Specialized S-Works Evade II with ANGi helmet review

Specialized’s S-Works Evade II with ANGi comes with big claims around speed, ventilation and safety but does it live up to its own hype?

Specialized S-Works Evade II with ANGi helmet review
(Image: © Graham Cottingham)

Cyclingnews Verdict

Whether it's a placebo effect or not, the Evade feels fast and brings with it top-tier safety features and excellent comfort. Ventilation is good but could be better

Pros

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    Feels fast

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    Comfortable fit

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    Lightweight

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    Magnetic buckle is easy to use

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    ANGi adds another layer of safety

Cons

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    Retention sits quite high on the back of the head

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    Brow vents are blocked by padding

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Specialized’s S-Works Evade II is the American brand’s best aero helmet and has been prominently on show at the Tour de France this year. It was a green Evade II being worn by Mark Cavendish during a fairytale Tour de France campaign where he proved critics wrong by equalling Eddy Merckx’s stage win record.

While Specialized's S-Works Prevail II Vent helmet was all about maximising the cooling effect of the passing air, the Evade II has been subjected to aerodynamic development and testing in Specialized’s own wind tunnel (dubbed the 'Win Tunnel') and is designed to maximise efficiency when evading the peloton in solo breakaways, or make every possible gain in the sprints.

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