Fox Proframe Full-Face Helmet

Mar 2, 2017
by Richard Cunningham  
Fox Proframe helmet


Most enduro venues require a full-face helmet for all timed stages, which encouraged many competitors to bring along a lighter, cooler, half-shell helmet to wear during the often arduous transfer (liaison) climbs. That practice led to the re-birth of convertible full-face helmets which were better ventilated than traditional DH designs and featured removable chin bars. Convertibles allowed enduro competitors and earn-your-turn gravity riders to enjoy the best of both options without carting around a second helmet.

Initially, convertible full-face helmets endured a measure of ridicule from established hard-core riders, but in spite of that, they quickly gained popularity. It was only a matter of time, then, that helmet makers and riders alike, would realize that the better solution would be a lightweight, super-ventilated full-face helmet that could be worn comfortably for long pedals and, at the same time, would approach the level of protection that a true downhill lid provided. Fox Racing's new Proframe helmet is exactly that - a new breed - the all-day, ride-anything full-face that many of us have been waiting for.

Fox Proframe Full-Face Helmet

• ATSM downhill certified
• MIPS rotational impact protection
• Big Bore airflow: 24 large vents
• Varizorb multi-density EPS liner
• Impact-absorbing DH-certified chin bar
• Fidlock buckle system
• Sizes: Small, Medium, large, X-large
• MSRP: 249 USD
• Weight: 750 grams (medium)
• Contact: Fox Racing

Here's the Official press release:
Fox Proframe helmet



Fox Racing is proud to announce the release of the all-new Proframe helmet, on sale worldwide Friday, March 3rd, 2017. Designed to seamlessly blend the worlds of protection and breathability, the Proframe ushers in a new era of confidence inspiring performance for the All Mountain trail rider. The key feature allowing for this hybrid performance is the patent pending Fox integrated chin bar. This offers certified downhill level protection while maintaining nearly open face airflow, lightweight climbing breathability, and full-face protection for aggressive descending. Combined with the proven Fox Varizorb© multi-density EPS and 24 big bore vents, the Proframe is one of the lightest full-face helmets in the world today.




bigquotes Our downhill DNA sparked the creation of our first ever all-mountain focused full-face helmet. Over two years in the development process, the Proframe has been tested and proven by our elite team of mountain bike athletes. You'll see it showcased in our upcoming full-length movie and throughout the year in races all over the world. We are excited to launch such an amazing new product, which brings the Iconic Fox attitude and aggressiveness to the world of trail riding. - Mike Redding, MTB Sports Marketing.





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About Fox Racing:
For over four decades, Fox Racing has been the global leader in motocross and mountain biking gear and apparel. Fox outfits the world’s best competitive action sport athletes and enthusiasts with products that combine innovation and style, rooted in the brand’s original competitive motocross spirit. The company is based in Irvine, California, with offices, retail stores, and an international roster of sponsored athletes, located around the world.






246 Comments

  • 177 4
 Looks Ace, price will likely crush my enthusiasm.
  • 157 3
 I'm going to the official launch Friday. Should have prices, weights, and a ride impression up shortly after.
  • 56 1
 Light, strong, cheap - pick two...

Not that it matters much. That it can be done is the most important part; that I can afford it will come later. Looks great, in principle and in form!
  • 90 2
 $249 USD, 750 grams for the medium. Fox killed it with this one.
  • 19 0
 $250 in US, £215 in GB. 750g for a size medium.
  • 8 0
 @brit-100: That'll do for me to pull the trigger
  • 15 0
 @MarkMitch: Wow. That might not be cheap, exactly, but I think it's cheap enough for me to eat my words!
  • 7 1
 Which other fullfaces compete with this Fox for pedaling in? ya know, just in case the Fox doesn't fit my noggin'....Thx
  • 32 4
 @loopie: MET parachute
  • 5 1
 I wonder how it compares to the Rampage Carbon in terms of protection as it seems to be the same helmet but with more vents.. Must say the Rampage vents pretty well already for a proper DH lid.
  • 1 0
 @gapos999: Those look great! Thx
  • 12 1
 @RichardCunningham: could we trade job ? mine is boring
  • 13 20
flag vic690 (Mar 3, 2017 at 3:52) (Below Threshold)
 @loopie: giro switchblade..the safest convertible helmet around..and way coolest..
  • 3 1
 It's super comfortable too. Just go a size up from what you usually do as they are a bit small.
  • 10 1
 If price is too much then wait one season, $125 next year.

