100% Introduces New Half-Shell & Lightweight Full-Face Helmets

Jul 9, 2019
by Mike Kazimer  

100% have added two new helmets to their lineup, the Altec and the Trajecta. The Altec is aimed at the all-mountain crowd, with generous venting and the extended rear coverage that's become the norm for this style of helmet.

The Trajecta is a lightweight, DH-certified full-face helmet that's designed to meet the needs of enduro racers and riders who want more protection than a half-shell, but don't want to lug around a hot and heavy dedicated downhill lid.

Both helmets are equipped with 100%'s new Smartshock rotational protective system, which uses elastomers attached to the helmet's EPS foam and then the removable padding. The system is designed to help reduce the amount of energy that's transferred to the brain during a crash.


The new helmets use 100%'s Smartshock system, which consists of multiple elastomers that are affixed to the EPS and the removable padding.





Trajecta

The Trajecta checks in at 872 grams for a size medium, or 170 grams lighter than 100%'s Aircraft DH helmet. Highlights include a three position visor, 24 vents, and a D-ring buckle.

Along with the 13 point Smartshock system, the Trajecta uses multi-density EPS foam to provide impact protection at a range of speeds. There are only two shell sizes (SM/MD and L/XL), but an additional pad kit is included with each helmet to accommodate different head shapes. MSRP: $250 USD.

Details

• Multi-density EPS foam
• Rotational impact protection: Smartshock elastomers
• Multi-position visor, anti-microbial liner
• Sizes: SM/MD, L/XL
• Weight: 872 grams (size SM/MD)
• Certifications: ASTM (F1952-15), CPSC, CE, and AS/NZS
• MSRP: $250 USD
www.ride100percent.com







Altec

There's no shortage of big, air sucking vents on the Altec; 24 of them are strategically positioned around the entire helmet. There's also a multi-position visor, and a perfectly positioned channel on the side of the helmet that can be used to hold sunglasses when they're not in use. A ratcheting dial is used to fine-tune the fit, and can easily be adjusted with one hand.

Like the Trajecta, the Altec uses multi-density EPS foam along with the Smartshock system for impact protection.

Available in size XS/S, S/M, and L/XL, the Altec retails for $165 USD.
Details

• Multi-density EPS foam
• Rotational impact protection: Smartshock elastomers
• Sunglasses storage, multi-position visor
• Racheting fit adjustment dial
• Sizes: XS/S, S/M, L/XL
• Weight: 369 grams (size SM/MD)
• Certifications: ASTM (F2032-15), CPSC, CE, and AS/NZS
• MSRP: $165 USD
www.ride100percent.com









99 Comments

  • + 39
 Bought the Trajecta 2 weeks ago, been on some rides and an enduro race, ventilation is great, comfort is AMAZING compared to some of the other similar style helmets. Visor extends up to allow goggles to be placed under visor rather than having to turn backwards. Would 100% buy again
  • + 78
 *would buy 100% again.
  • - 4
flag ratedgg13 (Jul 9, 2019 at 9:54) (Below Threshold)
 The air vents look like they might have room for an Aircraft, with extra room for different Trajecta-ry around inside.
  • - 7
flag scary1 (Jul 9, 2019 at 12:09) (Below Threshold)
 Is that red one still in prototype stage..er..uh...3 printed mouth guard??
  • + 3
 Looks good, maybe a little heavy compared to the competition.
It’s of course purely subjective but those enduro race often have boring to ugly colour schemes compared to the DH equivalent. 100% possibly went further than anyone here: available in black, black, dark grey, grey and greyish blue and this red. And most of their DH helemt look amazing.
  • + 31
 Who remembers Altec-Lansing?
  • + 2
 They were amazing
  • + 2
 Good sound good price.
  • + 3
 Yeah m8, I had a Altec sub amp in my first car! Yiew
  • + 2
 I have 3 sets....!
  • + 1
 The first computer speakers I ever bought!
  • + 21
 idk why all helmets dont have mesh in vents, i hate bugs and wasps in ma hair...
  • + 7
 mainly angry trapped wasps...
  • + 31
 @Fulgacian: are there any non angry wasps? theyre like bees on meth
  • + 89
 @mironfs: methamphetabees
  • + 0
 @Llawlor: ALL HAIL LLAWLOR!

