Kask Mojito 3
The venerable Kask Mojito has long been a favourite of mine over the years. Kask’s mid-range helmet has always proved a great option, proving to be just as good if not better than rivals costing much more.
Kask claim that the Mojito 3 retains much of the design philosophy of its predecessor, but place them side by side and you’ll struggle to see any resemblance. This new design is far more than a subtle evolution of the previous generation Mojito. It is a much smoother, more organic design than the overly fussy second generation Kask Mojito. Coverage is greater than before and the fragile polycarbonate material is a lot less exposed than previously. Overall, it’s a great looking lid.
Kask has also worked hard on improving the inside of the helmet with deeper channeling and straighter paths for air to flow through from front to rear. Other updates include Kask’s latest Octo Fit adjustable retention system and one-piece Blue Tech padding. Of more importance, the Mojito3 offers a “32% improvement over Mojito X for rear impact, up to 25% better in frontal impact, and 12% improvement for top impact.” Reassuring to know…
The Kask Mojito 3 comes in 6 colour options, each in three sizes, all with a retail price of £130.
Living with the Kask Mojito 3
The padding feels much ‘plumper’ than I have become accustomed to, which gives the impression of excellent comfort. The Kask Mojito always had a reputation as a comfy lid, and this new design only goes to reaffirm this. The deep coverage certainly gives the feeling of protection, feeling a lot less like it’s sat on top of your head, it envelopes you… like a POC Octal, but without the mushroom man looks.
Kask have a tradition for using a leather chin strap on their helmets. It’s one of the features I have always loved about their helmets as it’s a lot comfier against the skin than the nylon straps we’re used to. Stubbly chin or baby soft, it’s simply a lot less scratchy.
The Kask Mojito 3 gives a lot of adjustability with the Octo Fit system. A simple dial ratchet system tightness or slackens the helmet with one hand and can also be adjusted up or down. It doesn’t feel like the most robust of retention systems, I managed to pop one of the arms out of the adjustable section of the ratchet mechanism with just a few inquisitive waggles. Luckily, it all managed to fit back together but it does raise some questions about the longevity.
Airflow of the Kask Mojito 3 is pretty good although not ground breaking, it’s on a par with most mid-range helmets. The large vents channel air very well once you’re up to cruising speed and help heat escape when on those long climbs in the summer heat.
The main issue I found was with those plump pads. They give the helmet a lovely cosseting feel on the head, but they also suck up sweat. The brow pad in particular seems to absorb sweat until it can hold no more, dumping it onto your forehead where it then dribbles into your eye. I’m not normally one to wear a cycle cap under my helmet, but with the Mojito 3, it’s become more a requirement than a fashion statement.
Where is the MIPS, bro?
One question I was often asked once people spotted I had the latest Kask on my head was “is it MIPS?” You’d assume that the one of the features of the new Kask Mojito 3 would indeed be the latest head protection system, but no. In fact, Kask themselves don’t believe MIPS is all it is cracked up to be and don’t offer it on any of their helmets. This might be a deal breaker for some customers who will be looking for all the latest features in their new helmet purchase.
The perception among the buying public these days is that safety devices like MIPS are now considered a must have in a helmet purchase. It’ll be interesting to see how sales of the Kask Mojito 3 fare with this omission.
On the plus side, the omission of MIPS does keep the weight down. My size large test sample tipping the scales at 260g.
The Kask Mojito 3 is a good looking, comfortable and suitably light design, giving the Mojito range enough of an update to keep it up to date in a competitive market. It’s generally well ventilated, and if the claims are to be believed, provides more protection than its predecessor, all at a competitive price.
The lack of MIPS will put a great deal of buyers off, but faithful fans of Mojitos of old will find much to love in the new design.
If you are looking for a no frills helmet, the Mojito will be a worthy contender. Just wait for the next sale and dive on it!