Tested by: Mikko Nieminen
RRP: £189.00 // Sizes: XS-XL // Colour: Mali graphics
Usually when I review helmets the first thing I concentrate on is what features they have, what they are made of, that sort of thing. But with the Jet Vintage Mali 9 BM all that went out of the window for the first few minutes as I just took in the visuals of this lid. I know the design will divide opinion, but in my opinion it’s absolutely stunning. I love the bright, retro colours and the abstract, cartoon-like drawings. It’s a look that makes me feel all warm and summery even in the middle of the darkest, coldest winter. I had only just got the helmet out of the box but I was sold.
On closer inspection the helmet is not just a pretty thing, it also boasts some impressive features. The removable and washable lining is nice and soft to touch and compliments the good fit of the shell. The result is a helmet that feels reassuringly snug and comfortable.
The shell is made of three-composite fibreglass material (Dyneema-Carbon-Aramidic) and epoxy resin. It feels firm and the shape is pleasing. Some open-face helmets feel like they sit on the top of your head, but this one covers a good stretch of the back and sides of the neck.
The lack of air vents is probably a conscious choice as these vintage-style helmets don’t tend to have them, and to be honest at the time of writing it is cool enough without any need for any ventilation.
The only thing that I’m not entirely happy with is the internal flip-down visor. It provides good protection for the eyes and the slightly tinted colour is fine, but it’s quite stiff and takes a bit too much concentration to operate for my liking.
The chin strap is easy to use, with its quick-release mechanism, and the strap sits nicely under the chin without poking at your throat.
If you like the bright, retro looks of this helmet, it’s definitely worth a try.
Info: designerhelmets.com // 08701253932