Best value – MET Parachute
The MET Parachute was the first of the ultralight ASTM-certified full faces; championing impressive ventilation, it has already shown its pedigree on the start lines of the EWS. With an impressively low 774 g weight, the MET feels unnoticeable on the head, and all testers reported a good fit with the Safe T Retention adjustable cradle hugging the head well with no hotspots. The cheek pads fit close to the jaw, but there is no undue pressure, so we felt no need to remove them on longer climbs. It’s always good to see the addition of MIPS for added protection. Goggle users and racers will be delighted to see the strap retainer on the rear, and we had no issues with compatibility with all the goggles we tested. We were pleased to see the simple double D-ring closure; however, we were less impressed that the shaped and non-adjustable straps sat clumsily over some of the testers’ ears instead of wrapping neatly around them. For those who like recording their rides in great detail, the MOPOV mount allows fitment of most popular helmet cams, and the visor is adjustable (but not enough to store goggles underneath on the climbs).
On the trails the good coverage of the MET Parachute inspired confidence, but the chin guard does fit quite close to the mouth and is not as open as the Fox Proframe. It’s a cool helmet, however – the large vents help to channel air well at speed, producing a very breezy ride. When things got sweaty, the Dual Gel pad on the forehead helped to direct perspiration away from riders’ eyes. There was little not to like about the helmet; if we are being picky, the visor can still be just seen in the field of view, so it would be nice if it could be tilted just a little higher. What really sets the MET Parachute apart is the compact design which conforms closely to the head. Combined with the lightweight shell, this means the helmet is almost unnoticeable when riding hard or hauling up a big climb. The large vents around the ears ensure that you can still hear the hoots of joy as you rally down the trail, and the retention cradle does a great job of ensuring airflow around the head. In our impact test, the MET made light work of the huge blows, shrugging off the forces with only minor damage to the chin guard. Impressive indeed.
The MET Parachute ticks all the boxes for aggressive riders: with an ASTM-certified chin guard, compact design, and impressive ventilation, it’s on point. Comfortable enough for all-day riding, it eliminates the desire to remove the chin guard and brings full face protection to the entire ride.
– Impressive venting
– Disappears on the head
– Ear straps sit over some ears
– Visor could go higher
Weight: 774 g
Price: € 220
More info at: met-helmets.com