Specialized S-Works Prevail 3 review - a safer, airier lid

Third gen Prevail offers unmatched ventilation for the hottest days, but it comes at a price

Image shows a rider wearing the Specialized S-Works Prevail 3 helmet.
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

Specialized’s latest update to the S-Works Prevail helmet improved an already good helmet with more ventilation for the hottest months and top safety features for ease of mind.

Reasons to buy
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    Great ventilation

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    Highly ranked for safety

Reasons to avoid
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    Not especially lightweight

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    Big holes, while great for venting, is also quite the bug trap

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To showcase its latest advances in aerodynamics and venting, Specialized launched new iterations of its three flagship helmets at the Grand Départ of this year’s Tour. Despite Specialized’s “it takes a quiver to win” approach— suggesting one should own a quiver of helmets for optimal performance — everyday riders can rest easy knowing that the Prevail will serve most of your road or gravel riding needs. 

Specialized S-Works Prevail 3: the updates

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