Words: James Smurthwaite, Sean White and Pete Scullion
What are the best downhill mountain biking full face helmets? Well, it’s been three years since we pulled together a list of our favourite head protection so we thought it was high time to give it an update.
If you’ve got something in your noggin worth protecting then a full face helmet is an essential piece of kit – even more so now we’re starting to see the real danger of concussions. In downhill, the speeds are higher and the impacts harder than any other discipline of mountain biking so you’re going to want a full face helmet. Not only does the chin guard keep your mug looking pretty but the extra padding and wrap around protection could save your life.
At the bare minimum, you want the mandatory CE certification on the helmet for safety but a good helmet has more than this. Some full face helmets now have MIPs protection that helps protect against rotational impacts as well as blunt forces.
Comfort is also a vital factor of any helmet – you can’t focus on pinning it 100 per cent if your helmet is bobbling around or makes you sweat too much. The perfect full-face helmet will be low in weight and 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.
So, in no particular order, here are the best full face mountain bike helmets available.