Roaming is kind of the gist of why many of us have ended riding bikes all over the mountain bike to start with. The chance to get away from everything and just venture out onto the trail. And now MET has a new all-mountain helmet to keep your head safe, far from the trailhead. The new MET Roam is the latest crop of lightweight, well-vented mountain bike helmets that adds on greater protection down the back of your head, plus technical features like goggle compatibility and the option for a MIPS liner. Check out the full helmet details and a pretty wild video of MET’s riders taking on loose white sands and dodging black volcanic rocks after the break…
With a bit of their Italian design MET says they are raising the trail helmet bar with the new light, comfortable, and refined Roam.
The Roam uses a pretty standard in-mold EPS, but with a 3-piece polycarbonate shell to create a shape that can more durably withstand the regular rough day-to-day life of a mountain bike helmet. It uses a combination of 20 vents and both shallow & deep internal channeling to keep your head cool, with or with out the added MIPS liner.
The Roam’s MIPS line also looks to be one of the more open versions & neatly integrated with the helmets vents that we’ve seen from a trail lid.
Of course it gets extended coverage, both down the back of the head and a bot more at the temples to offer better protection when you need it.
MET worked to create a 3-position adjustable visor that stays put while you ride, but won’t impact you if you crash.
The visor also gets a design with integrated clips on the temples that retains your goggle straps whether on your face or pushed up under the visor, and works together with a pronounced ridge at the rear of the helmet to keep the strap in place.
At the top MET designed a pair of vents, a large flat area in the middle, and shaped the EPS foam inside to make the helmet work well with a strap-on or stick-on action cam or light mount.
Retention offers a good deal of fine-tuned fit with soft touch & vented pads, managed by a 360° dial adjustment, plus three vertical positions & two positions for the contact points at the back of the head. It’s also a ponytail-friendly design and works with MET’s clip in USB LED taillight.
A medium sized base Roam helmet claims a weight of just 335g and will sell for 150€/$170/£130. Step up to the MIPS version and the weigh climbs up to 360g and the price tag up to 170€/$200/£150. The Roma is CE, CPSC & AZ/NZ certified so you can ride anywhere around the globe.
The new MET Roam will be available in a seven color range and three sizes S-L (52-62cm) when it goes on sale in September 2017.