I was lucky enough to get my hands on a piece of cycling kit from a brand that I rarely see on the roads around here, but have been seeing more and more in cycling media. I tested the Mojito helmet from Kask, a manufacturer probably best known in North America for their sponsorship of Team Sky in the ProTour (especially with the yellow versions they’ve worn as leaders of the overall team classification in this year’s Tour de France!) and their unique teardrop shaped TT helmets. Kask is relatively new to Canada, but they are sure to be finding their way onto more cyclist’s heads in the future.
I should give a disclaimer that I am not an “average” bike helmet user. I have quite a large head (huge according to my wife) and have always had a hard time finding the perfect helmet. I want to be upfront with that since my thoughts on fit/sizing may be outside of the normal experience. However, in my defense I believe that finding the right size helmet for your head size/shape almost always requires trying on a bunch of them to find the one that ‘feels’ the best.
Visually, the Mojito helmet looked great – I received the red and white version. The vents are plentiful and well placed. It has got some cool features like a leatheretter chin strap pad that is supposed to be more comfortable than the nylon strap against your skin. The rear suspension has an up/down adjustment which is supposed to help with setting up the best fit for your head. The Mojito helmet feels nice and light but still seems durable enough to last a long time with daily use. The outer shell extends over the exposed foam around the edge of the helmet which I think looks good, but also adds a bit more protection.
I’ve worn this helmet on a number of road rides and have grown to like it more each time I have used it. On the first use, I was a little overzealous with my use of the up/down rear suspension adjustment and pulled it down quite low. This felt comfortable on the back of my head, but it made the helmet feel like it was sliding back and up my forehead. I also had trouble with the arms of my sunglasses fighting over space behind my ears with the plastic suspension components. I rotated the suspension up, and this solved both problems. There was now room for my sunglass arms, and the helmet stayed sitting lower and more comfortably on my forehead.
The ventilation functioned quite well. It was very hot every time I rode with the Mojito helmet, and it kept my head cool with lots of airflow. I had a couple of instances of what I consider to be the ultimate helmet airflow test – when a large insect flies into one of the vents, and is immediately ejected out of the helmet. This happened 3 times so far, and the bug was spit out each time! The only issue I found was that I wasn’t able to find a good place to hold my sunglasses in the front vents when I wanted them off my face. This was a minor issue and specific to my sunglasses.
The straps fit very comfortably and were quite easy to get adjusted. I liked that the straps sat close to the head around the ears and they didn’t interfere with my sunglasses. I was worried that the leatherette chin section of the strap would get hot/sweaty but this wasn’t the case at all.
It took a few rides to get used to the feel of this new helmet, but I am liking it. As I mentioned earlier, it is always good to try various helmets since head sizes and shapes are so different and no helmet can be perfect for everyone. Hopefully Kask Helmets will find their way into more stores and you will have the chance to give the Mojito a try.