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Specialized S-Works Evade Helmet Review

This semi-aero helmet strikes a perfect balance between speed and comfort.

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This semi-aero helmet strikes a perfect balance between speed and comfort.

Specialized S-Works Evade

$250, Specialized.com

Finding balance is one of the biggest challenges of triathlon—among three sports, between training and other life commitments and even between speed and comfort—and usually leads to some kind of compromise. But you don’t have to choose between fast and comfortably functional with the Specialized Evade helmet. It fits just as well as a road helmet, blows cooling air over the rider and still cuts aero drag. Wind tunnel testing on this semi-aero helmet (conducted by Specialized and others) demonstrated that many riders are nearly as fast in this helmet as in a full-blown aero option. The biggest difference is in comfort. In hot conditions, the Evade provides a significant perceived cooling effect compared to many dedicated aero helmets.

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