The new Specialized Dissident helmet is here – and it’s a beauty!

Spesh’s previous full-face helmets had their fans, but for us they never quite hit the mark. Let’s face it, we’re superficial, and they just never looked as good as the classic Troy Lee Designs D2! The new Specialized Dissident might just be the lid to win us over though…

At US$350 (£300) it’s a premium offering, up there with the TLD D3 Carbon ($375/£426) and Fox V3R Carbon ($380/£290). Its USP is its weight – 1,000g is impressive for a helmet that meets the stringent ASTM F1952 standard.

Features include a carbon matrix shell, clever venting and compatibility with the EJECT helmet removal system – basically, an internal airbag setup that makes it easier to remove in the event of a crash. It’s even speaker-compatible for those who like music while they ride.

Specialized first teased us with the Dissident at last year’s trade shows but then decided to hold it back for further tweaking. Team rider Troy Brosnan has had a big hand in its development, so you can rest assured it’s been given some decent crash testing! Now we’ve finally got our grubby mitts on one, ready to give it a good thrashing…

The Dissident was unveiled a year ago but it's only now hitting shops, following a bit more tweaking. Picture by Steve Behr/Stockfile

Mmmm, carbon... This thing looks far too good to crash in! Picture by Steve Behr/Stockfile

More info at www.specialized.com.