Brian S.wrote a review of Salewa Vayu Helmet on February 19, 2018
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Had this helmet been described and advertised as an ultra-light, one-big-climb-and-retire-it helmet, it would be getting 5 stars. It’s super light, adequately durable, and provides good one-time impact protection.
But it’s not sold like that. It’s sold as a solution to the problem that you pay for light-weight at the expense of durability.
I am not a regular helmet wearer unless i’m climbing ice, and often I won’t even carry the helmet. So imagine my surprise when this thing started to actually fall apart in mid February, when I bought it in July. Cracks are forming in the foam, the rear headlamp attachment clip has broken (fortunately the screw that attaches it is large enough for the elastic cord to fit around) and it’s all around looking worse for wear. I grant you, it has been strapped to the exterior of my pack a few times, but it hasn’t sustained enough dropped-packs to really make the level of damage make sense.
The suspension has never fit right, owing to it’s ultralight, elastic-for-everything design. I’m glad i’m a man with a pony tail; it gives the suspension something to catch on so the helmet doesn’t slide forward and cover my face.
Needless to say, i’m not stoked on this helmet, at least not what I bought it for.
Had Salewa advertised it for light-and-fast, I would’ve known what I was getting, and bought something else.