The Kask Mojito X is the latest version of its well-respected Mojito helmet. It's had some updates, and first impressions are that it's a helmet that punches well above its weight, or should that be price? It's well finished, offers an excellent fit and is nicely styled. You can even get a gravel version too.
- Pros: Comfortable to wear, well ventilated, comfortable chin strap
- Cons: Cheaper helmets getting the likes of MIPS technology
Well, I say the Mojito X has had some tweaks, but for the life of me I couldn't see what they were when comparing the pictures of the previous Mojito we tested back in 2016. There is no mention of how the X version has improved over the original on Kask's website, though Evans Cycles offers: "The new Mojito X has been improved on and now features: A two part external polycarbonate shell (one top and one bottom) instead of three (one top and two bottom), the XL size remain in 3 parts. New graphic design where the logos are pad printed not stuck on decals."
As far as I can tell these are cosmetic differences; but hey, the Mojito was an excellent helmet and if it ain't broke, why fix it?
Things like the leather chin strap and the fact that the polycarbonate shell covering doesn't just adorn the helmet's upper (you'll see it running around the rim too) give the Mojito X a much more expensive look than its £119 price tag would have you expect.
That chin strap is very comfortable too, especially on a hot ride when things can get a little sweaty. I never found any skin irritation under my chin no matter what the state of my current shaving regime.
The relatively thick padding makes for plenty of comfort as well, and the Kask has kept its Up & Down fit system at the rear which allows you to adjust the rear cradle height to suit the shape of the head as well as using the dial system for circumference fettling. It does give a very even feel of retention around your head, obviously provided that it suits your shape.
When it comes to ventilation the Kask offers plenty of airflow. With 26 vents, the air isn't so much channelled like some of the latest aero helmets where you can really feel the breeze being pushed through front to back, but the Mojito X has been noticeably chilly during testing in January and February. A good sign for the upcoming spring and summer months.
If you like to colour code your kit then you'll be happy to know that the Mojito X comes in a plentiful array of colours, 14 to be precise, although at least half of those do contain quite a bit of black in there.
There are a fair few sizes too, with four options from S to XL, which gives a spread of 48cm to 64cm.
Value-wise, the Mojito X still offers good bang for your buck, although there are a lot of cheaper models coming through with more technology like MIPS, for instance. (Though I must admit, having MIPS has never had any bearing on whether I'd choose to wear a certain helmet or not.)
Overall, the Mojito X might be based on quite an old design, but it's still outperforming many other helmets on the market, sweetened by those little details.
The Mojito X offers great performance across the board at not bad money
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Kask Mojito X
Size tested: Medium
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?
Kask says, "220 grams of close-fitting comfort and 26 air intakes for complete ventilation. Cycle with all your energy while keeping your head fresh, cool and safe, with basic shades, fluo colors or flag patterns."
The Kask is a very good all-round helmet for pretty much any type of road riding.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Kask says, "Produced using the innovative In-Moulding system, the MOJITO X offers a close, comfortable fit because of its Up'n'Down adjustment system. The internal padding material is treated with the antibacterial and antimicrobial Sanitized® process. The chin pad has an eco-leather chinstrap which is extremely comfortable and helps stop skin irritation."
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
For all-round road riding it does everything you really need.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Delivers right across the board.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Very little to actually dislike.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
There are a few cheaper helmets offering the likes of MIPS technology, but on the whole the Mojito X is a good package.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
As a package, the Mojito X is still very impressive. Is it still 'exceptional' though? It's not the best in any single discipline but it delivers highly across them all while offering decent value, but there are cheaper models coming through with more technology like MIPS. I'd say it's a very high 8.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed
With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!