Famed for its breathability and comfort, Specialized had a job on their hands when it came to improving their iconic Prevail road cycling helmet. However, by listening to their ambassadors and well... you, the consumers, they've managed to make some headway.
What's most noticeable about the new Specialized S-Works Prevail II is the lower the profile which creates a closer fit to the head. By re-working the use of EPS multi-density foam and the external skeleton of the design, they've shaved the profile down so it fits better and improves safety.
So what else has Specialized changed, and more importantly, how does the new model perform?
Specialized S-Works Prevail II
Looking at the technology in this helmet then, it's constructed from a patented Energy Optimized Multi-Density EPS to help manage impact energy, coupled with a patented aramid-reinforced skeleton which provides internal EPS support.
The fitting system uses Mindset HairPort II micro-dial fit technology with height adjustability along with Tri-Fix web splitter for comfort and ease of strap adjustments.
The ventilation of this helmet is pretty well thought through, deep internal channels and large vents have been carefully placed in all the right areas to optimise airflow throughout.
Additional features include reflective detailing to increase rider visibility in low-light conditions and a detachable clip-on visor is included if you need additional sun protection or you fancy a little messy off-road adventuring.
Specialized S-Works Prevail II: Verdict
What first struck me was just how light the Prevail II helmet is. At 190g (size medium), it's considerably lighter than the Bell Zephyr and Liv Rev, both at 280g. However, this could be attributed to both the Zephyr and Rev using MIPS technology.
The Specialized S-Works Prevail II is certainly comfortable and not just by how it fits, but also by how it channels the airflow through and around your head to keep you feeling cool. I love the low-profile shape which gives the overall look a neat finish, not to mention inspires a great deal of aero confidence.
The new 2018 model currently retails for around £175 which places it at the slightly higher end of the budget spectrum. If you're looking to save weight and improve your aero points, then this is certainly a helmet for consideration, but if neither of these elements is critical for you, there are more affordable models on the market with just as much, and more, protective technology.
For more information on the Specialized S-Works Prevail II road helmet, head over to their website here.
Weight: 190g (medium size without visor)
Sizes: Small 51-56cm / Medium 55-59cm / Large 57-63cm
Colourways: Four colourways to choose from
Price: ~ £175
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