We check out the new women’s-specific Specialized Aspire

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This cleverly designed women’s helmet addresses one of the female triathlete’s biggest irritations: where to put your hair. The shell is cut away at the rear to give ample space for a ponytail, braids or a small bun, and the
micro-adjust cradle won’t get in the way either, thanks to the new HairPort SL fit system, which gives a choice of four height positions.

Once set up properly, getting the helmet on in transition is a cinch. The securing straps have loads of adjustment, and generous ventilation from front to back gives excellent airflow. The only slight niggle is that, depending on the height of your ponytail, you may find that the nose of the helmet slightly obscures the top of your vision in an aero tuck.