Specialized says the Ambush is aimed at trail riders and enduro racers alike, and it definitely looks the part in on-trend fluoro yellow. And like a lot of new enduro helmets, the Ambush is designed so that you can shift the peak up and put your goggles underneath for long climbs or transition stages, which is a neat touch.
Once on and adjusted it feels really lightweight, almost as if the helmet floats above your head, and there is equal pressure from all the contact points with your head. On the trail that floating feeling is exactly want you want — light and well ventilated but still keeping your head fully protected.
There is a drawback though — I felt like there was a little more movement than I’d normally expect on rough and fast descents; the helmet was shifting forward so much so that the actual shell was starting to obscure my vision.
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Fiddling with the various adjustments I could get it a little tighter, but the Mindset 360 retention system would often pop out of the front of the helmet. With goggles to stop excess movement, the problem vanishes, and for enduro use this makes a lot more sense.
Without goggles I could not get the helmet to stay put on rough trails. It might be down to my head size or shape, but overall the Specialized Ambush was a disappointment.