That is amazingly light, for comparison:

Giro Remedy CF Large is 1180g
Urge Down o Matic 1040g
Spec Deviant XL 1140g

These are all older helmets though, it would be nice to see what modern helmets are weighing in at.
  • 22 0
 you cannot put a price on enduro related safety... the climbs may not be timed but the cost of the setup is recorded mentally by all in attendance and ultimately there is not a single person out there who would want to get seriously injured (or die) in last seasons get up.
  • 8 7
 @vic690: nice. dentists loved this helmet
  • 19 2
 I usually try not to link to other websites, but since this is more of a product release piece, Enduro mag has a proper first ride with it with lots of details for anyone looking for more info.

enduro-mtb.com/en/first-ride-fox-proframe-helmet-how-good-is-the-new-ultralight-fullface

The big takeaway here:
So while we can tick the box next to ventilation after our testing, the question of protection is still wide open – especially regarding the chinbar. The fact that it satisfies the EN 1078:2012+A1:2012- and the ATSM standards doesn’t really answer the question, as neither tests the chin guard as part of the helmet. We’ve not had chance to take the helmet into the testing lab, so we’re unable to shed any light on its impact protection.

You might want to hold off until some proper tests can be done.
  • 18 2
 Waiting to see Kali's version.
  • 9 1
 @loopie: Kali has a helmet probably coming out this summer: www.pinkbike.com/news/kalis-new-enduro-helmet-first-look.html
  • 7 0
 @BaeckerX1: The ASTM downhill standard does include a chin bar test www.bhsi.org/f1952standard.htm
  • 3 0
 @tmcp1127: Interesting. I was just going off what that site posted. Sounds like they got things a bit muddled.

Summary: ASTM's F1952 Downhill Mountain Bicycle Racing helmet standard is significantly more stringent than the CPSC bicycle helmet standard. A helmet needs much more coverage to meet F1952, and is tested at higher impact levels. Chinbars are not required, but are tested if they are present

ASTM developed F1952 because downhill mountain bike racing has more crashes than street or road riding. The standard does not require a chinbar, but if the helmet has a chinbar (even one that is removable) then the chinbar is tested. Helmets with removable chinbars are tested both with and without the chinbar. Test lab impacts are more severe than the CPSC/ASTM F1447 standard, and the test line is significantly lower in the sides and rear, so the impact performance is tested in the added area. Helmets certified only to CPSC may have extra coverage in the rear, but it is not tested, and must be presumed not to meet either CPSC or the downhill standard.
  • 3 0
 @RichardCunningham: So if we have a hot summer in the UK, you think downhillers will use em'?
  • 2 0
 @Rasterman: Not only that, it's also about 200 grams lighter than Giro Switchblade (and a few grams lighter than Bell Super 3R which lacks the DH certification).
  • 1 3
 @tmcp1127: not necessarily as the fox open face dj helmet is certified.
  • 4 0
 @gdnorm: See above. Chinbars are not required, but are tested if they are present. That's pulled from the standard language.
  • 3 1
 @ninjaty: why are you saying this ?? It's the only DH certified convertible helmet around..has someone already broken it ?
  • 2 0
 @gapos999:

defo. I have one. amazing ventilation. way better than Bell super. good fit crucial. must try before u buy. It feels no hotter than an A1 TLD TBH. recommended.
  • 1 0
 @vic690: this aint convertible. aple to aples....
  • 1 0
 Price ? Surprisingly not profane
  • 1 0
 @RichardCunningham: please include the impact testing video on than chin bar when you do your first impression. This is how many of us make our purchasing descision.
  • 4 0
 @loopie: MET Parachute
  • 2 0
 @BaeckerX1: It says right in the video meets ASTM DH standards, which would be ASTM 1952 which does test the chin bar.
  • 2 0
 @RichardCunningham: let us know how much space there is under that visor for the GoPro. I really like the footage i get from under the visor.
  • 1 0
 @ryanm189: Thx...could definitely be a contender aswell!
  • 1 0
 @TheOriginalTwoTone: Have a MET Parachute, love it.

