THE WOLF’S FIRST IMPRESSION
This is not intended to be our long-term review of the Fox Dropframe Pro, because even though we’ve had the helmet for eight months now, Fox only had size large media samples, and I’m a size medium. This meant I wore the helmet, but never really felt at home since it was a bit too big for me. Our size medium has just arrived in time for this video and feature, and I can safely say I am very happy with the fit and feel of the medium. It’s got a slimmer profile, fits much more securely, and doesn’t wiggle around. I have a 57cm head and wear a medium in Fox’s Speedframe and Proframe helmets, so I’m glad to see this helmet fits inline with other Fox MTB helmets.
What I can say so far however, is that the helmet breathes relatively well for a fuller coverage mountain bike helmet. I like that it keeps my ears warm in the colder months and while I wore it during the hot summer months, it wasn’t too hot. Granted, riders who are looking at a helmet like this already know they’re going to be making a sacrifice in heat and ventilation for the tradeoff of more protection and coverage.
Whether you like to wear goggles or glasses, the Fox Dropframe Pro seems to be a notable improvement over the outgoing generation, and we’ll be putting miles in the new medium-sized test lid for a long term review.
In the meantime, we’d love to hear from you. Do you think this niche of helmet is in a grey zone or do you like the idea of more protection without going to a pedal-friendly full face like the Proframe?