Besides being able to drink and be heard a little easier, I honestly don’t see the benefit of modular helmets. But when I read that Vemar had updated its popular Jiano helmet with improved materials, I thought it was time to try again.
Constructed with a Kevlar/carbon fiber/fiberglass mix, I expected the helmet to be pretty lightweight. My small version weighs just 4 pounds, 2.6 ounces, but is one of the heaviest in my closet.
The Jiano Evo TC is DOT- and CE-certified (with the chin bar down). The outer shell is available in two sizes, is quite aerodynamic, and creates minimal wind noise. The helmet has four vents in front, two in back, and an extra large top vent. All have fine, silver screens that prevent bugs and dirt from gaining access.
The recessed chin bar release button is easy to use even with a gloved hand, and once it’s all the way up, it clicks into place securely. When down, the chin bar lock uses metal pins and hooks that create a loud click to tell you it’s locked in place. A replaceable, tinted interior shield can be moved into position via a lever on the left side. This shield stays in place even when the chin bar is lifted.
The Jiano Evo TC features a removable, washable, ultra-plush inner liner made with materials that are said to provide lifelong treatment against odor, fungus, and bacteria. The thick cheek pads are an extra-tight fit for me, and I’m still hoping to break them in because the rest of the helmet fits quite well. The padded chin strap closes with a micro-adjustable buckle for easy access. The only problem with this type of closure is that there’s no hook to secure the helmet to a helmet lock on your bike.
The Jiano Evo TC comes complete with a helmet bag, five-year warranty from the date of manufacture, and an extra-clear shield. Available in gloss white, matte black, gloss black, and gloss silver in sizes XS to 2XL. —Tricia Szulewski
Hard Data: Vemar, Jiano Evo TC, $375, www.Motonation.com
Story as published in the January/February issue of RoadBike.