For Italian helmet manufacture Suomy, the quest to develop a perfect helmet is one of passion and persistence. Recognized worldwide as a product of quality, Suomy has achieved twelve world titles in motorcycle sports with their innovative helmet designs. Now looking to step into the realm of cycling, Suomy is applying that same passion and persistence to create some truly innovative helmets for road and mountain biking.
The Scrambler line appeals to the trail rider or enduro racer that demands high stability, peak adjustability, comfort, and maximum protection. The inner shell is made of Suomy Minimum Contact EPS foam to provide maximum impact protection and comfort. The inner padding is made of anti-bacterial fabric that can be easily removed and washed to help fight off the grungy fungies, and reduce odoriferous emanations. 25 large vents will keep the air flowing and your head cool. The biaxial size adjuster can be easily dialed in with one hand ensuring a perfect fit. The desert camo designs represent the aggressive and determined nature of the trail warrior.
Polycarbonate outer shell is durable and attractive
EPS Inner shell for maximum impact protection
Anti-bacterial inner padding can be removed for easy washing
The Scrambler has gone the way of other MTB helmets–greater rear coverage and geometric in shape, but still remains unique and different. Its in-molding technology has a polycarbonate outer shell with inner EPS foam. Suomy wraps the lower edges so that the EPS is further protected from bumps and scrapes and it gives the helmet a completed look. Suomy has managed to fit 25 vents throughout the helmet and the SMC System (Suomy Minimum Contact System) maintains a gap between the head and the helmet to aid airflow and comfort that all seem to channel the airflow to the rear and out. The padding is well designed and feels good. There is coverage across the forehead that wicks sweat well. I have had other helmets that drip sweat down into my eyes and sunglasses…I’ve raced hard and worn this helmet in 90+degree heat and no such issue. The straps are thin and originate from integrated internal channels so they disappear from the scene due to their supple feel. The pads are available in different thicknesses and are removable for washing, but I usually just spray them off with water, blot and air dry. I often struggle fitting helmets. My large melon results in helmets looking gargantuan on me. The Scrambler however, had no such problem. Easily the most compact MTB helmet I’ve worn. I liked that. Coverage is complete yet it is narrower and lower and shorter in length than comparable helmets. While the dial micro adjusts the snugness to the lower back of the head, there are three horizontal settings built into the EPA that situate the lateral suspension frame and fit up or down to customize how the helmet sits. Its crazy simple but seems to work. Some visors do nothing while others block critical vision. I can’t stand when visors show significant helmet structure underneath the visor as if they extend from the middle of the helmet high on the temples. I found the Scrambler to be the goldilocks of visors….just right. Tapered on the sides, and the pivot points are positioned low on the temples which results in a low look that’s integrated versus appearing added as a retroactive accessory. It does what a visor is supposed to do…shades the eyes…and it does it well. While the threaded screw inserts are brass–a nice touch–the screws themselves are plastic. While that is not inherently bad, I found that one of the screws didn’t quite extend deep enough to thread in securely and at times wanted to pop off. This was solved with some effort but long-term it remains suspect. It appears the brass insert was seated too deep. I’ve had the fit dial skip a few turns as if stripped when seeking the tightest fit but it continues to hold when I back it off a tooth or two. On some helmets, (like the Fly Racing helmet used to compare) I’ve had hydro packs catch on the large dial and create a scary helmet grab mid jump or rock garden. The Scramblers dial is compact and tucked close to the head making such issue non-existent. Many helmets get over-designed and complicated and become finicky, the Suomy Scrambler is a solid performer with simplicity and function. A few minor gripes have not prevented me from reaching for this helmet on nearly every MTB ride since arrival. It’s competitive in weight at 290g (L/XL). Retails for $175-$199 depending on color choice.
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