Review: Shred Short Stack RES Helmet

shred short stack RES helmet

SHRED OPTICS is a company co-founded by 2 time Olympic Gold Medalist and USA dream team skier Ted Ligety.  With products designed for skiers, snowboarders and cyclists, Shred Optics is combining good looks, with fit, safety and protection.  The Shred Short Stack RES Helmet is no exception.

Let’s be clear, Shred does not make women specific helmets, nor do they need to! This helmet fits my lady noggin really well.

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Shred Short Stack RES helmet
Shred Short Stack RES Helmet pictured here in Sunset (navy blue and electric orange,) is available in 2 color options. (also nightrider, a dark-blue/black combo) It offers great coverage in the rear for unexpected off’s.

Tested in Sedona, AZ at the all-women Roam Bike Fest, the Shred Short Stack RES helmet fit right in. The helmet offers simple adjustment with minimal fussing due to the easy dialling rear retention.

Here’s What We Thought:

Well designed, with solid construction and materials, the Shred helmet outta the box is pretty impressive. With a protective carrying sac included, the matte finish and color combination is a refreshing change from your standard protection. The pre-positioned ear straps fit perfectly, don’t chafe on the lobes and look cool.

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The plastic 3 way hold-a-majiggie that connects to the chinstrap is comfortable and that’s a good thing because you can’t adjust it.

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One thing that bothered me about the straps: one side of the buckle is red, neither matching the receiving end of the chin buckle or helmet or any of the straps or accent on the helmet.  Not a big deal, but hey! I noticed!

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Getting ready to Shred the Red in the Shred Short Stack RES Helmet. Color combination on point! Photo: Brenda Ernst

Shred Short Stack RES HelmetThe 20 vents (10 for inflow and 10 for outflow) were big and did a great job.  The visor was large enough but not too big to get in the way most of the time. It was not adjustable, so there is nowhere to store your goggles if not over your eyes if that is your thing.

There is a very small ponytail port if you want to thread it through the back of the helmet where the retention system is. I found it quite comfortable to braid my hair and just plop the helmet on top! Great coverage for side and rear impacts too.

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The blue honeycomb structure built into the foam along with the yellow 2 layer dots help to dissipate forces during a crash.

Safety First!

The Shred Short Stack RES Helmet comes with the Rotational Energy System. With all the talk about damage to the brain from rotational forces that can occur during a crash, this system is a great addition.  I did not do any extensive testing here- thank goodness.  I hope that it works! Any added feature that increases my brain- safety, get’s an A+ in my book.

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Insiders view of the Shred Short Stack RES Helmet, showing a comfortable and easy to replace and install liner (extra liner included.)

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Shred Short Stack RES Helmet
As tested – size XS/M. Also available in M/XL

Usually wearing a small helmet in most brands, I opted for the smaller of two sizes to test, and it fit great, not feeling too big or squeezing anywhere.  I did notice some forehead dents after taking it off initially, but that was user error, I simply got a little too ambitious with the clicks on the dial in the rear.

Glasses really fit well down the sides of the temples and there is never any issue putting the arms over your straps like a rookie!

At $150 and coming in at 380 grams the Short Stack is a great option for a different, stylish, functional and comfortable helmet.

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