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Specialized Tactic II MTB Cycling Helmet 2018

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Product Description

Well vented, light and sturdy the Specialized Tactic II is an ideal mountain bike helmet for off-road adventures. Designed specifically for all-mountain riding it has extended rear coverage to protect the back of your head.

In-moulded construction maximises the strength of durability of the Tactic II helmet, whilst keeping weight low for comfort.

A key benefit of the Tactic II MTB helmet is large venting, optimised by Specialized’s 4th Dimension Cooling System which works to pull air through the front and over your head and out the exhausts at the rear. This helps to keep your head cool even when riding at low speed.

Getting the right fit is easy thanks to the micro-adjustable dial at the rear of the helmet, which also comes with four height positions too. Another useful feature is the removable visor for keeping the sun out of your eyes on the climbs, and debris on the descents. 

Key Features

    • Weight - 342g (Large, w/o visor)
    • 4th Dimension Cooling System optimises ventilation
    • Headset SL fit system w/ four height positions & micro-adjustable dial is easy to adjust
    • Tri-Fix web splitter for improved comfort and ease of strap adjustments
    • In-moulded shell improves strength and reduces weight
    • Extended rear coverage for added protection in technical, All-Mountain terrain
    • Full-size visor with easy on/off aFIX visor attachment
    • Complies with one or more following safety standards: CPSC, SNELL B90A, CE and AS/NZS
    • Colour: Black, White, Green, Orange

Specialized Tactic II MTB Cycling Helmet 2018 Reviews

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Overall Rating:
4.8
out of 5
4.80
Build Quality
4.86
Performance
5
Value For Money
4.55

Customer Reviews (11)

5
Comfortable Helmet

Great helmet. Bought a small size and fits nicely. Very comfortable and has great all round cranium protection.

Great helmet. Bought a small size and fits nicely. Very comfortable and has great all round cranium protection.

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5 out of 5
Build Quality: 5/5
Performance: 5/5
Value For Money: 5/5
5
EXCELLENT

this is an excellent product. it has a good firm fit, with comfortable padding and stays snug and firm over a long ride. it is comfortable to wear and is well ventilated. the visor helps reduce sun glare. it appears to provide slightly more coverage than many helmets, both on the sides and especially at the back. overall a good product and good value for money. this is my second purchase and had no doubts over the decision.

this is an excellent product. it has a good firm fit, with comfortable padding and stays snug and firm over a long ride. it is comfortable to wear and is well ventilated. the visor helps reduce sun glare. it appears to provide slightly more coverage than many helmets, both on the sides and especially at the back. overall a good product and good value for money. this is my second purchase and had no doubts over the decision.

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5 out of 5
Build Quality: 5/5
Performance: 5/5
Value For Money: 5/5
4
Specialised tactic 2

Great quality helmet, good fit, light, but the colour is not as in the pictures. I ordered a monster green, which was not as in the pic (fluorescent yellow/green), but actually green. Please get your pics right, Tredz!

Great quality helmet, good fit, light, but the colour is not as in the pictures. I ordered a monster green, which was not as in the pic (fluorescent yellow/green), but actually green. Please get your pics right, Tredz!

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4 out of 5
Build Quality: 4.5/5
Performance: 4/5
Value For Money: 3.5/5
5
Great helmet

Bought this for my wife after much research and I'm pleased to say that she loves it for its good looks, its ease of use/fit and the quality of it's construction. Would not hesitate to buy another!

Bought this for my wife after much research and I'm pleased to say that she loves it for its good looks, its ease of use/fit and the quality of it's construction. Would not hesitate to buy another!

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4.8 out of 5
Build Quality: 5/5
Performance: 5/5
Value For Money: 4.5/5
5
Specialized Tactic II

Took a gamble on sizing and ordered a medium for my 59cm cranium and it fits great. Was a borderline large but wanted as low profile a helmet as I could get. I reckon medium size would just about stretch to a 60cm skull, but anything more than that and you'd be best going for large. Like the slim design (no more looking like the mushroom guy from Super Mario when compared to my old one size fits all/universal fit Giro lid). Opted for clean black - I like the understated colour scheme and branding. Very comfortable, good venting to keep your head cool on more spirited rides, like the strap system under the ears (sits flat on your face - no twisted straps) and easy to adjust with the rear 'click wheel'. Great service from Tredz as well - ordered on Monday and received on Wednesday, with regular e-mail updates on delivery status. Good price too with £5 off discount code. Recommend the product and Tredz.

