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MINI REVIEW

The Haf-Clip

Words Trevor Hansen
Photos Deniz Merdano unless noted.
Date Jun 8, 2022
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From Dangler to Haf-Clipper

The Haf-Clip is an ingenious device to help you carry gear like full-face helmets, chin bars, jackets, pads and even beer up the mountain. I wish I had one of these back when I first owned a Specialized Enduro with a SWAT box, which corresponded with the year I stopped riding with a pack. I tried many different ways to carry my gear. At one point Roggey called me the Dangler because I had stuff dangling off my bars, seat, frame and my waist; anything left over was stuffed in my pockets. When I discovered hip packs all the dangling strap-ons were chucked in favour of throwing everything I could into it. The one problem was that anything big like my helmet, pads, and rain jacket had to be strapped onto something. The pads were fine because I had not discovered pants yet so they just slid down to the ankles. The jacket was tied around the bars or my waist, which I never liked, and the full face did not exist outside the bike park for me (yet) so I was covered. When I started riding faster and gnarlier trails I was happy to get the Smith Mainline full face helmet to review.

That helmet is fine for climbing uphill but not optimal, so I did what most riders do and hooked it around the bars or chin strapped it to the stem. I discovered after one ride up a long gravel road that the smallest bumps against my frame and fork led to dents on the fresh helmet. After that day I had my helmet at the far end of my bar or on my melon during climbs. Until I got to try the Haf-Clip.

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Oops. I didn't notice this until the next ride. I had not taken any falls or head bangs so I was flummoxed as to why there were dents. Until that "duh - you idiot" moment that I realized I made a $400 helmet look like shit.

The Haf-Clip works

The Haf-Clip is an alloy tab with a Velcro strap that allows riders to hang their helmets, chinbars, jackets, pads and other ‘sundries’ from the clip during climbs. The Haf-Clip replaces a 5mm spacer on the stem stack (either above or below the stem) and sticks out enough to keep all these items away from spots where they could bang on the bike. It's an easy two minute install.

Andrew Major introduced the Haf-Clip to Nsmb.com readers back in January. Since then, the Haf-Clip's inventor Hafez has released an alloy version

Does it work? In a word – yes. The only minor drawbacks, and I mean MINOR, were when I had to stop the bike and attach the gear (in my case a jacket twice and the helmet 6 times) and also when I had to tuck the strap tight to the bar to get it out of the line of sight for the downs. On bumpy uphill single track, the Haf-clip works but the helmet still moves all around – not a big deal as it still stays attached and still does not hit the frame. Occasionally when I was climbing and had to lift the front wheel up and over a large object the helmet flipped up high but never came down on the top tube.

As a jacket strap it is perfect. I can stuff either my 7 mesh Copilot jacket or my Race Face conspiracy jacket into my small Hyperlite Versa hip pack, but for some rides it’s nice not to have anything get in the way of those free body feels - the Haf-Clip is perfect for those days.

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A super handy and easy fix for jacket storage on the ups. I would not take the chance of keeping the jacket (or anything) on the Haf-clip for the downs in case it gets caught in the front wheel, not to mention the visual distraction it would cause.

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The loop on the 12" velcro strap, which is the right size for helmets or chin bars. It also comes with an 18" strap for those in need of a little more size in their strap.

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The strap secured away for the downhill to avoid visual distractions.

To clip or not to clip

I have enjoyed having this device on my Enduro for the past month. It has made lugging the Mainline full face helmet an easy experience. Being able to strap my jacket to the Haf-clip has also been a positive for me. I do find I am still getting used to the look of the tab extending off my stem. It would be less obtrusive if it was below the stem but my helmet would hit my tire so that setting is not going to work for me and I would guess most riders would have the same issue (depending on head tube length). In a world where tires are up to 140 CAD this little add-on is good value.

The Haf-Clip retails for 32.99 CAD (currently on sale for 27.99). It comes with a 12-inch and 18-inch strap - the former is perfect for helmets or chin bars, the latter for larger things like pads.

