Specialized releases fourth-generation Tactic mountain bike helmet

Specialized Tactic 4
(Image credit: Specialized)

Specialized has redesigned its Tactic helmet with an updated model that could nab a spot on our list of the best mountain bike helmets.

The Specialized Tactic 4 with MIPS is designed to be ideal for trail mountain biking, with it now rated for e-MTB use, catering to the growing segment of the bike industry in which Specialized has been a major player with bikes like the Specialized Turbo Levo SL trail e-bike

The NTA-8776 certification means it's suitable for e-bike riders, but the helmet also caters to everyday trail or enduro riders who own analog pedal-powered mountain bikes. 

The shape of the helmet has also been updated. It appears more rounded than the Tactic 3, and the vents are also smaller and have been repositioned. 

Specialized Tactic 4

(Image credit: Specialized)

The Tactic 4 was designed using the SBC Integrated Fit System, which includes an adjustable brow to accommodate large-frame sunglasses or goggles.

The visor is fixed rather than moveable, which Specialized says offers a "more integrated and cleaner design." The brand also says the visor will break away cleanly if it gets snagged in a crash.

The Tactic 4 uses the MIPS spherical protection system, which is commonplace these days. Specialized claims the helmet received a "top rating" from independent helmet safety testing facility, Virginia Tech, although those results are yet to be published.

The Tactic 4 will be available in six colors including Black, White and Gray, as well as an Oak Green, Cast Blue and Doppio. The retail price is set at a competitive $130 / £100.

Ryan Simonovich

Ryan Simonovich has been riding and racing for nearly a decade. He got his start as a cross-country mountain bike racer in California, where he cultivated his love for riding all types of bikes. Ryan eventually gravitated toward enduro and downhill racing but has also been found in the occasional road and cyclo-cross events. Today, he regularly rides the trails of Durango, Colorado, and is aiming to make a career out of chronicling the sport of cycling. 

Rides: Santa Cruz Hightower, Specialized Tarmac SL4