Took a gamble on sizing and ordered a medium for my 59cm cranium and it fits great. Was a borderline large but wanted as low profile a helmet as I could get. I reckon medium size would just about stretch to a 60cm skull, but anything more than that and you'd be best going for large. Like the slim design (no more looking like the mushroom guy from Super Mario when compared to my old one size fits all/universal fit Giro lid). Opted for clean black - I like the understated colour scheme and branding. Very comfortable, good venting to keep your head cool on more spirited rides, like the strap system under the ears (sits flat on your face - no twisted straps) and easy to adjust with the rear 'click wheel'. Great service from Tredz as well - ordered on Monday and received on Wednesday, with regular e-mail updates on delivery status. Good price too with £5 off discount code. Recommend the product and Tredz.

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5 out of 5
Build Quality: 5/5
Performance: 5/5
Value For Money: 5/5
5
Excellent fit

Does the job whilst being very comfortable. Not mushroom looking at all. Love that it's Matt black and lightweight. Would recommend.

Does the job whilst being very comfortable. Not mushroom looking at all. Love that it's Matt black and lightweight. Would recommend.

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5 out of 5
Build Quality: 5/5
Performance: 5/5
Value For Money: 5/5
5
Fantastic helmet

Absolutely perfect for most head shapes, I find it hard to get a good fitting helmet (I think I'm the only person on the planet that finds the Giro Xar really uncomfortable) as I have a pretty alien esque long and thin face, so most helmets look like mushrooms on me. Not so with this! Excellent ventilation too. Massively impressed with the speediness of the delivery, and the quality of the packaging.

Absolutely perfect for most head shapes, I find it hard to get a good fitting helmet (I think I'm the only person on the planet that finds the Giro Xar really uncomfortable) as I have a pretty alien esque long and thin face, so most helmets look like mushrooms on me. Not so with this! Excellent ventilation too. Massively impressed with the speediness of the delivery, and the quality of the packaging.

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5 out of 5
Build Quality: 5/5
Performance: 5/5
Value For Money: 5/5
5
Specialized tactic II

Lightweight and great ventilation which is important for me. The straps and closing mechanism are comfortable and easy to adjust and fit snuggly. The helmet itself is very well padded in the right places and even after a three hour ride still felt very good.

Lightweight and great ventilation which is important for me. The straps and closing mechanism are comfortable and easy to adjust and fit snuggly. The helmet itself is very well padded in the right places and even after a three hour ride still felt very good.

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5 out of 5
Build Quality: 5/5
Performance: 5/5
Value For Money: 5/5
5
Specialized tactic 2 helmet

Great fitting lightweight helmet. locking system keeps it nice and snug while riding rough terrain.

Great fitting lightweight helmet. locking system keeps it nice and snug while riding rough terrain.

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5 out of 5
Build Quality: 5/5
Performance: 5/5
Value For Money: 5/5
4
Great Helmet

Really nice design I like the matt black look so its smart as I'm using it to commute to work. Not as light as some £100 helmets but worth it over the cheap ones. East to fit and adjust. Tredz delivery was late but customer services compensated me for this. Will be using Tredz again.

Really nice design I like the matt black look so its smart as I'm using it to commute to work. Not as light as some £100 helmets but worth it over the cheap ones. East to fit and adjust. Tredz delivery was late but customer services compensated me for this. Will be using Tredz again.

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4 out of 5
Build Quality: 5/5
Performance: 4/5
Value For Money: 4/5
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Size Chart

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How to measure yourself for a helmet
helmet sizing To find the circumference of your head, place a tape measure in the centre of your forehead, wrap it around above your ears and around the back of your head. If there's a slight difference between two different sizes, always go for the tighter size.

Sized helmets

SizeCentimetresInches
S 51 - 57 20 - 22½
M 54 - 60 21¼ - 23½
L 57 - 63 22½ - 24¾

Universal helmets

NameCentimetresInches
Flash 50 - 58 19¾ - 23
Sierra 50 - 58 19¾ - 23
Align 54 - 62 21¼ - 24½
Max 56 - 64 22 - 25¼

Kids helmets

AgeCentimetresInches
Toddler 44 - 52 17 - 20½
Child 47 - 55 18½ - 21

Specialized cycling helmets are expertly built to provide the ultimate protection for your head, whatever your cycling discipline. Great ventilation, great fit and great design - the perfect safety accessory.

Please note, all size information is provided as a guide - if you're unsure or need any further assistance you can call us on 01792 799508 ... we're happy to help!

Mountain Bike Helmet Guide

 
 

MTB Helmets

A mountain bike helmet needs to protect your head, while being comfortable enough to wear all day long. Fit and venting are key, and we will look into this further below. When it comes to protection, all our MTB helmets meet the minimum safety standard (CE EN 1078). Some go much further with enhanced safety features like dual density cores and MIPS.

