A top-quality product, and the inclusion of a sticker kit to customise the go faster stripes is a nice touch
When we tested the Bontrager Rally helmet we raved about its fit, praised its good looks and extolled the virtues of its goggle-compatibility (yes, we’re total fashion victims).
In fact, we loved it so much that the only thing we could criticise it for was an embarrassing barnet when we took it off, and the fact that it’s a bit on the heavy side.
So why on earth would you want a helmet that’s identical in almost every way, but adds almost 50g to the weight?
That helmet is the Lithos, and it comes out of the same mould as the Rally, but gets a reinforced structure, EVA foam inserts to complement the pads and clever headcam and helmet light integration via the Blendr mounting system.
The additional features make the Lithos look and feel like a top-quality product, and the inclusion of a sticker kit to customise the go faster stripes is a nice touch, but we couldn’t detect any vast improvement in comfort or ventilation over the more basic Rally. And while the POV/light mount is neat, it’s not a great idea to have gadgets on top of your head in the event of a tumble.
If the worst does happen, both Bontrager lids boast an excellent free crash replacement service for the first year, too. In summary, the cheaper (£69.99), lighter Rally remains our pick of the Bontrager helmet line.