Bontrager Specter WaveCel helmet review

The Specter is a solidly reliable mid-priced WaveCel-equipped lid from Bontrager

Bontrager Specter
(Image: © Colin Levitch)

Cyclingnews Verdict

Despite its weight, the Bontrager Specter's impressive aesthetics, fit and ventilation make it an ideal choice for cyclists looking for an affordable all-round road helmet


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    Retention system

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    Impressive aesthetic qualities


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    Not the lightest model around

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When Bontrager announced its WaveCel helmet technology, a cellular structure that comes with big claims of safety and energy absorption, it was met with fanfare and quite a bit of controversy. The Specter model falls roughly in the middle of Bontrager’s WaveCel equipped range.

Beyond the WaveCel, it's a pretty well-featured helmet, especially considering the price. But does the aggregate result lead to a helmet that ranks among the best road bike helmets?

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Based on the Gold Coast of Australia, Colin has written tech content for cycling publication for a decade. With hundreds of buyer's guides, reviews and how-tos published in Bike Radar, Cyclingnews, Bike Perfect and Cycling Weekly, as well as in numerous publications dedicated to his other passion, skiing. 

Colin was a key contributor to Cyclingnews between 2019 and 2021, during which time he helped build the site's tech coverage from the ground up. Nowadays he works full-time as the news and content editor of Flow MTB magazine.