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March 11, 2015 – The Met Estro was designed with one thing in mind, super ventilation. But, along with the incredible ventilation it offers—trust us, it’ll blow you away—you also get a high level of comfort and style out of this mid-range road helmet.
We’ve been on the bike in the hot sun of Southern California logging long base miles, and let it be heard, this helmet excels when the temperature rises along with the road. The vents on the front of the helmet are deep and numerous with large ports on the back, designed to essentially suck air across your head. It’s extremely effective when climbing at low speed. The helmet, as breathable as it is, seems not to grab the air but rather channel it around your head, which is exactly what Met designed the helmet to do. It scores a 7.5 on the Cooling Factor Scale. Yeah, we don’t know what that means either, but in the real world, the helmet is among the best we’ve ridden at keeping you cool.
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Along with this, an unbelievably comfortable retention system had us forgetting the helmet was even on. Its brand new occipital retention system called Safe T-Advanced spreads pressure across a large surface area eliminating hot spots while providing a very secure feel. Don’t worry about headaches, pressure on your temples or pressure at the back of the head, the micro-adjustment provides a very light and soft feel on the head. The Estro’s next level ventilation allowed Met to use generous antibacterial padding, increasing your comfort without increasing your temperature.
You know that material that soldiers and police officers use to protect themselves from bullets? It’s Kevlar, and that is what is strapped around your chin when you buckle into the Estro. A super-strong, yet very comfortable strap is added reinforcement to the already rock solid helmet.
The Estro, at 275grams, isn’t the lightest helmet on the market but its fit, retention system and security will have you welcoming a few added grams. The helmet also has another small feature we have grown to love in helmets. The micro-shell wraps around the multi-density foam, all the way to much of the interior diameter. We’ve found any helmet that features this added micro shell helps avoid dings to the foam and stays looking fresh and new season after season.