I might as well say now, we like this new IXS Trail RS helmet a lot. Why? Well most importantly because it is super comfy. Now I know all head shapes are different, but whenever a new lid turns up at the office we all try it on, and pretty much without fail there’s always the odd person who doesn’t get on with the fit, even if the rest of us do. This lid on the other hand was one of those very rare ones where everyone said something along the lines of “bloody hell that’s comfy”. I think it’s down to the combination of a great shell shape, well placed and high quality padding, and a very effective adjustable retention system, but whatever it is it works.
Of course as important as fit is, it’s not the end of the story when selecting a lid. As vain as it sounds we all know that style plays a big part, and again this is personal, but we all think this one looks good. There’s plenty of rear protection too, and we really like the adjustable peak. IXS have even designed a crash release system into the peak, which is a nice touch. The 22 sizeable vents and lots of internal air channels make sure that your head isn’t going to boil, and with its full in-mould construction the quality of finish is up there with the very best. The icing on the very fine cake is that our large one weighed in at just 346g. That’s a bit heavier than IXS claim, but we still reckon that’s plenty light enough, especially when you consider how solid this thing feels. Actually, if we’re calling the low weight the icing on the cake, then the very competitive price must be the chocolate sprinkles.
The gallery below shows this lid from all the different angles, and in the three other colour options.
And here are a couple of promotional videos that IXS have done for the helmet. The first concentrates on the various features of the helmet, whilst in the second Richie Schley talks about his part in the development of this lid (hence the ‘RS” in the name), and then goes shredding in one…