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Abus Tec-Tical Pro v.2 helmet – review

In an ideal world, you’d need just the one helmet for all types of riding. And, for the most part, you can unless you really want to get aero, but fashion is a fickle mistress and for that reason peaks on helmets are shunned by roadies but welcomed by mountain bikers.

For that purpose Abus includes a quick release visor as part of the package with their range topping Tec-Tical lid. It lives up to its top line billing with an in-moulded and extremely well ventilated shell, easily adjustable straps and a quick adjust retention system.

Pro cyclists may well be paid to use certain pieces of kit, but when it comes to items like helmets if they’re not up to the job then they won’t get used. Bora Argon 18 ride in the Tec-Tical Pro, but if the team issue colours aren’t your bag, then it’s also available in blue and green.

Given that pros are riding all day there are two criteria that any helmet needs to meet: it must be light and it needs to be well ventilated. Fortunately, for the most part, you don’t get one of these without the other. The more vents a helmet has, the lighter it tends to be, which makes sense as holes don’t weigh anything. The Tec-Tical features 20 inlet holes and 11 outlets connected by internal channels designed to direct warm air away from your head. Unsurprisingly, it works. In fact, it might work a little too well as when the weather cooled down I needed a skull cap on early morning rides to avoid getting too cold.

All in all the helmet weighs 345g including the visor, and 260g without, and that means it’s hardly noticeable when wearing it, even on long rides.

But it doesn’t matter how light a helmet is if it doesn’t fit properly and, like many of the better helmets out there, the Tec-Tical features an easily adjustable retention system. Abus’s Zoom system is basically a plastic strap that runs around both sides of the helmet meeting at the back inside a twist buckle that pulls them tight. Once tightened the helmet feels extremely snug and almost secure enough to use without the chinstrap. And that itself is adjustable on each side using quick release catches, and there’s a small foam pad over the clip-in buckle for extra comfort.

Conclusion

Helmet fit is a personal thing, and very dependent on head shape, but for me the Abus Tec-Tical Pro V2 gives a great fit. The Zoom retention system makes it even better, being very easy to tighten and release. In regular use the venting in the shell works really well. The Tec-Tical Pro V2 represents great value for money as a top-of-the-range helmet when you compare what you get to that from more established helmet brands.

Pros

– Light
– Easily adjustable
– Well-ventilated

Cons

– Minor, but can be too cool in cold weather

 

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