crash sensor, which can send textmessage alerts to loved ones in the event of a crash, as well as GPS tracking data. EPS construction with multi-density foam paired with a robotically woven, Aramidreinforced skeleton leads to a better, safer fit that sits lower on the head. To drop weight and increase comfort without losing valuable crash protection, Specialized worked with MIPS to create an exclusive MIPS SL liner, which is integrated into the helmet padding. Plus, updated air intake channels both increase cooling and help save a claimed six seconds over 40 kilometers. And, perhaps our favorite feature, the new Gutter Action System keeps sweat out of your eyes. $250; 260g (size M); specialized.com
LAZER CAMELEON MIPS
When it comes to helmets, we always opt for the safest ones possible. So we’re glad to see MIPS technology, once available almost exclusively in the most expensive helmets, trickling its way down to price ranges south of $100. Though just a third the price of Lazer’s top-end helmets, the $80 Cameleon MIPS retains some of our favorite Lazer features, including the Advanced Rollsys System, which offers continuous adjustment, rather than the indexed clicks found on most helmet fit systems. Thirteen vents help with airflow, while an optional rear LED light option increases safety. It comes with a visor, which is easy to ditch if that messes with your look. And speaking of looks, with minimal bulk, this is one of the better-looking sub-hundred-dollar helmets we have tried. $80; 319g (medium); lazersport.com