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Motorcycles Specialized Align II Helmet Review

17:21  17 september  2020
17:21  17 september  2020 Source:   cyclevolta.com

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Helmets targeted at budget buyers tend to have a budget aesthetic. Or there’s a worse assumption when it comes to protection for commuters, which is some sort of “urban” vibe that doesn’t account for other riding you might do. “Urban” also seems to be synonymous with no venting, which, even if your ebiking routine takes you up moderate hills, simply isn’t OK. We don’t all live in a Copenhagen dreamscape of endless paths, no heat, and chic style.

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a woman wearing a hat and sunglasses: The Align II from Specialized retails for $50—remarkable for a helmet with MIPS anti-rotational tech. © Provided by Cycle Volta The Align II from Specialized retails for $50—remarkable for a helmet with MIPS anti-rotational tech.

Also, lots of us don’t just commute or ebike. We are multifaceted riders who want a single helmet that’ll work for ebiking and non-ebiking. With a neutral style to go with too. And why not, a bargain price as well?

a man riding on the back of a bicycle: Commuter and grocery-getter duty? Sure. But the Align II is also a great companion for off-road jaunts and long days of mixed-surface duty. © Provided by Cycle Volta Commuter and grocery-getter duty? Sure. But the Align II is also a great companion for off-road jaunts and long days of mixed-surface duty.

With all that in mind, I tested Specialized’s new $50 Align II lid on all sorts of rides, ranging from steamy mountain bike climbs, ebike runs to the market and the bakery, and on long, mixed urban and singletrack and paved workouts. My goal was to be sure the venting functioned well when I was busting my tail, and also that the helmet was comfy when the going got long, hot, and sweaty—or slow, relaxed, and cruisey.

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The short answer to a lot of those questions is mostly: yes. This is a darned good helmet.

But before I dig in on those aspects, you’ll want to know that this lid is made with a MIPS liner. A what? MIPS stands for Multi-Directional Impact Protection System, and while it was first a proprietary tech for the Black Diamond subsidiary Poc, MIPS is now licensed to helmet brands for all sorts of outdoor sports, from skiing to rock climbing.

a close up of a helmet: The yellow MIPS liner in the Align II slides inside the helmet to reduce rotational force on the brain during impacts. © Provided by Cycle Volta The yellow MIPS liner in the Align II slides inside the helmet to reduce rotational force on the brain during impacts.

The way it works is that the helmet has two liners. The innermost liner, the layer against your scalp, can slide against the interior of the helmet shell. That’s by design. Upon impact, that very slight offset, between the force of the helmet against, say, the ground, and that interior liner allows milliseconds of delay. And during that tiny window in time, G-forces can be dissipated by the two liners moving out of phase. Less rotational force from impact passing through to your brain theoretically reduces the severity of concussions, because scientists believe these are caused primarily less by blunt force and more by that cerebral matter twisting inside your skull.

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Chico DeBarge wearing a hat: A helmet—any helmet—doesn’t work its best unless you snug up that chinstrap. © Provided by Cycle Volta A helmet—any helmet—doesn’t work its best unless you snug up that chinstrap.

One important note on safety: You are always depending on the snugness of the chinstrap, not the rear retention system, to save your brain. If that chinstrap is loose, then the entire helmet will move when you crash, and MIPS can’t engage and slide to dissipate force. And this is true of the safety (or not) of every helmet. If it slides off your head when you crash, there was no point in wearing it in the first place. Snug up that chinstrap!

The breakthrough here is that until quite recently, MIPS was the preserve of only $100-plus helmets, so the Align II is a budget hard hat that isn’t scrimping on high-tech protection.

a man wearing a helmet posing for the camera: Colorways on the Align II include tasteful high-vis hues. © Provided by Cycle Volta Colorways on the Align II include tasteful high-vis hues.

Also, it’s well designed and aesthetically smart. It looks good regardless of gender, and borrows pretty evenly from a road and mountain bike sort of vibe. And Specialized’s color palette feels about right too, with even the brighter hues, ideal for higher visibility, leaning toward a more muted rather than a “Look at me!” Lycra-type look.

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On fit, the Tri-Fix Web Splitter design, which works like a cutout around your ears, with a strap snaking both in front of and behind your ears, can make it harder to get a snug feel, since the two straps that form the Y before they attach to the chinstrap aren’t adjustable. For me, and the small sample size of friends who fit my same helmet, this wasn’t an issue, but this entirely depends on your anatomy. The rear dial at the back of the helmet is quite slick; it ratchets the rear retention mechanism against the back of your head smoothly, and the plastic belt at the back spreads the grip broadly, so there aren’t any pressure points. Even during long hours of riding, I was quite comfortable. I even got into my car after a long spin, broke down my bike and was about to drive off and was still wearing this helmet. That’s a good sign.

a woman wearing a hat and sunglasses: The Align II from Specialized retails for $50—remarkable for a helmet with MIPS anti-rotational tech. © Specialized The Align II from Specialized retails for $50—remarkable for a helmet with MIPS anti-rotational tech.

Venting is a slight downside with this lid. On the hottest, most humid days at slow speeds, a more wide-open design could have been cooler. But this was hardly worse than some mountain-bike-specific helmets I’ve tested, and one upside to the Align II is that on fast ebike rides it seems to be a relatively quiet helmet, creating very little turbulence. It’s even designed to make it easy to attach the straps of one of Specialized’s Stix blinking lights through one of the rear exit vents. Yes, Specialized advertises these for frame mounting, but I like blinking lights as high as I can get them, like the third tail brake lamp of cars.

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a man riding on the back of a bicycle: Commuter and grocery-getter duty? Sure. But the Align II is also a great companion for off-road jaunts and long days of mixed-surface duty. © Specialized Commuter and grocery-getter duty? Sure. But the Align II is also a great companion for off-road jaunts and long days of mixed-surface duty.

Still, speaking of safety, the one addition I wish Specialized had thought about was more reflectivity. There are two stripes of reflective tape on the back of the Align II, but more tape on the front and sides couldn’t hurt, right?

Again, that’s no deal-breaker. In fact, this helmet is a steal. Get one, even if, like everything in today’s high-demand cycling market, you have to order now and wait for eventual delivery.

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