I’ve been racing and training using a Kask Mojito for a couple of years now and so decided that it was time to get a shiny new lit to protect my head.
Whilst I could have gone for any other brand, I like my Mojito so much, I decided to stay with Kask Helmets and indeed I very nearly persisted with the same model. But as I also like writing about and comparing products for this site and for you guys, I thought it would be nice to opt for the very similar looking Kask Vertigo 2.0 and see which I think is best:
Protection & Safety
Whilst both of mine display the same European CE EN 1078 safety standard sticker on the interior, all-round the Kask Vertigo 2.0 looks to have a more substantial shell than the Kask Mojito. For example at the front it is 2.2cm thick, whilst the Mojito’s is about 1.7cm. At the sides, whilst not quite as thick, once again the Vertigo is beefier than the Mojito.
The interior pads are also thicker and wider on the Vertigo.
Then there are the plastic bridges that span the vents on the top of the helmet on the Vertigo, they do look like they would hold the helmet together better in a crash than the Mojito without them. I guess this is part of what Kask calls their ‘innovative internal strengthening frame’ on the Vertigo and which they say helps maintain the helmet’s integrity after impact.
No mention of this is offered on the manufacturers description of the Mojito, so I can only assume that it does not contain this feature.
Now there is no real way (without destroying my helmets) for me to test the difference between these, so we will just have to take their word for it here!
Both helmets use MIT Technology found on most modern helmets which offers more safety and protection due to the polycarbonate layer that covers much of the shell, so no difference there.
The bright neon colours that I choose do make you very viable (although you can choose more dull or even black versions – see below for colours) and both of these Kask helmets do have high Viz stickers on them although I do like the fact that the Vertigo seems to have reflective stickers on the rear, which is lacking on the Mojito.
Protection & Safety Score Vertigo 5 : Mojito 4
Now whilst the level of protection offered by any helmet you choose is undeniably the most important aspect, I have been riding for long enough to remember the good old days where head protection was little more than an afterthought and looks were all important.
This is when the era of the “Les Casquetteurs” and my heroes at the time all danced up mountains looking ogh soo cool wearing nothing more than a cotton cap in order to add more space for sponsors to place their logo… Ogh there’s that little cap part at the front that does a good job of deflecting insects and rain. But as for the rest of your skull was concerned, the only protection it was getting was from the sun.
Well guess what, whilst the safety of your pip is now far higher up on the agenda, looking good is still just as important as ever. However if helmets like the ones produced by POC are anything to go by, what is cool or looks good is a little like Marmite or the Renault Megane.
However for the sake of this article, I’ll assume that as you have read this far, you, like me like the general look of a typical Kask like helmet and thus we need not get into the debate as to which type of helmet looks best, we only need to decide which of these two Kask Helmets looks better than the other.
Well here the difference between the two is once again very minor. Indeed when I first got the Vertigo, I played the game spot the difference with my daughter and we spent some time looking back and forth at each other before noticing the differences:
So in terms of their overall shape they are very similar indeed and whilst I would say the Vertigo casts a slightly taller shadow than the Mojito. Even though the Mojito seems to be wider, the widths of both helmets is the same (20.5cm for medium) and I think this is an illusion caused by the slightly thicker casing on the Vertigo.
The most obvious ones are those along the top and the front. The Vertigo has a large V shaped opening right at the pointy end (wonder if thats the reason for calling it the Vertigo?) and along the top it has two large openings that run almost the full length of the lid. Each of these is split into thirds with a couple of tough looking plastic bridges, which I believe are part of the improved safety aspects to this helmet as they look like they would probably hold the shell together better in case of an accident.
Here I am going to give the Mojito a slightly higher score and only because whilst the the thicker shell of the Vertigo 2.0 probably adds more protection, it just looks a little clunky:
Looks Score Vertigo 4 : Mojito 5
One aspect that I really like about Kask helmets in general is that they produce them in a wide range of colour combinations, which means that most of us should be able to get one to match the rest of our team or club kit no matter which model you choose.
Mojoto Colour Configurations
However if choice is what you are after, then the Mojito wins this mini battle for sure as it is offered in a bewildering array of colour combinations:
Kask Vertigo 2.0 Colour Configurations
Although with a total of 12 different variants, the amount ar different colour options for the Vertigo is still nothing to be scoffed at and if you are lucky enough like me then you will probably find it in a colour combination to suit your needs:
Color Choice Scores Vertigo 4 : Mojito 5
I currently live and race in the south of France where it can and does get very hot. Indeed the photo above of me wearing my Kask Mojito that was taken last week during the Lot-et-Garonne road race championships, my Garmin recored the maximum temperature as being 36°C and we were still only in May!
