2011 Specialized Prevail Helmet – Unboxed and Weighed

2011 specialized prevail bicycle helmet preview photos and weight

Specialized’s new Prevail Helmet takes over from the S-Works model as the top of the line for their brain buckets.

The original press releases and info on it gave it a claimed weight of about 185g, which is obscene. Well, safety standards being what they are, our review model landed in our office with a sticker stating 215g. That’s still really, really light, but about 20g heavier than the claimed and actual weight of the Giro ProLight we reviewed.

When it comes to helmets, for me anyway, weight is a very close second to safety, about equal with comfort because a heavy helmet will end up causing neck fatigue and pain on longer rides. Yes, a few ounces really can make a difference. That said, my much older medium S-Works helmet weighs in at 257g (274 w/ visor), and it’s pretty good for me on long rides.

How does this come in when it’s actually on the scale? Tip past the break and see…

2011 specialized prevail bicycle helmet preview photos and weight

The medium S-Works Prevail we’re testing weighed in at 228g without a visor. I’m happy to report that the visor from my old S-Works helmet fits on it just fine…which is good because the Prevail doesn’t come with one.

2011 specialized prevail bicycle helmet preview photos and weight 2011 specialized prevail bicycle helmet preview photos and weight 2011 specialized prevail bicycle helmet preview photos and weight

Click any image to enlarge. The Prevail comes with an extra set of pads, stickers and instructions/legal disclaimers.

2011 specialized prevail bicycle helmet preview photos and weight

The replacement pads, oddly, are generically shaped red pads that are likely just to provide some cushioning in the event you lose these pre-formed ones. One of the immediate benefits of the new design is that the brow pads are no longer mounted on an external thin plastic ring. On my S-Works, as the pads have worn, it can get pressed into my forehead, particularly when using with a light or camera mounted to it.

2011 specialized prevail bicycle helmet preview photos and weight 2011 specialized prevail bicycle helmet preview photos and weight

The Mindset rear retention mechanism is height adjustable by way of two sliding top strips. They allow quite a bit of range and easily get the main body of it under the base of your skull.

2011 specialized prevail bicycle helmet preview photos and weight 2011 specialized prevail bicycle helmet preview photos and weight

To fit the helmet snugly, simply dial in the twist adjustment to bring in the thin plastic strips that snap into the insides of the helmet’s sides about 3/4 of the way to the front.

2011 specialized prevail bicycle helmet preview photos and weight

Like most super light helmets, the main straps are fixed in position. So far, we haven’t tried any on that don’t seem to have the position pretty well dialed and it’s actually kinda nice not having to mess with it. The buckle position is adjustable as normal.

First impressions of just putting it on and dialing the fit in are impressive. It’s very comfortable and one of the most secure helmets I’ve ever put on my head. By this, I mean it stays in position well without feeling overly snug (read: tight) at all. I’m looking toward to putting in some miles under it.

Comments

Minh - 02/10/11 - 6:17pm

Nice! this review came just in time. I will be picking one up next week for sure now!

Eric Jensen - 02/11/11 - 2:05am

I’m due for a new helmet and would buy one yesterday … if I only I could find one in BikeTown USA Boulder Colorado. GAA!

Rich - 02/11/11 - 9:27am

Can you post a photo of it with your visor on?

Clint - 03/14/11 - 4:45pm

The Prevail helmet is available at University Bicycles in Boulder…

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Ken Arnett - 05/05/11 - 1:58pm

Is the women’s version identical in terms of sizing, aside for color? I cannot find the teal blue color as pictured above anywhere for sale? any ideas?

brett - 03/10/12 - 4:26pm

Hi Tyler – which model “old SWorks” helmet did you have where its visor fits the Prevail? That would be great! thanks, Brett

Bikerumor - 03/11/12 - 11:58am

I forget the year, but it was the replacement model for the recalled helmets a few years back.

steve - 08/25/12 - 6:28pm

Hi does anyone know where I can get that colour from in the photos. I’m from the UK and can’t find it.

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