Helmet...Kask Vertigo or Specialized Prevail?

dag_on_a_bike
dag_on_a_bike Posts: 581
edited December 2014 in Road buying advice
Which one of the 2, as they are both available at the moment at discounted prices - £100 or £110 (approx.) respectively.

Opinions?
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Comments

  • cougie
    cougie Posts: 22,512
    Fit is more important than anything else. Go try them on.
  • bmxboy10
    bmxboy10 Posts: 1,958
    Tried the Prevail and could not get it to fit as the straps could not be adjusted to fit me and I think this is quite common. The kask on the other hand fits like a glove and feels like a top end helmet whereas the Prevail did not.
  • Complete opposite for me. I caved in the front of my last Prevail after an off. Thought I'd try a Kask for a change but the fit was IMO not a patch on the Prevail so it went back to Wiggle. Bought another Prevail. It's lighter than air, has been crash tested and it works for me.

    So basically - what cougie said ;-)
  • Oh and for pose value it couldn't be easier sticking your sunglasses in the vents of a Prevail. From what I gather the Kask won't do it safely.
  • rolf_f
    rolf_f Posts: 16,015
    Oh and for pose value it couldn't be easier sticking your sunglasses in the vents of a Prevail. From what I gather the Kask won't do it safely.

    You don't need to - you just put them on pointing backwards. No need to look daft with sunglasses sticking out of the front of your helmet! (though odd that Kask don't give you the option)

    Prevail is bonkers light!

    As to the OP - I recommend the OP asks the OP for advice as the OP is best placed to know what fits the OPs head best and, if there's no difference there, which one the OP likes the look of best!
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  • philbar72
    philbar72 Posts: 2,229
    Prevail for me, but depends on the shape of your head.... its a great helmet.
  • daniel_b
    daniel_b Posts: 11,773
    edited August 2014
    I just recently took delivery of a Kask Vertigo, and the quality is very good, as was the fit for me, but alas the reviews that say they have issues wearing glasses with them, wowee, there is no way on earth I could get my split jackets to fit at all, and yes you can spread the arms to get them to sit on the helmet, but I don't feel like they would grip there properly at all.

    Very dissapointed - and debating whether it is worth ordering a Mojito, or if that will have the same issue....

    EDIT: Just found another review that basically says if you wear Oakleys, Radars\Split Jackets\Jawbones etc, they won't fit with the Kask design (Be it Mojito or Vertigo at least) due to the long arm design on them - oh well, will stick to Rudy Project for the time being.

    Totally agree on trying before you shell out cash, but I use Wiggle CRC that have free returns, so zero risk.
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  • danlikesbikes
    danlikesbikes Posts: 3,898
    Went with a Kask myself but that was after trying on a few different lids and the Kask was good for me.

    Try before you spend your hard earned ££££'s
    Pain hurts much less if its topped off with beating your mates to top of a climb.
  • tazmon
    tazmon Posts: 107
    Prevail for me, very light and fits perfectly. My only complaint is the finish of the helmet was disappointing - certainly not what I was expecting from a 'top of the range' product.

    Cheers
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  • cougie
    cougie Posts: 22,512
    Daniel - I can wear Radars, M Frames, Jawbones just fine with the Mojito. There's a bit of interference with the cradle - but nothing that stops them from working or being secure.
  • luv2ride
    luv2ride Posts: 2,367
    +1 for the Prevail. 1st helmet I've had that properly fits my head (thought my previous ones did but this has been a revelation). Very personal choice though.
    Titus Silk Road Ti rigid 29er - Scott Solace 10 disc - Kinesis Crosslight Pro6 disc - Scott CR1 SL - Pinnacle Arkose X 650b - Pinnacle Arkose singlespeed - Specialized Singlecross...& an Ernie Ball Musicman Stingray 4 string...
  • Bonkers that helmet choice is governed by whether yer O's will slide in!

