Tested: NOW XFlow Helmet

Won't break the bank

Now Helmets was founded in Southern California in 2014 to build cycling helmets for everything from urban to road riding. Its newest venture is in the mountain bike world with the new XFlow helmet. While the company may be young, the founder of Now has more than 12 years of design experience in the motorcycle helmet world, working with companies like HarleyDavidson, Fox, Scott and more. Now brings that experience to the cycling world to push R&D and protection technology to keep riders safe.

Tech info: The XFlow helmet is Now’s first (and currently only) mountain bike helmet. It’s an in-molded EPS model with what Now calls its “Microshell” outer. The helmet comes with a spiderweb airflow channel system that uses 26 vents and a series of channels inside to keep the air flowing and the rider cool. The XFlow also comes with a detachable visor that has two preset adjustable angles, a quick-dial fitting system and an anti-bacterial cooling liner that’s washable. The XFlow is available in five different colors and two different sizes. We tested the larger “large/extra-large” size, and our test helmet weighed 323 grams. All Now helmets are available through local bike shops, as well as directly through www.nowhelmet.com. The XFlow retails for $128.

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