Seen throughout the Peloton this season, but often noticed, the Specialized S-works Prevail 2 helmet has arrived. Not featuring the headline grabbing looks of the increasingly common aero helmets, it is sticking to what it does best, and being one of the lightest and coolest helmets out there.
Having received this helmet before release I was keen to get this out on the road and get a feel for what this was all about. Out of the box I wasn’t 100% keen on the finish of the product and found a lot of untidy edges and just the overall use of plastic shell a bit too minimal for my preference but then modern technologies allow such thin materials now that it is often easy to forget that less can be more and the bulky helmets of yesteryear are actually inferior in both performance and safety.
Once on the head though this is where I noticed the benefits of S-Works Prevail 2 helmet. It feels almost weightless, and beautifully shaped making the fit feel natural. Coupled with that simple signature fastening on the back, it is easy to adjust to find the perfect fit with just one hand whilst riding if you find you need to tweak on the go.
On the road it was easy to forget I was wearing it, feeling light and unobtrusive and came into its own on warmer rides when the ample ventilation shone through. As winter begins to rear its ugly head, there will be enough space to pop on a cap and the front of the helmet isn’t so low that the peak will be in the way.
The helmet features an Energy Optimized Multi-Density EPS construction that helps to manage impact energy and the Aramid-Reinforced Skeleton gives internal EPS support. Thin, soft, and lightweight 4X DryLite webbing won’t stretch out with sweat or water and there’s even a gutter action brow pad design for increased comfort and sweat management. As a bonus, a clip on visor is included if that is your thing.
It goes without saying that Specialized put a lot of time and money in to their product development and this is helped by their strong presence in the Pro peleton and having the best riders available to test in the worlds most demanding races. Often I come across a product that I feel a rider is wearing or endorsing because their sponsors told them to, but with this, you know you are wearing a premium helmet with all the features you would associate with it.
If you’re looking for a new helmet, then you should certainly try this one, and if you’re not, you should try the S-Works Prevail 2 anyway!