So here and in these circumstances, you can see that for me, a well ventilated and thus cooler helmet is super important.
Quick Tip: In cooler weather, I will usually wear a cycling cap under my helmet. When it is cold this helps prevent heat loss, but in “normal” weather, it also stops flying insects from flying through the holes and getting into your hair. I have actually been stung on the head by a bee before – luckily this was in training and not racing!
My reason for mentioning this is because what is important here is that you can “block” up the ventilation holes to make your helmet warmer and less vulnerable to insect attack and even more aero if you use those condom type latex covers being made these days. But you cannot make more of them (I know what you’r thinking here – don’t do it!)
So counting the vents in each of these helmets:
14 on the front, sides and top, with the same number of 6 at the rear of the lid.
However this is very unscientific and somewhat misleading as the Vertigo basically has two very large holes on the top that run almost the full length of the helmet with only thin plastic bridges down the length of them – her I counted each of these as one, but it could easily be three separate vent depending on how you look at it. Indeed Kask count these as three seperate vents and is why they give the Vertigo a total of 24 vents and not 20 as I do.
As well as that the design and positioning of the vents is super important in determining the airflow, both in terms of aerodynamics and indeed on how the air is directed to flow onto your head.
For example and as I have already discussed in the design comparisons, as well as the larger vents on the top, the Kask Vertigo 2.0 has a very distinctive arrow shaped one right at the front that to me looks like it will take in plenty of air. This is lacking on the Mojoto.
Unfortunately I don’t (yet) have quite enough of a budget to invest in or hire time at a wind tunnel, so I have to go by my perception whilst using both helmets and alternating between each on different days and rides.
Real World Testing
First I just want to say that this testing is still on going, but so far this is my opinion based on the two rides I have taken using the Vertigo:
In my experience and whilst it is quite difficult to tell, I so far will be reaching for the Mojito on a really hot day. Now I can’t tell which one is better at letting heat escape from your head and through the vents, but to me I just feel that much more air around my forehead with the Mojito and on a really hot day this for me does make a difference as I can get sweat drip down and into my eyes.
This is somewhat of a surprise given the large opening at the front on the Vertigo and so far I can’t be 100% certain, it is just the way it currently feels to me. For that reason, I am giving the Mojito a slightly higher score:
Ventilation Score Vertigo 3 : Mojito 4
Fit & Comfort
Here for me and what I would describe as my normal shaped dome, both are equal and in terms of comfort and fit and whilst they do feel a fraction different from each other, I would say that neither is more or less comfortable than the other.
The design of the inner padding is different on each of the helmets with the Vertigo definitely having thicker and wider pads. So if you press the helmet down hard on your head this is better, but in normal use, it really does not make a noticeable difference to me.
Both helmets use Kask’s Up‘n’Down adjustment system (see images above and right) at the back of the helmet which you pull down at the back of your head and then tighten with the ratchet wheel. This just makes the helmet fit far better onto your head than most others and as such I have found that you get a more secure fit without the need to over tighten, which most certainly adds to the comfort and gives that fraction more space for air to pass.
Comfort Score Vertigo 5 : Mojito 5
Here we do have a winner and that is the Mojito:
The medium sized Mojito has a published weight of 220g, which is spot on as mine tipped the scales at 221g
Whilst not in anyway a heavyweight, the beefed up protection that you get with the Vertigo 2.0 does come at a cost and that is in it’s weight:
Kask advertise their Vertigo as weighing 270g (M size) and as you can see I measure mine to be a little less than that at 262g
Now whilst the difference between the two is relatively small, you can actually fell it both in your hands and I guess more importantly on the head. Of course in time you will get used to anything, but for me and my needs and the because I now have both of them. I select the Mojito for hilly races and will use it on mountainous sportives, whilst for day to day training and any flat Criterium Racing, I use the Vertigo 2.0 for the added peace of mind.
Weight Scores Vertigo 3 : Mojito 4
Both helmets have their place and perhaps depending on what type of cyclist you are and what type of riding you do will determine which one is best. If I could only keep one, I have to say that I would stick with my older Kask Mojito and this helmet for me is the overall victor.
Being a weight weenie, the slightly lower weight is really important and whilst both are similar, the slightly beefier shell on the Vertigo means that I just prefer the look of the Mojito.
The fact that is is cheaper to buy as well is also an important consideration to most as well.
However I will add that for some the Vertigo may be a better option: Let’s say perhaps you commute to work in heavy traffic or you only ride crits, then the extra protection that the Kask Vertigo 2.0 is said to offer may trump the extra 100g.