First Look: Kali Protectives Phenom Road Helmet


Kali Protectives is a brand that is well known in the mountain bike world for quality helmets and protective armor. The Phenom is their all new road cycling helmet that follows in the footsteps of their high end Maraka R road model.


Kali is a technology driven company and the Phenom features their patented Composite Fusion Plus which uses EPS foam that is molded directly into the rigid shell (which eliminates gaps between the shell and the EPS) as well as a dual density layer of pyramidal EPS cones within the liner itself. What this means is that upon impact, the cones collapse the foam structure, redirecting impact energy thus reducing the direct transfer of that energy to the rider’s head (much like a crumple zone in a car.)

Besides superior protection, the Phenom also has Kali’s Supervent technology in both the front and rear of the helmet to allow for maximum ventilation. Kali achieves this high ventilation without sacrificing structural strength by using an exoskeleton to spread the energy efficiently, reinforces key vents and allows for the use of lower density foam.

Besides excellent protection and good ventilation, the Phenom also features Kali’s proprietary top-of-the-line integrated fit system called Bumperfit. The inner basket comes down quite far in the rear and is also adjustable (two positions) for height. The basket is tightened by an easy to use scroll wheel and has a secure fit. There is also an extra set of pads included that have a bug net, in case you ride in areas with lots of flying pests.

The Phenom will be available in six color variations (see the photos below for a view of all colors) and comes in size: Small/Medium and Medium/Large.

Our Take:

The Kali Phenom has a real world weight of 300 grams as measured on our parts scale. It has a 23 vents and has a distinctively airy feel to it. The carbon fiber accents are a nice touch and the rear of the helmet has a very aggressive/angular look to it while providing a lot of coverage. For $159, the Phenom hits a solid price point and looks good too. We will be doing a long term full review soon. As a side note, Kali also makes helmets for motorcyclists and skiers and snowboarders.

From the manufacturer:

“The Phenom helmet is Kali’s second high end road racing helmet, containing many Kali proprietary technologies including COMPOSITE FUSION PLUS, BUMPERFIT, and SUPERVENT technologies. This light weight, well ventilated helmet offers great protection and fit, just like Kali’s Maraka Road helmets, yet slightly lighter on the pocket book.”

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Portolla Valley roads. Besides being an avid cyclist, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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