The 11 Best Downhill Full Face Helmets Of 2014
Words: Pete Scullion
A helmet is the one crucial part of your kit you need even before you have your bike sorted. If you have something inside your head worth protecting, then you will want to have something to take the sting out of a crash. This is no more apparent than in downhill, where the speed and the risks are inherently higher. Not only does a helmet have to protect your dome though, comfort is a key factor as well. You can’t focus on your riding 100% if your helmet isn’t sitting right or makes your skin leak too much. Again, a helmet is usually one of compromise, but thankfully, owing to a mandatory CE certification, not on safety. The perfect full-face helmet will be low in weight, offer superb visibility, while keeping your head cool and safe. Fit is also key. A large range of sizes on a model that has removable padding will give you the best fit. A lightweight, well-fitting full face helmet will give you the confidence to push hard on any run, allowing you in many cases to forget it was even there, until you need it.
It is a general rule of thumb, however, that the more you spend on a helmet, the better it will perform for you. Full carbon construction drops a sizeable amount of weight off and will usually have all the bells and whistles. A large range of sizes, fully removable and washable padding, D-lock chin strap, adjustable peak, a good number of effective vents and excellent visibility are all the hallmarks of a great helmet. That said, we realise that not every rider can afford to spend several hundred quid on a lid, so on the following pages you’ll find a wide range of prices to cover all sizes of wallet. There’s one thing they’ve all got in common though, and that’s that we rate them all highly.
So, in no particular order, get clicking below to discover our selection…