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MET Helmets Manta Review
16 Sep, 2016 - Boston Azuma
The MET Manta is the Italian companies flagship aero road helmet. Weighing in at a very respectable 220gm the Manta is an extremely versatile helmet. As a long time user of the well-established American brand Giro, I was skeptical to say the least when receiving this helmet. But it was only a matter of minutes of riding with the Manta that I realized just how special this helmet was. Out of the box you get the helmet, a spare gel pad and a neat MET logoed fabric carry bag for the helmet. I was impressed by METs attention to detail, giving buyers an option between the standard fabric/foam pad and a modern looking gel pad above the forehead. At the retail price of $350 NZD the Manta is great value when compared to its other aero counterparts where prices exceed $400 NZD. I chose the matte black colourway because everyone loves that stealth look. On the outside the helmet looks fairly standard for an aero road helmet, somewhat similar aesthetics to the ever-popular Specialized Evade. But the first thing you will notice about this helmet is the compactness of it. The stack height of the helmet is significantly lower than other helmets, which I think looks better and saves some weight. Once putting it on you have the common ratchet system at the back to adjust the overall retention of the helmet and the two strap adjustments are simple and easy to use. MET's attention to detail shows in this design as there is a piece that takes up slack from any unused strap making sure you are not losing the aero benefits by having a strap flapping around in the wind, a simple feature that is often forgotten by some brands. Talking about aerodynamics, MET claims the Manta will save 10 watts at 50kmph, which is a bold claim, but if true it is a substantial saving. After doing several races and rides with this helmet the standout feature for me was the weight of it. I often found myself forgetting I even had the helmet on showcasing just how light and comfortable it is for an aero helmet. The Manta only has 3 slits in the front for ventilation but this was more than enough and provided ample cooling of the head even during hard low speed efforts, definitely a lot more than other helmets I have ridden such as the Giro Air Attack which got very hot very quickly. The Manta also produced absolutely no wind noise, which is great as helmets with wind noise are a great way to ruin rides. The MET Manta is simply a pleasure to ride with. Its comfortable, lightweight, has great ventilation, is relatively cheap for a premium road helmet and most of all its astonishingly fast. No wonder the most successful team at this year’s Tour De France, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka led by Mark Cavendish and his teammates use this top-level helmet. This helmet ticks all the boxes and I think it will be quite some time before another helmet can come close to the MET Manta. MET Manta Available in 4 colours RRP $350NZD Available at all good bike shops

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Met Manta the worlds lightest Aero road helmet

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