By Chase Hadden
The RO200 Carbon Gets an Affordable Brother
The Roof RO200 Carbon became one of the world’s lightest helmets available when it splashed into the market a year ago. For context, my Shoei Neotec tips the scales at around 1800 grams while the Roof RO200 Carbon weighs in at almost half that; around 1090 grams to be exact.
Not all of us have $770 to drop on am ultra-light carbon fiber helmet, unfortunately, and that’s where the new RO200 comes in. This September, France-based Roof announced they were taking their coveted RO200 Carbon and stripping away the carbon bits to provide a quality fiberglass helmet with the same form factor as its more expensive brother.
Just like the Carbon version, the new RO200 shares a virtually identical design with its six air inlets and two extractors. My biggest caveat with the Carbon version was that it unfortunately only came in 2 shell sizes with the use of padding to expand the sizing options. We see that here with the RO200 as well – but you can’t expect the world when buying an enthusiast-level helmet from a smaller French helmet manufacturer.
The XS to M shell sits at 1280 grams, with the larger shell at 1370 grams – still lighter than most base level Shoei helmets. It’s got all your premium helmet creature comforts with the neck roll, chin curtain, anti-fog Daynight Pinlock-ready visor, and room for Bluetooth communication devices.
The new RO2020 will be available to European riders through select retailers at a price of around €419 to €459 (or $496 to $543) depending on the version you select.
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