Kali Protectives is a relative new comer to the world of cycling, yet their emphasis on safety innovation is refreshing in a marketplace seemingly dominated by wind tunnel tests and vent count. The Harbalife P/B Marc Pro -STRAVA Team has been supplied this year with the Kali Phenom road helmet and we are definitely happy with what we got.
Needless to say, the helmet is one of the most important equipment choices we cyclists make. We all know the perils that await every time we take to the start line or even a mellow recovery ride. The Kali Phenom features their proprietary Composite Fusion Plus technology. By incorporating specially shaped impact cones the Phenom minimizes G-spikes on impact and dissipates energy more effectively than traditional construction.
I haven’t had a chance to test this impact protection (thankfully). What I can report is that none of these safety features come at the expense of the helmets weight or performance. The Phenom features 23 vents and comes in at a weight of 302 grams. We have already had some warm days this year and I’m happy to say this helmet has cooled my head as effectively as any of my previous helmets (Mavic Plasma SLR, Giro Atmos, Bell Volt).
The phenom is Offered in two sizes; S/M (52-58) and M/L(58-62). My head is 58cm and I felt like the M/L was right for me. What I really like is how the helmet doesn’t feel big even though my head is small for this size. The adjustment mechanism does a great job of hugging my head. The Phenom seems to best fit those with rounder head shapes. It also tends to sit a bit lower on the forehead. I recommend trying it on with sunglasses to ensure there is no interference.
At $160 retail this helmet is a bargain! Kudos to this local SF Bay area company for engineering a great product that won’t break the bank.