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Fox Metah helmet

A new standard in trail lids?

New for the 2016 season ahead is this stunning Metah trail/enduro helmet from Fox. Ten years on from THE LAUNCH OF their much loved and well regarded Flux lid we take a look at this completely new design.

 

Fox metah helmet – the review

Fox have shown us some great kit in the last few years; kit that we really want to own. Just check out the Rampage Pro full face which was our pick in this year’s Dirt 100 and the just launched Flexair range of lightweight DH clothing we featured recently.

The Flux helmet was launched back in a time when there were very few options for the trail rider. The options were a lightweight, well vented trail helmet or a piss-pot style lid if you were riding anything other than a DH bike. In reality it was far from ideal, and helmets with a deeper back for added protection with a good number of vents were yet to appear.

When the Flux helmet appeared, the timing was just right. Fox had their eyes on the ball. Trail bikes were just becoming more capable, the Fox 36 had just arrived and riders were pushing mid-travel bikes harder. More protection was high on the agenda, but without compromises. Fox hit the spot first time with the Flux, it was the right weight for a lid that offered good protection at the rear, with plenty of ventilation and great styling. It became an instant best seller and a popular choice.

Fast forward to 2016 and here we have the Fox Metah helmet, and it’s been well worth the wait. The Metah doesn’t replace the Flux but offers more protection for harder hitting enduro racing or all-mountain riding.

It’s a stunning helmet visually, as you’d expect with Fox, who have a knack of combining great design integrity into a visually stylish package. So what’s on offer with this new Metah lid?

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DESIGN BRIEF

THE NEXT STEP IN ALL MOUNTAIN/TRAIL RIDING PROTECTION.

There is definitely a spot of MX influence in this Fox Metah helmet, and rightly so, with Fox having over forty years of experience in off road dirt action. This isn’t a brand that shies away from its roots and one look at this lid will reinforce that statement. The loud and bold colours, the graphics and the styling ooze moto cool. They’ve not taken any short cuts with the Metah and the results are impressive. There’s not only an MX feel to the end result but a touch of old-school BMX too. It’s a very long way from a road inspired XC lid, Fox know who buys their kit, and what makes them tick.

Increased protection without compromise to looks or performance is the aim with the Fox Metah helmet.

DETAILS

JORDI MESTRES MTB PRODUCT MANAGER at Fox:

FROM DAY ONE OF THE DESIGN PROCESS, WE WERE DETERMINED TO CREATE A TRAIL HELMET THAT WILL BE A GAME CHANGER, AND THE METAH IS EXACTLY WHAT WE AIMED FOR” 

First up, let’s talk about shape. The Flux has a rear spoiler that sits on the top of the helmet and looking at the profile you can see echoes of this in the shape of the Metah. From the front, a deep well vented visor integrates into the helmet’s shape giving us hints of an 80s BMX race lid. This peak design is not just about looks though. The way the peak and the shell flow into one is where the air is ducted into the helmet through three big bore front venting ducts. It’s not adjustable, as this will compromise the airflow and venting but it doesn’t sit in your line of sight either. Seven additional large vents aid cooling further and help keep the weight of the Metah low. This is an area where many other brands’ designs can be a let down, with fewer vents leading to overheating especially on longer rides or events. Fox’s ‘U-Stream’ venting is excellent and cooling will never be a problem with the Fox Metah helmet, regardless of the heat.

This new Fox Metah has a great fit. Getting a helmet to fit everyone is a tough call but the shape and sizing certainly ticks the boxes for all of us here at Dirt. It sits low at the back and sides and you feel very well protected, more so than with the Flux. The shell is not just a different shape but uses new helmet technology from Varizorb. Here is a multi-density impact reduction system which uses multiple densities of cone shaped EPS foam in strategically designed layers. Varizorb provides superior protection without adding bulk or weight. Fox felt that this was a great technology to use and didn’t feel the need to add MIPS to the Metah.

The deeper shell of the Metah helps to give a stable and secure fit, just what’s needed when hammering rough technical terrain. With many helmet designs getting bulkier, with added features, it’s easy for a helmet to gain extra weight and start shifting about on the rider’s head unless the adjusters are cinched in tightly. Not so with the Fox Metah helmet, this lid’s low back and sides along with the great fitting shell shape really help here. A three position height adjustable retention cradle at the rear of the helmet uses a single-handed turn dial with a good range of adjustment.

Strap adjustment is kept light and neat with pre-set Y-Straps and the usual style clip buckle under the chin. Premium liner pads with sealed edges give increased comfort and moisture management, along with good longevity.

Wearing goggles with your open face lid? The Metah is born at a time where this is an established style and an area where many lids and goggles don’t play well together. Here Fox have designed the upper section of the back of the Metah to hold the goggle straps in place. A lip above this area (with hints of the Flux’s trademark spoiler?) also helps keeps them in position. No clips to break, just good design.

The quality of finish both inside and out is faultless and the overall package has a premium feel, showing the attention to detail that Fox has put into this helmet. We think you’ll love the Metah.

WEIGHT: 390g (S/M)

SIZES: S/M (55-58cm), L/XL (59-62cm)

COLOURS: Black, Red, White + Yellow, Blue, White, Black Graphic options

PRICE: £110

www.foxhead.com

 

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