The Endura Hummvee helmet is sure to appeal to commuters and trail fans alike. It meets all necessary safety requirements, comes in a range of bright colours, and won't break the bank.
Yes, I know, this helmet will not suit everyone; it's not specifically targeted at roadies and many of you will not warm to its shape. On top of that, the actual fit might not be for you either – the base fit is quite round. I have a narrow head and didn't find the fit particularly good. Tightening the dial certainly helped to secure the helmet; it gripped the head at the front and rear without touching the sides. This didn't cause excessive discomfort but I would certainly recommend trying before buying to ensure that it suits your head shape.
Fit aside, there are plenty of features to like. The dial is bigger than average and has a silicone coating making it really easy to adjust, even with the thickest of gloves on.
The padding is a single piece which makes removing, washing and replacing it a doddle. It's a decent thickness too, which I was grateful for when tightening the helmet.
It also has bug nets, a feature lacking in many road helmets. I really like them; if you aren't a fan you can easily cut them out.
The straps have a single point of adjustment at the buckle. The buckle itself is standard size and no problem to use with thin gloves on.
The reflective detailing on the strap is a nice idea, but the lack of adjustor at jawbone level might not suit everyone (they sat in a good position for me). Another reason to try before you buy.
The visor is removable, attached with two small clips at either side. It's a really secure attachment, better than most I have tested before. For me, its position was spot on – not too low. I left it on most of the time as I think it makes the helmet look slightly less bulky.
I'd describe the ventilation as average; it was certainly enough for my commuting efforts and rather steady off-road ventures. Airflow is encouraged by some decent channelling behind the central vents. Admittedly, cutting away the bug nets would improve ventilation; I guess it's a matter of priorities and preferred use.
For anyone dabbling in serious off-road riding, the Hummvee has a sizeable ear cutout which means that the drop either side gives decent temple and lower-rear cranium coverage. The rear is also shaped sufficiently to hold a goggles strap.
The Hummvee comes in seven different colours, so there's bound to be one that appeals. There are three size choices: S/M 51-56cm, M/L 55-59cm and L/XL 58-63cm.
With an rrp of £42.99, the Hummvee is pretty good value for money, though not as good as the Oxford Raven. You can buy cheaper – the Specialized Align is £30 – but it's also 50g heavier. The Merida Freeride Helmet is targeted at a similar market, with an rrp of £50 at the time of review, but if you aren't looking for the 'off-road' element then the Catlike Tako is a comparable alternative for a similar price.
If you are a regular commuter who enjoys the occasional off-road or trail outing the Hummvee is a good choice, provided you are happy with the fit and the look.
A good choice if you dabble in off-roading and commute regularly – if the shape suits your head
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Endura Hummvee helmet
Size tested: M/L
Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Endura describes the Hummvee as an 'Urban and Trail Cycle Helmet' and also as 'a versatile helmet 'ideal for the trail centre, path cruise or urban commute to the office.'
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Certified to CE standard EN1078:2012 + A1:2012.
Antibacterial, fast wicking, removable padding.
Compact chin strap with twin strap dividers.
Integrated bug net.
Covered by Endura's Crash Replacement Policy and Endura Product Guarantee.
Available in three sizes.
Looks and feels as solid as you would want a helmet to be. Encouragingly covered by Endura's Crash Replacement Policy and Endura Product Guarantee.
About standard for this type of helmet – the M/L I was testing came in at 290g. Enough to feel different to a road-specific performance helmet. Not enough to make your neck ache!
Personal preference here; the fit wasn't quite right for me, which meant it wasn't as comfortable as my regular choice of helmet. Straps were fine.
Pitched against comparable helmets on the market, it comes out well.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Does what it's supposed to.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Versatility at an affordable price – I don't venture off-road often, but I commute every day; it's great to have a helmet that is ideal for both.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Base fit is too round for my head.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
Not the cheapest helmet tested on road.cc, but undercuts many.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, particularly off-road.
Would you consider buying the product? No, simply because of the fit.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
The fit and style won't be for everyone, but it is a versatile, well-priced helmet that will tick most boxes for its intended market.
About the tester
I usually ride: Road My best bike is: Carbon road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, club rides, general fitness riding, getting to grips with off roading too!
Emma’s first encounters with a road bike were in between swimming and running. Soon after competing for GB in the World Age Group Triathlon Championships in Edmonton in 2001 she saw the light and decided to focus on cycling.
After a couple of half decent UK road seasons racing for Leisure Lakes, she went out to Belgium to sample the racing there and spent two years with Lotto-Belisol Ladies team, racing alongside the likes of Sara Carrigan, Grace Verbeke, Rochelle Gilmore and Lizzie Deignan. Emma moved from Lotto-Belisol to Dutch team Redsun, then a new Belgian team of primarily developing riders, where there was less pressure, an opportunity to share her experience and help build a whole new team; a nice way to spend her final years of professional racing.
Since retiring Emma has returned to teaching. When not coercing kids to do maths, she is invariably out on two wheels. In addition to the daily commute, Emma still enjoys getting out on her road bike and having her legs ripped off on the local club rides and chain gangs. She has also developed an addiction to touring, with destinations including Iceland, Georgia and Albania, to mention just a few. There have also been rare sightings of Emma off-road on a mountain bike…