Specialized Align II review - budget friendly helmet brings MIPS to the people

Not only do you get MIPS at an almost unbelievably low price, but this helmet is well made and a good fit too

Specialized Align ii
(Image credit: Paul Grele)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

At £45 to have a helmet with MIPS, that is comfortable, fits well and looks good is a real achievement. If your budget is tight or you primarily ride for leisure then this helmet should be on your shortlist. However if you want to ride more sportily then maybe consider moving up the range as you will get better cooling, lighter weight and slimmer styling but it will be at a higher cost. A great product that will suit and protect many people.

Reasons to buy
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    Great price

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    Wide range of colours and sizes

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    Clicky wheel adjuster

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    Spare pads and visor available

Reasons to avoid
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    A bit hot for sportier riders

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    A little bulkier than its Echelon sibling

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The Align II is Specialized's most budget-friendly adult helmet, and in common with nearly all the others within its range it comes with MIPS as standard. We reckon it's one of the best commuter bike helmets. More about why MIPS matter shortly. 

It is available in three sizes, covering head circumferences from 52cm to 62cm, which should accommodate nearly everyone, and there are nine colours to match your kit, bike or even mood! I'm testing the satin white M/L (56-60cm) version.

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