    Those three pockets on your jersey? Maybe use one?
  • daniel_b
    daniel_b Posts: 11,773
    Bonkers that helmet choice is governed by whether yer O's will slide in!

    Those three pockets on your jersey? Maybe use one?

    Huh?

    Not for storage, for wearing them! :lol:

    Stick and wrong end of me thinks.
    Felt F70 05 (Turbo)
    Marin Palisades Trail 91 and 06
    Scott CR1 SL 12
    Cannondale Synapse Adventure 15 & 16 Di2
    Scott Foil 18
  • stueys
    stueys Posts: 1,332
    I've got a prevail and it's a great helmet. Having said that I'm waiting to take a look at the new kask that's out end of this year, allegedly more aero with the same level of cooling.
  • Decided on the Kask Mojito.

    Looks OK but fits just fine. Well, looks good, actually. I think.
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  • Daniel B wrote:
    Bonkers that helmet choice is governed by whether yer O's will slide in!

    Those three pockets on your jersey? Maybe use one?

    Huh?

    Not for storage, for wearing them! :lol:

    Stick and wrong end of me thinks.

    Aren't we talking about the ability to slide your glasses into to the front vents when not in use?
  • shing83
    shing83 Posts: 61
    Previously had a Mojito which was great for fit and comfort. Went for something different so tried out the prevail. Very light and good ventilation, but I found the pad inserts to be very irritating on my forehead and the straps dug in to my chin uncomfortably. In the end, traded it in for a Vertigo and for me, this just fits my head much better, and the chin strap is just night and day compared to the Prevail.
  • gsk82
    gsk82 Posts: 3,528
    i finally got a mojito after waiting months to find one for under £100. unfortunately i couldn't get my oakleys, cheapo sunnies or even my seeing specs on without them having to tuck under or over the cradle. it did feel real quality but i wasn't sure about the fit either. i was gutted really.

    so it's going back and i've ordered a 2014 s-works prevail. i've tried one on before, just hope the sunnies fit ok.
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  • gsk82
    gsk82 Posts: 3,528
    got the prevail over the weekend. initial impressions are that: 1. i ordered the wrong size, i forgot they did a medium and 2. it's not in the same league as the kask, it feels extremely cheap and flimsy in comparrisson, and the fit is nowhere near as good. the specialised doesn't look like a mushroom, but it does look like its just sat on top of my head.
    "Unfortunately these days a lot of people don’t understand the real quality of a bike" Ernesto Colnago
  • Complete opposite for me. I caved in the front of my last Prevail after an off. Thought I'd try a Kask for a change but the fit was IMO not a patch on the Prevail so it went back to Wiggle. Bought another Prevail. It's lighter than air, has been crash tested and it works for me.

    So basically - what cougie said ;-)
    Specialized do a crash replacement deal on their lids, if you take it to you local dealer you get a new one half price. I have done this about 5 times over the years, main reason I keep getting specialized helmets. Have been thinking of getting a lazar so when its naff weather can put the cover on.
  • Stevo C
    Stevo C Posts: 132
    Kask have a crash replacement policy as well - 50% of RRP plus postage - they just replaced my mojito for £65. You can keep the pads from the old one before sending it back and can have it replaced with any colour they have in stock.

    Also, the mojito is the best fitting helmet (for me) I've ever tried on - I really missed it when I had to send the broken one in for replacement. No problem with Oakley jawbones either.
    cheers

    Steve
  • rolf_f
    rolf_f Posts: 16,015
    Stevo C wrote:
    Kask have a crash replacement policy as well - 50% of RRP plus postage - they just replaced my mojito for £65. You can keep the pads from the old one before sending it back and can have it replaced with any colour they have in stock..

    That's improved. I didn't send my crash damaged Mojito back as I think they would have charged me about £90 for the replacement - which, when you add postage on and the value of the pads (which I assumed they wouldn't let you keep) made it a bit pointless when I could get a Mojito for £100 anyway.

    And now that the Post Office has found it, I should be able to pick up my Ribble spare Mojito that cost £55 delivered!
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