Features to look out for in an MTB helmet:


Features

Shell

All mountain bike helmets have a hard shell covering the foam core. Nowadays most MTB helmets have in-moulded shells which are bonded securely to the core rather than just stuck on. Some MTB lids have more coverage around the back of the head and are designed for more aggressive trail and enduro riding. The shells on higher end lids overlap the edges to protect the core from wear.

MTB helmet shell

Core

Underneath the shell is the EPS foam core. This is the part of the helmet that will absorb the force of impact if your head hits the ground in a crash. Some higher end MTB lids have dual or multi density EPS cores which offer improved impact protection. Helmets designed for more aggressive riding may features additional ‘Roll Cage’ strengthening elements. These are moulded into the EPS core, and help to hold the structure of the helmet together under impact.

Helmet with EPS foam core

MIPS

A Multi-directional Impact Protection System (MIPS) is fitted between the helmet core and your head. This slip-plane technology reduces the rotational forces that result from certain impacts. Integrated into the fit system, MIPS is found on high-end MTB helmets and takes head protection to the next level.


Fit & Straps

Fit is also an important safety consideration. All MTB helmets have an adjustable fit system that makes sure the helmets stays securely attached to your head. Higher-end mountain bike lids often feature a retention system that wraps around more of your head. This helps to hold the helmet in place for a more secure fit as well as improved comfort. One handed adjustment dials make it easier to get the perfect fit. Chin straps are there to keep your helmet in place even if you take a knock on the head. These straps are fully adjustable on all helmets. Premium MTB lids often have easy fit buckles which make it easier to get your helmet on and off.

Helmet with a correctly adjusted chin strap

Liner

The padded liner is the bit of the helmet that connects directly to your head. If you ride a lot, then features to look out for are quick drying, hydrophilic and anti-microbial padding. These will help keep your head smelling sweetly on every ride. Some high-end lids have systems that the move sweat away from your brow to keep it out of your eyes and off your eyewear.

Some helmet liners use quick drying, hydrophilic and anti-microbial padding

Ventilation

Keeping your head cool as you ride is essential. All MTB lids have vents to keep the air moving over your head and cool you down. Overheating is more of an issue on the climbs as you are moving slowly while putting in a lot of effort. If your ride focus is on rapid climbing, then ventilation is a very important consideration. If you take it easy on the way up, to save your energy for the downs, then you won’t need as much venting. Generally speaking, more and/or larger vents will increase the amount of airflow over your head. While the size and number of vents is important, you should also consider their position. Vents close to the brow offer cooling where you need it most. Internal airflow channelling draws air in and circulates it around your head for more efficient cooling.

Mountain biker wearing a Bell Super 2 Helmet

Visor

Compared to road cycling, you have a more upright position on a mountain bike. This is why mountain bike lids come with visors, to keep the sun or rain out of your eyes. Many MTB helmets have removable visors as some riders prefer to cycle without them. You can raise and lower adjustable visors easily while you are riding. This means that you can move the visor out of the way, for unrestricted vision, when it’s not needed.

Mountain biker with a visor in a low position

Goggle Compatibility

Goggles are a great way to keep dust, and mud out of your eyes on rowdy descents. Some enduro style MTB helmets are designed to work with goggles. Strap grippers on the rear help to keep the goggle in place. High rise adjustable visors mean you can park them on your head when it’s time to climb up for another run.

Goggle straps on a Met Parachute

Action camera mounts

With a dedicated action camera mount, you can attach your GoPro securely to your helmet. Break-away mounts are the safest way to attach your action camera.

Mountain biker with GoPro mounted to a full-face helmet

Weight

A lighter helmet will be more comfortable on your head but may offer less protection than a bulkier lid. Extra head coverage and additional structural elements all add weight. That said even bulky enduro style MTB helmets are lightweight enough for you to wear comfortably on all-day-long rides.

Lighter weight helmets tend to offer more comfort

Sizing

It is important to get a helmet that fits correctly. Simply measure the circumference of your head and match it to the helmet size. Do this by placing a tape measure on the centre of your forehead and wrap it around your head above the ears. See our clothing size guide for more details.

Helmet sizing

Delivery & Guarantee

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Please note that bulky products and bikes shipped to outlying UK regions are excluded from free shipping.

Please note that Pre-Order dates can sometimes change due to updated stock information.

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Returns & Warranty

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We will give you a full refund or exchange on any item that is returned to us unused/unfitted, in a resaleable condition and in its original packaging (where possible).

Please note: For hygiene reasons, we cannot accept returns of facemasks, undershorts or underwear if the item has been removed/unsealed from its original packaging.

If your item develops a fault or arrives damaged, please contact us first so we can resolve the issue for you as quickly as possible.

For more information please visit our Returns & Warranty page.