Tested by: Ross Mowbray|£169.99|www.cabergcares.co.uk
Caberg has aimed its new mid-range XTRACE helmet at riders who are passionate about street enduro and off-road. So really, this is a multipurpose lid that’s made to keep you safe no matter whether you’re cruising through town or blasting down green lanes. In fact, the lid can actually be adjusted to suit its purpose, taking advantage of multiple possible configurations, which can be achieved without the use of tools. The options are; with the peak and visor, without the peak or without the visor (allowing you to use goggles in an off-road environment).
The Caberg XTRACE is made from a polycarbonate shell, which is available in a couple of sizes to help offer the best fit without compromising safety. It’s equipped with a double visor system, which includes a Pinlock ready anti-scratch visor on the outside that offers a fantastic field of vision, and an easy to operate, flip down, anti-scratch internal sun visor to help improve vision in direct sunlight. Ventilation is provided by three air vents, which are relatively easy to operate while wearing gloves. There’s a vent on the chin guard which drives air directly to the inner side of the visor to avoid misting, while the two vents on top of the lid channel fresh air inside the helmet through numerous air grooves and the rear vent removes hot and stale air. The venting is good – forcing plenty of air through the helmet, keeping you cool while preventing the visor fogging.
There’s also a removable and washable lining made from transpiring fabrics – which is invaluable if you’re intending to use this lid off-road, as it’ll inevitably need a wash after a hard day on the trails. The wind stop device under the chin guard and the breath guard are both removable too.
Overall, I’m really impressed with this helmet. It’s comfortable, light when on, stylish and practical. Admittedly, wind noise can be a little painful at consistent high speeds (mainly motorways) – and the peak can be a bit of an inconvenience in a similar environment. But, with the option to configure the lid yourself, then you’ll easily be able to find a setup that works for you and your next two-wheeled adventure. In short, Caberg is offering a lot of helmet for the money – with three separate setups in one refined package.