If you’ve seen the Urge Enduromatic helmet review here on Mountain Biking Resources, you’ll know that I’m not cool or “yoof” enough to get away with one of those helmets, in my own opinion. (if you haven’t seen it, the review is here).
As a typical member of the Mountain Biking demographic, my middle-age-approaching, middle-class sensibilities made me choose a 661 Recon Helmet for my days & nights out on the trails.
Why Would Anyone Choose The 661 Recon MTB Helmet?
This helmet has quite an understated style, matched to a high specification trail lid with good protection for your full noggin. It’s easy to see how low the back portion of the helmet offers extra protection when compared to a more traditional bike helmet. So, your head’s well covered.
As you’d expect, there’s plenty of venting through 18 holes to keep the air flowing around your flowing locks (or balding pate in my case) and since owning this lid, I’ve had one hot sunny day’s chance to test out the heat dissipating abilities of this big-looking head case – it did keep me cool much more efficiently than I’d expected.
Adjustment is via the Detox Retention Fit System, which is an easy-to-tighten ratchet affair on the back of the hat, which can be easily done on the fly with one hand if you’ve left things a bit loose when you set off. It’s available in two sizes so you shouldn’t have a problem finding one to cradle your cranium.
Since owning the 661 Recon, I’ve had no complaints. It looks good, even on a portly 42 year old man and it protects really well. I took a spill on a recent ride around Rivington (also mentioned on this website) and bashed it forwards into the gravel and soil. The visor popped off on one side but otherwise there were no marks at all. I’m pretty sure that my forehead wouldn’t have taken the impact in such a businesslike way! I can honestly say I’d recommend this helmet to you.
If you’ve got one of these, or if you have any opinions about their design, fit or capabilities, let me know with the comments form below. If you’d like to get a closer look, check them out on Wiggle or at your favourite Local Bike Shop.
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