First Look: Bluegrass Legit, MET Eldar, & MET Echo Helmets - Bike Connection Summer

Jun 28, 2018
by Paul Aston  
At the recent Bike Connection Summer media event in Les Gets, we were treated to three new helmets from the MET Bluegrass group. There's a youth helmet focused on enduro riding called the Eldar, another budget lid, this time for adults called Echo that becomes the smaller brother of the Roam, and the Legit, a full-on downhill helmet that bears the Bluegrass Eagle badge.



Bluegrass Legit

MET Bluegrass -Bike Connection Summer www.luigisestili.com


The new Bluegrass Legit has been developed in conjunction with the Polygon UR Team over the last year. The composite fiberglass helmet is focused on being budget-friendly whilst retaining all the safety and features that downhill riders need, including a flexible safety visor, removable cheek pads, and inflatable emergency release system compatibility.

If you are not familiar with the inflatable emergency airbag systems, they are now compulsory at supercross events in the USA, and we are likely to see more of them in mountain biking soon. Inside the top of the helmet, a square chunk of foam can be removed and replaced with the airbag system. In case of an emergency, correctly equipped medics can inflate the bag using compressed air to lift off or push the helmet up from the head, avoiding the risk of somebody pulling the helmet upward potentially further injuring the rider.



MET Bluegrass -Bike Connection Summer www.luigisestili.com
Bluegrass Legit Details:

Intended use: Downhill/enduro
Construction: Composite fiberglass shell with multi-impact EPS liner
Fit System Safe-T Mid Fit System
Certifications: ASTM | CE
Visor: Flexible with safety-release
Venting: 11 vents and two exhaust ports
Safety: Inflatable emergency release system compatible
Size: XS 52-54cm / S 54-56cm / M 56-58cm / 58-60cm / XL 60/62cm
Weight: Medium - 1100g (claimed.)
Pricing €200 / £180 / $250 USD
Availability: August 2018
More info: bluegrasseagle.com


The Polygon UR racing team helped with styling and fit as well as testing. They also worked closely on the venting system, trying to find the right balance between air flow, safety against incoming branches, insects or terrain, and a feeling of confidence when downhill racing – too many vents can leave you feeling exposed to the elements as air rushes past your head, this is not ideal for full-on downhill racing when every ounce of confidence counts. They also worked on the fit around the ears to reduce any negative effect on balance and hearing which can happen if helmets pressure your lobes.


MET Bluegrass -Bike Connection Summer www.luigisestili.com

MET Bluegrass -Bike Connection Summer www.luigisestili.com
MET Bluegrass -Bike Connection Summer www.luigisestili.com

MET Bluegrass -Bike Connection Summer www.luigisestili.com


There are large channels running through the inside of the helmet with two big exhaust holes for airflow, but the majority of the exterior of the helmet is closed with small, wire mesh covered vents. The mouth guard has three vents to help with breathing but they are also closed with mesh. The chin guard was also designed to be more flexible at the lower edge of the helmet for comfort, ease of fitting and impact absorption, but sturdier around the face opening to protect your good looks.


MET Bluegrass -Bike Connection Summer www.luigisestili.com
The Legit has 11 vents and channels away hot air out of two large exhaust ports.


The visor is also designed to be flexible enough to prevent any extra twisting or rotation on your head in a crash, and will also 'break away' in an impact, but can be re-fitted and re-used as many times as you need. Opting to not use magnets to attach the peak like some brands, Bluegrass says this can add weight and hard pieces of metal that could take up valuable space where foam can be. Instead they use plastic studs that pop into place.


MET Bluegrass -Bike Connection Summer www.luigisestili.com
The flexible safety peak unclips and moves upwards under impact, the entire visor will break away under a large impact.


There will be a carbon version coming later this year that will be more expensive, but Bluegrass were keen to point out that this helmet has all the safety of a carbon version at a more affordable price, and safety shouldn't be proportional to how much money you have. The Legit will be available in August this year and will be priced at €200 / £180 / $250 USD.







MET Eldar

MET Bluegrass -Bike Connection Summer www.luigisestili.com


MET previously had a range of kids helmets, but this is the first time they (and maybe any brand) has designed an 'enduro' specific helmet for kids. The MET Eldar is a miniature version of the Echo and features improved coverage for the back of the head, a real 360º fit system and a clip-on visor. The main feature that helps young kids is the wheel on the fit adjuster which is much bigger than other designs making it easier for kids to turn.


MET Bluegrass -Bike Connection Summer www.luigisestili.com
MET Eldar Details:

Intended use: Youth MTB
Construction: In-mould polycarbonate shell with EPS liner
Fit System Safe-T Twist 2
Certifications: CE | AS/NZS
Size: 52/57cm
Weight: 275g (claimed.)
Pricing €55 / £45
Availability: August 2018
More info: met-helmets.com


MET Bluegrass -Bike Connection Summer www.luigisestili.com
MET Bluegrass -Bike Connection Summer www.luigisestili.com


The Eldar will be available in seven colorways from August 2018, and is priced at €55 / £45. The Eldar is not available in North America.


