ABUS YADD-1 Bike Helmet

ABUS YADD-1 bike helmet
Review by Coy Starnes
ABUS Yadd-1
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The Abus Yadd-1 bike helmet is part of the Abus urban series of helmets.  In other words, it looks more subdued than the typical roadie or mt. biker might want.  To be honest, it reminds me more of a horse riding helmet or the ones I see skate boarders wearing.  It is constructed with a low profile and smooth edges which is actually safer in my opinion.  It is also designed with forced air flow technology that is supposed to keep the head cooler.  It features EPS foam core wrapped with a polycarbonate shell.  The helmet features removable foam padded strips on the top that can be removed for cleaning.  There is a similar pad over the chin buckle but it is not removable.  It also has a visor built in that can be flipped down for some sun protection similar to what a baseball cap provides. The visor doesn’t block my vision at all but I can see it when it is in the down position.
The helmet is available in small, medium and large.  The large I’m testing should fit heads from 58 – 61 cm.  The circumference of the helmet is non-adjustable but rather relies on a stretchy rubber strap across the rear of the helmet.  I am testing the large but my measurement (59 cm) was where the medium and large overlap.  However I have a round head shape and read reviews that the helmet is a little narrow so I went with the large. It felt a little big but I tightened the back rubber strap by running it an extra loop so the end keeper is now in the middle instead of at the end like it came.  If I just tightened them they would slide back to the original position.  With this slight adjustment it now fits very nicely.  The helmet is available in a variety of colors.
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Abus Yadd-1
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Trying it on.
As I already mentioned, the size large helmet fits nicely once I tightened the rear strap a little, and I must say, it is very comfortable.  The chin strap padding also feels good, something many helmets fail in once snugged down properly.  I then went on a short 8 mile ride on my trike in 90 F temperatures with high humidity too boot.  I won’t say my head didn’t sweat but I could actually feel air coming out the vent at the rear when I managed to get the trike over 10 mph. One thing I did notice was that on slow uphill climbs the plastic felt hot but would cool back down quickly once I headed down a hill.  My helmet is midnight blue, I believe a lighter color might be better as far as not getting hot to the touch.  Anyways, I didn’t mind wearing the helmet on this one hour ride.  I was very slow on the ride, I had worked a 24 your shift and slept till noon and got up feeling lazy.
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Abus Yadd-1
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That’s all for now, check back to see how I’m liking the helmet after a few months use.
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March 28, 2019:  Abus helmet Update
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Winter always puts a damper on my riding but there have been enough periods of nice weather that I managed several decent rides.  I also recently changed the way I track my rides, going from Map My Ride to the app that was built into my new Apple Watch.   I did have to put the watch app on my iPhone but no longer even look at my phone before starting a ride.  I just hit the crown dial, select the exercise icon and then open a ride.  It takes a lot longer to say it than actually do it…  Anyways, it tracks everything I need, from the route itself too average speed, elevation gained, heart rate, the current temperature and even the humidity level.   This was my most recent ride.
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Abus Helmet
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Of course this is a helmet review but this kind of date can be helpful when reviewing gear.  As can be seen,  the above ride was in cool weather with high humidity.   It was a cold ride for sure.  In looking back over my data since getting the helmet,  my longest ride was 16 miles.  I managed a couple of 13 milers, a couple of 11 milers and several more rides from 6 to 10 miles.  Now that I have used the helmet several months I have noticed a few things.  For one, if I work hard enough to work up a good sweat, the built in sun visor will start to drip sweat.  The other was that depending on the bike, the visor was in the way when let down.  Fortunately this was only when riding my Trek FX3, which despite being a straight bar bike, has me leaning over somewhat.   I recently purchased a Specialized Roll and found I could use the visor easily because I’m siting pretty much bolt up-right on this bike.  Of course on my trike I was leaning back so much that the visor really didn’t help.   On this 13 mile ride I was dripping sweat from the visor.
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Showers Pass Apex Merino Tech T-shirt
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The other thing I found was that on colder rides I could wear a hoodie and pull it on (the hood) before donning the helmet.  The helmet fit was a little snug but the stretchy part of the strap that goes around my head had enough give for it to feel comfortable.  And for the record, this is my new Specialized Roll.  And don’t laugh at how I dress, I’m warm at least.
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Abus helmet
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I did ride in the rain a few times.  I had a jacket with a hood big enough to fit over the helmet but just barely.
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Abus helmet
And last but not least, I wish the helmet were a brighter color.  I want cars to see me.  Fortunately, when I ride on busier roads I make sure and have rear blinking light on and also wear bright colored clothing.
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Abus Helmet
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That’s all for now, stay tuned for my final report to see how the Abus Helmet continues to perform.
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Final Update: April 25, 2019
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I really don’t have a lot to add in my final update but I have enjoyed testing the Abus helmet.  The last few weeks have been great riding weather and as a result, I was able to get in 15 rides since my last update.  I ride for fitness and fun.  I  very seldom wear padded bike shorts and all the other things normally associated with what is referred to as the riding kit.  This is probably the one thing I like best about the Abus helmet.  It just seems to go with the utilitarian look (best way I know to describe how I dress for rides) I go for.  It is not a streamlined helmet and does not have any many vent holes as more racy looking helmets but I’m not racing anyone.  It has enough vents to keep my head relatively cool during rides as warm as 83 F.  I did manage to sweat quite a bit on my longest ride of 22.6 miles but it was only 76 F by the end of this ride.  The visor and chin strap got a little damp but no sweat was dripping from the visor.  This did happen last fall on a couple of warmer rides.
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I’ll conclude the report with just a few more photos I took during a few of my rides.  The first one actually shows how I had the chin strap connected crooked.  I noticed it about halfway into the 22.6 mile when I stopped for a short break.  I wouldn’t have noticed if I didn’t stop at the halfway point and remove the helmet while resting a few minutes.
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ABUS Helmet
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Here are my last 7 rides, you can see I have 12 rides so far in April.
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ABUS Helmet
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Here is my Rans Dynamik.  I rode it twice but most rides were on my Specialized Roll..
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ABUS Helmet
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 This concludes my testing of the Abus YADD-1 bike helmet.  My thanks to 4Alloutdoors and Abus for this testing opportunity.