Specialized Evade III & Prevail III first ride review

Cooler; safer, still a great fit.

Specialized Evade III & Prevail III helmets
(Image credit: Anne-Marije Rook)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Specialized’s latest update to the Evade and Prevail helmets has further improved what were already great lids. Although not knocking on the door of any of the lightest helmets, with their comfortable fit and considerable improvements to the ventilation, the Evade and Prevail have still proved hardly noticeable on hot rides.

Reasons to buy
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    Better ventilation

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    Highly ranked for safety

Reasons to avoid
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    Neither are especially lightweight

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Specialized always sets out to better its previous product lines. But when it comes to the third iteration of the Evade and Prevail helmets, the “better” means airier – not necessarily faster – and, for the Prevail, safer.

Performance is still at the heart of everything Specialized does, however, and when it comes to helmets, the brand is taking an “n+1” stance. “It takes a quiver to win” is their slogan with the launch of three new helmets all at once at the Copenhagen Grand Départ. Just like a team has a quiver of wheels for different purposes, Specialized believes that competitive riders need different helmet benefits to suit various stages based on conditions for optimal performance. 

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