Davida Jet helmet, £235
Miles covered/time: 900/two months
What’s good? Off-white is the new black. I have never seen, let alone owned, a helmet that looked quite this cool straight out of the box. It’s also incredibly quiet – really quite frighteningly so. In fact, I’ve not once worn earplugs while I’ve worn this lid. I have to wear a neck tube so my massively pierced ears don’t snag on the leather lining, but if anything this has just increased the comfort, rather than become a hindrance to enjoyment, making it much easier to slide on and off. The lining is satisfyingly robust and, unlike the fabric lining of a sports helmet, has not picked up that hint-of-laundry-bin pong. If you’re in the market for an open-face helmet you can’t go far wrong with this British-made beauty, especially at this price.
What’s not? Despite having the relevant approval for road and track use, you will probably lose your face if your unlucky enough to crash and slide on your front. However, the same could be said of any open-face lid, and we’re all adults with the ability to make informed decisions about what we wear on a bike.