Road Cycling Accessories

Review: Rudy Project Windmax Road Helmet

Lorena Jones tests the Rudy Project Windmax Road Helmet, perfect for racing and commuting in!

For each review I write, I like to pride myself on being fair and providing pro’s and cons for each. But with the Rudy Project Windmax Road Helmet I am struggling to find any cons.

Despite, having ordered the Rudy Project Windmax Road helmet in my size I felt initially that it was far too small. As I soon realised that it wasn’t so much the fit that made me question the size, more the weight, or lack of.

The ultra-light Fibratek geometry reinforcement fabric provides structural reinforcement that binds the polycarbonate cover to the moulded helmet body and guarantees total protection and extreme lightness. In short, the Rudy Project Windmax Road helmet weighs in at just 220 grams and lives up to the lightness it boasts.

Until I had become used to the fit I felt as though the helmet would come off with the wind as I cycled. However, the more I wore the Rudy Project Windmax Road helmet the more confident I felt until I realized that this, in fact, was the lightest and most comfortable helmet I have worn. Well worth the time it took to get used to in terms of it’s style and design.

The size dial at the back of the Rudy Project Windmax Road helmet was slightly higher than on my last helmet so thought I would have to style my hair differently to accommodate.  No big deal but worth noting. That said, after a few rides I attempted to slide my hair between the size dial and the main body of the helmet as I have always worn it previously. Not only did my hair fit in this position, it felt more comfortable and made the helmet feel more secure.

More often than not I find the chin straps annoying, so much so I usually wear my helmet with the chin strap super loose and the head dial on the back of the helmet done up tightly to prevent the helmet from slipping out of place.

Surprisingly the chinstrap on the Rudy Project Windmax Road helmet is very comfortable, perhaps as a result of the padded layer provided. I have changed my ways as a direct result and now use the chinstrap more, which means less geeky helmet-head lines once the helmet is removed! Not only are they more comfortable, but I also found the straps to be easy to adjust where others can be quite fiddly.

I have always worn a cycle cap underneath my helmet, both to keep the heat in and any bugs and such that you may meet with along the way out. However, I haven’t used a cycle cap since wearing the Rudy Project Windmax Road helmet. Maybe this is a psychological factor or maybe the direct result of the double padding and 21 air vents that provide excellent ventilation whilst also preventing any unwanted guests from flying into the helmet and making my head itchy.

The Rudy Project Windmax Road helmet comes with own bag to pop it in for extra protection when traveling to and from races and/or events or even when being stored in between rides.

My initial idea was to use the Rudy Project Windmax Road helmet to race in and use another more standard fit for commuting. I have actually fallen in love with it’s attractive design and racy lines so much that I cant bring myself to opt for any other on a daily basis. #moreplease.

Distributor: Yellow Limited.

Price: £114.99 (RRP £169.99), available from Winstanley Bikes.


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