Most riders wouldn’t dream of wearing a riding kit, chamois, or even a pair of socks after a long and sweaty ride without first running them through the washing machine. Unfortunately though, since the EPS foam of most helmets is sensitive to cleaning chemicals, many helmets will go a lifetime without ever being cleaned. If you’ve ever ridden with an old helmet with many miles on it, you know what we’re talking about. The straps get caked with salt, and the pads start to smell so bad they can stink up a whole gear bag. ProGold hopes to help the smelliest helmets with their Helmet Cleaner and Deodorizer.
Tech Features: The cleaner is a foaming action gentle cleanser that comes in an 8-ounce aerosol can. One can is enough to clean a helmet a few dozen times. According to ProGold, the Foaming action safely removes the root cause of foul odors within the helmet liner and padding. The foaming action also safely and easily loosens and removes dirt, grime, and bugs from the helmet’s exterior. ProGold products can be purchased through your local bike shop or select online retailers. A can of the helmet cleaner and deodorizer sells for around $10.
Field Test Results: This stuff works. The foaming action works great to remove dirt and debris as advertised. Spray the foam liberally on the helmet inside and out; let it sit for about a minute; wipe off the excess, and you’re left with a helmet that not only looks clean and new but also smells fresh. We appreciated the light fragrance ProGold chose for this product, especially since once it dries, there’s little to no perfume smell, just a fresh, clean scent.
This stuff also proved very useful on neck braces, goggle straps, and knee braces, like our current favorite, the Troy Lee Designs Catalyst. Basically any product that has padding or straps that are difficult to remove is easily cleaned with this product.
At $10 per can, this is certainly a luxury product. That said, however, it’s a luxury we’re willing to pay a 10-spot for, especially if it means we can get more life out of helmets and other protective gear. Wearing fresh gear just makes you feel good on the trail, so we can’t help but recommend this stuff.