October 2016 Women’s Product Picks: helmets, shoes and saddles

by Anne-Marije Rook

October 5, 2016

In this edition of Women’s Product Picks, we take a look at Specialized’s women’s helmets and top-end shoes, Bontrager’s Meraj shoes and race-specific saddle, as well as Prologo’s women’s endurance saddle.

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Specialized Women’s Airnet helmet review

by Anne-Marije Rook

I have been a big fan of my Giro Synthe helmet because of its shape, lightness, ventilation and look. So when I first received Specialized’s Airnet I couldn’t help but notice its aesthetic similarity. Like the Synthe, the Airnet has a somewhat retro look, which as the name suggests, is a nod to cycling’s early helmets which were known as “hairnets”.

The Airnet even comes with an optional soft visor, which can be inserted for added weather protection (and retro look!) without actually having to wear a cycling cap.

But there’s more to this helmet than style points. Despite its wallet-friendly price of $150 USD, the Airnet is actually Specialized’s third most aerodynamic helmet behind the S-Works TT helmet and Evade aero helmet. It has the same baseline shapes as the Evade but with large vents and exhaust points for a cooler, more versatile helmet.

At 270 grams, however, not among the lightest helmets at its price point.


Why we like it:

Understated in the best meaning of the word, the Airnet offers performance and versatility at a wallet-friendly price. Its drirelease® Merino wool pads are soft, comfortable and keep the sweat (and odor!) at bay. The integrated vent grippers for sunglass storage is a nice touch and the hairport is a must-have for all riders with a ponytail.
It’s an overall comfortable and clean looking helmet available in a range of colour options to match your kit and bike.


The Y straps are non-adjustable

Price: USD $150, AUD $199.95

Anne-Marije Rook

  • When the heel cup of the s-works shoe is to narrow, or – like in my case – to wide, a bit of hot air can help to give the heel cup the desired form.


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