Preview: MET 2014 Helmets

Dec 30, 2013 at 0:02
Dec 30, 2013
by Mike Kazimer  
 
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While MET may not be as familiar of a brand to North American riders, the Italian company has a strong following in Europe in both the road and mountain bike markets. For 2014, MET has updated their lineup, an update that includes the return of the Parachute, which is likely the world's lightest full face helmet, weighing a claimed 620 grams. The design of the Parachute has undergone a much needed revision, and the helmet now more closely resembles a proper full face as opposed to a road helmet with a chin guard attached to it. If the ventilation works as well as MET claims, this could be a good choice for enduro racers who don't want to carry two separate helmets with them.

MET also has three other helmets designed for all-mountain riders, with the Parabellum taking on the role of their high end half-shell helmet. Featuring extended coverage at the back of the head, and an extended, adjustable visor, the Parabellum also has a removable POV camera mount that bolts to the top of the helmet. Coming in at a claimed weight of 270 grams, the Parabellum is remarkably light for a helmet in this category.

It is worth mentioning that although the helmets are EN 1078 and AS/NZS2063 certified, MET doesn't currently have US distribution in place, and for that reason they have not applied for CPSC certification on the Parachute and Parabellum. In Canada, MET products are available through Mountain Equipment Co-op.

Take a look at the details of MET's 2014 all-mountain offerings below.




MET Parachute helmet
Parachute

• HES Construction - designed to dissipate impact force
• Integrated chin guard
• Kevlar straps
• Neck brace compatible
• Integrated camera mount





• Available April 2014
• Sizes : M 54 – 58cm ; L 59 – 62cm
• Certified EN 1078 and AS/NZS2063
• Weight : M 620 grams, L 650 grams
• $249.99 CAD, €200.00




Parabellum

• Intended use: All-mountain
• In-Mould shell
• HES Construction
• Adustable visor with intake vents
• Goggle compatible
• Gel O2 front pad - hypoallergenic, anti microbial





• Integrated camera mount
• Sizes : M 54 – 58cm ; L 59 – 62cm
• Certified EN 1078 and AS/NZS2063
• Weight : M 270 grams, L 300 grams
• Price: $200.00 CAD, €160.00




Kaos

• In-Mould Intelligent Fusion construction
• Intended use: All-mountain
• Sizes : M 54 – 57cm ; L 58 – 61cm




• Certified EN 1078 and AS/NZS2063.
• Weight : M 235 grams, L 250 grams
• $149.99 CAD, €130.00



Terra

• Intended use: All-mountain
• Two position visor
• Size : Universal, 54-61 cm.





• Weight : 250 grams
• Certified EN 1078 and AS/NZS2063.
• Price: $84.99 CAD, €75.00
www.met-helmets.com
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122 Comments

  • + 136
 I'm going to get one of those full faces, wear it way leaned back so my chin is hanging out, grab an enduro bike, and go cuise around whistler like I'm pro or something
  • + 22
 I am guilty of owning a Giro Switchblade in the past... Will I ever be able to redeem myself? This is such a burden...
  • + 84
 So many haters concerned with what everyone else is doing...... Just ride you own bike and mind your business
  • + 40
 Yea jeff444 why don't everyone just leave Britney alone! Just let her be, she's a human being!
  • + 121
 WAKI, with the comments you've made over the years, a Giro Switchblade is the least of your burden.
  • + 7
 well as the saying go's "HATERS GONNA HATE"
  • + 11
 super excited about these adventure race specific helmets. all i need is an adventure race specific goggle and i'm set to go along with my adventure race spandex and fanny pack water resevoir.
  • - 1
 Is advanture better than enduro?
  • + 8
 enduro is last season. adventure has 26 wheel size. the next big thing in mountainbiking. as well as your ride your bike down up and around and are timed on some parts of it.
  • + 2
 Adventure race format it shall be! And we don't want UCI in it, just the spirit of adventure!
  • + 5
 Old man that I am, thread kinda reminds me of the removable chin-piece of the Troy Lee Edge in the early 90s...sniff!

