PEDAL FRIENDLY FULL FACE REVIEW ROUNDUP
Photos by Sourpatch | Action photo by Dusten Ryen
Two years ago we created a pretty in-depth review of pedal friendly full face helmets, since then many of those helmets have evolved, added MIPS or changed entirely. For our second group review of some pedal friendly full face helmets lying around our office, we snagged a couple more gravity focused options as we’ve found ourselves using them a bit on bike park days or enduro eBike missions where a slightly heavier duty helmet isn’t a bad thing. In our video review we talked about where each helmet shines, which ones are more biased towards downhillers and which ones will be lighter and more breathable for those riders who put in big miles and steep climbs.
Let us know in the comments below if you’ve got a helmet you like that didn’t make our list.
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7 PROTECTION Project.23 Helmets
Price: $159.99 – $359.99
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. Available in three different shell options; Carbon, GF and ABS. The lightweight shells are built with an impressive 23 ventilation ports (hence the name) 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.
FOX RACING ProFrame RS Helmet
The Proframe RS Helmet takes the lightweight breathability of the Proframe and takes it to the next level of safety and performance. Featuring the all-new Mips Integra Split protection system, which combines a dual density foam – for high and low speed impacts – and a low friction layer between the two layers designed to reduce rotational forces in a crash that would otherwise be transmitted to the brain. Designed to meet the needs of all-mountain riders and enduro racers, the increased ventilation and decreased surface contact of the helmet keep you cool on long rides, while the Ionic+ and anti-microbial liner and multi-sized cheek pads provide optimized comfort and fit.
IXS Trigger Full Face
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. Featuring a Mono Hull full circumference shell increases protection tenfold while an internal X-Frame adds extra rigidity to the chin bar. To dial in fit, IXS added Vertical and horizontal adjustment enables a custom fit while including Multi-thickness pads allows you to further refine the fit.
LEATT Gravity 4.0 Helmet
With a removable mouthpiece in the chin bar that increases ventilation and a fully adjustable visor, the MTB 4.0 Helmet proves to be a full-face helmet packed with unique features. It’s comfortable and breathable, and it’s ideal for mountain bikers taking on uphill or downhill, trail or e-bike riding. 360 TurbineTechnology reduces both rotation acceleration and concussion level impact energy to the head for added safety. A universal sunglasses dock lets us dock our sunglasses under the visor when not in use, and the visor is adjustable for our benefit.
POC Otocon Race Helmet
The Otocon Race Mips brings new meaning to the concept of lightweight full-face protection. This highly ventilated helmet features integrated technology including Mips® rotational impact protection, twICEme® NFC Medical ID and a RECCO® Reflector to enhance safety. The dual-material liner balances durability and weight, bringing all-day comfort and protection. Features including the Race Lock integrated adjustment system, internal ventilation channels and removable cheek pads.
SMITH Mainline MIPS Helmet
Smith makes their debut into the world of ultra-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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