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Trek Cycling Helmet Has Lasted Well

Reviewing: Trek Navigator Youth Bike Helmet  |  Rating:
Joan Young By Joan Young on
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This bicycling helmet has stood up well to several years of use. Fortunately, I haven’t had to test it’s safety properties by falling on my head!

I purchased this Trek bicycling helmet when I bought my Diamondback Sorrento bike. Since I have a very small head, I had to search for a medium size youth helmet that wasn’t covered with pink or purple dinosaurs. This one was a great option. It’s a deep purple with red and yellow stripes, and doesn’t look like a child’s helmet at all. That made me very happy.

This particular model is the Navigator, which doesn’t seem to be available anymore, but Trek Helmets in other styles are still very much on the market. Most new models have even more spaces for airflow than this one. But even so, this helmet is quite cool to wear. Like many helmets, the outer shell is the same size, no matter what size head it is designed for. Small foam pads are stuck on the inside, and the thickness of those pads changes the helmet size.

After all the years I’ve worn it, the foam pads are getting worn, but I believe they could be replaced. The chin strap clips with a small squeeze buckle. There is a fabric pad that sits behind the clip to keep from having it pinch the skin. This pad is pretty much worn out, but also could be easily replaced. This pad is the one negative thing about the helmet. It has always been annoying and not very effective.

This complies with all ASTM safety standards. (There was a Trek model helmet recalled in 2006, but they haven’t had any issues since then.) I am happy to say that I haven’t wiped out on a bike since I bought this helmet. In the past I have taken a couple of bad falls, and know how seriously important it is to wear a helmet while biking.

Trek Helmets are still a good value, and good looking. I got a great deal on this one, it being a previous year’s model. Used helmets are a risk, however, because if a helmet has had a hard blow the shell may be compromised.