Mavic Plasma SLR Maxi Helmet review£150.00

Plus-sized helmet that offers good protection

BikeRadar score3/5

The enlarged Mavic Plasma SLR offers great comfort for those with larger heads. There’s tons of room inside and a two-height rear cradle with the usual wheel adjuster.

    It has comfy fit but the most rounded of heads may touch the top of the helmet, and its added mass means you’ll always know it’s there.

    The internal pads are generous too – there’s one even on the inside of the lower cradle. The sides fit very low, leaving scant room for the arms of sunglasses.

    There’s no getting away from the fact the round shape of the SLR Maxi is very bulbous – somewhere between Darth Vader and a British Tommy helmet – and these kinds of looks will always provoke a love-or-hate reaction. It has an attractive profile view though.

    One the plus side, the neat outer shell is well finished and totally protects the rear underside of the helmet.

    The straps are positioned in the conventional way, and offer all the usual adjustment – they make it easy to get the fit you want and are plenty secure.

    The majority of the cooling air passes across the top the head, helped by the internal channels. The sides are less cooled (though they don’t get as hot in the first place), relying largely on the exit ports to suck heat away.

    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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