Reviewed: Specialized Ambush Women’s MTB Helmet

How much do you get for additional coverage?

Safety first, that’s what we always say and in cycling, safety starts with your head. Afterall, think bike, think helmet.

Mountain bike trail lids have indeed come a long way since the thick wadding of polystyrene and foam which used to rock around your head with ill-fitting precision and a weary sense of protection. Nowadays, helmets are more streamlined, elegant, more protective and they look pretty good too.

Buying Guide: MTB helmets

The Specialized Ambush women’s MTB helmet has been around for a few years and continues to be a big hitter amongst female riders, so why fix what isn’t broken? That’s exactly what Specialized believes. So we’ve put this popular lid to the test…

Specialized Ambush Women’s MTB Helmet

Photo: Chris Johnson

The shape of the Ambush immediately highlights the extensive coverage of the helmet, especially at the rear.

Constructed from a patented aramid-reinforced skeleton, Specialized has used patented Energy Optimized Multi-Density EPS to manage energy from impacts by absorbing and transferring around the structure.

Photo: Chris Johnson

There are five height settings with an integrated fitting dial at the back for fine tuning, and the visor has a great range of movement to accommodate goggle space and glasses.

The Ambush is available in a variety of colours, nothing too girly either! For more product information, head over to Specialized’s website here.

Specialized Ambush Women’s MTB Helmet: Verdict

Photo: Chris Johnson

The Specialized Ambush women’s MTB helmet has been designed to find a comfortable balance between the protection of a full-face lid and the ventilation of a trail lid, and I think Specialized has achieved just that.

The ventilation on this helmet is great. The air is sucked into the large openings and circulates comfortably around your head as you ride. The additional coverage at the rear provides more assurance and comfort without compromising on movement or breathability.

The only real negative I could find is the integrated fitting wheel in the real. It can be a little stiff and with only a small proportion revealed, it can be difficult to dial in the fit, especially if you have wet or muddy gloves… or gloves in general.

Weighing 325g for a medium size, the Ambush is pretty light when compared to its market rivals, the Montara and A2, however, this could be owing to the Ambush not having MIPS protection system.

If you’re looking for an all-around, well-ventilated helmet that has ample coverage, make sure you check out the Specialized Ambush women’s MTB helmet for starters.

Weight: 325g (medium)
Sizes: Small (51 – 57cm) / Medium (54 – 60cm) / Large (57 – 63cm)
Colourways: 8 Colours Available
Price: £100

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