Review: Specialized Women's Propero II

The women’s Propero 2 is a mid-range road helmet from the wizards at Specialized. It is a more economical version of the top of the range Prevail helmet, and shares many of the fundamental features - including styling based on the 4th Dimension Cooling System with the Maserati-esque front vent (referred to by Specialized as the Megamouth port) and the Tri-Fix web splitter system for comfortable and easy strap adjustments.

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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.


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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.


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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.



No Hare, Aug 18 2016 09:34

What is the difference between male and female specific helmets?

I take note of the color and the "ponytail port" 

rock, Aug 18 2016 09:39

does the men's helmet have a different mechanism at the back? I.e. a non pony tail friendly port?

No Hare, Aug 18 2016 09:44

do you have a male colored, female specific helmet with ponytail port for guys with ponytails?

splat, Aug 18 2016 10:02

does the men's helmet have a different mechanism at the back? I.e. a non pony tail friendly port?

In The Overseas, you can buy the hairport separately
Gotta love the added 'SL' to make it just a bit cooler  :thumbup:
I see that the Propero 3 is now the current model:
(white and pink for the ladies, with the HairPort FSL II feature)

rock, Aug 18 2016 10:44

To be honest I would like the pink padding as replacement for my white (mens specific) Propero