"The most aero road helmet in the peloton now breathes better." That's the claim from Specialized and you'll find this helmet on the heads of Bora-Hansgrohe, Quickstep Alpha Vinyl and Direct Total Energies riders at the world's biggest races. Now, obviously, just because Specialized sponsors the largest number of teams doesn't make this a good helmet but luckily Stu was on hand to offer his full verdict.
In our testing we found the Evade 3, which weighs in at 271g on our scales, to be an impressively cool feeling helmet for one with such a small number of vents and it is impressively comfortable too. In days gone by wearing an aero helmet was a sweaty, hot and uncomfortable experience but the latest generation Evade continues to close the gap between aero and ventilated helmets.
Compared to the Evade 2, this lid claims to draw 10% more air across the head thanks in a large part to the Mips Air Node system that you'll find inside, on all but the hottest days or steepest of climbs, the Evade 3 kept our reviewer, Stu, cool. As the autumn temperatures kicked in, he could feel the air entering at the front and passing over his head before exiting out of the rear. Not only that but this new version definitely looks less "mushroomy" when worn!