Gear of the week
CYCLING WEEKLY|September 03, 2020
Gear of the week
The CW Tech team ride and rate the latest kit on the market

Oakley ARO3 Helmet £149

Weight 254g

The ARO3 is the entry-level road offering from Oakley, though it still comes in at £149, so it’s a considered purchase.

The ARO3 does not boast any particular aero claims. Rather, it’s designed to be a lightweight helmet with plenty of ventilation. This comes via 12 vents, with a total of five gaping holes at the front to let the cool air in. At the rear, two further ports send the hot air out – acting much like an exhaust.

Of course, being Oakley, eyewear has been considered, so there’s a useful ‘eyewear dock’ system to ensure you can safely stow your glasses when they’re not in use.

Oakley has incorporated a MIPS layer, too. This has been slotted in as opposed to being embedded as part of the construction. This means it moves around freely, and I was aware of it when putting it on. However, once riding, I forgot about it.

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The retention system used for this helmet is a BOA 360 fit system. The dial pulls upon a TX1 lace, which sits flat against your head. The lace is flat and thin, a bigplus as any bulk which can be reduced is a bonus. However, I found the dial itself a little chunky and clunky compared to the slimline options available on marketleading helmets.

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September 03, 2020