The only challenge is I think it only comes in 2 sizes (or 2 sizes I could try... was it Med and LG? ). For me the LG was way too big, while the Med was... the small side of perfect.

There was just 1 "hot spot" that my noggin could feel inside (a rough spot in the foam), so I just massaged it / smoothed it out with the rounded back of a spoon... just lightly smoothed and compressed the rough spot in the foam.
  • 2 0
 @tmcp1127:
@BaeckerX1:

There's an interesting and informative chin bar test in the video that comes up when you land on the MET page:

www.met-helmets.com/en/products/mtb/parachute
  • 1 0
 @b4uwereborn: Imagine a usual rainy day in the UK wearing this helmet. Big Grin I can feel the taste of the mud in my mouth...
  • 1 0
 So for anyone who's currently looking at getting one from your local LBS, you might want to hurry up. All mediums (at least in Canada) are sold out and there's limited stock on large and extra large from what our shops been told
  • 2 0
 @loopie: Urge has a couple
  • 1 0
 Looks good. Used to always wear a full face, and they're probably not the worst idea.
  • 39 1
 just cut the chin area off on your old dh helmet...ronny mac style
  • 3 0
 Lol this one probably isn't neck brace compatible
  • 37 1
 Take my money! ... Oh, that's right, I don't have any.
  • 25 1
 This is really exciting, and I hope the start of getting mass participation / mass no. of users who ride trail/AM to start using Full Face Helmets (I need to start too) as it just makes so much sense if you have a light and breathable helmet that can protect your face and jaw area too.

Accidents happen, if you can reduce the potential for horrendous injury, then why not do so!
  • 5 1
 And to piggy back on that participation, maybe the neck braces work their way into AM riding more. This helmet would open up more trails to me personally - trails in the middle of a long ride, where I might not want to carry a typical full face, but maybe can deal with carrying just the neck brace. You don't need to break your neck more than once to understand risk avoidance.
  • 5 0
 @HairyLegs I fully agree. Since a pretty drastic road accident saw me replacing some teeth, I've been wearing either a Kali full face or a Bell Super 2R. Both have their compromises, but the mental calm that comes from just knowing I'm better protected from having to fund my dentist's next bike is priceless. If I could have light, breatheable, strong, and non-convertible in ONE helmet that doesn't look like an alien sat on my head... that's the holy grail. This might be it. Risk vs. Reward!
  • 1 0
 Really love the design of this helmet, been running a d2 for sometime now, time to upgrade!
  • 24 1
 enduro level over 9000
  • 11 0
 Love this. I'll be purchasing one. I have the bell 2R and never remove the chinbar. Great that companies are moving towards fullface, lightweight helmets. I prefer a full face for all riding. Saves a broken face and helps my confidence level. Plus the half helmet has always looked stupid. Cruise ship sitting on your head that's only good for granny's on the rail trails.
  • 15 5
 not to sound negative, but met did this 2 years ago with their parachute helmet... ATSM certified and 700g.
  • 100 6
 Yeah but the Parachute looks shit.
  • 8 0
 I have the parachute great lid very effective, had the fox in my hands it's a quality helmet and well thought out lining and ear space recess you won't see on the films.
  • 5 3
 @JoshvB: i'm not a fan of the fox helmets stylewise, look too bulky IMO.
but in regards to the met parachute i just wanted to point out, that another manufacturer basiclly did the same concept a couple of years ago. just not that big of a name as fox racing Wink
  • 6 7
 @striveCF15: You obviously never owned a bell transfer helmet. Looking bulky is your thing? Your idol is Mr.Potato head? Go for the bell.
  • 2 0
 Yeah, the fox looks better ventilated though. Barely any airflow constriction at all from the chinbar. So not new, but possibly a better take on the concept than the met prachute.
  • 3 3
 @Fenderrbenderr: read my comment again... i said " i'm not a fan of the fox helmets stylewise, look too bulky IMO"!
it's the direct opposite of what you implied.
  • 7 2
 I've have a MET Parachute for about 2 years - I loved it initially, but sadly it's gathering dust atm and doesn't get much use. I planned to use it all the time for DH/Trail riding (which is about 80% of what I do), but this never worked out.

