MET has been designing gear to protect your brain in northern Italy for over 30 years now, and the design details in the Roam helmet are proof of their expertise. For the first 25 years, MET produced all of their products in-house, allowing their longtime engineers to gain significant hands-on experience with each element of the production process. Like most competitive brands, they were forced to move production overseas in 2012 to reduce costs. All design and testing procedures still take place in their facility located in the alpine hamlet of Talamona, Italy, and the company maintains two full-time employees who oversee quality control in their overseas factory.
The time that MET’s engineers have spent on the factory floor is showcased in a number of ways throughout the construction of their Roam half-shell helmet. All of the material intersections between foam, plastic, rubber, and space-age MIPS bits are clean and precise. There is no exposed foam along the base to scuff up or grind dirt into, and the chinstrap cleanly disappears into the hard outer shell. Additionally, the Roam fit and function show that the folks at MET ride trails in these helmets themselves. This lid is all-around dialed.
The visor is long enough to shade your glasses or goggles and can be adjusted on-the-fly through three distinct angles to suit your sunshine needs. With the visor slid into the highest position, you can store your goggles out of sight, or mount a helmet-camera at the front of the shell. Bolts at either side of the visor keep it in place but are not designed to hold the weight of a camera or light without a lot of movement. Fortunately, there is ample space along the top, front, and sides for accessory mounts.
- $170 with MIPS C2 liner, or $150 for non-MIPS
- 394g, MIPS C2 version, size large
- Adjustable visor with goggle strap retention flaps
- 360° circumference adjustment band
- 22 ventilation holes
- Sizing: small, medium, large
- Color selection varies based on your location and desired model.
I don’t have much to say about the feel of this helmet, because I forget I am wearing it during most rides. It stays where I put it, and doesn’t have any unnecessary bulky bits or shapes. This is without a doubt one of the most comfortable helmets I have wrapped my head in, and I would recommend it to anyone who is in the market for a new half-shell.
The MIPS C2 liner system not only provides protection from rotational impact, but it creates a few millimeters of space between the helmet and my cranium. This narrow air-barrier, combined with the Roam’s 22 vent holes, makes it an impressively cool piece of gear on warm days.
The helmet’s ventilation and fit are particularly impressive given its large coverage area. With the adjustment strap in its lowest position, it protects my head from just above my eyebrows to roughly 1.5cm above the base of my skull. If you are looking for more cranial coverage than that, MET-Helmets and their gravity-focused subsidiary Bluegrass Eagle have a variety of full-face helmets on offer.
This is a well-designed helmet that provides top-shelf protection, breathes well, is packed with thoughtful features, and is topped off with a good look. The Roam will work well in all sorts of weather, for nearly any genre of riding and adventure you get yourself into. The one element I would change is the two-bolt visor. I like to be able to tighten the visor in one fixed position with a center finger tight bolt and leave it there. This would disable the goggles-up and goggles-down storage feature of the Roam, which is clearly why they designed the visor with two bolts instead of three. If you like to be able to adjust your visor on the fly, the Roam might be the right helmet for you.
We would like to thank the folks at MET Helmets for sending the Roam for review.