Affordable aero? Specialized launches new £100 Airnet helmet

New mid-range helmet unveiled and available immediately

There’s no doubt that an aerodynamic helmet will help you ride faster, but now you don’t have to break the bank in pursuit of this gain with a pricey aero lid. This is because Specialized has launced its new mid-range Airnet helmet, which will set you back £100 for its semi-aero design.

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First spotted back in July, the Airnet looks like a lovechild of Specialized’s existing Prevail helmet, and the excellent, but twice-as-expensive, Giro Synthe. However, despite the price, the Airnet still uses the same Mindset micro-adjustment system as its dearer bretheren as well as a similar cooling system with internal channels to help hot air escape out of the rear of the helmet.

Specialized airnet helmet

Large rear vents should allow hot air to escape

Other features include Merino wool pads, which should mean they can go longer between washes without smelling, internal reinforcement that has enabled Specialized to make the vents larger, thus improving cooling, and grippers on the inside of the front vents, to make sure your sunglasses are held securely when you put them in your helmet while climbing or when the weather isn’t quite as nice as you’d have hoped.

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There’s no weight official weight, but there are colours. Three of them in fact: black, white, and a nice light blue and red that should go nicely if you’re buying one of Specialized’s 2016 bikes.