Product Review | Specialized Evade II
Do you feel the need? The need for free speed! Well not exactly free ($275). This gear geek just had to try out the Specialized Evade II. The first edition of the Evade looked too hot for me with very few vents but Specialized is boasting a much improved ventilation system for the Evade II. Product Review Specialized Evade II. Read on!
KEY THINGS THAT STANDOUT
Specialized claims that the helmet is 50 seconds faster over 40 kilometers. That is huge! Now we don’t have our own wind tunnel to test equipment but what I did notice is the helmet is very quiet. Kind of like the difference between driving with your window down versus window up kind of quiet. The helmet is light, weighing in at 297 grams (medium), for point of reference Specialized vented Prevail helmet weighs 249 grams (medium). Lastly the helmet looks cooler than most other brands aero road helmets. When I say cooler I mean aesthetically!
Well it sure looks aero. If you have noticed many other brands have adopted a similar shape for their aero road offerings.
Additional vents, as I mentioned this helmet is noticeably more quiet then my Prevail.
The helmet is comfortable. Which came as a bit of a surprise. I guess I had it in my mind that the helmet was going to be heavy and clunky. The Evade II also uses the Mips brain protection system.
Adjustable for those many different shaped noggins! You can also adjust the entire closure system fore/aft.
Have you ever taken your helmet off while riding? Perhaps a bug has flown into your helmet. Ever had a hard time getting the buckle buckled? Happens to me all the time. This buckle system is magnetic making it super easy with one hand to lock the buckle ends in place allowing you to keep one hand on the bar! The overall straps are comfortable as well.
HOW IT RIDES
So the big question for me was will it get too hot? I’m someone who does not do well in hot + humid conditions. I sweat a ton. I need every bit of help I can get to stay cooler during July/August here in the Ozarks. The answer is yes, I can see on certain days on certain longer rides how this helmet could get too hot for me. However, the helmet does vent well and for the majority of rides it works great for me. The performance numbers (50 seconds over 40km) are hard to ignore. If you are a competitive bike racer type this is a great helmet for you. I like to go back and forth from my well vented Prevail II on longer uber hot rides and to the Evade II for competitive rides/races. It’s nice to have options!
Weight: 297 grams