MET Sine Thesis helmet review£189.99

Well-made helmet that's high on style but has issues with comfort

BikeRadar score2/5

MET was an early exponent of in-moulding for the outer shell of helmets, and this continues under much of the lower edge of the Sine Thesis, although some parts still lack complete protection.

    Long vents and angular styling with bold colours are unmistakeably Italian. Those long large vents force a lot of air through the helmet, cooling superbly via the deep internal channels. There’s lots of options for sunglass storage when climbing too.

    The snug overall fit is helped by the minimal silicone pads, but there is one hard rear section behind one of the pads, which rubbed against our head and really wasn’t comfortable for testers with larger, more-rounded heads. The large silicone brow pad presses evenly against the skin though, and doesn’t heat up as much as a normal pad.

    The rear cradle has four height adjustment stops and fits quite low, with a rotary dial to adjust the size, which is simple to use, even on the move.

    The ventilated straps keep the helmet’s overall weight down, but they unfortunately exit the rim of the helmet at the temple at an angle that forces them to twist, and present much of their profile to the wind.

    Comfort wasn’t great – we found we would often catch even short hair in the rear cradle when putting the helmet on, and the silicone brow pad does leave parallel lines on your forehead. It didn’t feel very comfortable on the bike either, there a few unwelcome internal edges, which were hard to ignore.

    This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

    Robin Wilmott

    Tech Writer, Tech Hub, UK,
    Robin began road cycling in 1988, and with mountain bikes in their infancy, mixed experimental off-road adventures with club time trials and road races. Cyclocross soon became a winter staple, and has remained his favourite form of competition. Robin has always loved the technical aspect of building and maintaining bikes, and several years working in a good bike shop only amplified that. Ten years as a Forensic Photographer followed, honing his eye for detail in pictures and words. He has shot at the biggest pro events since the '90s, and now he's here, drawing on all those experiences to figure out what makes a bike or component tick.
    • Age: 45
    • Height: 178cm / 5'10"
    • Weight: 75kg / 165lb
    • Discipline: Road, cyclocross, time trials
    • Beer of Choice: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

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