The new Leatt lid ticks all the boxes for a modern helmet.
By Dave Willet
Leatt is known for top-class protection and forward thinking in keeping riders safe. It seems this company is bringing the latest technology to safety equipment with no compromises.
I’ve used the Leatt helmet for over a year and it’s a grower. Its radical design might not appeal to some at first and if I’m totally honest, I didn’t know whether I liked or dislike.
I’ve used it for some time and I really like it, especially how it performs. I like the look too – it’s really grown on me. It’s futuristic so gets the thumbs up. The only issues I had were with fitment on my head. It was a bit firm across the forehead initially but after some use, it fits much better now. Your head will be a different shape so you may have no issues anyway. I also like that it works well with my Leatt Fusion 3 body armour, as you’d expect.
I’ve recently taken delivery of the new 2017 Leatt GPX 5.5 V15 helmet and it’s so much better than it’s predecessors. It’s very light on and it fits well. It’s now really comfortable and it feels very soft unlike the old version which was a bit unforgiving.
One of the first things I noticed when out on track is how light the helmet is. The second is the ventilation. The venting really is noticeable, especially in this recent warm weather. A cooler brain is a better functioning one!
The fitment is snug as I’ve already said and the goggles fit perfectly in the helmet. But the goggle strap doesn’t really sit as normal because of the vents at the back of the helmet. You get used to it though.
I liked the peak design which is made to break off in a spill. I also liked extra room at the back of the helmet as it compliments my neck brace.
I’ve only ridden once with the new lid, and will report back after much more use. But so far, I like it a lot. And at £320, you get a lot of technology for your money.
Leatt GPX 5.5 Helmet
Leatt joined the helmet market last year with its radical new lid and this is the latest GPX 5.5 Composite helmet which oozes quality and style, as well as featuring some of the most advanced technology that’s claimed to reduce the head impact at concussion level by up to 20% and the rotational acceleration up to 40%. Special material inside the helmet is flexible in its natural state, but hardens upon impact, so the harder you fall, the better it works.
The shell itself is smaller than a regular helmet and fits well with neck braces. It’s £80 cheaper than the range-topping 6.5 lid too.