Since there are an endless array of road/ cross-country mountain bike helmets on the market the deciding factors for most riders is a combination of price, weight, comfort, ventilation and looks. The Propero 2 delivers in all departments.
Weighing in at 239 grams the Propero is light, yet still manages to feel robust and secure on the head. The Tri-Fix webbing straps are neat and, most importantly, easy to adjust for a secure fit. They are made from 4x Drylite fabric which does not stretch when it gets wet with sweat or water.
In terms of comfort, the Propero hits the nail on the head. The 4th Dimension Cooling ventilation is a game-changer; there is no excessive airflow, wind resistance, or distracting noise on fast descents and it is noticeably airy on a hot summer day.
The ponytail HairPort SL port is one of the most useful features I have encountered on a helmet. The annoyance of a hair elastic digging into the nape of my neck is something I hope to never experience again.
The helmet also comes with height adjustment and a micro-adjust dial which can be easily loosened or tightened while riding to ensure a snug fit. Sunglasses of varying shapes and sizes fit comfortably with the helmet thanks to the neat profile around the ear which ensures that there is space for sunglass arms.
One either loves or hates the signature helmet shape with the gaping front vent and aero rear profile that the Propero shares with the Prevail. I love it. It looks racey and aggressive and just a little bit space age. The women’s Propero 2 is available in a neutral Matte black/ pink or White/ emerald. Sadly no neon on the menu just yet but I am sure we will see this in the future, as the men’s model is available in a hypervisible fluorescent yellow.
With regards to safety, all Specialized helmets comply with a number of international safety standards, and thankfully I have not yet landed on my head, so it would be unfair to comment further.
In the end
Retailing at R1,699 the Propero 2 is approximately half the price of its premium sibling the Prevail while offering similar style, comfort and aerodynamics. A great option for anyone with high standards, and a keen eye for a deal.