If you’re looking for a top-of-the-line helmet that pulls out all the stops, then you need look no further than the Klim Krios. This high-end helmet has just about everything a serious rider could possibly need in a helmet, with very few exceptions.
Of course, if you want all of those features and options you can expect a higher price tag, and in this regard the Klim Krios does not disappoint. Still, if you’re looking for a versatile helmet that does its best to keep you both safe and comfortable while you’re out on the road, on the trial or anywhere else, the Klim Krios is the one to beat.
Outer shell material : Hand-laid full-carbon shell
Shell size : available in two shell sizes - Small helmet shell: S-M (52-57cm); Big helmet shell: L-XXXL (58-65cm)
Liner : Klimatek liner
Weight : 3.3 pounds
Pinlock : Ready
Strap System : Chin strap with double-D lock
DOT : Yes
ECE : Yes
SNELL : No
SHARP : Not tested
Shape and materials
The Klim Krios is made with hand-laid carbon fiber, one of the strongest and lightest materials in the industry. It is built for a neutral shape, which means that most people can find a helmet to fit. If we had to mention any downside to this helmet it’s that the outer shell only comes in two sizes. The inner linings and paddings still give you the full range of size options -- from S to XXXL -- but still, a smaller option would let you get a fit that was even more snug. And you might have noticed the lack of an XS option; if you have a really small head you’ll have to get extra padding on the inside to get a good, comfortable fit.
As mentioned above, this helmet is made of carbon fiber, which in addition to being super strong is also incredibly light. In fact, Klio boasts that this is the only ADV helmet of its kind on the market that weighs less than 1500 grams!
At 3.3 pounds this is definitely light, and on longer rides you will definitely feel that difference in the form of less neck fatigue, headaches or other problems that we can associate with a heavier helmet.
The inside lining is soft and plush, and gives you plenty of room inside the shell without being loose. One nice feature is that the cheek pads provide just a little extra room for your Sena bluetooth headset, giving you more comfort as well as a more enjoyable ride overall.
Things I liked
Things I don’t like
Another great feature of the Klim Krios is its visibility. The oversized shield provides a super-wide field of vision that makes it easy to see the road, and this helmet comes with both a clear visor as well as a darker one to help with the glare. To switch between visors takes only a few turns; no tools are needed, so you can quickly and easily do it whenever! And of course you can also remove the shield completely for use with goggles, if you wish. Another great feature is that the Pro models come standard with Transitions photochromic lenses, darkening and lightening as sun conditions change.
In addition to the versatile shield options there is also a removable visor that can block out sunlight and keep you in the shade.
The helmet also comes Pinlock-enabled to keep you fog-free during your ride, regardless of conditions.
If there is any area where this helmet doesn’t completely live up to expectations, it’s in the area of quietness. Not that this is a loud helmet of anything -- far from it. It’s just not super quiet. Instead, this helmet fits squarely into the “average” rating when it comes to wind and road noise.
Thankfully, we have nothing but great things to say about the ventilation system in the Klim Krios. It comes with your standard chin vents as well as top vents on both the front and back of the helmet, pushing air through to help keep you cool. If it’s too cold you can easily and quickly close off the top vents.
All in all, the engineers at Klim have done everything in their power to give you the most comfortable and option-filled ride possible. We’re hard pressed to find a single important feature on this helmet that isn’t adjustable in some way.
When it comes to safety, once again, Klim outdoes itself. Carbon fiber is known for being incredibly tough and durable, but in addition to that Klim has patented what it calls Koroyd technology. What is this, you may ask? Koyord technology is a feature where, in the event of an impact, the straw-like structure of the helmet works to your advantage. The Koyord cores crush together, at the same time. This homogenous crushing helps to significantly reduce energy levels in the accident, and lower overall trauma levels by a noticeable margin.
This attention to safety has helped the Klim Krios earn both DOT and ECE safety ratings, giving you peace of mind as you ride.
All in all, the Klim Krios should be your first stop when you’re in the market for a serious, versatile, high-performance helmet. Whether you’re taking it the streets, the trails or anything in between, this helmet is the right helmet for the job.
When we look at everything this helmet has to offer, we give it an average rating of 92.5/100, which works out to 4.6/5 stars.
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