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I got my Catlike...(17 posts)

I got my Catlike...Akirasho
Dec 12, 2001 5:07 PM
I ordered a CATLIKE Kompact in Red White and Blue from on December 6, '01 ('bout a week on delivery to midwest USA) as reported earlier on this forum ( Drummie "Nigel's post got me surfin'..." 12/7/01 2:07pm ).

While, obviously, I've got no long term use yet, I can report that the overall finish of the helmet is on par with it's contemporaries (Boreas, Pneumos, MET Strads, etc.) and that it's retention system, while not as "refined" as a Pneumo, seems functionally excellent (plus they included a series of pads to fine tune the fit). And, overall fit, fits my noggin almost as well as a MET Strad (might even be better once I move the pads around). Comes with a padded chin strap (which can be removed) and a white visor (which appears to allow for either a dedicated mounting (via plastic rivets, (though there are no holes in the Kompact) or tape hook and loop). The only downside to the visor is that it doesn't really match the RW & B scheme (and I know SOME of you roadies DO use a visor).

Cost was a shade over 66 Pounds Sterling (total) which translates to 'bout $96 USD ( ).

NOTE I didn't see any of the traditional NA (CPSC) or Euro certification stickers in the helmet (though there is a tag in Spanish (which I cannot read)), though I doubt that it won't function as expected in an emergency.

Thanks to the folks at Prendas for making for a hassle free overseas purchase!

We abide.

Remain In Light.
that's about the ugliest helmet I've ever seennm
Dec 12, 2001 6:01 PM
to each his own pal, to each his own (nm)I Love Shimano
Dec 12, 2001 6:09 PM
Yeah, but then again, you love shimanocyclinseth
Dec 12, 2001 8:29 PM
No, No, I'm terribly sorry. I could't resist. No insult intended, just having fun.
Yeah, but then again, you love shimanoI Love Shimano
Dec 12, 2001 9:02 PM
Well, you got me there! =)
... a little better pic...Akirasho
Dec 13, 2001 5:35 AM
... that pic illustrates the color scheme, but doesn't do the helmet justice...

We abide.

Remain In Light.
Yeah, the folks at Prendas are ALL RIGHT.nigel
Dec 12, 2001 8:52 PM
Their shipping charges and delivery times make ordering from them easy and painless; as well, they really know their stuff and have friendly, helpful personalities.

Cheers to Prendas Ciclismo! (

Glad your experience was as good as mine have been, 'Rasho. Also glad that I could (possibly) have introduced you to them.

Yeah, the folks at Prendas are ALL RIGHT.Akirasho
Dec 13, 2001 5:40 AM
... yep Nigel, it was my first experience ordering from them and all went well... thanks for the intro...

We abide.

Remain In Light.
MET Stradivarius Rules!!(nm)spdplayr
Dec 13, 2001 6:28 AM
Watch out for Dog and Woof Dog. Couldn't resist. nmBrooks
Dec 13, 2001 8:25 AM
too many dogsnm
Dec 13, 2001 8:30 AM
Dec 13, 2001 9:12 AM
Has it passed any recognized US or European safety standards?

What assurance do you have that it WILL function as expected in an emergency - the only thing that really counts?
Dec 13, 2001 9:17 AM
You aren't allowed to sell helmets in the country unless they are up to the British Standard or European equivalent (generally the CE mark).
So why no certification or sticker on helmet?grzy
Dec 13, 2001 9:22 AM
He said the only thing on it was something in Spanish - doesn't sound like a CE mark to me.

Ultimately you can get around some of the consumer protection laws by ordering around the system via the 'net these days.
My question wasn't so much what the law says (i.e. people must stop at stop signs), but the reality of what he said.
Dec 13, 2001 9:37 AM
It says so on the box - exceeds CE EN 1078. It also says so on the sticker inside in Spanish.

It would be commercial suicide to sell a non-CE helmet in this country - it's illegal to sell them period, no matter where to.
Dec 13, 2001 5:55 PM
What assurance do you have that it WILL function as expected in an emergency - the only thing that really counts?

My take on function is not a guarentee... that is, I expect it to offer protection, but NO helmet, regardless of certification can offer you total protection under all circumstances (remembering Nicole Reinhart

While not trying to slam the legal profession or marketing per se, we are oftimes promised the concept of absolute safety if we simply adhere to this, that or the other (which I believe that recent events clearly debunk...) You can do everything right and still loose... or in simpliest terms... shit happens

Also, I agree with other posters... you'd be hard pressed to make a product like this for the Euro market without facing (perhaps even moreso considering the varied jurisdictions) litigation if it weren't up to a certain standard... I also have to take responsibily in a. assuming that it meets certification and b. not being able to read Spanish!

Indeed, further inspection of the box indicates it exceeds CE EN 1078 which meet my criteria.

At any rate, it sounds like most of you at least wear some type of brain bucket... which is good!

We abide.

Remain In Light.

P.S. yes, The MET Strad ROCKS! (I got three!!)
re: I got my Catlike...Woof the dog
Dec 13, 2001 12:18 PM
i like it. Wait till I come out with my own company called Woof. How would you like your helmet being called doglike, or even better: wooflike? HEHE. I will also make aluminum frames that will have thicker dropouts and beefier chainstays by the bottom bracket. The frameset will be called woofmaster and will never crack-n-fail...even under monkey's weight.

enjoy your helm.