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Bike helmets

Specialized Echelon
 
Approximate retail price:
$60
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Type: Adult helmets
About - Specialized Echelon

The Specialized Echelon is part of the bike helmet test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, bike helmets models like the Echelon are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Impact absorption:
How well a helmet can absorb impact forces, thus reducing the deceleration experienced by a head, during an impact. Based on helmet performance in laboratory impact tests at various impact speeds and impact surfaces under several conditions.

Ventilation:
Our evaluation of how well air flows through the helmet to provide cooling while riding.

Fit adjustments:
How versatile the helmet retention system adjustments are with regard to the ability to accommodate various head sizes and shapes. Based on expert judgements.
Features & Specs - Specialized Echelon
info Multi-sport style No
info Sizes available S, M, L
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User Reviews - Specialized Echelon
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5.0
Saved my son's life
9/15/2014
Pros
Comfortable
Good protection
Cons
Not the cheapest
Best Uses
Comment:
The helmet is comfortable enough and cool enough looking that it was easy to get my 16 year old son to wear it all the time. Good thing. He had a high speed crash, 50+mph.<br />Hit the pavement with his head hard enough to collapse 2 vertebra in his back and tear a ligament in his sternum. Head was fine. He spent the afternoon playing Nintendo. Without a high quality helmet he would have died.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
4.0
Saved my life
7/10/2014
Pros
Easy Size Dial
Fits Wide Head
Good Ventilation
Sturdy
Cons
No Fly Net
Best Uses
Daily riding
Local events
Comment:
I have used this helmet for last 3 years and it saved my life when I had an accident and landed on my head. It did not disintegrate. After that I had a short memory loss for a day, but then recovered and had no serious consequences.<br />I use this helmet to ride to work regularly and find it comfortable. The only drawbacks are perhaps these: when it is hot and you ride uphill, it lacks a bit ventilation. I had no problems with bees, but it would be nice to have a fly net.<br />And last thing I noticed when I rode fast on a bad wavy gravel road, the helmet shook on my head, but this may be due to wear, as I still use it after an accident, and should change it anyway.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
4.0
Eschelon II
6/14/2014
Pros
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
I just bought the latest model. It comes with a new design, the TriFix buckle that only allows adjustment under the chin rather than on both sides. Have the dealer go over it with you. I have heard reasons why its safer and why it may not be. I hope Consumer Reports will update their ratings and try it out.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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