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Backpacker Magazine – Fall Gear Guide 2013

Gear Review: Pret Cynic/Lyric Helmet

A vented helmet so comfortable you'll forget it's on.

by: Tracy Ross

(Andrew Bydlon)
(Andrew Bydlon)

Sleek Yet Bombproof
Our helmet mantra: If it distracts, it’s too bulky. Our tester’s proof that the Lyric (men’s is the Cynic) is anything but distracting: “It’s so low-profile, sleek, and light that I wore it inside a yurt for an hour before realizing I still had it on.” Ten small vents—six on the top and two each on the front and back—gave her the perfect amount of airflow on both freezing days in Italy’s Dolomites and during a warm spring tour in Colorado’s Indian Peaks Wilderness. A removable wool-and-recycled-fleece liner (included) offers added warmth. And an adjustable dial at the base of the head allows fine-tuning for all manner of skull shapes, making her feel “really protected when scrambling into the rocky mouth of a couloir on Colorado’s 14,265-foot Mt. Evans.” $100; 13.4 oz.; m’s S-L, w’s S-M; pret-helmets.com





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