I finally tried on different outfits to go with the nutty Nutcase helmet I received the other day.

Well, it looks like you don’t look too good with that shell on your top, if you are

  • over 25 years of age
  • not a hip and cool person
  • not a BMX or (maybe) bike messenger dude/-tte

So, the only outfit I could find that sort of goes with my wrinkly face was this one:

A true nutcase, fully outfitted
A true nutcase, fully outfitted

Until I got to be fully outfitted, a lot of helmet fitting had to be done. The adjustment of the straps is a little cumbersome – and the whole helmet design lets the straps sit kind of not as tight as – especially MTB and road bike – riders may be used to:

Getting strangled while keeping loose ends

Getting strangled while keeping loose ends

It is really hard to tighten the somewhat loose lateral straps, while the chin strap tends to be a bit on the strangling side, if you pull it sufficiently tight. Maybe it would help to remove the bulky chin cushion that’s wrapped around the chin strap (did not try that myself yet).

The helmet is certified in terms of safety, despite the uncomfy, almost „unsafe“ feeling of the straps, though.

However, once you have worked out how the relatively best fit of the helmet can be arranged, you have worked up a sweat too. This may partly be due to the fact that there are very big, but very few air holes that don’t provide the best of ventilations. Apparently, German „Stiftung Warentest“ has tested one of the nutcases already, too – and found that the temperature under them raises a full 5.5°C … That’s quite a bit, not only absolutely, but also in relation to many much better ventilated helmets.

Getting hot-headed ...

At the end of the day, it’s a pretty funny and trendy helmet that may protect your brains as well as any other CE- and GS-certified protection shell.
For folks that don’t ride around on BMX bikes or fixies all day every day and are okay with the wrinkels and grey hair gathered over the decades, though, there may be other, better and more adequate options.

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