While both helmets are comfortable for the respective categories, there is no denying that when comparing a full-face to an open face, the difference is real. Depending on how slow you climb, and how it is outside, the difference could be rather minimal or lead you to buckling the helmet on your bars or hydration pack to climb without a lid.
For us the biggest difference was the weight. Most of our climbs in pedal-friendly full-face helmets are on eMTBs so the speeds are high enough to keep air flowing through. If we were slugging up a long, hot fire road in Los Angeles then we’d likely be strapping this thing to our back or hanging it off the bars…or selecting the Altis and hoping we’d keep our face off the ground on the way back down.
Of course, the compromise in choosing the Altis is that our coverage, and therefore, our confidence drops and we tend to ride a bit more cautiously. Stitches aren’t cheap, and neither are dentists. Don’t get us wrong, we like the Altis quite a bit, and our recent review says so, the problem isn’t the helmet itself, but the grey zone between DH and trail riding and that have us riding harder and faster down hill but without the facial protection we’re used to in downhill helmets.
When comparing the 100% Trajecta to other helmets like the Smith Mainline, Fox ProFrame or iXS Trigger, it’s between 50-80 grams heavier, and after a few hours on the trail it’s noticeable. Ventilation however, is definitely impressive with the Trajecta and we think it holds it’s own in the category. When it comes to looks, comfort and a feeling of security inside the helmet, we’d definitely say the 100% Trajecta is near the top of our list. It looks great, fits nicely and we’d definitely feel more comfortable putting this helmet on for some occasional bike park laps compared to an iXS Trigger.
We’d say it’s more of a downhiller’s trail helmet than a trail rider’s full face, which is what helmets like the iXS Trigger or Kali Invader would be. If you’re an aggressive rider who wants to get a downhill helmet style, all-day comfort but are prepared for the added heat and weight of a full-face on the climbs, the 100% Trajecta is very much on our recommendation list. If you’re looking for a lighter, more breathable lid some of the options above could be better for you, but we’d put this helmet on par with the Smith Mainline, which is one of our absolute favorites. It is however a bit heavier, which could be an issue for some more than others.
The Wolf’s Last Word
In life, compromise is the name of the game and when it comes time to choose a helmet, like your bike, you’re going to need to make choices. Luckily helmets are a bit more affordable than bikes so owning more than one isn’t totally crazy. Ultimately, we’d all like to own specific tools for specific jobs, but we realize that sometimes we’ve only got the budget for a do-it-all piece of kit and if that’s the case, making the decision on a helmet boils down to how much safety you want versus how much of a comfort-penalty are you prepared to make. For our crew, we’ve been gravitating to pedal-friendly full-face helmets more and more and we’re happy to see more and better options entering the market.
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Altis Price: $100
Trajecta Price: $250
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