Urge Endur-O-Matic and Down-O-Matic: Tested

Jul 5, 2010 at 0:05
Jul 5, 2010
by Mike Levy  
 
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Urge's Down-O-Matic fullface and Endur-O-Matic half shell helmets not only have a unique style, but they also have some interesting design features that set them apart from the crowd. Inside you can read my impressions of their Euro inspired Down-O-Matic and check out their All-Mountain helmet as well!

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Urge Down-O-Matic


Urge Down-O-Matic Fabien Barel replica
Urge Down-O-Matic Fabien Barel replica

The composite Urge Down-O-Matic helmet certainly has a look all its own that separates it from the crowd. Used by Fabien Barel, the very euro looking Down-O-Matic not only looks different, but also has some unique features. If you haven't seen an Urge helmet in person, you may be a bit taken back by the strange looking visor. What you can't tell just by looking at a picture of the Down-O-Matic is that the visor is actually made from a very flexible plastic that basically refuses to snap. You can actually take the visor right off the helmet and fold it in half without it breaking - form follows function down to a T. Sure it looks a bit different, but now that I've used the Down-O-Matic I prefer its appearance to the sea of look-a-likes out there. The helmet's round vents look like viewing ports from a submarine and are covered with a non-flexible, stiff mesh that won't tear or be easily penetrated like other helmets' thin plastic coverings. Padding is removable when the time comes to wash away a Summer's worth of dirt and sweat. Total weight is a very respectable 966 grams.

The Down-O-Matic's soft visor should be virtually smash proof, plus it makes you look a bit like Bob Hannah!
The Down-O-Matic's soft visor should be virtually smash proof, plus it makes you look a bit like Bob Hannah!


Urge Down-O-Matic details

  • CE1078 certification
  • Composite fiber construction
  • Shaped to promote internal venturi effect
  • Soft flexible visor to avoid snapping
  • Grilled vents
  • Three color options: Barel replica (shown), black, and white
  • Weight: 966 grams
  • MSRP $205.99 USD


There is no way you're going to be as fast as him, but at least you'll look good
There is no way you're going to be as fast as him, but at least you'll look good

I'm not going to lie, I was bit skeptical of the Down-O-Matic's appearance before I held it in my own hands. Once out of the box it was clear that the distinctive helmet is made to a very high standard. The assembly and finish was spot on, dare I say better than any other helmet on the market. Fit is a very personal thing, but I found that the Down-O-Matic was perfect for my average shaped head. The cheek padding wasn't too tight, but applied enough pressure to help hold the helmet from rocking back and forth as I did the bobble head down rough sections. There are not a lot of vents, but the round openings do let in some air flow when you start moving quickly. I used Giro's Station goggles with the Down-O-Matic and they didn't quite fit as good as I had hoped into the shell, catching a bit on the sides and preventing them from sitting flush against my face.

Sturdy grills won't tear over time
Sturdy grills won't tear over time

bigquotesI liked the Down-O-Matic's unique looks and unbreakable visor, but loved its great fit even more - double check to be sure your goggles are compatible though. - Mike Levy

Not Fabien
Not Fabien





Urge Endur-O-Matic


Urge Endur-O-Matic
Urge Endur-O-Matic

The Endur-O-Matic is clearly related to its bigger brother, the Down-O-Matic, but in half shell guise. Urge's open face lid looks very much like a cross between a modern snowboard helmet and a motorbike trials' lid with its round shape and hard external shell. The shell extends quite far down at the rear to offer much more protection than other companies "all-mountain" helmets, but obviously at the price of trapping a bit more heat. Just like the Down-O-Matic, the Endur-O-Matic uses Urge's flexible and nearly weightless visor that seems to be unbreakable. If you're looking for something a bit different than what your friends have, or just want a bit more protection, try on an Endur-O-Matic to see if it fits.

The visor mounting is very solid, but the entire thing is flexy enough to keep it from snapping when you hit the ground
The visor mounting is very solid, but the entire thing is flexy enough to keep it from snapping when you hit the ground


Urge Enduro-O-Matic details

  • CE1078 certification
  • Hard outer shell
  • In-mold construction
  • Soft flexible visor to avoid snapping
  • Shaped to promote internal venturi effect
  • Weight: 319 grams
  • Seven color options, including Fabien Barel replica
  • MSRP $109.99 USD

The Endur-O-Matic certainly has a style all it's own
The Endur-O-Matic certainly has a style all it's own


Visit Urgebike.com to see their entire lineup of helmets.
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51 Comments

  • + 6
 I held my friends Down-O-Matic and all I can say: TLD has no longer a monopoly for best looking and highest quality helmets. This one is amazingly done, very light and for my taste - looks great. Visor is great thing too, especially when I look at my broken TLD one...

