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Q: I am at the top of the size in XS/SM with exactly 26cm. I might go for the next size which is MED/LG 57-59cm, any suggestions for this helmet or perhaps another brand to take in consideration for a durable investment?

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  • sthomas5150
    *****

    I recommend you buy one if you value protection of your head.

    Pros
    Great protection. Looks great. MIPS.

    Cons
    Not the best ventilation. Slightly heavier than other helmets.

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  • jkjh11
    *****

    Great product but very expensive
    Not the greatest for XC riding

    Pros
    Good quality
    Great paint job
    Mips
    The great quality that you would expect from TLD

    Good protection
    comfy
    good fit

    Cons
    Price
    Not the greatest front ventilation
    Little bit heavy

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  • dempsey111333
    *****

    I love all my Troy Lee Designs equipment

    Pros
    Great fit. Awesome paint. Everything you expect from Troy Lee Designs.

    Cons
    Price but if you want the different style and look you will pay for it and the quality with it

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  • teambrun1988
    *****

    If you ride more then just occasionally I fully recommend it.

    Pros
    full coverage, lightweight, and very durable.

    Cons
    Doesn't breathe as well as like say a XC helmet. The paint on mine is starting to chip also.

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  • talt01
    ***

    I will be trying another helmet this year due to the lack of venting upfront because of sweat dripping in my eyes. other than the heat this helmet is excellent. It will be my go to on cold days though where sweating isn't as much of a problem

    Pros
    Most comfortable helmet
    one piece liner
    great styling

    Cons
    sweaty
    doesn't vent well in the front
    heavy

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  • chetatkinsdiet
    ****

    Great helmet that I use for more singletrack and/or XC usage as I want a little more protection at the back of my head than the typical XC helmet provides. Ratcheting system works great.

    Pros
    Great protection
    Nice venting
    Looks great

    Cons
    sizing is strange for me. I'm at the top of the small, but not quite a large. I wish there were one in between.

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  • Chris Daniels
    *****

    I'm fortunate enough to have access to a shop that has a huge selection of helmets in terms of different manufacturers. I tried on every helmet in this genre narrowing it down to 3: Bell Super, IXS, and this TLD A1. In my opinion, the other 2 looked better aesthetically, but i could not let that persuade me over the comfort of the A1 which far surpassed the other 2. Keep in mind no 2 heads are the same and helmet molds differ btw companies, but the A1 fit me the best. I've not used it in summer yet so I cannot comment on its ventilating properties. If you have a chance to try, it would be a mistake not to give this helmet a look-see. I did have some trouble mounting my light, but I prefer zip ties and Velcro straps solved the issue. Just make sure you're happy with mounting stuff on it before you buy if you do mount stuff.

    Pros
    Comfortable
    Good ratcheting

    Cons
    Compatibility with light mount?

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  • justin70
    *****

    Buy

    Pros
    Stylish
    Very comfortable
    Great protection
    Fits well with my glasses

    Cons
    Air flow is not as good as a road helmet - the price of protection
    Don't want to fall off and scratch it!

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  • salukidp
    *****

    Save your pennies and get this helmet.

    Pros
    After a half of a season of riding this was a great buy. Very comfortable with great coverage. My other helmets felt bulky and uncomfortable but not with this. The padding is in all the right places.

    Cons
    Maybe the cost, but if you want quality, the extra money is worth it.

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  • macr88
    *****

    If you have a head shaped like mine then this helmet will fit like it was made just for you. It's by far the best fitting bicycle helmet I've ever owned.

    Pros
    Comfort
    Styling
    Durable shell
    Fit

    Cons
    Some glasses can cause a bit of discomfort but that can be said about most helmets with this type of coverage.

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  • Stevie_D
    *****

    Great new colors for 2014

    Pros
    Fits like a glove, comfort is 2nd to none. Cooling ventilation is very good in the South Florida heat. Good looks.

    Cons
    None unless you want to pick on wind noise.

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  • jkldouglas
    ****

    I would recommend this helmet to anyone who is looking for a well made helmet with very good coverage. The retention system and the pads with build in vents also make it comfortable to wear for long periods of time. I always tell people that wearing the A1 is like wearing a baseball cap. It just fits.

    I have had this helmet for about 9 months and love it, however the only slight complaint is that is can get a little warm on those 90 degree days. The vents work great as long as you are moving, but while standing still it can get warm. I have tried other helmets, like the Bell Super, Specialized Vice, and Giro Hex, and find this to be the most comfortable helmet of them all.

    Pros
    - Great coverage
    - Very comfortable
    - Adjustable visor
    - Good retention system
    - Looks good

    Cons
    - Can be a little warm in hot climates

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