OGK Beta Review


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Distilled’s UK faction recently got hold of an OGK Kabuto “Beta” helmet from the boys in Japan, for a world exclusive test run. Here’s what Charles Robertson had to say:

“So we have just received the OGK DH Beta Carbon for a world exclusive test. Here are some facts for you all: the helmet weight is 950 grams, it is Snell tested and is on sale only in Japan (as it isn’t CE tested) for roughly £350. So we gave it to our test riders Liam Little and Luke Irving to see what they thought. First impressions on the Beta Carbon are that it is very minimalist; it’s clean, light and feels very comfortable on. The closest thing I can really compare it to is my 08 spec Troy Lee carbon D2 and, despite the stated weights, the OGK definitely seems to be the lighter of the two. The designs have some similarities but there are more vents and a bit more of an edge to the look of the OGK, the blank carbon look is awesome and leaves the window open for personal paint jobs. The fact that this compact designed helmet has a Snell certificate I think is a massive advantage over other helmets on the market, but with a £350 price tag it does seem a little pricy.

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After riding while wearing the Beta for 2 days I was impressed with how comfortable it was and that it didn’t move at all even under big compressions. I felt the front could do with a larger vent to allow more air in as the front of the helmet is quite close to your face. Also the beading around the helmet started to peel off after a day of riding (not sure if this is made for easy removable to spray the helmet or just cheap glue). That said I think the OGK DH Beta is an awesome looking helmet that is very comfortable but with the problems I experienced I would be a little disappointed if I had just bought if for £350. In all, an great helmet with some minor superficial issues which, if remedied, would bump it up that extra notch to “excellent”.

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