For the 2012 season the Subway Pro Cycling team is lucky enough to have Mavic on board as our helmet sponsor and Armstrong Sport have hooked us up with the top of the range Plasma SLR, in bright ‘Mavic’ yellow!
Once you get over the initial shock caused by the brightness, this is actually one cool looking lid. If the yellow is too much for you and you prefer to be more stealth, it is also available in matt black.
After a few weeks of wearing the Plasma SLR helmet, I can tell you that it is on par with the most comfortable helmets I have worn. It gives a snug, almost-custom-feeling fit with luxurious padding which includes a pad on the inside of the dial at the back which is a nice touch. The padding used includes low density open cell foam close to the skin to pull moisture away and higher density foam beneath that for extra support and a nice fit with no pressure on your head. Mavic use carbon fibre to reinforce the structure of the helmet which allows for oversized vents with no compromise on protection so there is heaps of ventilation which is great for the hot days! If you’re a bald dude (like some on the team) sunscreen is key and if you have an untamed mop of hair, careful with the ‘helmet hair’ – Oddy is the only one I know that can rock that style.
The size adjustment dial at the back gives around 6cm of leeway so this helmet will fit nicely regardless of the size of your melon and can be adjusted to easily accommodate a beanie or cap if you’re cycling around Southland.
If you are in the market for a new helmet, definitely check out the new range from Mavic. One thing is certain, you’ll definitely be seen! See the Armstrong Sport dealer page for stockists.
Subway Pro Cycling Team