Portmanteau of the month, right there. I'm using "methamphetabees" forever more.
  • + 13
 I would love to see ventilation and weight continue to improve on full face helmets to the point where a lot more people use them for all mountain riding. Its kind nuts the things we do on trail bikes with open face helmets on rocky or tree filled trails! I don't think we'll see that change until someone invents a cheek pad solution that breathes way better
  • + 7
 In an Instagram post, Jill Kintner says she just pulls the cheek pads out for the climbs and pops them back in at the top.
  • + 6
 @jojotherider1977: That's what you do if you have big pedals between stages or up to the top. When I pedal stuff at Whistle, I usually run a FF which I remove the pads for the big ride up. It's a no-brainer.
  • + 12
 Lost me at D ring buckle.
  • + 13
 A lot more reliable than some fiddly plastic junk, cheaper too.
  • + 7
 Curious, why? More secure attachment. Yes it's not as easy to unclip as magnet or buckle, but even if you take the helmet off every climb/descent it's still not that often.
  • + 37
 LOL. name doesn't check out.
  • + 5
 The D ring on my Met Parachute is actually no hassle at all as you can loosen it and tighten it without undoing the whole thing. So I'd give this one a try before I'd knock it.
  • + 16
 So people have issues with plastic/magnetic buckles being insecure? Huge convenience, one of the things I love about my proframe is the fidlock buckle.
  • + 1
 @gramboh: I often slip out for short rides on my lunch break and it annoys me to fight with D rings as opposed to the fidlock that I have now.
  • + 6
 Yeah.., well lost me at helmet...
  • + 4
 @gramboh: A locked fidlock is better than a unstrapped D-ring. Because i have seen a lot of people riding with D-ring helmets unstrapped, or not tight enough. As it takes too much time to strap, and hard to do with only one hand, compared to plastic buckle or fidlock.
  • + 2
 @yzedf: mine has rusted because of all the sweat that comes through the beard onto the buckle, it is hard to undo it now and I hate it.
  • + 1
 I'm torn... My Parachute has d-ring, and I can just about loosen it to take it off without fully undoing it. But a clip would be soooo much easier. I can understand people saying that clips can break and write off your lid, but in 20+ years of riding I've never had a clip break. If the clip breaks in a crash, you probably want to replace the lid anyway...
  • + 3
 @dumr666: I've never rusted one, riding sport bikes, moto or DH. I'm always the sweatiest guy on a ride (can't wear a jacket on a ride until it's below freezing out). But then again, I try my best not to buy junk, I can't afford stuff that doesn't last.
  • + 1
 @Startgas: and strapped D-ring is better than locked or unlocked fidlock. And where does that lead us? Nowhere. If people are not strapping it or not having their straps tight enough it is not a problem with the D-ring, it is a problem with the user. D-ring system is better because you get it tight each time you put your helmet on, and this is certainly noticeable when your weight is not absolutely the same in grams. What I mean to say that I have a normal clip on my other helmet and it is usually tight when I start and a bit loose after half an hour of serious pedaling. And that is not optimal. The strap should be tight all the time. D-ring allows that easily, fidlock or other solutions don't. Also, D-ring is less bulkier, and probably not encumbered by patents. Also the only choice for motorcycle helmets. No wonder why.
  • + 10
 Killer looking lids, lets hope they both perform as good as they look !
  • - 43
flag WAKIdesigns (Jul 9, 2019 at 9:29) (Below Threshold)
 How would you know?
  • + 5
 @WAKIdesigns: i would say put it on, „hmmm it fits“. Buy it. Ride in it enjoy it. Hopefully after a month or so it doesn’t stink and stays comfy.
Smash your head into a hard object. Have a moment, reflect on the Moment. „I‘m ok. My head isn’t broken“. Then you know you had a good lid.
  • + 8
 They both look like old props from Battle Star Galactica!
  • + 2
 But which BSG?
  • + 3
 @ratedgg13: the original of the 70's.
  • + 7
 @Gavalar66: fracking toasters
  • + 7
 Bears beets battle star galactica.
  • + 2
 @creativefletch: Jim, what are you doing?

