Kask Sintesi cycle helmet review: cool, safe headgear for all seasons

If you need an all-rounder, the Kask Sintesi helmet is suited to road, gravel and trail riders as well as commuters

Kask Sintesi
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T3 Verdict

Anyone needing a safe and very cool looking cycle helmet should investigate the Kask Sintesi. It’s been designed to suit a variety of riders and is sufficiently svelte enough not to be a pain to take on your travels. The helmet comes in an array of colours, meets current safety standards with ease and boasts plenty of Italian-made style. It’s a great thing to have on your head.

Reasons to buy
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    CE EN 1078 standard

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    Easily adjusted

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    Cool design

Reasons to avoid
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    No small size

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Kask Sintesi cycle helmet review in sentence: A brilliant bike helmet that’ll suit road, gravel and trail riders as well as commuters.

Chances are, if you’re a keen cyclist you’ll possibly ride more than one bike. Or, you might use one cycle to cover more than one task. If that’s the case the recently released Kask Sintesi cycle helmet will be ideal. Comfort, safety and a cool design are three essentials to ponder over if you’re in the market for new headgear and, as our best cycling helmet guide reveals, there are plenty of options.

It’s also unsurprising to find Kask cycle helmets in the guide as this Italian brand specialise in producing top quality helmets, but with an extra touch of zing in the design department. As you’d expect from something produced in Italy, the style factor is right up there with the best of them. However, this is never at the cost of safety and the new Kask Sintesi is clearly a premium cycle helmet.

If you want to know more about T3's product reviews, take a read of our how we test page. In the meantime though, read on for my thoughts about the Kask Sintesi cycle helmet.

Kask Sintesi

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Kask Sintesi cycle helmet: price and availability

The Kask Sintesi is now out and available for £100, $120 and AUD $200 depending on where you’re planning on buying it. That seems like a very decent price to me, considering you get the appealing design lines of a Kask, along with the relevant safety certification to match. This is also a decent amount to pay if you’re looking for a helmet that can cover several cycling scenarios in one fell swoop.

Kask Sintesi

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Kask Sintesi cycle helmet: design, build and safety

As always, Kask designers have clearly given their all to the design of the Sintesi, with no less than eleven different colour variants available for this model alone. Colour choices are White, Grey, Red, Light Blue, and Sea Ice, to more sophisticated shades including Wine Red, Tangerine, Oxford Blue, Sahara, and Aloe Green. 

I’ve got a black one, but doubtless there’s a shade that can coordinate with your bike, jacket or whatever if you’re suitably concerned about keeping a theme going. I’ve also got a Medium helmet, which is suited to 52/58cm heads but there’s a Large model too, which is designed to suit 59/62cm bonces.

Either way, the Kask Sintesi is built to the CE EN 1078 standard, so meets all safety criteria and, in my case, the medium model weighs just 230 grams. It features an EPS inner shell and plycarbonate outer shell, which is complimented by a breathable and antistatic Blue Tech padding. 

This is also antibacterial too, which is always a bonus once you’ve been wearing any kind of helmet for a while. Kask has done a fine job with the Ergo Fit adjustment system too, which lets you tweak the way it sits on your head.

Kask Sintesi

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Kask Sintesi cycle helmet: in use

Truth be told, I can find a lot of cycle helmets surprisingly hot and sweaty to wear, which is always a bit of a surprise when you think how much ventilation the majority of them have. However, slipping on the Kask Sintesi and the vibe was a little bit different. The svelte lines of the design help, but there seems to be a decent amount of airflow through the construction too.

Putting the helmet on is a doddle, with a nice flexible strap that feels good when it’s clasped under your chin. Adjustments are easy to make too, with the strap being easily moved backwards and forwards to suit your facial contours. The adjustment dial at the back of the helmet is also a cinch to tweak should you need to open it up or close it down a little so the helmet sits on your head correctly.

Kask Sintesi

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Kask Sintesi cycle helmet: verdict

I’m chuffed with the Kask Sintesi, especially thanks to its keen price point, the cool design lines and obvious safety certification. What makes it even more appealing is the way it has been les sweaty to wear than some comparable models, while the lightweight feel of it makes the Sintesi handy to take with me into town and have to hang it off a bag. This is a really practical cycle helmet and one which looks particularly good if you pick a colour that’s in tune with the rest of your cycling kit.

Kask Sintesi

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Rob Clymo has been a tech journalist for more years than he can actually remember, having started out in the wacky world of print magazines before discovering the power of the internet. Since he's been all-digital he has run the Innovation channel during a few years at Microsoft as well as turning out regular news, reviews, features and other content for the likes of TechRadar, TechRadar Pro, Tom's Guide, Fit&Well, Gizmodo, Shortlist, Automotive Interiors World, Automotive Testing Technology International, Future of Transportation and Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International. In the rare moments he's not working he's usually out and about on one of numerous e-bikes in his collection.