Bontrager Ballista Helmets

DESCRIPTION

The Bontrager Ballista is designed to create less drag, but increase airflow, resulting in a time saving brain protector that’s comfortable to wear. Vent configuration is three large openings at the front, six exhaust ports in the rear and two smooth vents on the top designed to streamline, not interrupt airflow.

USER REVIEWS

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[Mar 30, 2019]
JnRyan


OVERALL
RATING
3
Strength:

In what is probably the only independent review of bike helmets in the last 2 years, Virginia Tech's review, this helmet came out #1 in Summer 2018. (Consumer Reports review is actually from 2016 with an update and the WaveCel research report cited on Bontrager's web site was done by the owners of WaveCel so it really isn't independent.) When VT updated their research when Bontrager's WaveCel this helmet was #2 but it outperformed all but one of the WaveCel helmets. So this has given me confidence that I might have the best protection available in road cycling helmet. Even though there aren't that many vents there is very good air flow through this helmet.

Weakness:

The BOA adjustment system doesn't appear to be as good as my older Specialized Prevail. It is also a MUCH tighter fit than the Prevail. I can barely get a summer weight skull cap on underneath it and even then with the BOA let all the way out. Still I rock the helmet around on my head to get it on. Both helmets are Large size and the Large Ballista is Bontrager's largest size. When colder weather comes, I'll have to go back to my Specialized Prevail because I won't be able to wear any of my cold weather head covers with this helmet. Were it not for the safety rating by VT this helmet I would give this helmet a 2 because a helmet you can't wear doesn't do you any good on a shelf at home.

Price Paid:
129.00
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2019
[Nov 15, 2015]
John
Road Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Aerodynamic, Less Expensive, Comfortable, Breathes well, Good construction, Looks cool, Safe, Lightweight

Weakness:

Ratchet system isn't as good as a top level Giro helmet

Phenomenal helmet that is the most aerodynamic across all the different wind angles and breathes well too. The helmet's ventilation system is almost as cool as a non-aero helmet. You can feel that the helmet is simply faster than most others on the market. The only downside is that the ratchet system in the back isn't as nice as the Giro Roc-loc system but is still good enough to keep the helmet in place. It looks professional too with a great shape that does the trick to keep you safe. It weighs 264 grams, just as it says so it won't hinder riders on climbs. Bontrager delivered with this like none other.

Similar Products Used:

Giro

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