If you’re looking for a smart, lightweight riding hat that offers superior protection, I can highly recommend the Uvex exxential II MIPS riding helmet.
I’ve had mine and worn it five times a week for the last five months and I have to say — I’m impressed.
This modern-looking riding helmet is lightweight and so comfortable to wear that I find myself wandering around the yard after riding because I’ve forgotten I’m still wearing it.
Fit and comfort
This is the first riding helmet that I’ve had that’s adjustable. I was a little unsure as to how well it would fit, but thanks to the clever IAS 3-D size adjustment you can quickly and easily alter the helmet to the shape of your head – simply twist the dial at the back of the helmet to adjust the fit.
Another big feature I noticed with this helmet that further enhances your comfort is ventilation. I stay cooler wearing this helmet even during schooling sessions on warm days, and unpleasant sweaty hat hair is no longer a problem.
I can actually feel the air passing over the top of my head as I’m riding – you have to be going fast enough, though!
The ponytail cut-out at the back of the helmet is another great feature – I have long hair that I tie back when I’m riding and this simple addition makes the helmet more comfortable to wear. It looks neater too.
For improved safety in the event of a fall, this helmet uses the height-adjustable Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (MIPS), which provides additional protection against rotational forces in the event of a side or angled impact.
The idea behind MIPS, which was developed in Sweden, is to protect the human brain against rotational movements in an accident. To achieve this, a movable second shell is fitted inside the uvex exxential II MIPS between the inner padding and outer shell of the helmet.
If you land at an angle in a fall, the rotational force created is not transferred to your head, but instead is dissipated by the motion of the MIPS inner shell offering greater protection.
The low-cut design at the rear of this helmet also provides extra impact protection.
I’m pleased to say — touch wood — I haven’t tested these safety features, but the advanced safety features in this riding helmet are reassuring and give me confidence when I’m riding.
To find your nearest Uvex stockists visit Zebra Products