MICHAEL !!!
  • + 4
 I wish on these light trail/enduro style came with the shell formed as one piece. I saw some pictures of a proframe failure that made the chin bar look kind of weak for a side impact on the chin bar.
  • + 2
 My thoughts exactly. After seeing this post
forums.mtbr.com/apparel-protection/fox-proframe-crashed-design-problem-material-defect-1104969.html I sent proframe right back. Chin bar (especially side areas) looks too fragile to me to use it as it was proper dh lid. I wish I knew the details of the construction/side chin bar impacts resistance of this new Trajecta helmets. If I knew it is side impacts safe I wouldn't hesitate a second to buy this lid, especially that I'm tired of using not very breathable dh helmets for enduro rides. I bet 100% guys are aware of this post/ad on Pinkbike and they might even be reading the comment section. It would be nice to hear from them.
Ps. Let's be honest, these days enudro bikes are used like they were dh rigs and the comfort and ventilation of enduro helmets shouldn't compromise safety. Pps. Regarding moaning about Dd ring - for me it's the only 100% secure way of belaying the helmet. Props for that!
  • + 1
 Here's the thing though, I think too many people see the DH certification and think they're all good, if you want DH level protection get a proper DH lid. Not a lid that compromises total strength for ventilation.
Look to what the pros are riding, both DH and Enduro, you want see many/any of these lighter full face helmets.
  • + 1
 Extremely cool to see these brain suspension systems replacing MIPS.

MIPS felt like a dead on arrival technology.

100% and POC are top of my list for price performance on safety. 6D is gouging mountain bikers.

Good job 100% !!
  • + 1
 Vents looks great but the colour options are not great, I have a aircraft carbon mips, colour options are brilliant use it for bmx racing mostly but the trajecta looks like the perfect summer training helmet because of the ventilation , would hope the launch more colour options
  • + 1
 Bell super 2 with chinbar is not so bad actually. I have witnessed bizzare crash where girl fell together with her bike into the stream in the alps and her face caught the rock on the bank of the stream. The bell super chinbar deflected few centimetres but did not touch face protecting her from otherwise certain dental reconstruction. Since then she only uses dh lids though currently ixs xult which is well vented for a heavy lid. On the other hand I have returned a new urge downomatic lid because the chin bar can be flexed with your hands without using too much force. Seeing that bell in action I think that urge might work properly in a crash but it just feels too flimsy for dh helmet
  • + 1
 Bought the altec and trajecta a week ago
The only flaw that i've found was in the rachet interface of the altec. The 2 "flaps" attached to the racheting system are often unhooking themselves from the racheting interface. It would be an easy fix for 100%, just put rhe opening on the other side.
I'm sure someone who also bought the altec could explain it better.
  • + 3
 Finally! Been waiting for a half face and enduro helmet from 100%. I love my aircraft mips
  • + 2
 i was wondering when that altec was going to be released! hows the smart shock compare to mips or POC spin?
  • + 3
 Looks like a ldl type solution from kali
  • + 1
 more like the new MIPS thing that only comes in the specialized ANGI helmet, where the liner moves on these little discs....pretty slick system.
  • + 2
 I think closer to the 6D or Leatt technologies.
  • + 1
 offering only 2 sizes with padding to make up the difference is a bit poor imo
  • + 1
 It's a pity they make their helmets so narrow. I love the brand, just can't fit my noggin inside their lids
  • + 1
 @mikekazimer just a small typo in the article, the helmet is the altec not altrec Wink
  • + 1
 Oops, good catch. That extra 'r' is gone now.
  • + 1
 shame about the weight, def would have bought it over a TLD stage if it weren't for that
  • + 1
 Dang good looking goods! I give them 100%
  • + 1
 I haven't seen white styrofoam used in a helmet since the 90's
  • + 1
 I'll stick w my Aircraft brain carrier
  • + 1
 I want it
  • - 1
 They should stick to FF helmets. That half job is half assed.
  • - 3
 The full face looks like it has awesome venting, but you lost me at non removable chin bar! I hate riding with those full time.
  • + 2
 It's pretty crazy that any helmet manufacturer isn't trying to challenge the 3 brands who produce removable chin-bar helmets. I wonder if its just a case of development cost not offering a good ROI for smaller brands?
  • + 4
 @PHeller: I can think of six brands on the spot. Its not a very big range, thats true, but it should be big enough for almost anyone...
  • + 1
 @Floho: Really, 6 brands? That's pretty good. Can you throw out a few beside Bell & Giro, from memory? Otherwise I'll research the interweb. Cheers.
  • + 4
 I can imagine producing a reliable yet removable chin bar (so with reliable connectors but which can't harm you as the helmet does its work) is more of a challenge than just making a fixed chin bar and make it really well vented and light. Fox went with the latter option with their Proframe helmet. 100% also does that. Those who prefer a helmet with removable chin bar are also being catered for.

