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Do not buy a Sweet Protection Trailblazer MIPS

Posted by Matt | June 13, 2024 | 8 comments so far

Sweet Protection Trailblazer MIPS in grey and red
It’s a good looking crash helmet isn’t it? I was hoping to write a review of the Trailblazer MIPS but my only conclusion is… do not buy.

I’ve never had to say that about a bike product before. And that’s speaking as someone who has wrestled with WTB ST i25 rim and tyres!

Am I being too harsh? Nope, not at all.

About the Trailblazer MIPS

When I first got the Sweet Protection Trailblazer MIPS I was very happy. It’s a good looking bike helmet, I really like the matt grey and gloss red finish and after a hard landing at Bike Park Wales I was keen to get something with MIPS built in.

The Trailblazer feels like something built to last and the fit is also good for my ovalised skull. The helmet even comes with different thickness pads for the side of the helmet, a detail I’ve not seen before to help tune your fit. I bought the small/medium size and found myself at the upper end of its adjustment range after the medium/large was too… large. But that was OK.

18 months later, the helmet pads – called ‘Comfort Pads by Sweet Protection’, a name which feels too disturbingly close to an incontinence product for actual comfort (just me?) – have now disintegrated.

Search for spares

I contacted the UK shop, but no dice. No Comfort Pads to be had.

Next I contacted Sweet Protection and have been told:

…our comfort pads are exclusively available for order through our own webshop…


…we have had to close off the UK-market for the time being… due to costs and challenges with customs regulations across non-EU countries…

I know, I know. That Brexshit dividend again.

But that’s that. I will make one last attempt to buy some ‘universal’ pads off eBay* but essentially I now have an expensive crash helmet that I can’t use. The thought of having to send that to landfill really annoys me as well!

Don’t buy Sweet Protection products

If you live in the UK I strongly suggest you steer clear of Sweet Protection products because they no longer supply UK customers with spares. With helmets in particular, that’s a problem because sooner or later you need to replace the helmet pads.

The reason I mention all this – quite apart from my own personal annoyance in this case – is you can still buy Sweet Protection products in the UK, including bike and snow crash helmets. You might be tempted to buy in good faith. Apart from the problem of spares, assume that warranty and repair work for any of their products (which also covers protective gear and clothing) is similarly affected.

So, regardless of the product quality, in the UK in 2024, don’t buy Sweet Protection products.

* if that eBay route works I’ll post an update

Filed under Accessories, Reviews in June 2024


About the author

Matt is one of the founding Molefathers of the Muddymoles, and is the designer and main administrator of the website.

Having ridden a 2007 Orange Five for many years then a 2016 YT Industries Jeffsy 29er, he now rocks a Bird Aether 9 and a Pace RC-627.

An early On-One Inbred still lurks in the back of the stable as a reminder of how things have moved on. You can even find him on road bikes - currently a 2019 Cannondale Topstone 105 SE, a much-used 2011 Specialized Secteur and very niche belt drive Trek District 1.

If you've ever wondered how we got into mountain biking and how the MuddyMoles started, well wonder no more.

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  1. Alexander Baines-Buffery says:

    The name also sounds a bit contraceptive 🙂

  2. Elliot says:

    Shame. Particularly as Sweet Protection make some of the best performing helmets in the Virginia Tech tests.

    I’ve had similar issues trying to get replacement pads. MET, for example, never in stock in this country and postage from europe is ridiculous.

    I think the real scandal is companies supplying very expensive helmets with pads that fall apart in no time, often after the first wash. Not meaning to rude but they are taking the piss. I ended up with a 6 year old spare set of Kask pads in my MET helmet, still in perfect condition after all that time.

    • Matt says:

      Agree Elliot, not impressed the pads are so poor when crash helmets cost so much (they obviously play on the ‘what price safety’ worry).

      The Sweet Protection helmet is actually decent so I’m going to try to re-purpose some other pads. We’ll see.

  3. Duncan Speight says:

    Same with Rose bikes, I have a frame that I can’t get a mech hanger for… Brexshit strikes again!

  4. Gerard Cox says:

    Wow stumbled across this doing pre purchase research.Glad I did and will be avoiding.

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