Out of the box, the instantly distinctive aesthetic of this helmet is what stands out. The profile of the helmet is quite big and bulbous which, although won’t be for everyone, I like. The actual foam and plastic shell of the helmet is thick. It’s really well vented with huge holes on the top and a nicely designed unique profile. Although the numbers won’t really excite the hill climbers obsessed with cutting weight, it is noticeably light to hold.
Finishes like the strap and the boa dial for easy adjustment are an indication of the familiar high build quality from the brand.
I’m a sucker for additional bits that come with any product and from experience Oakley are pretty good at covering those extra nice-to-haves. In the box comes a mesh bag for keeping the helmet safe in transit, additional logo stickers and also a replacement brow pad.
I’ve been riding with the Oakley Aro 3 for about three months now during winter and into spring here in the UK which means I’ve experienced a good range of temperatures. Those rides have included shorter day rides both on tarmac, gravel and some fairly user friendly cross country trials, a 300km Audax and a short cycle tour in France and Belgium.
For me, this is a pretty good representation of my typical riding requirements. I’ve had freezing headwinds and rain as well as belting sunshine and I’ve spent long days and in some cases nights back to back meaning my head has got really used to the feel of having this helmet on my head.