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Ambush

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When ripping down the trail, the last thing you need to worry about is if your helmet will protect you in a crash. Then again, you don't want to be stuck wearing a full-face on every trail ride. This is why we created the Ambush, the lightest and most ventilated extended coverage helmet available.

We've teamed up with MIPS researchers to introduce MIPS SL—a new, ultra-light, and supremely comfortable version of MIPS that's available exclusively on Specialized helmets. With MIPS SL, we've essentially integrated MIPS technology within the helmet padding itself. MIPS SL's minimalist "watchband" attachment system provides 10 to 15 millimeters of rotation in every direction and offers the same brain protection benefits as other versions of MIPS, while also ushering in a new level of comfort and weight savings.

Starting with protection, the Ambush boasts a significant amount of extended coverage, Energy Optimized Multi-Density EPS foam that manages the energy from impacts effectively, and a Aramid-Reinforced Skeleton that provides extra structure for the foam. Even with the added protection, though, it fits comfortably with our low profile and fully integrated Mindset 360 fit system. With its five height positions, this system provides unmatched adjustment, while an integrated dial allows for on-the-fly tinkering. The Ambush also keeps you cool with our 4th Dimension Cooling System's massive vents and exhaust ports, so you don't have to worry about overheating—even on the hottest days.

Finally, we included a micro-indexing visor that quickly adjusts positions and has plenty of room for goggle storage. Combined, these features put the Ambush well in front of the competition.

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

  • 4.7
  • 86 Reviews

Excellent fit and feel

I love the fit and comfort of this helmet. I often feel helmets are too wide and loose left and right. This one doesn’t move at all. This is one of the best helmets I’ve had over the past 40 years.


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David K.

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Saved my head

I bought the same helmet because I used the first one as a cover between trail and my head. The helmet was damaged, but I "escaped" without injury. I can only recommend it.


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Erik

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Sizing is way off

I bought this because it was a great deal on sale but the sizing for the helmet is way off. I currently have a Specialized helmet in a medium and this medium was way too large. It’s sized more like a large.


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Thomas S.

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Just bought a Attack first

Just bought a Attack first gen helmet like the look of it better but the new one has probably better protection but don’t like the look of the new visor


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Stephen H.

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Saved my noggin!

On a wonderful single track ride in the fabulous Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland, Canada, I found a hole that stooped my bike and threw me. My head hit a very solid exposed root. When I got back to my feet I took off my Ambush mips to discover a very significant dent in the helmet, it would be just above my temple. However, I had no problems related to head injury. Now, I wish I had had the same protection for my 63 year old brusied and batter ribs. Terrific helmet all the way around! I'm going to get another NOW.


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Doug

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Fit isn’t perfect but pretty

Fit isn’t perfect but pretty good Looks good. Protection looks a little light I’d give it an 8


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Mark B.

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Breathable helmet but liner falls apart quickly

This helmet does a great job of venting. It is comfortable if a little on the roomy side. I found that I was a medium in this helmet for the first time in my years of helmet purchases. The downside of this helmet and why I would not purchase it again is the MIPs liner and pad system. This thing fell apart quickly, and the MIPS system liner could not be purchased separately according to the store I purchased the helmet from. So mine no longer has MIPs. I also could not find the MIPs liner on the specialized site. Once the MIPs liner started to fail I had to buy new pads from specialized. They had a real hard time sticking to the inside of the shell and would fall out and droop. The pads that they do sell as replacements take up less space then the MIPs liner with pads so the helmet tends to fit poorly for me now. I really like a lot of specialized products but this one has been a $200 dud for me. Your milage may vary


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Jake

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Great MIPS helmet. Never leave

Great MIPS helmet. Never leave home without it.


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Ernie M.

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Great helmet

Love how it fits. Good ventilation in DC summer. Good look.


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Ondrej J.

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Awesome Helmet

Very comfortable Easy adjustment on the fly Have ordered a 2nd Ambush 👍


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Jacob

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