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.

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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.