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KYT Jumpshot Off-Road Helmet: Riding Review

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Pratheek Kunder

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Introduction

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The KYT Jumpshot was my preferred helmet whenever I went off-roading this monsoon. Despite having a few other helmets at home, there’s a reason why I particularly chose the Jumsphot every single time – its appearance. In fact, it is one of the coolest-looking helmets I own, and I love cleaning it and sometimes showing it off to a few friends. This KYT has undoubtedly won my heart when it comes to the styling, but what about the other aspects? Well, read on!

The Fit

My usual helmet size is M – this is applicable for road helmets as well as enduro ones. However, when it comes to KYT (I also own another KYT off-road helmet), I always have to go for a size lower to get that perfect snug fit. With the Jumpshot, it was the same story. The brand has the same shell size for XS, S, M and L, but what changes is the interior padding. In terms of overall fit, the Jumpshot fits me perfectly well. I don’t have to pull the straps too wide to get my head in, and once I wear it, the fit and feel are pretty good. Initially, I felt some pressure on the top of my head, but after three to four times of usage, that uncomfortable feeling disappeared.

The Comfort

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The Jumpshot is a comfortable helmet, and the credit goes to the TRI-fibre composite material used. As a result of this, the overall weight is on the lower side, and that aided my off-road experience. It gave me a lot of freedom to move my head while both off-roading and on the road. Usually, it is a good idea to save as much energy as possible while riding off-road, and with a lighter helmet, there’s a high chance of reduced fatigue.

The comfort of the padding is decent. I would have liked it to feel much better, but there have been times when I felt the finish of the padding to be rough. You can feel that roughness every time your skin rubs against the helmet while wearing it. Once it is on the head, that problem disappears.

When it comes to ventilation, this helmet excels. There have been days when I spent all noon riding off-road, but the head remained cool. This KYT has a lot of mesh panels upfront and a large one near the chin area. These panels make sure to get the right amount of air inside, and that increased the overall comfort. Additionally, the black and neon combination of the interior padding looks super cool.

The Vision

It is all about the vision – this statement is used at almost all off-road schools. The reason why all coaches say this is because if your vision isn’t proper, you could end up in a ditch or maybe even worse. And that is why the visibility from inside the helmet is highly crucial.

Now, all off-road helmets have limited peripheral vision, and as a result of that, it becomes tricky and dangerous to operate your bike on the road. But with the proper goggles, the rider can easily counter some of the best obstacles and trails. The Jumpshot has a reasonably large vision area, which allowed me to focus on the right trail sports. I have used multiple goggles, which all fit pretty well, thanks to the helmet’s design. In fact, there’s a decent gap between the chin rubber insert and the nose and this aspect made sure my nose didn’t feel too blocked.

What’s next?

I intend to use the KYT Jumpshot for more off-road use. Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be riding through some forest trails and also get a chance to ride on a supercross track. While I won’t spend all day riding in such scenarios, it will still give me a fair idea of the overall durability and performance of this helmet.

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