Fly Racing Freestone Helmet - Review

Mar 27, 2014
by Jordan Carr  
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While better known for their motocross gear, Fly Racing's catalog also includes a number of mountain bike standouts that are worth taking a look at, including the Freestone helmet that's reviewed here. Although the Freestone looks similar to the growing number of trail style helmets that offer extra coverage compared to a pure cross-country lid, it does sport a few nice features that help it stand out from some others in the same class. The company has gone with dual density foam that is placed strategically along the inside of the helmet to add to its impact protection, while a simple ratcheting dial retention system allows for on the fly adjustment that requires only a single hand to adjust. Up front, a detachable visor secured by way of a full face style bolted mounting system rather than finicky push-fit clips, and this allows it to be set in a wide range of positions without moving. The helmet's inner liner also features mesh inserts to keep bugs from flying in through the front vents, a useful point for anyone who's ever been stung by a wayward bee. The Freestone helmet is available in multiple colour options, including matte black, hi-viz yellow/black, gloss white/red, gloss white, and blue. Weight: 320 grams, MSRP: $109.95 USD www.flyracing.com

All-Mountain aesthetics give the Fly Freestone great style points, but its deep inner shape and low riding retention system left us uncomfortable after more than a couple hours with it on our head.

Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesAfter spending significant amounts of time wearing a huge assortment of different trail helmets we have come to appreciate their more subdued styling and increased protection over a traditional lid. Some brand's offerings inevitably fit and feel better for certain people depending on their head shape, and it goes without saying that, much like shoes, this point is going to be a very personal thing. With that in mind, we have to say that we that we found the Freestone to fit a bit odd on our heads, and although this issue may be a bit subjective depending on the shape of one's own noggin, it is worth noting. Its deep inner shape placed the helmets retention system much lower than we would have preferred, and it even became a bit uncomfortable after a few hours on our head. It did, however, keep the helmet from shifting even the slightest amount and provide easy on the fly adjustability, both great selling points. Venting is in par with any other trail helmet on the market, meaning that it isn't as airy as some of the ultra-light cross-country models out there, but it's also not overly warm. The Freestone's aesthetics are sleek and stylish, and does seem to do well with the more understated look that has become so eminent over the last few years. At $109, the Freestone is not an inexpensive helmet, but it is also far from being the most expensive. We like the easy on the fly adjustability, an adjustable but sturdy visor, and extended head coverage, but this is one helmet that fits very differently from the status quo. Riders looking to stray from the major helmet players will find the Freestone appealing, but be sure to give it a test before picking one up for yourself. - Jordan Carr





28 Comments

  • + 12
 Not weird enough for me, I'll stick with my Urge
  • + 10
 I have tried this helmet compared to TLD and Bell and it is a good fit! Price beats them also.
  • + 2
 Ya me too, I tried it on and it fit my head perfectly! Better than the Super and the A1. A1 fit good but I like the deeper fit of this one. Price is way better. Its my next helmet
  • + 1
 @Rleh... What size fly did u get? What size super do you wear? My noggen is right at 23 and i wear m super...thx Rich
  • + 3
 I'm sure its a great helmet for the right head. Sadly I cracked my Fox Striker last year in a bad crash that ended my riding season and already replaced it with a SixSixOne Recon. Haven't had the chance to wear it riding yet, darn snow.
  • + 3
 I don't understand why the snow would keep you from riding... get out and pedal!
  • + 7
 BECAUSE ITS TOO EFFIN COLD! after all, this is mountain biking, not hockey. although sometimes i do feel like checking people off their bikes.
  • + 1
 careful when washing the pads on the Recon mine tear apart
  • + 1
 A few inches of fresh snow is fun to ride in.. When, the trails are covered in rock hard ice, its zero fun and sometimes impossible..
  • + 0
 As long as your on a bike its always fun to ride, no matter what the conditions are! Frozen trails are even better than fresh snow!
  • + 7
 looks like a supermarket lid...
  • + 2
 I thought the same thing, but then looked on their website and I think it looks great in other colours. These pics aren't doing it any justice.
  • + 1
 www.flyracing.com/product/mtb/riderwear/helmets/freestone-helmet/2654/bluehi-viz

This one is my favorite color.

I don't know if its worth mentioning but, the retention system is adjustable. I'm not sure if Jordan got a chance to change the height position of the retention system but that was one of my concerns the fist time I put one on. I moved the strap in the back into the upper position and its a lot more comfortable.
  • + 3
 Agreed, the photos above make it look cheap!
  • + 0
 chineseebay15bucks look!!
  • + 1
 I have this Helmet and have been wearing it for the last month after switching from a Fox which for me was tippy on my head. The retention system does ride low but there is an adjustment for that which raises this up into the helmet more which did take me a couple of weeks to finally open it up and make that adjustment but now that I have It fits much better with out feeling to low on the front.
  • + 2
 First ride with this helmet today. Very impressed with the comfortable fit and feel. Probably the best fitting helmet I've ever worn and I own the Bell Super, Giro Xen, POC Trabec.
  • + 1
 I've played with a few Fly Racing items (gloves, knee guards, hydration pack) and they were all way lower quality than any of their competitors. The products were shockingly bad, basically Walmart quality. I haven't seen their helmets before but it would be surprising if it wasn't crap.
  • + 1
 What a crap review. No pictures with the helmet on a head riding, no mention of the safety features (what its designed for).
  • + 1
 looks much better in other colour options
  • + 0
 $110? I'll take a fox.
  • + 0
 Looks like a big toe.
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