The new Roam from Met is my first move into an open-face enduro style helmet with the current choice being METs XC/Trail lid, the Terra.
Upon unboxing the Roam the first impressions was that it looked big and bulky compared to the Terra. But on the trail, this is all quickly forgotten. The Safe-T Orbital adjustment dial allows for easy adjustment on the fly and provides confidence when descending that you are safe with its low front and back design encapsulating your head well. I did find that the odd time the dial would loosen by one or two clicks with your neck cranked backwards although I find this is common on other helmets I’ve used from other manufacturers.
The deep section peak does well to shade your face but is positioned up high enough to not restrict visibility when plotting your way through a section. It also has a cleverly designed dual layered flap at either side so that those wishing to chuck on a pair of goggles can fit them without any fuss whilst the three positions of the peak give plenty of room to pull them up out of the way.
Worn on a hot day the 22 vents keep your head relatively cool and dry except for the forehead pads which did seem to pool with sweat quite easily.
This lightweight and well-built lid is both smart and effective, you also get a clip on LED light for the rear of the helmet to aid with visibility on evening rides.
With an RRP of £135, it’s a high-end priced helmet but for the ease of fit, full protection from a helmet you can almost forget you are wearing.