The Specialized Propero II helmet packs a wealth of features into a modestly priced helmet, and so performs far better than the £70 price tag would suggest.
With similar features to the higher priced S-Works, this helmet is lightweight, comfortable and excellent value for money. We plumped for the bright and flashy Lululemon team colourway, though the helmet is available in a choice of other more low key colours.
At first glance, I was slightly underwhelmed with the overall appearance of the Specialised Propero II; the large horizontal vent across the front results in a less than streamlined look, almost giving the impression that the helmet is sitting higher on your head than it actually is. The Headset SL retention system also peeks up though the vent and I wasn’t totally sold on the lack of outer shell at the back of the helmet. If that’s a concern then look at Specialized’s Andorra helmet, which extends further round.
That aside, the Propero II sits in the perfect position and the overall profile is pleasingly slim. The Headset SL retention system is simple to adjust; the dial at the back makes fine-tuning the fit a piece of cake. You’re also offered the option of adjusting the height of the Propero by popping out the fasteners inside the helmet; the 20mm range was more than adequate although I found that I didn’t need it myself.
The Women’s Specialised Propero II features slim, ultra soft DryLite nylon straps and the Tri-Fix web splitter system. Unlike many helmets, the splitter is fixed, so you actually can’t adjust where it lies in relation to your ears, but I didn’t find that to be a problem as it’s well placed to begin with.
One bonus of the fixed splitter is the single strap under your chin. It’s super easy to adjust with one hand and it’s far more comfortable than having double straps merging underneath your chin. The Tri-Fix web splitter is also substantially less bulky than many rival systems, which though adjustable, can be awkward and fiddly.
Ventilation is excellent; large vents and deep recesses channel the air all the way through the helmet, providing a cooling stream of air across the top of the helmet. Another bonus is the weight, at just 238g, it’s no wonder you barely feel like you’re wearing a helmet.
Supremely comfortable and a bargain to boot, the Specialized Women’s Propero II is such a dream to wear that I give it a big thumbs up. Any minor gripes about the look are far outweighed by its performance.
Lightweight, comfortable and excellent value for money
Looks like it sits high
More info: Specialized Women’s Propero II Helmet
What Specialized says about the Propero II helmet
This race-inspired design is known for its great fit and great value. With similar features to the S-Works Prevail—like the Tri-Fix webbing system and 4th Dimension Cooling—the Propero II handles even the most intense efforts on the pavement.
- 4th Dimension Cooling System with Mouthport
- Headset SL fit system with 4-position height adjustability is secure and easy to adjust on the fly
- Tri-Fix web splitter for improved comfort and ease of strap adjustments
- Composite matrix internal reinforcement allows larger vents for greater cooling
- Soft 4X DryLite webbing material won’t stretch out with sweat or water
- Complies with one or more of the following safety standards for bicycle helmets: CPSC, SNELL B90A, CE and AS/NZS