Rudy Project Racemaster helmet review

The Racemaster is a very comfortable helmet with a great fit system – also available in black or white if you're not keen on the gold velvet of the Bahrain-Merida team

Cycling Weekly Verdict

Rudy Project has done a good job with the Racemaster helmet. It fits very well and is cushioned very well. The retention system is highly adjustable and ensures a snug fit without pinching or discomfort.

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Don't be put off the Rudy Project Racemaster helmet by the 'gold velvet' colours of our sample or the little added styling pieces, as the helmet does sit well on the head and doesn't look odd at all.

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Rudy Project helmets have been a bit 'Marmite' in the past due to their Euro looks, but what is beyond dispute is how comfortable the Rudy Project Racemaster helmet is. The Adjustable Comfort Fit system at the rear is easy to use – including while on the fly – to find your head shape. Pressure feels spread around the skull rather than just at the front and back, limiting pinch points.

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This is enhanced by the feel of the straps and by the pads on the inside of the helmet, too. These are all thin but adequately cushioned as well as being well positioned.

The hairnet that Rudy Project uses to stop bugs and debris getting into the lid is a nice idea, though it does hinder airflow a touch and I would say the Racemaster runs a little hotter compared with other vented helmets like the Lazer Z1.

Although I haven't thrown myself down on the road to test Rudy Project's safety claims it does state that the In Mold technology used is a combination of its EPS structure, polycarbonate shell and exoskeleton which "creates a mechanical action exercised by an impact and dissipates the energy to prevent it from being transferred to the head." Of course any added protection is always welcome.

At 290 grams, however, it is a little weighty for a high-end helmet – 60 grams more than a Giro Synthe, for example. This is noticeable, but it isn't as though you can't hold your head up after a 100-mile ride.

Reflective detailing on the helmet straps and at the rear of the lid is a nice touch; Rudy Project has also made a nice rear sunglasses port to hide your sunnies safely without them dangling at the front and obstructing your vision.

A top helmet, thankfully available in all the normal colours.

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Symon Lewis joined Cycling Weekly as an Editorial Assistant in 2010, he went on to become a Tech Writer in 2014 before being promoted to Tech Editor in 2015 before taking on a role managing Video and Tech in 2019. Lewis discovered cycling via Herne Hill Velodrome, where he was renowned for his prolific performances, and spent two years as a coach at the South London velodrome.