Thursday, August 5, 2010

Review: Specialized Deviant 2 Carbon 2010

Need a fullface helmet that also keeps your head cool? Sounds impossible, I know, but the Specialized Deviant 2 might just be your best shot. The original Deviant has seen several small changes since its intoduction, but for 2010 it made its biggest change ever. Gone is the ackward internal size-retention system, and the xc-style interior padding, in comes full DH-style padding, a new chin-bar and a bigger mouthpiece. This helmet has regained its authority.

The Deviant 2 feels snug and comfortable, and works very well with the Leatt Brace. The overall quality is high, and its got some pretty sweet lines to it. My goggles fit well, and the helmet is moulded in a way that keeps the goggle straps where they are supposed to be. I went for the carbon version, as I got a great offer, but I dont see why one should shy away from the normal version, its alot cheaper, and from what I learned, the weight is pretty much the same.
So does it really cool your head? Well ive been riding this helmet for 6 months, ive been using it in variuos temperatures, including HOT sommerdays - ive even used it for a bit AM riding as well. And the answer is yes! The huge vents scattered all over the helmet do their job very well, and the vents are plentifull as you can see on the pics below. For DH and FR, where its often a game of putting the helmet on and off alot, the helmet is just amazing. Ive seen my buddies sweating like hell, whereas I still felt pretty cool, and my face and hair was dry. For AM riding, things get a bit more hot, as I was wearing the helmet for longer periods of time - but at no point was it annoying me. Whats worth mentioning is that this helmet got a pretty big mouth port, so breating is easy, even when climbing, I dont get that breath-recycling feel, ive had with other full face helmets. So is this helmet a portable fridge, or does it still get hot? Yes, it can still get hot at times, it is still a fullface helmet, but I bet its alot cooler than pretty much anything else outthere.

The good:
-Keeps your head cool
-Huge mouthpiece
-D-buckle retension didnt annoy me, as I was affraid it would
-Sub 1kg (medium size)
-Feels and looks quality
-Useable for shorter AM trips.

The bad:
-The carbon version is unnessecary, go for the normal version.

Score 6/6

Vents are plentifull:
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And the padding is just right:
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Go ahead, use it for shorter AM trips as well:
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  1. Nice review. I have the regular version of the Deviant 2 and use it for all of my rides...including the ones that include a decent amount of climbing and it's definitely much cooler than my Giro Remedy. My opinion is right on par with your's a great helmet and the 2nd version is much improved over the original...

  2. Thanks man, glad you liked the review.

  3. Thanks for Review Been looking at doing all rides in fullface short small everything with one thanks a lot!