www.freewebs.com/jtreepix/hmt3-medium.png
  • + 3
 gravity354 - Yes I had one of those when I was 14 rocking a Santa Cruz Heckler with DC White Brother fork!
  • + 1
 +3 for a Troy Lee Edge. Had it when I rode my GT Karakoram with a Kinesis aluminum fork and later my KHS Alite 3000 with a Manitou FS Ti, set up single speed, sub 21 lbs. I thought the Edge made a lot of sense. It was definitely very lightweight but a lot more protection than any typical half-shell.
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  • + 38
 such price without enduro specific.
  • + 3
 Wow. Such expensive
  • + 20
 many price. wow.
  • + 37
 Take this crap back to Reddit please.
  • + 6
 party pooper but yeah it's kinda dead, don't
  • + 5
 That meme isn't even on reddit anymore, I think pinkbike absorbed it all.
  • + 13
 I'm a joey and I approve this helmet!
  • + 2
 Im an endure and I find this offensive
  • - 1
 Such Light, Many Colors. Wow
  • + 1
 Do people who buy these helmets really replace them after each crash?
  • + 5
 People who buy these don't crash
  • + 2
 Look at the price of a D3 and tell me this is expensive
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  • + 31
 Welcome to 1996
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  • + 19
 Whine and complain...I live where it's typically 30 degrees plus in the summer, 250 bucks for a lid isn't that bad. It's better price than a TLD, has met standards, and isn't going to make me sweat balls all summer. Sounds like a worth while purchase.
  • + 1
 I have to agree! I don't really care about the weight, but it seems way better than a normal full face on a 30+ degrees ride!
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  • + 18
 It's not a DH helmet. It's 650 grams. What does the Down-O-Matic or TLD 3 weigh? Apples to oranges. And again with the cost? Be quiet already. Strong, light, cheap... Pick one.
  • + 12
 I meant pick "two".
  • + 2
 You may have meant "one" after all: not so sure that the full face is a hard shell.
  • + 1
 Tld d3 from memory claimed 1133 Dissident claimed 1001 Yeah I orginally thought it was a bit sturdier than the design.
  • + 2
 I wouldn't even use a downomatic that thing is as useful as that parachute
  • + 3
 idk if i actually consider their full face to be be a full face: " Integrated chin guard "
  • + 1
 not exactly cheap either.
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  • + 18
 I think every helmet should come with integrated camera mount.
  • + 4
 Perhaps an integrated camera itself. ...that'd be cheap eh?
  • + 1
 There are goggles with integrated cams.
  • + 15
 Nah man, head-cams with integrated helmets.
  • + 5
 Helmets with integrated heads - that's the future.
  • + 0
 For what camera? Where do you put the integrated light mount then? Chest cams and under visor mounts are the future.
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  • + 17
 These things are exatly what enduro needs
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  • + 10
 The Parachute is very popular in our country due to relatively long hot season. Temperature can reach a peak of 35-40 Celsius in the summer and we still want to ride (preferably night rides). The helmet fills the gap between XC helmets and Fullfaces and it is definitely an XC helmet with a grill. Many success stories including more than a few personal OTB with this grill saving my chin. In terms of price, there is no price for a serious injury, so its a matter of price/performances. Worth the money.
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  • + 9
 I have one of the Parachute helmets that I bought a few years back. It's light, has a lot of ventilation and I like it so far. I realize it's not a DH helmet, but I bought it for the sole purpose of protecting my teeth and jaw during minor spills on single track. Rocks and tree roots aren't very forgiving to the face no matter what speed you're going.
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  • + 8
 I feel the need to jump to MET's defense. The reason they don't distribute in the US is they know people here sue for insane amounts of money, even if their misfortune is self-inflicted.

Case in point: some idiot will think it's a DH helmet, get hurt, and sue MET. Presumably, European courts would toss the suit.

It's an XC lid. MET designed it for people who would otherwise do a trail ride with an XC helmet but want the grill protector.
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  • + 7
 Given it passes the standards I have no worries about its ability to perform. I'd be curious to see how it handles forces over time and the life of the helmet.

Its something ill be considering for my next downhill lid though.. If it passes standards why worry about it? They can attain those standards and give it crazy ventilation with a ridiculous low weight good on them.

They could offer some more detailed graphics but at the end of the day for me function > aesthetics.