In reality I much prefer riding DH with a proper full face (Fox Rampage Comp) as it is much more comfortable and safe feeling. For trail riding the MET is a little too hot in summer and too cold in winter (due to all the vents!), so I much prefer a half shell (Bontrager Quantum MIPS).

This leaves a really small window in early autumn when the MET makes sense for light DH, trails, or biking weekends or trips when I don't want to take two lids - but I am married with 3 kids, work long hours etc so MTB holidays aren't on the horizon, so in reality the MET usage window never really opens. In my experience these 'crossover' helmets make too many compromises to be really useful.

That being said, I do think that this helmet looks cool - and I want one! Big Grin
  • 3 1
 @Fenderrbenderr: Nothing is more bulky than the 6D.
  • 2 0
 @Marc2211: same experience as mine. started out with the parachute 2 years ago but switched to a TLD D3 carbon after 1 season for proper parklaps or enduro-races. for my home trails i'm using a speci ambush right now. the parachute was nice for what it is, but nothing compares to the felt security with a proper dh-lid.
  • 3 1
 @striveCF15 : Irony and the internet Wink
Just wanted to say that the Fox helmet isn't that bulky compared to others, no offense Smile
  • 2 0
 I mean, if we're going to talk about who did it first, &, y'know, ignore all the late 90s-early 00s examples, Urge has been making the Archi-enduro for I don't know how long.
  • 1 0
 @JoshvB: dude you nailed it!
  • 7 0
 @Marc2211: I definitely agree that the Met Parachute gets fairly warm around the cheekpads when temps go above about 27C - that said I like how the rubber forehead band funnels sweat to the sides of your face so you don't get a stream when you put your head down, and I've personally found it's the perfect temperature for winter riding as long as you have a good skullcap.

