The Orbiter II has some great features but is let down by the small details

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 7

O'Neal Orbiter II


  • Large range of sizes
  • Quick, magnetic chin strap


  • Very warm on the forehead
  • It may sit quite high on your head


O’Neal Orbiter II helmet review


Price as reviewed:


The Orbiter II gets the same angular shell and dual density EPS liner as the Raleigh Magni. It has slightly better functionality, padding and overall finish, although it’s still a little hit-and-miss.

Even with extended wraparound coverage, which goes all the way down at the back of the head, cooling is good. This is probably thanks to several huge venting ports on top of the helmet, but heat build-up around the forehead is a little excessive due to the thick wad of internal padding and a big bug mesh.

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The retention headband is a fixed height, so riders with tall heads may find the Orbiter sits a little high. Internally, the retention system can be anchored in different positions to suit a wider range of head sizes. However, the pop studs that hold it in place feel fragile. The chinstrap uses a magnetic clasp and is quick and neat, but the ear loop adjusters are a little bulky and wobble around.



Sizes:XS/S, M/L, XL/XXL