@mybaben: Off the top of my head, MET also has one.
  • + 1
 @mybaben: likewise, disappointed that this doesn’t have a removable chinbar, but the new MET parachute looks really good so I guess that’ll be my next helmet when time comes.

Other manufacturers with removable chinbar options would be atleast Lazer and Uvex in addition to those already mentioned.
  • + 0
 I haven’t held the latest Met Parachute in my hands but... Bell Super 3R is not a fullface helmet. At least not in the meaning of protecting your teeth from getting smashed or your jaw from breaking. It’s an AM lid with plastic mouth cover. Bell DH is a heavy AM lid with thicker mouth cover. So was the previous Met Parachute 2. Giro Switchblade 2 on the other hand is a fullface helmet with removable chin piece. It ison the heavy side though. Now Fox Proframe and TLD are actual fullface helmets despite being light and you can breathe in them quite well. This looks promising too. I think these are great for someone looking for a light FF helmet. Not the best option for going full on dh but still decent. As for convertible helmets,Giro is the only one worth buying.
  • + 3
 So in summary:
Giro Switchblade
Bell Super 3R
MET Parachute
Lazer Revolution FF
Uvex Jakkyl
Leatt DBX 3.0
  • - 4
flag WAKIdesigns (Jul 9, 2019 at 14:11) (Below Threshold)
 @PHeller: Sweet Protection also makes one.

Bell is crap
Met Parachute 2 LCR is crap
Lazer is crap

Buying these is fine for kids as their heads are exposed to lesser forces. But if you are a grown man and want tobuy these you have to ask yourself a question: do you want to protect your head and face or do you want to be able to say that you wear a fullface helmet and feel “I am sho shmart for owning shomething sho prachtical”
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Do you wear a full-face all the time?
  • + 5
 Bell super and lake Garda. Guaranteed to trigger Waki
  • + 1
 @Rusettipasta: Yeah, it's just a pain in the ass to drink, spit and blow my nose with a full time chin bar. I'll take a look at those brands you mentioned.
  • + 1
 @PHeller:

Giro Switchblade
Bell Super 3R
MET Parachute
Lazer Revolution FF
Uvex Jakkyl
Leatt DBX 3.0
+Sweet protection arbitrator
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns:
The current MET website for USA, says Parachute MCR, and it most certainly does not look like crap! I don't see anything about a "2 LCR".
  • + 2
 @mybaben: The list from @PHeller includes all of the ones I know about. Personally I've tried a Bell Super 3R and am now using a UVEX Jekkyl
  • + 1
 @Floho: Cool thanks! I'm using a Super 3R now, and it works just fine. It's not the most high tech, but it works. I'm keeping my eyes out for my next lid.
Cheers.
  • + 1
 It's a preference thing but I think the market for light fullface helmets has more potential than removable chinbar helmets.

I won't buy a helmet with a removable chinbar. I prefer to own 2 or 3 helmets rather than one that (in my opinion) has had it's structure compromised by the removable part. I have been frustrated by the lack of fullface helmets with good venting like this one. Helmet companies are likely to prefer cu$tomer$ who will buy multiple helmets for different disciplines too.
  • + 0
 @mybaben: sorry it is called HES. I haven’t even seen the latest MCR. Maybe they learned something.
  • + 1
 @PHeller: removable chin bar helmets are really only ok if you are intent on only having one helmet. good at nothing, ok at most trail/enduro ish things. lightweight fullface is better IMO esp for long up rides (just take it off and put on your pack) or shuttling, or leave it on for short pedals
  • - 1
 @mybaben: it is irrelevant how much tech a helmet has. You have to ask yourself whether you want chin protection or chin cover. I have Bell Super 2R as a spare helmet. I actually own one. But it honestly does not qualify as a fullface helmet for racing Enduro or riding park. It is something you may want to wear if you have poor skills and ride XC tracks. It won’t take forces like hitting a tree, hitting ground after front washed out or any form of a harder slam. I drink water from legit fullfaces, spit clean my nose - it may not be easy but if I feel I need a FF (and I am sure many people would say I use it too rarely) I want not much compromise.

