Cannondale Ryker Helmet

DESCRIPTION

Cannondale Ryker is a serious mountain Helmet with exceptional ventilation. The helmet is aggressively styled. An all-purpose cross-country performance, allowing riders to hammer the hills, nail the descents, and retain their edge.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 01, 2013]
zance789
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

light weight; well vented; comfortable straps; easily adjustable

Weakness:

weak attachment points for rear dial straps

I had been using Giro helmets for the past 10 years, but I bought this helmet at REI because I liked the fact that the rear dial seemed easily adjustable and the chin straps seemed more comfortable than the chin straps on some other helmets. After having used the helmet for a year in different types of Northern California trail conditions (wet and muddy to dry and dusty) I can say that I have been happy with my purchase. I can adjust the rear dial while wearing the helmet without having to mess around with ratchets or snaps. The chin straps seem to have more rounded edges and be softer than the straps on some other helmets (more like tubular webbing than flat webbing) so they don't irritate me, especially when I am sweating buckets in hot weather. The venting is also good but comes at the expense of some extra protection. My previous mountain biking-specific Giro helmets seemed to fit more "around" my head and had more protection at the back of my head whereas the Ryder seems to sit a bit more "on top" of my head like a road helmet. I usually wear a Coolmax liner under my helmet so I can't really comment on the stock padding's ability to absorb sweat, but I do like the fact that the forehead padding stretches along the entire forehead region. The only real weaknesses that I have found are the attachment points of the rear dial to the helmet shell. These attachment points have popped out of their plastic sockets in the foam liner a couple of times and seem to be getting looser as the helmet ages, although they haven't popped out while I am riding.

Similar Products Used:

Giro Mojave, Giro Havoc

[Jul 10, 2012]
hankscorpio

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Weight, Ventilation, comfort

Weakness:

none that i've come across, I've been wearing it for a month and riding 4 times a week.

This is the first quality helmet I purchased after I started riding so I dont have much to compare to aside from the in store trials. Before this I was wearing an older, cheaper Bell. I tried on a bunch of different helmets but mainly I compared this to the Bell Influx which was a little cheaper. This helmet just felt better. It seemed slightly thicker and had the plastic coating all through the back where the Bell had just the foam on the back. The ventilation is great. I rode at 5pm during these 100+ degree days in NJ and my head was plenty cool. The interior padding keeps the sweat out of my eyes and the dial adjustment works smoothly and precisely. Compared to some other helmets I tried on it the dial system on this helmet seemed to have much smaller increments which is nice, love the visor too. Its very light and comfortable. My dad also just started riding again and after hearing me rave about this helmet and trying it out he returned a bontrager he had just purchased in the same price range. Best piece of advice I received at REI when looking at the helmet was that July was right around the corner and black helmets attract heat and are harder to see at night. I went with the white and red....love it.

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