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Kali Lunati – Helmet Review

Kali Lunati – Helmet Review

Now, there are quite a few helmets on offer these days, with variations to go with each different type of riding.

One thing for sure though, is that companies seem to sacrifice one of the following three factors when designing their helmets: weight, comfortability or safety.

To cover all three is somewhat of a magical unicorn, but Kali Protectives have definitely tackled that with the Lunati Trail helmet. Kali Protectives sent me their Interceptor and Lunati helmets to test out, and to use for long term protection.

Kali Lunati Helmet
The Kali Lunati certainly packs a punch in the looks department! Pic:©Jon Willis

Look and Feel

The first thing I noticed when taking it out of the box was just how ridiculously light the Lunati is! Coming in at just 286g (10.1 Oz), the weight is negligible! I have, in fact, had to check that I was wearing a helmet several times, despite having it buckled up.

This is partially due to how light it is, and partially due to the fact that it is, without a doubt, the most comfortable helmet I’ve ever had the pleasure of wearing, bar none. A massive statement, but I stand by it!

Kali Lunati Helmet
The Lunati has an attractive angular design. Pic:©Jon Willis

Features

Due to my lack of commendable eyesight, I definitely need a helmet that will accommodate my glasses. Once again, Kali have come through, as the Lunati handles these without issue! Nice and snug, without digging in to my head.

Kali Lunati Helmet
The Lunati offer very good air flow and mesh cutouts. Pic:©Jon Willis

Kali Protectives were very generous with the venting, and provided a mesh over the vents that keeps the head cool without letting the bugs through! The biggest downside to the mesh is that you’re unable to scratch your head properly through the holes, but I didn’t encounter many occasions when that had to happen.

The Lunati comes with an integrated section for a removable action camera/light mount. It is positioned relatively centred on your head, but due to the low weight of the helmet, adding anything to it is quite noticeable!

As I found with the Interceptor, there is a good section of the chin strap that is left swinging while riding around, which I conquered with a rubber band.

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Out on the Trails

I started testing the Lunati towards the end of the Australian summer, and through the Autumn months, giving it a decent range of temperatures to work with, and it performed beautifully! During the hottest days, the vents kept my head cool enough to keep pedalling.

Being marketed towards XC and Trail riders, who slog out massive distances, this is an extremely important factor, as well as being comfortable to wear. There is nothing worse about a helmet than being extremely uncomfortable for long periods of time!

Kali Lunati Helmet
Talk about lightweight! Pic:©Jon Willis
Kali Lunati Helmet
Out on the trails it felt incredibly comfortable. Pic:©Jon Willis

Safety Standards

The Kali Protectives Lunati exceeds the required CPSC 1203 and CE EN 1078 ratings for the US and European markets, and is rated for the AS/NZS 2063:2008 standard, despite not being labelled as such on the box.

Conclusions

Overall, there was very little I could find fault with. Aside from the leftover chin strap swinging in the breeze, I rate this at a 4.8 out of 5! It has become my go to helmet when leaving the house for some XC/Trail work, and because of it’s comfortability, has even become my helmet of choice when commuting.

I honestly recommend this helmet to everyone, as it has blown me away with how comfortable is it, and send my infinite thanks out to the team at Kali Protectives for giving me the chance to review it! Massive kudos to the design team, it is truly outstanding!

Jason Lorch

Chief Editor at Tyres and Soles
Born and grew up in Wales but now a fully fledged Aussie. A passionate mountain biker, hiker and general nature addict. I'm also a bit of a muso and enjoy a good craft beer every now and again (probably too often).

I hope what we do here at Tyres and Soles will inspire people to get out there and experience first hand, the natural wonders that surround them. So, pump up those tyres, don your favourite boots. Grab a mate, a partner, a pet… and head out into nature. But tell us all about it when you get back.
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