Well, looking at the Specialized web page, it looks like the prices have dropped quite a bit on the previously spendy Specialized Decibel Pro Fit. Thus, protecting the ole’ brain becomes even more of a no-brainer.
I am a pretty big guy with thick hair and we have some grueling climbs on our punishing singletrack here in my corner of the Southwest. My head gets hot when I ride and I always used to find myself sticking my fingers into the vents on my previous helmet at breaks, trying to get some increased airflow. That problem has gone away with the Decibel, and it’s a lot lighter, too. There is a big mouth right under the visor that scoops fresh air and directs it onto the forehead. Air coming in the mouth and through the spacious inline vents flows over the head, exiting through a large set of rear exhaust ports, providing a very effective system for getting the heat off of my head. Weighing in at only 325 grams, Specialized maximizes the airflow in the Decibel Pro Fit with a carbon fiber reinforced internal structure they call inner matrix, which allows larger vents without compromising strength.
With a helmet this comfortable and light on your head, you might wonder if you actually are protecting the noggin, and the answer is yes. In addition to in-house impact testing at Specialized, the Decibel also carries the independent Snell Memorial Foundation accreditation.
|Looking super fly!|
Getting a great, secure fit with this helmet is a snap with the Pro Fit retention system and the U-turn strap adjusters. A quick press with the thumbs on the two rear-side adjusters and the helmet is secure, snug and comfortable. It really sits exactly where it is supposed to on your head and it stays there. The straps don’t press too tightly against your face, so sweaty, slimy straps during the ride aren’t as big of a problem as I have faced before.
This helmet fits so good, I nearly forget I have it on. My one complaint is that no helmet can keep me from sweating, and the pads on this lid are really thin. I’d be happier if the pads absorbed more sweat so that I could control the drain with a well-timed press. Also, the pad on the top of the head is thin and some riders note that they “feel” the helmet right on the top of their head. I don’t have that problem, but I can see where it might come from, so try it on first.
I find the fit to be superb, with an easy system for tuning in a snug, comfortable and safe position. I think it’s a great visual design and my wife says it looks good, too, but saying stuff like that might be part of that contract we signed way back when. So see how it feels on your head, look in the mirror and if it passes those two tests, you’ll like this lid.
Retail price: $85
|The Decibel helmet is so adjustable that it even fits stickman.|