Specialized S-Works Evade III helmet review - An all-round excellent option

Fast, comfortable, lightweight and safe, what's not to like?

Specialized Evade helmet
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Cyclingnews Verdict

An all-around excellent helmet. It has a couple of small flaws and a big price tag, but it's an easy one to recommend


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    Fast in our wind tunnel test

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    Five-star rating in independent safety tests

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    Narrow straps

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    Good ventilation


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    White straps get dirty easily

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    Straps cannot be height-adjusted

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The Specialized S-Works Evade III is a range-topping aero road helmet, launched in 2022, used by a handful of professional teams including Soudal QuickStep and SD Worx. 

It is a unisex helmet, and unlike the Prevail III helmet which focuses on ventilation, the Evade III has its focus primarily aimed at aerodynamics. Proving its aero credentials, it recently came a close second in our huge wind tunnel helmet test, behind only the POC Procen Air. 

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Testing scorecard and notes
Design and aesthetics Looks great and the design really works10/10
ComfortNo issues whatsoever, easily forget it's being worn10/10
VentilationNot market leading, but for an aero helmet it punches well above its weight10/10
SafetyA five-star result. It's beaten by the Prevail and others, but it's very good9/10
Aero performanceOur wind tunnel test says this was the 2nd fastest helmet out of over 20 on test, only beaten by a helmet that looks more like a time trial helmet10/10
ValueThere are cheaper helmets available, of course, but this is cheaper than Kask's Elemento and POC's Procen Air, while being fast, versatile and good in all scenarios10/10
OverallRow 6 - Cell 1 98%

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Josh Croxton
Associate Editor (Tech)

Josh is Associate Editor of Cyclingnews – leading our content on the best bikes, kit and the latest breaking tech stories from the pro peloton. He has been with us since the summer of 2019 and throughout that time he's covered everything from buyer's guides and deals to the latest tech news and reviews. 

On the bike, Josh has been riding and racing for over 15 years. He started out racing cross country in his teens back when 26-inch wheels and triple chainsets were still mainstream, but he found favour in road racing in his early 20s, racing at a local and national level for Somerset-based Team Tor 2000. These days he rides indoors for convenience and fitness, and outdoors for fun on road, gravel, 'cross and cross-country bikes, the latter usually with his two dogs in tow.