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LIV Coveta MIPS Review

The Liv Coveta MIPS is a reasonably priced women's specific helmet, but has a shallow fit and less coverage than the competition.
LIV Coveta MIPS
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Price:  $100 List
Pros:  MIPS, affordable, well ventilated
Cons:  Non-adjustable visor, sits high on the head, less coverage
Manufacturer:   LIV
By Jeremy Benson ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 10, 2019
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  • Protection - 25% 6
  • Comfort - 20% 6
  • Ventilation - 20% 8
  • Features - 15% 6
  • Weight - 10% 8
  • Durability - 10% 7

Our Verdict

The Liv Coveta MIPS is a women's specific mountain bike helmet that is well made but has an interesting fit. Testers liked the helmet's adjustments, ventilation, styling, and the added safety of the MIPS rotational impact protection system. They weren't wild about the fit of this helmet, which sits high on the head and offers less back of the head protection than the competition. If you prefer a helmet with a shallow fit, then this is a quality option, but if you prefer more protection in the form of better coverage, we suggest looking elsewhere.


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Pros MIPS, affordable, well ventilatedCrash detection system, lightweight, good ventilation, comfortable, adjustable visor, MIPS, good coverageWell ventilated, lightweight, great coverage, SPIN system, comfortableAdjustable visor, MIPS, Koroyd protection, improved ventilation, good coverageWell ventilated, adjustable visor, MIPS, good coverage
Cons Non-adjustable visor, sits high on the head, less coverageExpensiveExpensive, visor is less user friendly than the competitionExpensive, still not as ventilated as the competitionSizing runs a little big
Bottom Line The Liv Coveta MIPS is a reasonably priced women's specific helmet, but has a shallow fit and less coverage than the competition.The Specialized Ambush comes with a unique crash detection system and is one of the best helmets we've tested.The Tectal Race SPIN has great protection, comfort, and ventilation in a lightweight package, making it one of our favorites.The highly anticipated Forefront 2 replaces the original with the same great fit and several notable improvements.The Session is an all-new model from Smith with great ventilation, ample coverage, and a comfortable fit.
Rating Categories LIV Coveta MIPS Specialized Ambush with ANGi POC Tectal Race SPIN Smith Forefront 2 MIPS Smith Session MIPS
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Specs LIV Coveta MIPS Specialized Ambush... POC Tectal Race SPIN Smith Forefront 2... Smith Session MIPS
Rotational Impact Protection System? MIPS MIPS SL SPIN MIPS MIPS
Adjustable Visor? No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Number of vents 15 20 15 20 15
Goggle or Sunglasses Guide? No Yes, sunglass & goggle integration Yes, Goggle Clip Sunglass & goggle integration Yes
Weight (Medium) (Ounces) 12.06 oz, 342g 12.35 oz, 350g, size Large 12.87 oz, 365g 13.19 oz, 374g size M 13.36 oz, 379g size M
Sizes S - L S - L XS/S, M/L, XL/XXL S - L S - L

Our Analysis and Test Results

Liv is the women's specific branch of Giant Bicycles, one of the cycling industry's biggest brands. Liv makes everything from complete mountain bikes to apparel and helmets designed specifically for the female market, including the Coveta MIPS helmet reviewed here. Their products are designed to meet the unique demands of the female form and typically have a slightly different fit and colors than their male counterparts. Testers found the Coveta MIPS to be a well made, ventilated, and styled helmet but felt that it lacked the coverage and protection of the competition.

Performance Comparison


The Coveta is a good helmet  but our testers felt the fit was a little too shallow and offered less protection than the competition.
The Coveta is a good helmet, but our testers felt the fit was a little too shallow and offered less protection than the competition.

Protection


The Coveta MIPS lost ground to the competition in the protection department. This was mostly due to the shallow fit that sits higher on the head provides less coverage than most of the other helmets in this review. The Coveta MIPS has good coverage on the temples but is limited on the back of the head in comparison. This helmet does come with a MIPS system that is designed to reduce the forces on the brain in oblique impacts to the head.

The yellow plastic MIPS lining of the helmet sits between the EPS foam and the inner padding.
The yellow plastic MIPS lining of the helmet sits between the EPS foam and the inner padding.

