Catlike Whisper helmet review

An icon of helmet design, we check out the Catlike Whisper helmet

Catlike Whisper Helmet
Cycling Weekly Verdict

If ventilation is your main priority, then the Catlike Whisper helmet cannot be faulted. All those vents might look a little weird, but they do their job, and it's also comfortable and fits well. The only downsides are the loud wind noise and the fact that it sticks out at the sides.

Reasons to buy
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    Very well venitilated

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    Excellent fit

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    Good choice of colours

Reasons to avoid
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    Lots of wind noise

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    Sticks out at the sides

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    Appearance may not be for everyone

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It’s rare that something like a helmet becomes iconic, but that’s exactly what’s happened with the Catlike Whisper helmet with its unique design going largely unchanged since it was first released in 2006. Since then it’s been worn to two mountain bike World Championships, two Olympic gold medals, a time trial World Championship and road race World Championship. Not bad, eh?

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.