Uvex Boss Race helmet review

The Uvex Boss Race is a great value helmet that offers price-defying adjustability and solid all-round performance.

Uvex Boss Race 1 helmet
(Image credit: mike prior)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Uvex Boss Race offers price-defying adjustability that ensures the sort of secure and comfortable fit we don’t always expect from a helmet of this price. Ventilation is also reasonable, and certainly good enough for all but the very best of the British summer.

Reasons to buy
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    Great adjustability

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    Good, comfortable, secure fit

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    Removable padding

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Reasons to avoid
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    Ventilation could be a little better

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    Minimal padding

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The Uvex Boss Race sits around the mid-point of the German company’s helmet range, not that you would guess this from the level of adjustability this superb lid has to offer, allowing it to offer the sort of fit we’d expect from a lid costing two or three times this much.

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Key to the Uvex Boss Race’s adjustability is the IAS 3D adjustment system, which allows the fit to be adjusted along both the horizontal and vertical planes. The dial at the rear is similar to that seen on pretty much all good helmets (although isn’t yet ubiquitous in this mid-range price bracket), and offers a good level of adjustment to fit the circumference of your head. The dial is also well-sized and easy to use.

Uvex Boss Race 2

The button-operated chin strap is secure and offers good adjustability
(Image credit: mike prior)

The more unique feature of the IAS 3D system is the ability to adjust the casing up and down. This isn’t so easy to do on the move as this part of the system higher up on the lid, but ensures a really exceptional and comfortable fit.

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Adjustability is also the name of the game with the chin strap on the Uvex Boss Race. Instead of being secured with a simple clip, the helmet is secured using a button system. This can then be placed in six positions to give greater control over chin strap tightness than can be offered with a traditional system.

Ventilation is also good, although not price-defying in the same way as the adjustment system. 19 vents are positioned around the helmet, but there are no internal channels to move hot air from the front to the back, as seen in similarly priced lids such as the Giro Savant and the Scott Arx.

Uvex Boss Race 3

A decent number of vents offer good, if not outstanding, ventilation
(Image credit: mike prior)

That said, the ventilation is still good enough for 90% of British days, and there is the important inclusion of netting across the front vents, preventing bugs and insects from getting caught against your head.

Finally, the Uvex Boss Race features anti-allergenic liners and pads that can be removed for washing. Admittedly padding is minimal, with only four pieces on the inside of the lid, but we found the fit to be good enough to not require any more.

For more details visit UK distributor Raleigh’s website.

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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.