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I will take advantage of the Haf-Clip's beer carrying capacity on my next sunny ride that involves a summit with a view.

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Comments

Tbone
Trevor Hansen
3 weeks ago
+2 Jerry Willows Pete Roggeman

Cheaper yes but the whole idea is the clip gets the gear off the bike to eliminate rubbing on bars, stem and controls. Gage you just keep building and I'll buy you one for your hard work.

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dan
Dan
1 week, 4 days ago
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Mine just arrived and it looks great. However, it was as I was unwrapping it that I realized AGH I AM A FOOL! I have a Trek so I have Knock Block keyed HS spacers. This isn’t going to be compatible. Massive facepalm. Perhaps Trevor you can put that in the article as a limitation of the product.

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Dogl0rd
Dogl0rd
1 week, 1 day ago
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dan
Dan
3 weeks ago
+1 Pete Roggeman

Thanks for the reminder about this - I just ordered one in alloy. I was a little anxious about a plastic version.

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BarryW
BarryW
3 weeks ago
+1 Pete Roggeman

Now on sale! Very slick little device, I might end up with one.

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dan
Dan
6 days, 23 hours ago
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I’d be happy to sell you mine if you’re still interested and have yet to buy one. I have a bike with a Knock Block HS and I need a $28 USD adapter to make the Haf Clip work. I’m not terribly excited about spending more - I should have thought this through more thoroughly.

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info@thehafclip.com
info@thehafclip.com
3 weeks ago
+1 Pete Roggeman

Great review Trevor. I see how you have strapped the strap to the bars for the downs. I chose to loop in first and then around the bars. Helps to keep in more out of the way.

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info@thehafclip.com
info@thehafclip.com
3 weeks ago
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The Haf-Clip strap

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monsieurgage
Gage Wright
3 weeks ago
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Ski strap? Multiple ski straps? Backcountry motherload strap?  All cheaper.

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pete@nsmb.com
Pete Roggeman
3 weeks ago
+1 Jerry Willows

Straps are great for the main frame but as Trevor says, this serves a different purpose - straps won't keep your helmet from bumping back against something on the front of your bike. Hafez told us his initial motivation was a solution for full face helmets when climbing, the fact that it works for other things is gravy.

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WalrusRider
WalrusRider
2 weeks, 6 days ago
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Cracked some carbon handlebars climbing with my helmet strapped to my handlebars similar to this strap device. Last carbon bars I ever owned lol!

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ohio
ohio
2 weeks, 3 days ago
+1 DancingWithMyself

That seems impossible... can you elaborate on how a helmet could snap handlebars? Any chance they were damaged at some other point, and failed from pulling on them during the climb?

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info@thehafclip.com
info@thehafclip.com
2 weeks, 6 days ago
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That's the entire point of The Haf-Clip, it is not strapping anything to the bars. It a device that installs in the steer tube and you strap to that.

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Suns_PSD
Suns_PSD
2 weeks, 4 days ago
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This is a GREAT idea!

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Endur-Bro
Endur-Bro
1 week, 2 days ago
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No mention of how long The Haf Clip is idk stem length measurement standards.

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Dogl0rd
Dogl0rd
1 week, 1 day ago
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::::Edit:::::

Half Clip immediately sent me new straps! Very impressed. Thank you!!

::::Edit::::

I was excited about this item and bought two of them after reading this article. 

It didn't last one climb.

Strapped my DH helmet to it as pictured and the sharp edge of the item cut through the strap using the weight of the DH helmet. The climb was a little bouncy, but... this is mountain biking, come on.

This could easily be prevented by rounding the sharp leading edge.

Will be contacting the company ASAP.

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info@thehafclip.com
info@thehafclip.com
5 days, 11 hours ago
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Glad to hear you appreciated the customer service. The issue that you have expirenced has effected only 4 riders so far that we are aware. The straps are a wear item and can be replaced with anything that might suite you better.

Your feedback is appreciated and we are already looking at how the edges of the slots can we made less sharp. We think we have a solution and are working to release a less sharp version.

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