Caberg Duke | £144.99 | www.cabergcares.co.uk | 01384 413841 | Tested by Carli Ann Smith
Commuting on the bike means making plenty of stops at petrol stations – my Caberg Duke has stopped me getting shouted at for not removing my lid, as I simply flip it up by pushing the large button at the front. I wear it as a full face helmet whilst riding, however it’s dual homologated so can legally be used as a full face or open face – the flip front can be locked up by pressing at button on the side.
It has good ventilation to stop me from overheating, and the removable liner means I can quickly dry out the lining if it gets soaked through in a thunderstorm – something I’ve had to do a few times! This’ll also make it easier to wash out after the summer. The visor has a quick-release system which makes cleaning it, and installing the provided clear pinlock anti-fog insert quick and simple. There’s a snazzy integrated sun visor too, which is bought down using a slider on top of the lid to keep the glare out of my eyes. The Duke is compatible with the Caberg just speak Bluetooth system too, I’m getting one to test out so stay tuned!
I usually prefer double-D ring fasteners, but I’m now a convert. The ‘micrometric’ fastener – a strap with ratchet notches which you push in and then flip a lever to release – allows me to get a tighter fit than with a belt-buckle style clasp as I can do it up in small steps.
For under £150, I think this is a great piece of kit, and carries a spec worthy of a lid costing double the price. It scores the maximum five stars in the SHARP helmet testing process too. It’s available in sizes XS-XL in a variety of matt and gloss designs – MoreBikes.co.uk stickers not included!