Specialized uses a dual-density EPS core in the 2D, which it claims saves around 50g over previous designs and makes it the lightest helmet on test.
This is covered with a plastic micro-shell, which bottom wraps under the helmet for added durability. Carbon wings reinforce the support bridges across the top of the helmet and venting is good, especially at the front with Specialized’s patented Mouth Port cooling your brow.
The clip-on visor is also patented, but this is one helmet that looks better without it, primarily because the visor itself is pretty ugly and ineffective. Specialized has shed more weight by switching to a thinner strap material. This is actually hydrophobic, so won’t stretch when it gets wet, although the light colour does stain easily.
We do have a couple of gripes — on our sample the internal Matrix reinforcing cage was poking through the EPS foam, the padding had come away slightly on the forehead and
the strap adjusters here can get knocked open too easily.
Not major issues, just we’d expect better for the money. That said, if you’re a cross-country racer it’s the lid of choice.
Mbr rating: 8