RST Ventec Helmet
RST Ventec Helmet Review
Posted 14th October 2012
Words by Paul Hopkins
The RST Ventec is not a name that many of you may have heard of before, but don’t let that put you off a quality item at an equally good price.
RST are the inhouse clothing brand of MotoDirect, a Derbyshire based concern that have grown RST into one of the UK’s biggest names in motorcycle protective clothing. With two former elite cyclists – one no-other than ex-professional, Milk Race winner Chris Walker – on their management team it was only a matter of time before they branched into cycling clothing and so RST now offer made-to-order club kit as well as their own product line.
Motodirect, through their CycleDivision team, which is headed by two more elite level riders, Gareth Hewitt and Dan Storey, also import Trigon bikes, Curve bikes, Cero wheels and a range of other cycling products.
The RST Ventec helmet marks a new departure for the clothing brand and its a solid addition to the range. It is constructed using lightweight in-mould technology, from high density EPS (Expanded Polystyrene), with a PC (Polycarbonate) shell, ensuring it complies with CE EN1078 (the European) and CPCS (the US Consumer Product Safety Commission) standards. It is worth noting that the European CEN standards are not quite as stringent as the US CPSC standard, so having both is good news on the protection front.
Our helmet came in ‘goes-with-anything’ gloss white but is also available in equally easy gloss black and a more specific red/black/white combination.
The RST Ventec weighs in at 259g in the small/medium size and feels like a solid, quality bit of kit – an important factor when you consider that it is designed to protect your head.
The thirty large vents did a fine job of keeping the air flowing across my head whilst out training and the padding, which covers the front of the helmet, coped well with the sweat that I managed to work up. All of that padding and the straps are removable and washable, a definite plus for items that can otherwise develop an interesting aroma after a summer of racing!
Size adjustment on the helmet is via a rotary dial at the back of the helmet, that tightens or loosens a band. Handily this can adjusted on the bike and the overall fit was easily fine tuned to perfectly fit my head.
The RST Ventec helmet holds up well against the competition. It looks great, is bang on with the weight, offers the best levels of certified protection and is very competitively priced.
RST Ventec helmet RRP £69.99