Romain Bardet wears retro style Ekoi Legende helmet at the Tour de France

New Legende helmet takes its design cues from “hairnet” helmets

Romain Bardet in his Legende helmet at the end of stage 11. Photo Sunada
(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

In the days before helmets became high tech items and obligatory for racing, most pros rode with bare heads. The helmets which were used were leather “hairnet” style.

Now Ekoi has launched the Legende, a modern helmet that harks back to that old-style headgear and is made in Italy to the French brand’s exclusive design. Only Romain Bardet on the AG2R La Mondiale team is wearing the new helmet.

Legende helmet's shape references old-style leather hairnets. Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA
(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

The main feature of the Legende helmet is its raised, curved section longitudinal ribs, with thin lateral connectors that fit close to the head. Ekoi says that it has 28 vents and has been wind tunnel tested. Weight is claimed to be 230 grams.

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Hairnet style helmets were used in the days of Merckx and De Vlaeminck. Credit: Paul Coerten / Cycling Weekly Archive
(Image credit: Paul Coerten / Cycling Weekly Archive)

Modern features include full in-mould construction, with an internal polypropylene cage. There’s three way strap adjustment and a magnetic buckle closure.

Internal polypropylene cage supports the Legende's ribs

Ekoi includes three sets of foam inserts with different thicknesses as well as a removable bug net. Keeping up the retro theme, there’s a leather carrying bag too. Ekoi offers a five year warranty on the new helmet, part of its Premium line.

Ekoi lets you select from nine different colour options, including national colours as well as white, black, gold and AG2R team replica. The Ekoi Legende is available through the brand’s direct sales web site and priced at £178.48. Unlike its normal range, Ekoi says that it does not discount its Premium range products on its site.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.