THE WOLF’S FIRST IMPRESSION
Over the course of this summer, we’ve had about six different riders in the new Proframe RS helmet. While most of the riders now love the helmet, it did seem that about 25-30% of riders had an awkward “Getting to know you” phase. Some also noted a tendency for the BOA system to fall towards the center of the helmet when loose, blocking their head from entering the helmet and requiring the spare hand to push it out the way.
With the new design of the helmet and adjustability, it takes a bit more time to really get the Proframe RS dialed in. At least it could, depending on your head shape and size. I’m a 56cm head and went with my standard medium size and felt the crown was pretty accurately sized, and Robert with the same size head agreed. Cheek pads and inner liner pads were played with, and I felt like I could go either way in terms of thicker or thinner cheek pads depending on if I was hitting the bike park or going for a longer eBike mission. With the thicker pads fitted, the helmet feels more secure and downhill-like, whereas longer days in the saddle may be served by a looser fit on the sides and more reliance on the BOA system.
This brings me to the next point. Since this helmet doesn’t rely on padding for fitment, like the old Proframe or Fox’s Rampage RPC helmets, a change in perspective is required when fitting this helmet. We were told that it should fit and feel more like a trail helmet than their downhill helmet, and to look at the Speedframe as our guide for size selection. They were right. It doesn’t feel like a downhill helmet when putting it on, even though it is full DH certified. This could be one of the reasons we like it so much for longer enduro days, and eMTB self-shuttle rides. It’s also why some guys were wondering if they’d rather ride their Fox Rampage helmet in the bike park. Ultimately most riders came away pleased and comfortable riding the Proframe RS in most conditions and consider it a great all-around helmet.
One thing to note is that we had a few of the helmets chirp or squeak the first day or two in the bike park. It wasn’t all helmets but many of them did. Don’t get too discouraged and ask for a refund as the chirping went away and we’ve been without the sound ever since. Maybe it needed some dust and sweat, or to wear away the surface coating. Or maybe it just needed to bed in. We’re not sure, but we’re happy it did, and in the test time so far it hasn’t proved to be an issue.
We look forward to lots more time this fall and winter in the new Fox Proframe RS as we work towards our long-term review. Ask any questions you have below and we’ll do our best to focus on those while we keep putting in the miles in these new helmets.
Weight: 834g (Medium);