@telephunke - there’s another issue. Many modern DH helmets are big, heavy blocks and most of them are uncomfortable. At the same time not that many need full on DH protection. So this growing light FF market is a great thing
  • + 1
 Maybe we can all agree with Waki's original idea: helmet producers should be making more removable chin-bar helmets for kids. Toddlers face plant a whole lot, but don't need a full-face when trailering or on the MacMore.
  • + 1
 @PHeller: these helmets are excellent for kids. My Son has a proframe amd daughter has a Bell Super. I should have bought another Super to him. It is sturdy yet light enough for kids and would save some space in the car when packing for holidays since now I had to take both his Proframe and his Poc Crane.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: I'm talking about smaller/younger kids. I wish Bell made a XS in the Super. Say, 48-53cm. That would last my daughter from 2-6ish. Prime faceplanting years, haha I'd be worried a Small (52-56) would be too big for a toddler under say 4 yrs old.
  • + 1
 @PHeller: Yup. I have an open face but rarely wear it... only I'm riding with grand son I will put on to show him we always wear a helmet. I have 2 DH, Bell moto 9 and a Giro, sold off my Proframe, too big.
  • + 1
 @PHeller: My son wears proframe since he was 4. I got him into riding at 3. Not sure whether there was any point in doing that so early. I look at it from different perspective now though. I watched my daughter fly a few meters and disappear in the grass, not knowing whether she will get up or not. I honestly expected anything and after revisiting the site she was damn lucky to walk away with a broken arm. So in my honest opinion, if you wonder whether your 2-3yr old kid should wear a fullface helmet, it may just not be the time yet... maybe you should take it easier. But that's just my opinion, your kids, enjoy life.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: When I see those little kids with those relatively big full face helmets, I often wonder whether their necks are up against the increased rotational loads they're being subject to due to increased leverage. Less load on the face, more on the neck, it is always a compromise I know. I most cases though I don't think those full face helmets provide better protection to the skull than a good (no toy) pisspot helmet. If this is still down to guesswork (or guesswork disguised as common sense, science and whatnot) it may be interesting if it would be investigated. A motorcyclist once told me a crash with an open face helmet may destroy your face, the same crash with a closed helmet would destroy your neck. Sure they go different speeds so I'm interested to see how it works out for bicycle helmets. And in this context, how it works out for kids. And maybe there is still a place for open face helmets with a mouth guard. Olly Wilkins can make anything look stylish:

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  • + 1
 @vinay: I think it is a legitimate worry
  • + 1
 @vinay: Having done a face plant on a berm, with an open face, when my front wheel went over the backside, I'll gladly put extra strain on my neck with my FF now! Of course, I'm not a little kid. I think it comes down to how fast does the kid ride at. Once someone starts riding with real speed, better to get face protection. IMO.
  • + 2
 @vinay: Exactly why I think we need smaller full face helmets designed specifically for kids. Not just smaller adult helmets.
  • + 1
 @PHeller: I agree. I haven’t experienced weight to be an issue until I bought and used POC Coron at just above 1300g. It was the first time in 19 years of riding mountain bikes when I considered conditioning my neck to be able to withstand riding in the park all day...
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Wow, 1300g! That's huge. Yeah, that would not be fun to ride with. Might as well pull out my old moto helmet! LOL
  • + 2
 @mybaben: sorry, my XXL was 1200. Still... now on 1050g aircraft, sweet as hell
  • + 1
 @mybaben: i also just stacked into the face of a big berm at speed. Ill be wearing my full face more often. I couldn’t chew for a couple of days and the wife noticed my fave was crooked.
  • + 1
 @iggzilla: For real! It's def worth it. That kind of crash happens so fast, it's crazy. I saw my front wheel go over the backside, half a second later my face was on the trail! LOL.
  • + 2
 @iggzilla: After this kind of crash I couldn’t chew, even though I had a fullface helmet on.

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