I’ve got just a couple weeks on this Kask Vertigo helmet, but thus far, I love it. I used to ride with a Lazer Helium. I upgraded to the Kask for a few reasons.
- The Kask is lighter (by nearly 80 grams, which is a lot on your head).
- The Kask has better ventilation.
- The chin strap on the Kask is leather–super comfy. The side straps that go around your ears are: 1) easier to adjust; and, 2) spaced further apart, which makes it easier to avoid your ears. Honestly, I had thought that the leather chinstrap was a gimmick…until I wore it for a full day. It’s pretty awesome.
- The Kask has a better cut for me. With the Lazer, I had problems getting the front low enough across my forehead. The Kask is far better fitting, getting to a safer position across my forehead.
- The adjustment bands on the Lazer (little cables) came out of their guides from day one. The adjustment on the Kask doesn’t use cables or guides, and seems far more secure. Also, the adjustment band at the rear of the Kask is angle-adjustable, so you can position it below the back of your head, in a position where it more securely holds the helmet on. With the Lazer, the adjustment band went across the back of my head–and only the chin strap ‘held it on’ in the event of a crash (unless you had the back strap cinched to headache-tightness levels). With the Kask, the back strap can be fit low enough that it goes under where your head starts to round back to your neck, to help hold the helmet on. Pics below, to explain this better.
- The Kask has ‘next generation’ design for crash absorption, using a combination of the helmet shell and different foam densities to be more effective for those times when you need a helmet.
- The Kask has a coolmax liner, that helps keep your head cooler in hot conditions.
Note: I’ve flirted with different types of review pictures, including both staged and properly lighted shots, crappy i-phone shots, and ‘in-use’ shots. I’m going to try to focus on in-use shots prospectively, to show things as I use them.
If you look here, you can see how low it fits over the forehead, even with a cap underneath.
Top view. This is the Axletree edition. Note the great ventilation.
In the preceding picture, note how low the back strap is–down at a point where it helps hold the helmet down on your head. Also note the great ear clearance, even for big German ears like mine.
In this picture, you can see that the adjustment is all in the band–no cables, no cable guides.
You can also see Becik dealing with a flat.
Back to the helmet–so far, I’m very, very satisfied with it. It’s the most comfortable helmet I’ve had–and probably the lightest and safest as well. I highly recommend it–it’s an upgrade over any Lazer I’ve tried (including their top of the line Helium, which I’ve spent the better part of 2 years in). It’s also better fitting (for me) than any of the Bontragers or Specialized helmets that I’ve tried. So far, no complaints, and all good news.