After a near-death experience with a tree, a boulder and my face on a local trail ride last spring, I committed to getting and wearing a full-face for all my riding - picked up the Parachute and I've been absolutely loving it ever since. I've started feeling naked when I put on my half-shell on a super-hot day....
  • 1 0
 @JoshvB: And the fit details were poor.
  • 3 1
 @JoshvB: i think the parachute looks great
notice how the fox is bulky in comparison (like the bell in fact)
  • 7 0
 All I see is how this is an all mountain helmet, can be worn all day etc, but also that it passes all DH certs. So can it be worn for DH too? They mention nothing about that. DH riders like lightweight and well ventilated helmets too.
  • 1 0
 But we also understand that we're hurtling a lot faster down more ragged tracks and I think I speak for a lot of DHers when I say we prefer the protection of a bigger lid too.
  • 6 0
 I don't race DH anymore and rarely get to parks, but the odd visit and enduro race is on my radar. If this fits, they may have a sale on their hands.
  • 1 0
 Same.....I really hope it fits!
  • 1 0
 Good commitment
  • 4 0
 I like the idea of the vented side on the lower chin protector, should have less fogging. I'm still rocking my TLD Bell Jeremy McGrath special edition from almost 2 decades ago. Might be time to wall art the old lid and bust out a newie.
  • 3 0
 This an amazing helmet and has already sold well bearing in mind we only had them in on Tuesday and only been able to sell them today. At £215 they are cheaper than a lot of other FF lids.The fit is fantastic, magnetic buckle and some pretty cool paint finishes. They will sell like hot cakes so grab one while you can!
  • 2 0
 My Fox Flux is a killer, well made, bang for your buck, well ventilated helmet. If this thing ventilates even marginally well it's gonna be a home-run. Not everyone wants to fiddle with a detachable chin-bar and for us SoCal riders that ride packless on short but gnarly trails, it's just one more thing for which you need a pack. Good job Fox I'm interested.
  • 2 0
 Removable chin bar race dramas, seen racers go to the pits and start a climb only half way up remember chin bar and go racing back to the pits Smile
  • 5 0
 side chin bar(?) vent looks too big for my taste Frown won't a branch get in there?
  • 2 0
 Looks like I've found my next helmet. I was all over the Met Parachute when I first found out about it, but the lack of availability here in the US (i.e. try it on before buying) killed my interest for it. The Bell Super doesn't fit my head shape, and the new Giro looks like a total sweatbox for your head.
  • 1 0
 Lots of online retailers have the Parachute.
  • 1 0
 @DrPete: With Fox, odds that I can actually find it at my lbs are much higher. I buy plenty of stuff online, but helmets and shoes are one of those that I have to try before I buy and don't want to waste money returning things that may/may not fit.
  • 2 0
 I own a Met Parachute, ( light but uncomfortable and ugly ).
I had a Fox Carbon Rampage Pro ( sold it , but it was comfortable but DH only ).
I own a IXS Xult ( nice but kinda of a cheap liner, and definitely not cool enough for climbing, still a DH only helmet ).
I own a Smith forefront ( decent but no Chin bar )
This could be a home run for Fox , I'll wait for more reviews before purchasing.
  • 4 0
 Giro did a good job on their latest. This looks close though. I'm willing to pedal in a 3/4s to avoid drain bamage
  • 9 6
 "Fox Racing's new Proframe helmet is exactly that - a new breed - the all-day, ride-anything full-face that many of us have been waiting for."

WTF is my met parachute then?
  • 9 13
flag poah (Mar 3, 2017 at 1:24) (Below Threshold)
 its a helmet, its never going to make you look nice. Its cheaper, lighter and better vented.
  • 16 3
 @poah: in fact it's fugly. A friend of mine has one. It's fugly.
  • 4 8
flag poah (Mar 3, 2017 at 3:10) (Below Threshold)
 and?
  • 13 6
 @poah: It's really a disgustingly ugly helmet, and it looks flimsy with that tiny tiny chinbar, it doesn't look trustworthy.
It's kinda like that dirty drug addict on the corner, he might be good with kids, but I don't really want to put him to the test.

This FOX helmet on the other hand, looks like a nice upstanding member of (full face) society, just a little leaner.
  • 13 2
 @Muckal: Ugly helmet is still better than an ugly face Wink
  • 2 3
 @Losvar: Ah, it 'looks' flimsy (in your opinion) . . . And? What does that actually prove?
  • 3 0
 @Muckal: No, it isn't a 'fact' at all is it. It is an opinion.
  • 5 4
 @mgolder: Doesn't prove anything, I just trust my gut feeling based on my experience, from having worked as a fabricator for many years and also my education in mechanical engineering. I have developed a pretty keen eye when it comes to what works and what doesn't in terms of functional design.
Given that the MET chinbar has smaller outside dimensions and weighing quite a bit less, I would bet quite a lot of money on the FOX having a substantially stronger chinbar.