MET Bluegrass -Bike Connection Summer www.luigisestili.com







MET Echo

MET Bluegrass -Bike Connection Summer www.luigisestili.com


MET Bluegrass -Bike Connection Summer www.luigisestili.com
MET Echo Details:

Intended use: Trail/enduro MTB
Construction: In-mould polycarbonate shell with EPS liner
Fit System Safe-T Mid Fit System
Certifications: CE | AS/NZS
Size: S/M 52/57 cm / M/L 57/60 cm
Weight: 280g - 300g (claimed.)
Pricing €60 / £50 / $69 USD
Availability: August 2018
More info: met-helmets.com


The MET Echo is an entry-level MTB helmet that's priced below the range of the premium Roam model. It offers similar coverage to the Roam which again is extended over the back of the head for increased protection. There are two sizes to choose from and it uses a 360º Safe-T Mid fit system. It's available in six colors from August 2018 for €60/ $69 USD.


MET Bluegrass -Bike Connection Summer www.luigisestili.com
The peak clips in with plastic studs.
MET Bluegrass -Bike Connection Summer www.luigisestili.com
The Echo uses a 360-degree retention system.


MET Bluegrass -Bike Connection Summer www.luigisestili.com







Thanks to the Bike Connection Agency and Luigi Sestili for images.


MENTIONS: @bluegrass-eagle @methelmets



22 Comments

  • + 12
 @Pinkbike: Please start to post a view of the helmets inside when introducing new head gear. Looking at those fancy shells is all nice, but a view of the padding and inner adjustment system can give an idea about how well the contraption may actually sit on one's head.
  • + 0
 I would never buy or recommend anyone to buy a helmet without trying it on so not sure how can that play a role in making a choice.
  • + 13
 @WAKIdesigns: Not everyone is you and plenty of people out there buy helmets without trying on first... I live pretty remote so order mine online in a couple of sizes and return the ones that don't fit
  • + 5
 Just linking the actual ratings site: www.beam.vt.edu/helmet/bicycle-helmet-ratings.html

Video said they mountain bike helmet ratings are coming "soon" !
  • + 5
 @bschmitt09: this something has been lacking for too long. Finally we can get past the marketing BS and find out what helmets truly offer better protection
  • + 2
 Real riders pee in their helmets.
  • + 3
 @Grmasterd: that ranking system, while a big step forward, does have some limitations.
I'm definitely not saying that it is a bad thing to help rate saftey, but their method doesnt take into account any sliding or puncturing (like a sharp branch for example) types of impacts, just direct impacts at various different angles. Since a helmet could be designed with this test in mind, this can only show half of the story in protection.
Its a start but with my head, i'd like a bit more of a comprehensive analysis.
  • + 1
 @lozzerbiker: Maybe it's more suited for road helmets as there are less variables on the road as off it. Although I didn't go into detailes of the test so I'm just assuming.
  • + 1
 Wasn't Kali actually testing helmets, also from other brands and creating some kind of ranking? I thought there was a recent article on that here on Pinkbike.

I do think Bluegrass does position themselves nicely here. They realize too many sharp corners, vents, fins etc are going to snag when you tumble though it may also be what makes a helmet look cool. So they've struck a balance there, which is nice. I think many/most people consider Kali the best but don't quite appreciate the round shape. Odd maybe to prefer form over function when health is at stake, but I didn't come here to discuss that. It does make me wonder about those slip planes though. Is it a conscious decision to not include any, other than just cost savings? Considering Tracey did have a concussion recently, it must have been in the back of their minds. Then again from her description of the crash that one may have been a straight impact.

I like how they're honest about the future (more expensive) carbon helmet not being any safer. Though again it does make me curious whether the weight savings alone do help any when your head is being swung around with 10g accelerations.
  • + 1
 @lozzerbiker: It's a good start. In hindsight, what really surprises me is why did it take so long for this type of testing to come about
  • + 5
 The Master Chief Edition
  • + 3
 not a big fan of the looks of the DH lid but 200€ plus multi impact EPS sounds like an awesome package. great work met!
  • - 1
 the branding dept. forgot the H, I'd kill for the new meth parachute
  • + 0
 do they have a factory and a lab for testing? would be cool to tour the met lab
  • + 3
 The MET Eldar, probably not going to be as new as the MET Tau, but way more advanced than the MET Space Marine.
  • + 2
 Heard the MET Ork was just a bucket, literally.
  • + 1
 Bluegrass real world testing ft. Tracy Hannah with all the spills she has had this year.
  • + 1
 Who rides without a full face? I've seen one too many persons eat on their face to ever trust a helmet without a face guard.
  • + 1
 Looks 100% legit if you know what I mean
  • + 2
 I 100% get what you mean

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