Italian brand Kask has designed a superb road helmet in the Mojito; a lightweight, close-fitting and comfortable helmet at a reasonable price point (you can currently find it priced around £110/$140.) The Mojito was the helmet of choice for Team Sky’s pro team up until 2014. If it’s good enough for Tour de France winner Chris Froome, then it’s certainly worth a look.
Over the past few years, Kask has been making a name for itself as a leader in the cycle lid market, helped by the extra media attention from its sponsorship with Team Sky. Having tested the Mojito, I can confidently say that this attention is well deserved. After being used by the Team Sky pro team up until 2014, Kask’s mid-range helmet still carries a lot of the ventilation tech and lightweight construction you’d hope for from current pro-level models.
Kask Mojito Features
While the design hasn’t changed much since 2012, the Kask Mojito now weighs in at an impressive 220g (for size medium) and comes in four sizes to suit a wide range of head sizes. For those looking for a size reference, my head size is 57.25 cm and size medium fits perfectly. Thanks to the increased popularity of road racing in Asia, Kask has also released the Mojito XL, following a 12-month study by Kask’s R&D department into head size and shape in Asian cyclists, so even cyclists with a larger head size (up to 64 cm) can now benefit from the Mojito’s close-fitting design.
Even though it’s close-fitting, the helmet is extremely comfortable. This is thanks to Kask’s Up‘n’Down system—a cantilevered rear cradle adjustment—that tailors the fit to most head shapes. The removable padded insert is also appreciated on those longer rides (I found it easy to forget I was even wearing my helmet). The insert comes pre-treated with an antibacterial and antimicrobial process and it can be swapped out for an ‘Antisect’ insert, that features netting to stop insects passing through the vents, or a winter cap for colder riding conditions. It’s also worth mentioning that the eco-leather chinstrap is nice and comfy and won’t irritate your skin like a standard mesh strap.
The 26 vents offer fantastic ventilation, suitable for hot summer days. A host of small vents (at the front and top) give a consistently even breeze throughout, while large vertical rear vents draw cooling air through effectively. This makes the Kask Mojito feel even lighter than it is—a bonus on lengthy rides. Overall, I would say that the Mojito’s cooling is almost unmatched—only the hyper-ventilated helmets, like the Giro Aeon, may best it here.
The innovative ‘In-Moulding’ system—through which the polycarbonate cover for the top, base ring and back of the helmet’s shell is bonded to the inner polystyrene cap—improves the shell’s shock absorption and leaves almost nothing susceptible to transit or riding damage.