This is just my opinion, and given that I haven't seen them tested head to head in a lab, I can't really prove anything.
  • 2 0
 @poah: cheaper?? Smile )
  • 3 1
 @Losvar: my experience of actually falling off with face ground contact (also broke my collar bone) with the parachute would prove you wrong.

since when did 50g become quite a bit less, then by your logic the Leatt helmet is better because it's heavier.
  • 3 1
 @Dryb1as: rrp of the met is £189, the rrp of the FOX is likely to be £250
  • 1 0
 @poah: £215 for the fox, I wouldn't wear the parachute over the fox if you gave me the £26 difference back
  • 3 2
 @holden-biking: both as ugly as each other. Fox is likely to still be hot, you can wear the parachute all day no problem. I wouldn't wear either for uplifts though
  • 2 0
 @mgolder: true! But i have never heard about another opinion in it's looks.
  • 1 0
 Have you seen the current 2017 version? I just looked at MET website and the designs are pretty cool, much better than the previous seasons.
  • 1 2
 @Losvar: I love it when someone pulls an 'I'm a mechanical engineer' type comment as if that means your opinion is then more relevant. It really isn't. How strong does it need to be before it then becomes too strong and has a negative impact? As surely as an engineer you must appreciate that that can be an issue too? They all pass the same safety standards so are clearly both up to the task at hand. It may be 'stronger', but again, so what?!
  • 1 0
 @Muckal: Ah, so because you personally haven't heard anyone say something then your thoughts on it become fact. Good to know that logic is completely dead in your world.
  • 1 0
 @Losvar: CandyVanMan?
  • 1 0
 All these people saying how ugly the Parachute is... I don't think it's bad at all. The face guard is a little funky, but I wouldn't call it ugly. It's not like it's one of those French helmets with the oculus in the middle of it. (I can't remember the name). But I do think this Fox helmet looks better, and also, the chin bar vents are a lot bigger.
  • 8 0
 @Losvar: the ASTM standards exist so you don't have to trust your gut feelings. Whether the MET chin bar "looks flimsy" to you is irrelevant.
  • 2 0
 @poah: bollocks. The only TLD gear I waste my money on are their helmets because there is little debate over how much better they look than everything else. I could wear potato sack pants and cardboard elbow pads and still out-steeze the crowd with a pinstripe D3.
  • 1 0
 i think people dont like it because the only color u can *easily* get for cheap in the US is army green ;-) (MET being Italian, not American)
  • 3 0
 @DrPete: Remember he's an engineer- they don't use tests, just eyeball it and gut feeling.
  • 1 0
 @mgolder: it's absolutetly not. But what does my opinion have to do with logic?
I've seen one up close this weekend, the Red and black one and, if you allowed, i would like to change my opinion from fugly to pretty ugly. Still very bad compared to the Fox. Still, the UVEX Jackyl is even worse if that makes you sleep better.
  • 1 0
 @Muckal: I sleep like a log every night, thank you very much for your concern.

I also love how you ignored the other people above who also tore your argument apart. Seems about right.
  • 1 0
 @mgolder: why would I bother, everybody has their own opinion? Guess what i love? Your hate for the word 'fact' and that you don't seem to be happy with the helmet's looks either, or is their another explanation for all your upset?
  • 1 0
 @Muckal: What are you blathering on about? I mentioned 'fact' because you claimed it was a fact, which it isn't, it is an opinion. That is all I did regarding the word fact.