Not sure what price will be down here d3 and dissident are about $350
  • + 0
 Although it has bugger all protection inside so probably not a downhill option but the fact is passes the standards are still interesting. Probably end up with a dissident
  • + 7
 You can't compare that thing to a D3 or even a Dissident. That is not a dh helmet and I would never use it as one. I like my face and brain much more then that
  • + 2
 It passes a standard which doesn't test chin guard at all... Like many of the cheapest downhill helmets. What the chinbar will manage to protect in case of faceplant is something that user needs to find out. I find it very hard to figure out any use for that helmet.
  • + 3
 I have a use for it when I don't want my full face but would like more than a hat. At the end of the year on sale I would think about one of these. It is hot and rocky here a lot in Socal but not always what I would consider downhill.
  • + 3
 A $15 lid from k-mart passes "standards", it's barely a measure of its capability to protect your noggen!
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  • + 8
 I honestly don't understand why you think that fullface is ugly..
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  • + 4
 I made a very small riding mistake early this year in an allmountain trail and end up hitting a tree, at hi speed, boom!!!! , no time for nothing, I was using my met parachute , two impact marks on my helmet near my forefront and on the side of my chin. My colarbone nearly fractured but after 2 resting days i was riding again,
Im am glad the met parachute is back
Expensive? I can spend a little more , for a little extra protection before my next faceplant!!
I ride with my son i could not be happier that he is wearing it too.
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  • + 4
 Neg prop me all you want, but am I the only one concerned with the protection such a light helmet can offer? I don't mind wearing a heavier lid if that means my brain will stay where its supposed to.
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  • + 4
 Those prices nowadays make me subconsciously not smashing my head against rocks.. Is that too optimistic way of looking at things?
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  • + 2
 Ah Pinkbike, how you entertain me so. More posts about looking like a tool wearing a FF riding all-mountain/Enduro/trail than there is about the helmet's safety. Typical. When you all grow up some, those priorities will change. For those whose priorities don't change, Darwin and natural selection will take care you....we all can hope. Smile
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  • + 3
 love the look of the parrabellum helmet but the price is nuts.. and what the f is google compatible? can you been found on google maps whilst your riding...
  • - 6
 For when you wear googles on your face dipshit
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  • + 1
 I have to give the Parachute my nod. Rode a switchblade years back, and rode a Deviant I before Specialized turned the II into a no longer trail worthy helmet. I need a helmet for trail riding that will keep my face away from an errant rock. I don't anticipate too many rag doll crashes during my woods rides. A helmet that protects my face and doesn't weigh me down is key. Looks like a no brainer
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  • + 1
 I'm wondering why the full face helmet is getting so much hate. I'm looking for a better helmet. Full face DH helmets are too heavy, so I might get one of those super trendy enduro helmets. A lightweight full face would be super nice here in the summer when it's 100-120 degrees.
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  • + 1
 I've often wondered why nobody had designed a lighter weight full face helmet for all mountain riding. The days of near DOT rated helmets are numbered for me. And while I still think the real full face is great for park riding a lighter weight breathable full face for my weekend and winter riding would be a welcome addition to my collection.
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  • + 1
 People hate on things that are different! If that fullface works as well as my TLD D2 then I would gladly switch to a more ventilated lid. IF it is as safe ect.. I think it looks cool and high tech, probably what the super intelligent engineer that designed it thought too, you F$%KING flamers!

