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MET's new Strale helmet is one for the hotheads

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The new MET Strale road helmet promises to keep your head extra-cool

The new MET Strale road helmet promises to keep your head extra-cool (Image credit: Courtesy MET)
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A rear LED can be fitted as an aftermarket option

A rear LED can be fitted as an aftermarket option (Image credit: Courtesy MET)
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Here's what it looks like from the top

Here's what it looks like from the top (Image credit: Courtesy MET)
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(Sunglasses not included)

(Sunglasses not included) (Image credit: Courtesy MET)
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Hot air exits here

Hot air exits here (Image credit: Courtesy MET)
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There are seven different colour choices for the MET Strale

There are seven different colour choices for the MET Strale (Image credit: Courtesy MET)

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar

There's a new road helmet in town from MET, and it's using something called the Venturi effect to keep your head cool. That means the MET Strale features an air channeling system that pulls in cool air and pushes out hot air. Not unlike some politicians we could mention. 

The Italian firm's new high-end lid isn't just about the cooling though, oh no — there's also the Safe-T Duo Fit retention system to keep it firmly on your head. This features micro adjustment to get the perfect fit around the circumference of the helmet, plus four vertical adjustments. It's the same system used on many of MET's other helmets, including the Rivale and Forte.

MET has previously used the Venturi effect on its Rivale HES aero road helmet to good effect, and our tester said that the venting and airflow were impressive, noting that the large port on the crown allows you to get even more cooling by dipping your head down for a quick blast of cooler air.

The MET Strale is also equipped with a rear reflective sticker and an LED light-compatible fitting system, which has steady and blinking modes. You'll need to buy MET's Duo LED light separately for €9 (international pricing TBC).

It comes in two sizes fitting heads from 52cm up to 62cm, and weighs 255g in a size medium. Possibly the best bit of all though is the price — €89 / £79 / AU$139 (US pricing TBC). That's less than other high-end road lids like the Kask Vertigo 2.0, which costs £135 / $249 and weighs 270g in a medium.

The MET Strale will be available from January 2017 in seven choices of colour, including black, yellow, blue and red.

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