The Coveta MIPS also has a feature on the back of the helmet that is a magnetic mount for their Numen+ Link taillight. It could increase your visibility when riding at night. Testers preferred the deeper fits and greater coverage offered by most of the other helmets in this review.

Comfort


The Coveta MIPS suffered a bit in the rating metric due to its interesting fit. The helmet is relatively shallow and sits higher on the head than other models tested like the Bell Hela Joy Ride MIPS. This higher position on the head made it feel like it wasn't on correctly, and testers found themselves constantly trying to push it down farther onto their heads.

Testers also felt the back of the head was more exposed, which didn't add to their comfort or feeling of protection. The width and length of the helmet felt fine. It was the depth of it that seemed to be off. Otherwise, the adjustable fit system at the back of the head and the chin strap worked well to personalize the fit.

The Coveta is relatively comfortable but sits high on the head.
The Coveta is relatively comfortable but sits high on the head.

Ventilation


The Coveta MIPS scored well for its ventilation system with 15 vents that do a good job of keeping the air moving. Liv has incorporated their "Airflow system" into the design of the helmet with long channels that run from the front vents to the back and allow air to pass through. There are five vents in the front of the helmet, three of which are situated under the visor where they effectively scoop up air. It's far from the impressive ventilation of the Specialized Ambush, but it's pretty good.

The Coveta MIPS offers good ventilation for climbing on warm sunny days.
The Coveta MIPS offers good ventilation for climbing on warm sunny days.

Features


The features on the Coveta MIPS are mostly fit and protection related and include the "Cinch Pro" fit system and the chin strap, and the MIPS system. The fit system has a large dial that can be used one-handed and with gloves on and adjusts the size of the helmet evenly on both sides. The fit adjustment system can also be moved up and down on a small ladder on the inside of the helmet so that it fits perfectly under the user's occipital lobe. On the sides of the helmet, the straps intersect at a strap splitter that is easily adjustable and has a locking tab to keep them in place. The chin strap is attached with a plastic buckle and has several inches of adjustment to dial it to your preferences.

The fit and strap adjustments on the Coveta MIPS.
The fit and strap adjustments on the Coveta MIPS.

The visor on the Coveta MIPS is not adjustable, so this helmet doesn't work well with goggles, but it can be removed completely. It also has a magnetic mount on the back of the helmet that is compatible with Giant's Numen+ Link tail light for riding at night.

Weight


The size small Coveta MIPS test model weighed in at 342 grams or 12.06 oz. The Coveta is quite lightweight, but our testers will generally take the additional weight of other competitors for the added coverage and protection they provide.

The Coveta MIPS weighs 12.06 ounces.
The Coveta MIPS weighs 12.06 ounces.

Durability


Overall, the durability of the Coveta MIPS seems to be quite good. The helmet appears to be well made and constructed, and we haven't experienced any issues thus far. That said, the outer shell doesn't cover the EPS foam as well as several other models we tested, like the Bell 4Forty MIPS or the Giro Montaro, and the exposed foam is much more susceptible to damage.

Best Applications


Liv bills the Coveta MIPS as a trail helmet, and we feel that it is reasonably well suited to XC and trail riding applications. Honestly, we feel this helmet is best suited to anyone who likes the shallower fit that sits a little higher on the head. Other than the limited back of the head coverage the Coveta MIPS is well ventilated and seems like it should provide good impact protection.

Value


At a retail price of $100, we feel the Coveta MIPS is a good value for a helmet with the MIPS system. While our testers didn't love the fit, it may work well for people who like a shallower fit or less back of the head coverage.

The Coveta MIPS is a good helmet but was out done by the competition.
The Coveta MIPS is a good helmet but was out done by the competition.

Conclusion


The Coveta MIPS is a quality helmet with good ventilation and fit adjustments, but our testers weren't thrilled about the odd fit of the helmet, which sits higher on your head and provides less coverage than the competition. We don't think it's a bad helmet by any means, but we prefer the additional coverage and protection offered by the competition.

Other Versions and Accessories


Liv makes a full line of women's cycling helmets for both road and mountain biking.
  • The Coveta MIPS model we tested comes in Tonal Grey, and Tonal Charcoal (tested).
  • The Coveta is the non-MIPS equipped version of the model we tested and retails for $75.


Jeremy Benson