If I wouldn't have my good old Tld D2, and I would be shortly in a need of buying a new helmet that would be this one, I wouldn't think twice. Though I am not sure if it is not too crispy for Dh racers. I don't race, I just want something protecting my awesome face in bikeparks, so I don't need stuff like TLD D3. But racers: Hold it in your hands before you buy as it feels suspiciously light for full-on DH.
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  • + 3
 Nice write up. In your future full face helmet reviews, would it be possible to include your thoughts on the helmet with the use of a Leatt Brace. I have found that certain helmets work better with them, and that would be of great help in my decision for my next helmet purchase. Thanks.
  • + 1
 Jason,
Unfortunately Mike does not wear a neck brace and he was the one rocking the Urge Helmet. Jordan and I wear braces (leatt and Astar), but neither have worn the Urge.
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  • + 7
 Interesting helmets, different.
  • + 3
 very nice lids, especially the all mountain one, bet that one works great with goggles
  • + 20
 Ha! The half-shell looks like a bowling ball from behind.
  • + 1
 lol, it does aswell with the holes. still a nice lid for pissing about in, up there with the open face D2.
  • + 2
 They should change the name of the helmets to "Bold Man" geez its a perfect replica !
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  • + 3
 Different, but in a good way! I love TLD but having some worthy competition is a good thing. Between these and the POC helmets maybe we can see some individualism on the trails we haven't seen since TLD release the resin D2! More Euro brands are becoming tasteful too!
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  • + 1
 Just got my self an endur.... Fitting is strange, perfect if you have a head like fabien, but if not ya have to cut the foam/ add ur own. Excellent design for winter, not so good in summer.
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  • + 0
 " or just want a bit more protection, try on an Endur-O-Matic to see if it fits. "
Oh my GAWD!
I actually made the mistake of purchasing an 'Enduro Matic', and the best way I can describe it, is to tell you to go down to your local Toys R Us, and look at the toy helmets they make for your 3-year/old so he can run around the house feeling like a Supercross hero while he makes motorcycle noises. You'll see that this 'Innovating' 'Zero-Weight' visor has already been in use, and in both cases you get the distinct impression you could rip out a Bic plastic pen, and jam the blunt end of the thing through the shell.
And the 'Gangsta Flap'(or whatever stupid name they came up with) is nothing more than part of the liner sticking down passed the shell UNEVENLY across the brow of the helmet. It appears that Urge simply didn't measure twice before they cut once, and instead of FIXING the issue, chose to instead come up with some BULLSH*T marketing spew to make you and I think it has a purpose.
As soon as I pulled mine out of the box, I saw that the 'Visor' was bent into a pretzel, and it wasn't gonna un-bend due to the fact that the two horizontal mounting screws on either side weren't LEVEL. The mounting points on the left side were lower than those on the right. TERRIFIC quality control there Urge...
The bottom line is this: If you wanna be like Harley Guy who purposely buys a faux 'helmet' so it only looks like he's wearing one, AND you would like to pay through the NOSE to do it, then this thing might be an option for you.
If however, you're wanting something that'll do an above-average job of protecting your melon, I HIGHLY suggest looking ELSEWHERE.
Hell...you've got WAY better options for one-FIFTH the price.
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  • + 0
 The full face looks pretty good aside of those speaker like vents. The half lid though, looks pretty bad. It's like they had some material leftovers and then decided "why not making a helmet out of it?!" :\ :\

[neg props here i come]
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  • + 4
 the full face looks well good!!!
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  • + 2
 I saw one of these at whistler today. They're deffenetly different. The Visor looks really weird in oerson... but I gues if it's smash proof Razz
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  • + 1
 The down-o-matic looks even better in white. Am I retarded, or are there no details anywhere on when/where these will be available in canada?
  • + 1
 I can't find them anywhere... apparently there is a shop in Denver but nothing on froogle.com
  • + 1
 Different bikes in North Vancouver has them, I think that they ship too, www.differentbikes.ca
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  • + 1
 just bought one of the full faces today. think its wicked. looks different, and personally fits my noggin really well. nice n light too. Big Grin
  • + 1
 What website can I order this on...
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  • + 3
 wow, the full face helmet is DOPE!
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  • + 2
 They also do a dj helmet,not sure on the peak though.http://www.urgebike.com/accueil_gb.html
  • + 1
 The peak is removable.
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  • + 1
 I seem to be finding my one pushes my goggles down onto my nose on the rough stuff. Not sure if it is the way I have the padding set.
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  • + 1
 they are distributed by Lambert Cycles in Canada so are easily available to most shops, we have a wackload at theshop i work at.
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  • + 1
 I think they're really nice helmets, but definitely try before you buy - the full face version is without doubt the most uncomfortable helmet I've ever put on.
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  • + 1
 www.ridesfo.com will have the full line of helmets for sale by the end of Nov 2010, ready for Xmas! FYI Rafael
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  • + 1
 sick helmet but... i kinda think it looks like a big adverstisement for there website on the fullface
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  • + 1
 i really like it actually, and i am actually considering buying one. also, the enduro helmet looks good for trials riders
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  • + 1
 so different looking helm.....if i break my TLD this one can be my next one
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  • + 1
 Can you ahve googles on the Enduro helmet?
Please, I need your opinion, Pinkbike testers!
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  • + 0
 Jebus, do you think they can put there name on it a couple more times. That looks like garbage. Maybe it would look ok in a different paint scheme.
  • + 1
 Agreed! I really like the helmet design but they need to get some paint schemes going instead of just painting "URGE" on there lots of times.
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  • + 1
 Would it be an overkill to use a fullface helmet on Cross country biking?
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  • + 1
 Excellent Helmets , you forgot it after 2 minutes. 169€, +-215$
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  • + 1
 i mite get that just becouse its my tag haha!
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  • + 1
 you cant buy these in the US
  • + 1
 Did you try the dealers link on the web site? Says to email mailto:jason@southshorebicycles-usa.com from Joinventure in Colorado.
  • + 1
 They should be available in the US shortly. Tell you favorite shop to call South Shore at (720) 524-7085 or email jason@southshorebicycles-usa.com
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  • + 1
 just bought one, awesome! super comfy
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  • + 1
 the ugliest helmet i've seen
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  • + 0
 one of the best helmets Salute
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