PEDAL FRIENDLY FULL FACE HELMET ROUNDUP

Presented By Competitive Cyclist

Pedal-friendly full face helmets are a concept first introduce many years ago with the first Giro Switchblade. With the progression of enduro bikes, eMTBs and riders pushing faster and harder than ever, the enduro helmet or lightweight full face helmet category has been on fire, and we like it. We’ve spent lots of time in many of these helmets over the last couple years and wanted to put this roundup together to showcase a few helmets that we think are worth checking out. We have found ourselves opting for these lightweight full face helmets below for our long eMTB days, aggressive enduro rides, epic backcountry shuttles, or when we’re just looking for an extra bit of warmth on cooler winter rides.

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FOX PROFRAME HELMET

As the lightest DH-certified lid ever made by Fox, the Proframe comes with the same full-face, fixed visor styling of a classic DH bucket—albeit in a more streamlined design that won’t leave you with your head hanging after an all-day ride. Its low weight means that even if you ride more towards the enduro end of the spectrum, you won’t sacrifice time in a race for upgrading to DH-level protection. Fox also punches 24 Big Bore vents into the Proframe’s shell, making sure you don’t feel like you’re trying to ride in an astronaut helmet when you’re grinding it out on a long, rocky ridge climb before an epic descent.

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DETAILS

  • Vents: 15 intake, 9 exhaust
  • Technology: MIPS, Dual density Varizorb EPS liner
  • Certification: ASTM F1952 with chin bar (DH certified)
  • Securing: Fidlock SNAP buckle

Price: $259.95
Weight: 737g (medium)
Website: Foxracing.com

DIGS
• Wide vision area
• Airflow while breathing
• Comfort

DON’TS
• Fixed visor
• Lack of adjustability

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IXS TRIGGER FF HELMET

While full face helmets undoubtedly provide more protection than their half-dome siblings, it often comes with a penalty in the weight department. IXS’ Trigger Full-Face aims to remove the weight debate from your helmet choice, providing all of the tech you want at a minuscule weight. This is one of our favorite picks of the bunch and a helmet we’ll continue to wear in the future.

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DETAILS

  • Vents: 14 Intake, 13 Exhaust
  • Technology: Unibody in molded EPS with Xframe bracing
  • Certifications: ASTM, EN1078 (DH certified)
  • Securing Method: Fidlock snap buckle, ergofit ultra system

Price: $259
Weight: 660g (medium)
Website: Thegravitycartel.com

DIGS
• Fit
• Comfort
• Breathability
• Weight
• Adjustability

DON’TS
• No MIPS

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TROY LEE DESIGNS
STAGE MIPS HELMET

An competitively low weight full face helmet combined with plenty of ventilation make the Stage MIPS ideal for enduro style riding or racing, where technical descents worthy of a full face helmet are mixed in with climbs and long transfer stages. It’s still downhill certified, ensuring it can hold up to high-energy impacts if you’re riding DH or bike park, but the light weight and highly ventilated design make it much more enjoyable for the rides when you have to earn your descent first.

The helmet uses a reinforced outer shell and chinbar constructed from Polylite to keep the weight down. The shell is mated to impact foam comprised of EPS co-molded with EPP to manage both high and low-speed impact energy, with a MIPS system to help disperse rotational impact forces. We didn’t love the grey colored foam as it looks a bit cheap, and some unfinished edges don’t offer the same high end appeal as others in the roundup. As mentioned above, it exceeds certifications for downhill race helmets so you can charge your lines with confidence. There are 11 high flow intakes and 14 exhaust ports to maximize airflow, with X-static padded lining that wicks sweat to further assist in keeping you cool and dry. Troy Lee finishes the helmet with a quick and easy magnetic buckle for a secure fit, as well as a widely adjustable visor to manage glare.

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DETAILS

  • Vents: 11 intake, 14 exhaust
  • Technology: MPIS, polylite shell with fiber reinforcement, dual density EPS
  • Certifications: ASTM, EN1078 (DH certified)
  • Securing Method: Fidlock SNAP

Price: $299
Weight: 702g (medium)
Website: TroyLeeDesigns.com

DIGS
• Looks
• Protection

DON’TS
• Not as much airflow as other options
• No rear adjustment (neckrolls included)
• Price is High

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SMITH MAINLINE
MIPS HELMET

Smith makes their debut into the world of light full-face helmets with the all-new Mainline MIPS. Featuring extensive ventilation and lightweight yet tough construction, this helmet offers the airy feel of a half-shell while providing downhill-certified coverage for a boost of confidence on rowdy trails. Advanced protective features include Smith’s unique Koroyd crumple zones that go above and beyond to disperse impact forces, as well as a MIPS protective layer that helps mitigate harmful oblique impacts.

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DETAILS

  • Vents: 21 fixed vents
  • Technology: Koroyd with MIPS
  • Certification: EN 1078 ASTM F1952 (DH Certified)
  • Securing Methods: 3 sets of cheek pads, crown liners, and neck rolls. D ring chin strap

Price: $300
Weight: 770g (medium)
Website: Smithoptics.com

DIGS
• Ventilation
• Integration with googles
• Looks & shape
• Custom feeling fit

DON’TS
• Price is high
• Not as light as some

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KALI INVADER HELMET

If you occasionally find yourself in over your head, no pun intended, on your regular trail rides, the Invader is here to give you the extra bit of confidence and security you’re looking for.

The Invader is an amazingly well-ventilated, lightweight, all-trail helmet, built with Kali’s Composite Fusion and LDL technology. The Invader is built with unibody construction. The Invader comes with a large selection of antibacterial pads, three sizes of cheek pads, two different sized neck rolls and two choices in top pads, allowing you to create your very own personalized fit. The Invader also comes with an adjustable visor and a Fidlock closure system.

We believe this is a great option for riders looking for the minimalist approach or just want that added piece of security knowing their teeth won’t be the first thing to hit the ground in the event of an accident.

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DETAILS

  • Vents: too many to count
  • Technology: Low density layer, composite fusion
  • Certification: EN1078, CPSC (not DH rated)
  • Securing Methods: 3 sizes cheek pads, 2 neck rolls, 2 top pads, Fidlock closure

Price: $225
Weight: 640g (medium)
Website: Kaliprotectives.com

DIGS
• Great for XC/trail-minded riders
• Could get more people in a full face
• Breathability

DON’TS
• Polarizing looks

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7IDP PROJECT.23
CARBON HELMET

From downhill and enduro racing to fast laps at the bike park, the Project 23 Carbon helmet brings lightweight comfort and advanced protection to all your gravity endeavors. The ultra-light carbon fiber shell is built with an impressive 23 ventilation ports to keep you cool when you’re charging hard, and the helmet features 7 Protection’s S.E.R.T slip-plane system to mitigate harmful oblique and low-G impact forces.

If you’re regularly in the bike park, sending it big or want a helmet that’s more biased towards downhill riding than pedaling, this is an awesome helmet to check out. We’ve been riding ours all summer during the Bike Park Review Tour and some local shuttle days and eMTB rides too.

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DETAILS

  • Vents: 23, no mesh in vents
  • Technology: Full carbon, SERT slip plane system on top of dual density EPS
  • Certifications: CE, CPSC, AS, ASTM F1952-15 (Highest rated full DH helmet)
  • Securing methods: Multiple cheek pads, fidlock chin strap

Price: $349.99
Weight: 992g (large)
Website: 7protection.com

DIGS
• Best Protection
• Moderate airflow while moving
• Best looks
• Downhiller’s Pick

DON’TS
• Heavy in the class but trade off for protection
• Hot when not moving

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