Helmets, the epitome of safety throughout the history of man. They have a very simple job to do, to stop gravity tag-teaming with hard surfaces against your skull. Almost every sport that has any kind of physical requirements come with some kinds of helmets, from boxing to Aussie rules football and from rally racing to war. Helmets are also the only safety item that can save your life when cycling, as otherwise you’ll mostly get bruises or a helmet would not have saved you otherwise (ie. the point of no return).
Before I always was a bad boy and I never used a helmet when riding on the road. I felt it restrictive and hot. I don’t mean hot in a sexy way, because those helmets usually made you the exact opposite. I already had learned to fall with my alpine habits, so I wasn’t even too worried. Which was dumb. Anyhow, after I met Maarten, he convinced me to start using helmets and I heartily agreed when he was ordering a load of them from an Italian company called LAS.
Most helmets you see are the usual suspects: Giro, Bell and MET – which I think are the main players in the helmet industry, and they do have a large variety of both budget and quality helmets. There are a million reviews about them, but I’ll talk about the new entry-level helmet series – The Iceberg from LAS.
I’ve been using it now for about four months, riding in cool temperatures (below 10 degrees Celsius) and it hot (close to 40 degrees Celsius) and after the first few days I felt right at home with it. It comes with an aerodynamic design and it also has 22 vents together with internal grooves to keep your head cool. The helmet comes with two kinds of padding: A classic liner in two piece and a single-piece mesh liner to keep the bugs out. The padding attaches to the helmet with velcro pads and so far they’ve survived quite a lot of punishment. So has the visor you see in the first picture is included in the price and it is attached with plastic pins and a piece of velcro.
The Iceberg helmets come in three colors: Red-White-Black, Blue-White-Black and plain White. All of them come in two sizes, small (53cm to 58cm) and large (58cm to 63cm) which have a large range thanks to the adjustment dial in the back. As you figured out, I don’t have too much experience with a large variety of helmets but I think the Iceberg is pretty light at 235 grams and I haven’t felt any ill effects from it so far. The only “negative” issue with the helmet I’ve found is that when you lean forward enough, you might sometimes get some sweat dripping from the forehead padding, but I think that’s an issue with all helmets.
A light entry-level helmet with good and solid adjustments, but the price of around €100 might scare buyers – even though helmets are the wrong place to save.