O’NEAL SLAT 3/4 HELMET

— Testing on open face with retro graphics —

The O’Neal Slat helmet celebrates 50 years of O’Neal racing history and revisits the helmet that started it all—the 3/4 helmet. By giving the Slat updated styling, venting and a longer visor, O’Neal brings the retro 3/4 helmet into the future. Slats come in XS, S, M, L, XL and XXL sizes.

FEATURES:

The Slat Solid helmet comes in Matte Black with grey graphics, while the Slat Torment has a Gloss Black shell with white racing stripes and retro graphics. Both versions have an aerodynamic shell with six air vents, and the two top vents have air scoops for better airflow. The visor has air channels to direct air into the top ports. Inside, Slats have moisture-wicking, removable and washable comfort liners that snap into place, along with padded chin straps. The visor is also adjustable with black (or chrome-like on the Torment) fasteners. Slats meet DOT and ECE 22.05 safety standards.

The Slat Torment helmet is adorned with retro graphics for younger enthusiasts, and the Slat is as close as you can get to a bicycle helmet but with DOT approval.

CONSTRUCTION:

Slat shells are made with ABS, and the visors are plastic. Styrofoam inner liners have air channels and vent holes, and the four side ports have metal mesh grills. Removable comfort liners are made with EPS and have foam backing. The chin straps are nylon weave with steel D-rings, and plastic snaps also secure the strap’s free end to keep it from flapping in the wind.

WHO’S IT FOR:

Anyone looking for a lightweight (2.2lbs), open-face helmet for use in his or her UTV should check out the O’Neal Slat.

PERFORMANCE:

We wore the XXL Slat Matte Black on a six-hour, 109-mile ride in 100-plus-degree heat, and the venting kept us comfortable and sweat-free. The lining is soft, and so are the padded chin straps. The Slat was comfortable to wear for long periods, and it is light compared to full-face helmets. Air buffeting at 70-plus mph was nonexistent.

THE VERDICT:

We like the styling of the Slat and its effective venting. Our XXL Slat was a little tight around the ears, so it wouldn’t have room for an in-helmet speaker kit such as one from Rugged Radios. The O’Neal website shows photos of a quick-release chin-strap system, while our test unit came with standard D-rings. Still, it’s a comfortable helmet with a lot of nice features and good looks.

CONTACT: www.oneal.com

RATING: ★★★★

PRICE: $129.99

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