The Maya is Kali’s burliest trail lid packed with features to keep you safe. Tom’s had it on his head for over six months now, so check out his thoughts.
Kali are a US based brand that have been making helmets for bikes, snowsports and motorsports. The owner Brad Waldron is one of those designers who is totally caught up in creating the safest products he can. Chatting to him back in September we were surrounded by his timeline of helmet developments, and both his infectious passion and knowledge were immediately apparent. The Maya is a full coverage helmet for burly trail riders and enduro-hounds.
From the outside, the helmet has a bold look, large vents and a chunky, sculpted look and a large peak. My test lid was is the plain blue, other options include plain black, lurid orange and a badger themed black and white. Recently I spotted a few bright coloured options on Kali’s instagram feed, so watch this space. Two size options are available, the L-XL is spot on for my 59cm head, sitting well without the need for the extra padding that’s in the box.
The Maya is kept in place by vented padding round the front and a ratchet band closure round the back. I was concerned it would feel weird not having foam all over the head but it’s not noticeable at all. The EPS foam that makes up the helmet is dual density, using their cone shaped layer to dissipate force, including a really low density (i.e. light and easy to squish) foam that is designed to absorb the smaller forces that are part of crashing. The foam is also channelled to work with the vents and keep you cool.
The peak is pretty big, and, they claim, unbreakable. I’ve headbutted it into a few trees and bent it in all sorts of ways with no issues, it’s certainly not brittle like some peaks. Also on the peak is an action camera/light mount and included in the box are a couple of adaptors to fit with GoPro (as above) and lights held on with rubber o-rings. By being on the peak you comply with some of the random rulings that British Cycling throw out, retract and make up, but ultimately are probably better off than using a sticky mount.
Out on the trails the helmet is super comfy, offering great coverage and a nice secure fit. The vents work well to keep air flowing over your head, and the wicking pads keep the sweat out of your eyes while drying off quickly. The peak is plenty big enough to keep the rain (or sun) out of your eyes and the sculpting at the rear means that a goggle strap will stay in place should you be “Enduroing”. A great lid at a superb price. My only gripe, the blue was a bit plain, hence the racing stripes! (NB – check out how RAD Brett Tippie’s custom sprayed one) RRP£74.99