Specialized Echelon II MIPS review

The latest update to the Echelon adds MIPS and ANGi crash detector compatibility

Cycling Weekly Verdict

Jam packed with safety features and capability plus class leading comfort makes the Echelon II MIPS a challenger for best budget helmet. It's just a little weighty.

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The Echelon has been part of Specialized's road lineup for several years now. And in this time it has had a few changes. A complete overhaul a couple of seasons ago saw the launch of the Echelon II, a more recent update added MIPS and this latest 2019 model sees provision to mount a safety system called ANGi.

The Echelon II has one of the most sculpted, organic profiles of any helmet in its class with not a single straight line in sight. Producing one of the best looking helmets by far. To make this shaping possible Specialized use an internal structure made using composite materials to allow them to pare away the EPS polystyrene material that makes up the main helmet body whilst still retaining strength. This leaves the Echelon II with thirty one air vents arranged in conjunction with a series of inner air channels to port air in, along and out of the helmet keeping your head cool.

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James Bracey

James Bracey's career has seen him move from geography teacher, to MBR writer, to Cycling Weekly's senior tech writer and video presenter. He possesses an in-depth knowledge of bicycle mechanics, as well as bike fit and coaching qualifications. Bracey enjoys all manner of cycling, from road to gravel and mountain biking.