The Ked Pector ME-1 is a new helmet in the Australian market, aimed at eMTBers and trail riders alike. The helmet has extended protection at the temples and the back of the head, and meets the NTA 8776 certification for speed pedelecs. The Specialized Tactic 4 is another helmet which meets the same safety standard.

With a BOA adjustable dial, MIPS slip liner, 14 big vents, a Fidlock magnetic buckle, a 3-position visor and lots of colour options, this new lid looks to tick all the boxes. Our medium has a claimed weight of 370g and tipped the scales at 372g, so that's about as accurate as it gets.

The shell extends down the rear of your head more than some trail helmets, but a little less than a helmet like the Troy Lee Designs A3. It has some of the best temple coverage while still staying clear of a pair of Oakley Portal sunglasses.

The visor has 3 distinct positions, and there are some well-place vents right at the front of the helmet. The rear is shaped well to hold a goggle strap, and they can be stowed under the visor if you're a goggles and trail helmet sort of rider.

With a fidlock macgnetic buckle and plenty of high quality pads against your head, covering the MIPS liner, this helmet has been really comfortable so far. Given most temperatures during testing have been under 17 degrees, ventilation hasn't really been an issue. But we'll have a full review in a new issue in late August.

Importers also have this helmet in red, a snazzy white/yellow fade, blue/orange fade and a black/white fade. Additionally, they import the Pop kids' helmet as well, which has MIPS and a safety light for $129.95


Photos: Gerard Lagana