DPV Centaur helmet
The DPV Centaur is the most technical model for MTB within the catalogue of DPV helmets. In fact, its visor and its reinforced structure in the back and occipital area of the head already place it, at first sight, in that segment. It is a robust helmet, with an excellent level of protection and, as is usual with the brand, a very attractive price. With this excellent first impression we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to try it out. Below, you can find out how we feel about it.
The first sensation we get just by holding the Centaur in our hands is one of solidity and robustness. This helmet feels solid. Even visually, which is undoubtedly contributed to by its shell structure plus matrix joined by the InMold system and which among other things makes the helmet almost as if it were a single piece.
The helmet is constructed from a polycarbonate and Styrofoam base. It is not too light, just over 400 g for the size M we had in the test. In return, it offers a robustness that is certainly welcome for a helmet that is geared for MTB use. For use even close to enduro, where the standard goes through an extra protection on the back of the head and visor, elements that, by the way, this Centaur meets.
The visor in particular serves to protect from the sun, but also to do so from the impact of branches or bushes that, when rolling along paths, pass near our head. In that sense, this visor is more than effective. It is removable and adjustable in height, although, to tell the truth, the range of mobility is small and does not allow great variations in the position of it. This would make it difficult, for example, to wear goggles on the top of your forehead, which is common among enduro riders. However, this would only affect a small percentage of users.
The DPV Centaur can be adjusted to the head in both width and height. Except in the lowest position (where it is somewhat complicated to access the dial), with one hand and turning this dial we can more or less adjust the helmet to our morphology.
It is also very easy to select one of the three levels of height adjustment of the helmet, by means of some anchorage points of the internal structure.
The straps, very light, adaptable and breathable thanks to their perforated fabric, also fit with the traditional sliding clip system. With it, it is child’s play to place the straps according to the level of tension we want or in the location we like best, depending on the morphology of our face.
Comfortable and enveloping
There is an anti-bacterial treatment on the super comfortable interior padding. Its inner contour is oval and we believe it fits almost any head. It is not an extremely ventilated helmet, as is usual in its segment, but in contact with the skin and the ergonomic shapes help it to feel totally comfortable.
Another pleasant feeling that the Centaur gives is that it is very enveloping and hugs the head. It covers a good part of our temporal and occipital region, that is, the side and back of the skull.
Well adjusted and with the wide surface that covers us, the helmet offers us an optimal protection against any type of impact.
Who’s it for?
We think this is a highly recommendable option for those who have a very tight budget and are looking for a reliable helmet, especially in terms of protection and aesthetics, something that is also an important purchase argument for all of us.
Low-cost helmet, specific for MTB and with excellent protection levels. It is not the lightest or the most technological, but for what it costs, we cannot think of a better option.
Level of protection in the occipital and temporal area
Current and modern design
Visor with low mobility
Access to the rear adjustment dial in the lower position of the helmet
Specific model for MTB, with enduro orientation. With removable adjustable visor. Made of polycarbonate and polystyrene foam. EPS exterior coating, InMold construction. Two levels of adjustment, width and height. Insect protection net.
S-M, M-L y L-XL
431 g (size M- L)
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