Cheers.
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  • + 2
 Chin guard sticks out way too far, they design it for a dog? wouldn't fancy wearing this and getting a side impact on the front of it, hopefully the chin guard will break before it snaps your neck...
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  • + 0
 finally, a 27.5 specific helmet...if i could only find some 650b trails locally to ride... haha in all seriousness, the MET fullface would be a great option for endure racing, but i wouldn't wear it for strictly dh for freeride stuff.
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  • + 3
 Had a few good spills wearing my Parachute and I'm fine. Just don't think it is a Downhill helmet.
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  • + 0
 Am I the only one who sees a "seam" on the full face? It kind of looks like the chin/lower protection could be removed and you'd have an "enduro/all-mountain" type helmet with the extended rear. Now that would be a helmet I would buy.
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  • + 2
 I don't understand full face helmets without cheek pads. I feel like impacts to the chin or from a neck brace would put a ridiculous amount of force on the chin strap.
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  • + 1
 I can't actually seeing that fullface being safe for downhill type stuff…with all the vent holes, it leaves so many areas to get caught in twigs and tree and cause a neck injury, or even a puncture to your face
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  • + 3
 finally, a helmet designed to dissipate impact forces! can't believe it took this long
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  • + 0
 Maybe it is light and have good air circulation but Cause the construction doesn't look strong and safe enough...besides wait until while crashing all the dirt, rocks and sticks goes thru all these holes...IN YOUR FACE!...naah....thank you...
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  • + 0
 i got a 661 full face shifted because i thought that looks safe and i could afford it at the time so i wear it all the time riding no matter what the weather is am fine with it just now . every thing is out there you just have to find what suits your needs .
also sorry to hear about david coulthard and his accident in the news it says he suffered a head injury but was he wearing a helmet ? i hope he get through this .
  • + 3
 I got it wrong I meant to say michael shumacher I got a bit head injury too.
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  • + 2
 Please Bell, make some cheap competition for that fullface! I can't afford one, but I want one! I am way more likely to smack me face on stuff than I am the back of my head.
  • + 2
 A small fall backwards is often worse than a bunch of forward ones where you can roll off your momentum.
  • + 4
 True, damage to the occipital region of your brain can ruin your life a lot more surely than a broken jaw and or nose, but this helmet covers both. Most helmets are just covering the back better and ignoring your face. It doesn't even have to be a very strong face protection, as long as it redistributes impact pressure.
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  • + 2
 Breaking out the drill on my ONE Industries carbon and ventilating it. Joey Enduro look , here I come
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  • + 1
 Full face helmets are stupid. How are my buddies going to hear me talk shit about peoples bikes with all that material in front of my mouth.
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  • + 2
 Reviving this old thread because I just got an EMail from MET, the Parachute has passed the ASTM 1952 standard.
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  • + 2
 The Parachute looks so sick! I'm going to pull the trigger on one of these lids.
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  • + 2
 I saw a guy with one of these skeleton full face helmets at the Dakota 5-0 this year. Kind of stuck out like a sore thumb...
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  • + 2
 Helmets are so important in all sports. I hope Michael Schumacher pulls thru!
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  • + 1
 It would be wicked if the chin protection of the parachute could be removed or replaced for a new one after face plant type crashes
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  • + 2
 Really digging those Parabellum lids.
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  • - 2
 I love how mtb it's a fashion show now a days.What ever happened to getting on your bike and going for a ride with your friends and having fun. Now it's all about finding something to wear that matches what your riding and having a attitude that if you don't have the newest shit your a pee on. This is why kids stay at home and play video games
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  • + 1
 Good looking, bad looking
Who cares?
I can still see very beautiful trails in front of me when i am wearing it!!
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  • + 2
 not competitive price, how the marketing works? it's so sad ...
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  • + 1
 If it's lightweight, has good ventilation and protects me for needing false teeth then I will absolutely give it a go!
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  • + 2
 parabelllum = does not mean , get ready for the war or something like dat?
  • + 1
 If you want peace,prepare for war. The word is more commonly used in describing certain firearms.
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  • + 2
 Full-face is interesting. Like to see how it handles a crash.
  • + 3
 In your face!
  • + 2
 not for big crash ..
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  • + 1
 my Lopes version looks great but would never stay on my head. I'm giving it away.
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  • + 1
 well this sums up the Met para vimeo.com/65540479
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  • + 1
 That full face hemet is awful!!!
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  • + 1
 Should have an EPS Liner for that money
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  • + 1
 Got to have that ventilation.
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  • + 0
 I wonder what the markup is, 300% perhaps...
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  • + 0
 Why should i pay 200€ for 620gram
I can get 1100gram for 150€
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  • + 0
 Three ugly AM helmets all with the same coverage and a similar shape? Why?
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  • - 1
 Full face xc helmet, soon Leatt will make a matching neck brace that looks just as flimsy to complete the total 'tard look.
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  • - 1
 world ugliest helmet of the humanity!!
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  • + 0
 Go Med/Lrg or go home!
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  • - 1
 HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
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