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S-Works Prevail 3

The S-Works Prevail 3 helmet is perfect for riders who value the comfort and thermoregulation benefits that superior ventilation delivers. It is the ultimate all-around helmet that excels in hot conditions, strenuous climbs, and mountainous stages.

With a never-ending quest to push the limits of ventilation, we eliminated air-blocking foam “bridges” from the center, effectively creating thru-air channels that increase the surface area of ventilation by 24.5% compared to the S-Works Prevail II Vent helmet. The all-new S-Works Prevail 3 has the most ventilation area of any helmet we have ever made.

When a helmet is impacted, its job is to dissipate the energy of the impact. The conventional approach to helmet design is that more foam (EPS) means better energy management. We re-wrote the book on cycling helmet design by innovating beyond foam. Woven aramid “cables” traverse the helmet and are anchored to carbon fiber side panels. Upon impact, the AirCage technology* works as a suspension bridge and is designed to distribute localized forces throughout the helmet.

The Occipital Base Adjustment optimizes comfort by personalizing fit to individual head shape and helmet angle can be adjusted for compatibility with glasses. An adjustable Tri-Fix web system gives riders added comfort with updated, thinner 10mm webbing that minimizes strap noise. And the ultralight Mindset micro-dial fit system with height adjustability has been updated for improved grip and reaction for easy on-the-go fit.

Our ultralight and supremely comfortable MIPS Node Air technology is integrated directly into the helmet padding, with a sleek low friction layer designed to dissipate rotational forces. With Specialized’s proprietary development work, we added perforations to maximize breathability, performance, comfort, and weight savings.

For helmets sold in the U.S. and Canada: Complies with U.S. CPSC Safety Standard for Bicycle Helmets for Persons Age 5 and Older.

Rider Reviews

  • 4.1
  • 57 Reviews

Unbelievably Narrow

I own a medium prevail 2. Fits like a glove. Perfect circumference for my noggin. I was hoping to invest in a white prevail 3 due to the hot Florida sun. The medium squeezes the sides of my head horribly. Immediate headache. Tried on a large and it swallows my head. So big it’s unsafe. Reddit thread says there is a round version but only available in Asian countries. No round heads or Asians in the US I guess. Do better specialized.


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Brandon

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Nice helmet, looks great

Oval’ish shape, but fits my noggin The helmet is sleek looking, great adjustability. Lightweight Only reason for 4 stars, the inside plastic adjustment band is beginning to deform.


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Timster

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Very nice helmet

Very nice helmet

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Khuong M.

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Looks great, doesn't fit

Looks gorgeous in the Hyper Dove colourway, but the redesigned fit means the new Prevail 3 NO LONGER FITS ME!!!! Very angry and very disappointing, especially considering that Specialized has made a round fit version that could potentially meet the needs of my fat Asian head, but is NOT AVAILABLE IN AUSTRALIA. This move is non-sensical. I've had the LARGE original Prevail and Prevail II and all fit well. But the elongated shape of the new design of the 3 means it puts too much pressure on my temples as the maximin sizing has been reduced from 63 to 62, which should still theoretically fit me. Be warned.

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Jason T.

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Saved my head

3 months after purchasing, I crashed, smashing my right side against the kerb from head to hip. The helmet was a write off and I almost became one but my head was completely fine. Replaced with another Prevail 3 under assisted replacement.

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Michael

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Best helmet I've ever owned

Used to wear Specialized lids all the time before moving to Bell and then had a MET Trenta carbon... was intrigued with this design so took the plunge and got one... WOW. Fits my oval head just like I remembered Specialized and the design and workmanship is just exceptional. And it really is the coolest/most breathable helmet I've ever owned.

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Paul D.

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Very comfy

Very comfy

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No

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Christopher O.

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Prevail 3

Great ventilation, good looks and for my head, a near perfect fit. A very good summertime helmet.

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Richard H.

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Great Product!

Loved it

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Rodrigo

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Saved my life

I was in a serious cycling accident in mid Aug of 2023. I was wearing the S-Works Prevail helmet and according to the physicians if not for that helmet I most likely would be dead. Never skimp on a helmet and the S-Works Prevail is the best choice.

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Chad S.

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