Mountain bikers are loath to associate with anything that reeks of roadies, but the Catlike Leaf Helmet is a road-inspired lid that's picking up popularity among the more trail-inclined, and with good reason. This is the second year the Leaf's been offered, and it was so well received the first time around that Catlike, in a rare display of good judgement, decided to just let it be. That means the "new" Leaf has the same in-mold construction, which marries the polycarbonate shell to the EPS impact foam to increase impact resistance and spread energy around the whole helmet instead of focusing it just on the crash area. It also sports Catlike's Low Nape Protection, where the helmet extends farther down the back of head for additional protection in rearward falls.
The Leaf keeps you cool, too, with 23 vents and a Dual Flow ventilation system that sucks air through the helmet to stop your head from overheating. For a perfect fit, there's a Multi Positioning System eVo dial that lets you adjust the helmet both vertically and around your head. Catlike also included a removable visor—pretty standard—and an internal bug net behind the front vents--not at all standard--which you'll dig if you've ever been stung by a bee that got trapped in your helmet.
- In-mold construction
- Polycarbonate shell
- EPS foam
- Dual Flow ventilation
- MPS eVo fit system
- Removable visor
- Front bug net
- Item #KAT000I
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Very comfortable. The visor is handy if you're riding west after work and still want to see the trail. Lots of adjustability in the head cage and straps.
Only downside is that the visor attachment points aren't super sturdy. It won't fall off (because of the way it's attached to the straps), but it was a little disappointing given the overall quality of the helmet. That said, I'd still buy it again – very comfortable and well ventilated.
Awesome, comfortable helmet!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
LOVE this helmet! Has some serious ventilation, and really nice padding. Actually really comfortable for a helmet. My head feels nice and secure. Also love the matte purple color although the visor and helmet are not the same shade of purple. The adjustable visor is also pretty cool although it doesn't move much. I also love that the ratcheting strap at the neck is flexible enough where I can get my ponytail in between the strap and the base of the helmet (very important when you're a girl rider with a ton of hair!). Super happy with this helmet.
Only problem I saw? People think it says "EATLIKE" on the side! Catlike should modify their font a little so the "C" looks more like a C and not an E.
Can someone confirm the weight specs? Copy says "Claimed Weight[medium] 260 g, [large] 290 g"
what does the back look like? does it have space to fit a ponytail?
I'm guessing you could get a ponytail through there...