Kask Valegro Helmet Review [2021]

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If you’re looking for a helmet that strikes the perfect balance between everyday usability and race-day aerodynamics, Kask Valegro is the helmet for you. It’s a combination of a full-time trial helmet and a vented road helmet.

Since 2004, KASK’s perfectly ergonomic helmets have been created in Italy to meet the needs of the world’s top athletes. Additionally, the Valegro was created in response to Team INEOS’s (formerly Team SKY) request for a lightweight lid with maximum cooling. Something vital for long, tough, and hot climbing conditions.

Valegro’s revolutionary concept of an integrated construction framework combines maximum protection with the lightest possible helmet body to ensure the user’s convenience and protection.

Kask’s reliability and performance are guaranteed as a result of many closely monitored safety checks and advanced technologies used in the helmet’s design. The unique qualities, appealing design, and added protection of Kask Valegro helmets increase your ability to drive a little faster and have even more fun.

Kask Valegro Helmet Features Review

Here is an in-depth review of the innovative features of the Kask Valegro helmet. So, without further ado, let’s discover!

Safety and Durability

When it comes to performance and safety, Kask doesn’t cut corners. The Kask Valegro is a well-built helmet with a neatly in-molded hard polycarbonate shell wrapping right under the base of the helmet to an inner polystyrene cap. This construction helps protect the EPS against cracking and ensures greater impact protection.

Its strengthened frame further improves the shell’s shock absorption ability and reduces the risk of a shock breaking the shell. In addition, the polycarbonate cover that provides greater head coverage is a feature of Kask’s Multi In-molding technology (MIT).

Kask has always been committed to developing products that provide maximum safety and comfort while exceeding all international standards and norms. Valegro, like all other Kask helmets, passed the WG11 Rotational & Linear Impact Test. WG11 isn’t an alternative to MIPS; it’s a science-based protocol developed by Kask to identify an objective method for measuring the performance of its helmets against rotational impacts.

Kask Octo Fit Retention System

With Kask’s Octo Fit adjustment system, sizing has never been easier. The adjustment system comes with eight strains of adjustments with a lightweight yet robust design.

You can easily adjust the fit via a ratchet wheel at the rear side of the helmet, while the cradle offers a whopping 50 mm of up and down movement at the back of your head to allow much more vertical adjustment than most helmets do.

By turning the knob left or right, one rubber dial opens and closes for width adjustments. Simply turn the dial to open and close, then let go of the dial when you’ve reached the necessary tension. Once it’s set, you get the snug fit, and the helmet isn’t going to float on your head.

When you have everything set up right, the overall feel is that of a helmet that surrounds your head rather than being perched on top.

Ventilation

The purpose of the Valegro helmet is to get increased airflow for long and hot climbing conditions. The latest HyVent design by Valegro offers advanced airflow and optimal cooling with 37 airflow trousers.

Kask’s engineers tested the Valegro polycarbonate shell profile using a wind tunnel to achieve the most efficient thermal cooling results.

At the front, the Valegro has simple entry and exit points for air to pass through. Besides, internal channels direct airflow from specific intake and exhaust vents in these more sophisticated helmets that benefit from aerodynamic research to maximize airflow through the helmet.

The internal padding begins on the side of the two main vents and stretches back from there, while the most visible forehead vents above the brow remain open to further increase the airflow.

Fit & Comfort

Kask’s claims about Valegro that it is the lightest helmet that provides maximum ventilation and a comfortable feel on your skin seem to be correct.

The helmet is lined with a 5-mm layer of fast-wicking thermoformed 3D padding that uses Resistex Carbon. That layer offers antistatic, bacteriostatic, and heat-regulating properties.

This breathable and quick-dry ultra-low profile padding runs front to back to ensure maximum moisture-transferring. Still, the overall padding is minimal, with just a few removable strips across the top and a tiny bit at the forehead.

Perspiration will easily overtake the small amount of padding on the forehead, and if there isn’t enough ventilation to dry the pads out, moisture will quickly find its way through the brows.

This helmet is lightweight by compromising on some internal padding, making it a bit less comfortable than the other Kask helmets like the Protone or Mojito ones.

Still, the fixed strap splitters sit entirely underneath the ears and the chin pad with an eco-leather strap that ensures comfort all day long. The Valegro is quieter too. You’ll feel less wind noise coming from the helmet and no flicking or strap vibration.

This round shape, lightweight, and well-ventilated Valegro helmet with its stunning slim-profile feels like it’s attached to your skull and comes in a variety of colors to suit every rider.

Weight

Reducing the weight of the helmet allows you to climb and accelerate faster and conserve your energy. Taking this into consideration, Kask developed a simple round profile helmet with new in-molding technology that reduces weight in every way possible while still maintaining all the necessary safety standards.

With its 37 ventilation points, there’s a huge mass cut out to provide a lightweight design. On top of that, the helmet is extremely shallow, with no extended shielding for the back of your head, which helps the helmet lose even more weight.

Kask helmets have been made according to AUS/NZ standards that are always slightly more strict than other helmet standards worldwide. The Kask Valegro helmet weighs only 180 grams, which is surprisingly light for an Australian-standard helmet.

Price

A Kask Valegro helmet isn’t placed with overpriced ones, but it’s not inexpensive either. A medium-sized Valegro is available at a fair price of $250.

However, nothing is sacrificed as the Valegro helmet is designed, manufactured, and tested to the highest safety criteria and provides maximum cooling to make your summer climbing rides exceptionally joyful.

Specifications at a Glance:

  • Shell: Polycarbonate material

  • Impact Foam: EPS

  • Safety Tech: MIT

  • Interior Padding: 3D-Dry padding

  • Chin Strap: Eco-Leather Chin Strap

  • Fit System: Kask Octo Fit Retention System

  • Ventilation: 37 vents

  • Rotational safety: KASK WG11 Rotational & Linear Impact Test Passed

  • Certifications: CE EN 1078, CPSC 1203, AS/NZS 2063

What We Like:

  • 37 vents for excellent airflow
  • Lightweight design
  • High breathability
  • Great adjustability
  • Glasses storage vents

What We Don’t Like:

  • No MIPS
  • Minimal padding

Final Thoughts

Kask Valegro is a high-end, well-ventilated, and comfortable helmet that’s available in a wide variety of colors. 

The optimized ventilation and advanced material combined with the new in-molding technology make the weight of this helmet down to an incredible 180 grams.

Cyclists who value lightweight and excellent ventilation above all will love this unique helmet. Make sure you try one to feel the real game.

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