HJC Valeco helmet review

A great all-rounder, although there are better value options

HJC Valeco helmet
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The HJC Valeco helmet is a great all-rounder, being quite comfy, blending ventilation with aero optimisations and being reasonably lightweight. It also doesn't cost an exorbitant amount compared to some other helmets on the market, although there are some options which offer a similar package for less. There's also a couple of downsides in that the retention strap can slide from its set vertical position and there isn’t a great sunglasses storing solution.

Reasons to buy
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    Reasonably light

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    Venturi Ventilation

Reasons to avoid
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    Retention strap can slide from its set position

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    Not great for storing sunglasses

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HJC has been manufacturing helmets for almost 50 years and is sponsor to both AG2R Citroen and Israel Premier Tech World Tour teams.

The Valeco fits into the range as a more accessible all-rounder, being cheaper than the Ibex 2.0 and more ventilated than the Furion 2.0 – although still being lighter and more optimised than the cheaper Atara.

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