Specialized Echelon Helmets

4.64/5 (11 Reviews)
MSRP : $54.99


Product Description

Specialized's Echelon is a minimalist road helmet that's as comfortable as it is cool. You get a perfect fit thanks to Specialized's Headset SL...


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gary

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2014

Strengths:    Strong helmet. It saved my life. I was racing in a Masters 55+ race this past weekend. I am Cat 4. With 1.5 laps to go in a 45 minute criterium, another cyclist colided with my bike. We were going about 25 mph. I went over the handlebars landing on the right side top of my head. I hit the ground with incredible force. I never blacked out. I did have a small abrasion on the top of my head. The helmet did not crack. I actually had a CT scan done at the hospital of my head afterwards. No concussion. I'm sold. I will definitely buy another.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
For the price, you can't go wrong.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nigel Dermott

Date Reviewed: November 24, 2013

Strengths:    The biggest recommendation is that I truly believe this helmet saved my life. I only hit a pothole and went over the handlebars but hit the road head first ... And am still here to tell about it. Of course any serious racer would probably want something more stylish and air streamed or even with goggles but as a commuter/everyday helmet you won't find better for the price. Nice and comfortable and a great snug fit. My old helmet was broken in the accident but guess what? ... I rushed out and got a new one.

Weaknesses:    As a commuter helmet I would love to see a visor with this helmet to stop my prescription glasses getting wet on the way to work.

Bottom Line:   
Best helmet on the market


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by woodbutcher a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: October 25, 2013

Strengths:    Outstanding adjustment and retention system allows snug fit without feeling like binding on throat or chin. No pressure points even with odd shaped head. I crash tested it and the way it distributed force as the styrafoam compressed and cracked over a much larger area than the point of impact truly shows the outstanding design.

Weaknesses:    If there is a weakness, I sure don't know what it is. Fit, style, price, comfort, ventilation and protection in a crash are all facets I evaluated, some on purpose, some not so much.

Bottom Line:   
LIFE SAVING! I would give the Echelon 6 stars out of 5 if possible as I truly tested the helmet. Plenty of airflow, an excellent retention system that allows it to fit snugly without feeling tight on one's neck or jaw, plus an adjustment system that allows it to fit virtually all shapes of heads makes it very comfortable and was an easy choice to replace a rather uncomfortable helmet of another brand. My test consisted on landing on my head on asphalt at 19mph. The way the Echelon distributed the point of impact over a much larger area of my head was truly amazing, I'm convinced lifesaving, and indicative of an outstanding design. Although I ended up with a sore neck, some broken bones in my hand and back (from back slamming onto the pavement), shoulder and wrist damage, etc, the severity of these injuries while being spared head and neck injuries, in spite of that being a major point of contact, says it all for the Echelon.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Paul

Date Reviewed: March 14, 2012

Strengths:    Retention system, interior padding, relatively low profile, durable and economical

Weaknesses:    A bit heavier than more expensive helmets

Bottom Line:   
Have used the Echelon for year round commuting for the past two years and couldn't have been happier. The fit/ retention system works quite well, and the design of the vents does keep your head cool on a hot day. (If its blisteringly lot, squirt a little water from your H20 bottle through the vents onto your head and you can cool down rather quickly). The adjustment system is great - just push a button on either side of the plastic band at the back of your head and the band slides in or out until it fits snugly on your head. It is also durable, as I tend to adjust it outward to fit over a knit cap on winter mornings when its cold, and then adjust it back in the evenings after it has warmed up. The main reason for my love of this helmet is that it does its job. Last week I took a nasty spill when a pedestrian walked directly in front of me on my morning commute. I must have hit the pavement pretty hard, because there was a big crack in the styrofoam at the front of the helmet. My head didn't have a scratch, thanks to the protection of the Echelon. Will definitely be purchasing another.


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by melissa k

Date Reviewed: February 21, 2012

Strengths:    comfort

Weaknesses:    I would get a lighter helmet for racing.

Bottom Line:   
I thought this was a great helmet for the price, and felt comfortable with the quality I have gotten with the Specialized brand in the past. The helmet was light enough for everyday, casual use and was easy to adjust the fit. I was also happy with the look overall.



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