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Kask's Utopia Y is an aero helmet which still creates a decent airflow, while keeping the weight low. It's comfortable and has plenty of neat little design features, but then it needs them when you consider the £245 price tag.
The Utopia Y is primarily an aero style helmet with few vents, although the ones it does have work very well. The three front vents create a refreshing breeze over your head, while the 'scoops' let air flow around the sides. Warm air is ported out of the back.
If you're looking to buy an aero helmet, it's a good idea to check out our Best Aero Helmets of 2023 feature too.
As you've probably noticed the date at the top of the review, it won't surprise you to hear that the test period, being early spring, wasn't exactly hot. The chill winds did highlight the flow of the air through the helmet, mind, though I can't see it being too much of an issue during the summer unless you're spending days in the mountains.
The Utopia Y uses OCTOFIT+ (which is the main upgrade over the original Utopia) and it gives a good range of adjustment both up and down for the cradle. A wheel tweaks the diameter.
Unlike some helmets the adjustment doesn't travel right the way around the front, instead stopping at the temples. Personally, I didn't have any issues with fit, but helmets with full adjustment can do better on certain head shapes.
There are three sizes available, covering head sizes of 50cm to 62cm.
The padding is relatively thick around the front, but comfortable, and it does a good job of soaking up sweat. There are a couple of pieces of padding running front to back which also work well and are easily removed for washing.
At £245 the Utopia Y isn't cheap, but it does have some defining features that go some way to justifying that.
The strap is faux leather and soft against the skin, while the outer shell covers the expanded polystyrene inner right around the base. This looks neater and frankly more expensive, and protects it from drops and damage.
Speaking of protection, the Utopia Y meets CE EN 1078, CPSC 1203 and AS/NZS 2063 standards. It is also tested to Kask's WG11 protocols.
I prefer the fit of the Kask as it seems less bulky, but the Bolle does have the MIPS safety system, if that is something you are after.
Like many top end helmets the Kask isn't cheap, but against the competition it looks to be in the right ballpark. Its performance is impressive, I really like the fit and the overall quality is very good indeed.
Great fit and good airflow for an aero helmet – if you don't mind the price
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Kask Utopia Y helmet
Size tested: 52-58
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, "The original Utopia helmet raised the bar for optimized aerodynamics and ventilation, which remain central to the Utopia Y. The updated edition has introduced the OCTOFIT+ adjustment system, which guarantees improved fit and stability. The Utopia Y also delivers enhanced comfort thanks to its Resistex Carbon padding – a breathable material that promotes moisture dissipation to the outer shell. The Utopia Y's aesthetic is complete with the addition of reflective graphics to ensure greater visibility; the KASK logo on the shell's lateral exterior replicates the helmets currently used by KASK's professional teams and athletes."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Resistex carbon front padding
Octofit + Fit Adjustment and Retention system
Faux leather chinstrap
Reflective rear inserts
Seamless colour exterior
Passes WG11 International Safety Test protocols
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It balances aero with airflow well.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
It's pricey, though that's true of any top end helmet.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
It's similarly priced to other high-end helmets, like those mentioned in the review.
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
The Utopia Y is a well made helmet with good performance and comfort. It has a high price, but it is in keeping with other helmets of this weight and fit.
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,
As part of the Tech Hub here at F-At Digital, our senior product reviewer Stu uses the knowledge gained from putting well over a 1,000 products through their paces (including hundreds of bikes) to write in-depth reviews of a huge range of kit. After first throwing his leg over a race bike back in 2000, Stu's ridden more than 160,000 miles on road, time-trial, track, and gravel bikes, and while he's put his racing days behind him he still likes to smash the pedals rather than take things easy. Although, as he spends a fair bit of his time reviewing ebikes these days he's becoming an expert in letting the motor take the strain. He's also waiting for 23mm race tyres to make a comeback!