Product: Bell M5X, £324.99
Miles covered/time: 500/3 months
What’s good? Protection. This is the second M5X I’ve smacked my head in, and both times it has been a hard blow. My head was unaffected both times, so much so I didn’t realise I’d hit my head until I looked at the damage and matched it with my recollection of the crash. Light weight means minimal strain on your neck too.
What’s not? It’s not a practical lid – it’s noisy and a bit sparse, so it’s really only suitable for track riding or weekend blasts rather than touring. The lining holds sweat too – a wicking liner would improve it no end.
Stars (out of five): ***