In the flesh: Troy Lee Designs A1 all-mountain helmet

You saw the launch photos last month, now here it is in the 'flesh' – the new Troy Lee Designs A1 all-mountain helmet. We've managed to get our grubby mitts on one of the first review samples. So what's the verdict?

The A1 is a well finished lid – as you'd hope for US$165* – with an in-moulded shell that wraps around the bottom of the EPS foam liner to ward off knocks and scuffs. The graphics are a love/hate affair but the silver/black's definitely more our bag than the glittery yellow alternative. A plain option would be even better.

It's lighter than expected – published weights are often wide of the mark but Troy Lee claim 320g, without peak, and our M/L sample comes in at 356g, with peak. The liner is reassuringly thick and rear coverage is excellent. Comfort is where it really scores highly though. Check out the photos for more info.

So, is the Troy Lee Designs A1 the new king of trail helmets? On first impressions, it gets full marks for cush and coverage. But its price will be a sticking point for many – especially when you compare it to the similarly-shaped Giro Feature at less than half the cost.

A trail lid? That means plain colours and a couple of small logos, right? Nah, that's not the Troy Lee way! Picture by James Costley-White

A trail lid? That means plain colours and a couple of small logos, right? Nah, that's not the Troy Lee way!

From above, the A1 could be one of TLD's full-face lids, with its flashy graphics, big adjustable peak and tail fin. Picture by James Costley-White

From above, the A1 could be one of TLD's full-face lids, with its flashy graphics, big adjustable peak and tail fin

It's much better vented though, with big front intakes to scoop in the air and sizeable exhaust ports out back. Picture by James Costley-White

It's much better vented though, with big front intakes to scoop in the air and sizeable exhaust ports out back

Well defined internal channels help the air flow between the two. Picture by James Costley-White

Well defined internal channels help the air flow between the two

The A1 has a rounded shape which should help it slide rather than snag in the event of a crash. Picture by James Costley-White

The A1 has a rounded shape which should help it slide rather than snag in the event of a crash

Here's something you couldn't see in the press shots – the thick, one-piece internal padding. Picture by James Costley-White

Here's something you couldn't see in the press shots – the thick, one-piece internal padding

Combined with a great shell shape and effective dial-fit system, this makes for one of the comfiest lids we've ever tried. Picture by James Costley-White

Combined with a great shell shape and effective dial-fit system, this makes for one of the comfiest lids we've ever tried

A choice of three mounting positions for the rear cradle (just about visible on the left) means it's easy to get the fit dialled. Picture by James Costley-White

A choice of three mounting positions for the rear cradle (just about visible on the left) means it's easy to get the fit dialled


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For more pictures and info on the A1 see last month's launch article. Full details at www.troyleedesigns.com. MSRPs outside the US are still to be confirmed.
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