It's great to see some unique and sleek styling, but the Sweet Protection Bushwhacker unfortunately comes at a price
Bringing a bit of Scandinavian style to the trail helmet market, the Bushwacker’s sleek, close-fitting shape is well vented and uses a fully enclosed, five-piece shell with thicker EPS around the top, sides and rear for added protection.
It’s pricy, but the internal rubberised surfaces and smooth edges reflect the excellent finishing. The Bushwhacker also ships with a fancy carry sack and two sets of comfort pads — 5mm and 10mm thick, to help justify the cost. We found the thicker pads better at mopping up sweat.
The four-way headband retention device has a good range of reach and height adjustment, but doesn’t always centre itself perfectly and can move on steep descents, tipping the front down.
The pinch-together retention system also features a stiff release button and is fiddly to use on the move — the next generation of Bushwhackers will feature a brand new dial-based retention system.