The all-new Met Rivale is an evolution on the outside design and a revolution on the inside shape, according to Met.
The rear of the new helmet (opens in new tab) has a built-in NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) vent that has a tube-shaped profile, making the Rivale MIPS more aerodynamic than its predecessor, while the front of the helmet has wider, longer vents to improve ventilation. These also work as a sunglasses dock.
A new Safe-T Upsilon retention system gives an unparalleled fit, says Met, making the helmet more stable on the head. The 360° head belt aims to ensure there are no pressure points on the skull, while an easy-to-use vertical adjuster allows wearers to customise their fit.
The top Rivale gets MIPS technology – the sliding cradle that protects the brain against rotational forces, its manufacturers claiming at least 10 per cent improved safety over standard helmets in certain impacts.
The standard non-MIPS Rivale looks identical but weighs less – 230g compared to 250g in size M – and is priced £20 lower at £120.
Met Rivale MIPS specification
- Price £140
- In-mould polycarbonate shell with EPS liner
- MIPS-C2® Brain Protection System
- Sunglasses ports
- Safe-T Upsilon Fit System
- 360° head belt, vertical adjustment
- Ponytail compatible
- Gel padded head support
- Hand washable comfort pads
- Air Lite straps
- Adjustable cam divider
- Reflective rear decals
- 18 vents/internal air channeling
Sizes and weights
- Small: 52/56 cm – 240 g
- Medium: 56/58 cm – 250 g
- Large: 58/61 cm – 270 g
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Simon Smythe is Cycling Weekly's senior tech writer and has been in various roles at CW since 2003. His first job was as a sub editor following an MA in online journalism.
In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends a bit more time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.
What's in the stable? There's a Colnago Master Olympic, a Hotta TT700, an ex-Castorama lo-pro that was ridden in the 1993 Tour de France, a Pinarello Montello, an Independent Fabrication Club Racer, a Mercian Classic fixed winter bike and a renovated Roberts with a modern Campag groupset.
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