Kali Protectives makes it easy to pay subtle homage to the stripes while being protected — not weighed down — on the roads with the Phenom Helmet. Occupying the upper echelon of Kali helmets, the Phenom was designed with all of the aerodynamic and weight considerations that characterize helmets at this level. However, Kali also had the ambitious goal of constructing the Phenom out of softer, lower density foam than what is generally used in high-end road helmets; this isn't commonly done due to weight constraints, but the engineers at Kali wanted to avoid sacrificing riders' protection in the name of weight, so they answered the problem by developing a proprietary shell design called Supervent. Not just included to enhance ventilation, Supervent structuring ensures the vents on the helmet maintain their integrity in the event of a crash, allowing Kali to create a breathable, vented helmet that retains ample cushioning from EPA foam.
In addition, a hard composite shell is fused to this EPS inner foam in a process Kali calls Composite Fusion Plus, which gives the multiple materials the feel of one single layer, free of gaps and extra space. On the inside of the helmet, Kali's luxuriously plush, moldable Bumperfit pads provide the option to customize fit and add cushion, while a thin micro-dial cage wraps around the head and adjusts with the spin of a small dial to make sure the helmet doesn't shift back and forth as you move around in the saddle. The micro-dial adjustment system also offers space for a ponytail to accommodate riders with long hair, and the Phenom also comes with an aesthetically-minded clear cover that slides in place over the main top vents of the helmet to block out icy wind during winter riding or to improve the helmet's aerodynamics in a TT or tri.
- Q & A
A little heavy but decent for the price
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Medium
I don't think we sell any poor products on this site but there are definitely items I'm not a big fan of. This helmets is one of those items. I've been on a few rides now with the Phenom. I've been in 20 degree weather with the included clear snap on cover and in 75 degree winter desert warmth.
The fit is great. It's comfortable enough. But the rear head lock mechanism is a pain to keep in place while putting on the helmet.
Ventilation is adequate but the real downfall for this lid is the weight. After 65 miles I could definitely feel the extra grams on the Phenom.
If you're looking for a bargain or a don't go for rides longer than 30 or 40 miles, this could be a good helmet. But for long haulers or gram counters you'll need to look at other offerings.