With its super-cosy padding, the Troy Lee Designs A1 is one of the most comfortable lids around. The dished-out interior feels properly head cradling, and the effective, three-height retention system ensures the helmet doesn’t budge an inch, even on rough terrain.
This secure, wrap-around protection and snug fit comes with a trade-off though — even with eight air intakes at the front and the same number of exhaust vents, it runs hotter than some other helmets. Still, the padding is so dense and absorbent that sweat rarely dribbles down, and we found a quick squeeze to expel moisture after climbing eradicates any annoying eye drips. The pads can be easily removed in one piece for ease of washing.
The Troy Lee Designs A1’s stability is so secure you quickly forget you’re wearing it, and construction quality and durability has been fantastic during a full year of bashing around. It’s still a staff favourite at mbr, but the heat issue and the steepish price just keeps the Troy Lee A1 from gaining top marks.