Also, I haven't even voiced my opinion on either helmet, so again I don't know where on earth you got that from either. Yes, the person who keeps replying with increasingly incorrect statements and made up points (you) has the nerve to say I'm 'upset'. Fantastically funny.
  • 1 0
 @Muckal: he's 'upset' because you are one of zee germans!
  • 1 0
 @holden-biking: How oddly xenophobic.....
  • 1 0
 @holden-biking: no problem, i'm actually bavarian, which is a fact. Thanks for your help!
  • 2 0
 The looks are incredible! The first presentation vid didn't show the all black version shown in the picture...I hope it's one of the options as I'm a big fan of black and stealth stuff!! Would consider it as next purchase Smile
  • 1 0
 No worries, the matt black used in those pictures is one of the 7 colour options.
  • 1 0
 @brit-100: awesome! Thanks!!
  • 2 1
 The new Leatt helmet is convertible looks good and weights, I've got a bell super 2R but without the chin bar I think it's too bulky! This fox one is 80 grams heavier than the Leatt and I think the Uvex enduro is sub 700 grams as well. Some transitions in enduros are long slogs, I wouldn't fancy riding a summer transition with a full face
  • 2 0
 Leatt is the most under-reviewed, under-appreciated helmets out there. Would love to see a shoot-out between the Leatt and the FOX.
  • 2 0
 looks good this may be (and I hope it will be) the future of enduro helmets, when I see what people in videos do on their enduro bikes lately, a bit more protection is probably more than welcome..
  • 2 0
 Man, I just love the current push by the manu's, the riders, and the media, everyone just moving for more wearable protection. This thing looks rad and if it saves one face, it was a strong move by Fox.
  • 2 0
 Which ATSM testing did they use, the one for just helmets or the downhill specific version? I read elsewhere that the chin bar was not tested, so that would be a concern for me.
  • 2 0
 Good question, it was the DH specific version, details here: www.astm.org/Standards/F1952.htm
  • 1 0
 Looks sick in design... Now I'm in a search of a full face DH helmet (cool and light is always good) so I'll would like to know more about the offered protection in comparison to a full DH offer as the rampage.
Right now I bought a Giro Swicthblade, very happy with it, not as easy to put/release the chin bar as they say. But is ok, also it's kind of a bit hot here in Costa Rica summer, where somedays we have long very steep climbs at 26 to 31 centigrades. So the breathability is a winner here. And also I like the stealth black look, but the dust is hard to remove in this lid.
But well done FOX, design looks very nice.
  • 2 0
 If they are going to try and convince me that this helmet is great for climbing, they could have at least sprinkled a little water on Loris's forehead to make it look like he was sweating...
  • 1 0
 I ride in Pisgah. A helmet made out of ice can't keep sweat from pouring off my skull on even the coldest day. Where the heck do people live that can cover their head on a climb with anything past the ears. My skull would explode. No interest here. Have at it. fellas. Nobody asked me, but I gave my opinion. Heck, I had the original Giro Switchblade just to save money. It was literally a road helmet with visor and the flimsiest jawpiece on earth and I couldn't ride in that thing 10 feet without popping a blood vessel. Will not be jumping on this bandwagon for infinity.
  • 5 0
 maybe you just sweat a lot
  • 1 0
 @twozerosix: you ever ride in Pisgah?
  • 1 0
 @bizutch: I ride in MD with a Parachute. Only slightly warmer when going slow than a 1/2 dome. Once you're moving at any decent speed it's just as well vented.
  • 1 0
 @bizutch: no, sounds good tho
  • 2 0
 I've known two riders who have had reconstructive surgery on their jaws after crashing at speed in rocky terrain. Open face helmets of course. Both recovered completely, with a new scar face look that the ladies dig.
  • 1 0
 @mountaincross: I resemble that remark. Having your lower lip reattached isn't so great and who needs front teeth? Anyway - this is a nice lid, decent price. Props to Fox.
  • 1 0
 @CarlMega: I've been thinking about chin bars for that reason. I'm also one of those people who just run really hot - I get sweat dripping down my brow climbing in a half-shell even this time of year (45-50F). I think I could deal with the heat thing, because these seem pretty well ventilated, and I'm already running hot - but the thing that keeps me away from full face helmets for trail riding is that I'm worried about the chin bars sticking out so far and having that snap back my neck in a face-first crash. As in, jaw reconstruction would be incredibly painful and nasty and all - but I have this (perhaps irrational) fear of breaking my neck. So perhaps the answer is just to bite the bullet, do the full face, and wear a neck brace...
  • 1 0
 @g-42: all fear is irrational....said all the dead.
  • 2 0
 @g-42: In fairness, I broke my neck in that crash too C5/C6. These days, I'll take my chance w/ the FF all things considered.
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 @CarlMega: Nobody plans to break their necks. They might do risky things but almost never consider the consequences. Some elements of riding have risks that could be foreseen (like collarbone or shin or ankle) but hey sh*t goes crazy sometimes and then vertebrae take the brunt of the impact. For half of the rides I do, this helmet would really make no sense, because the speeds and terrain don't lend themselves to major crashes. But for the rides where lugging a 'real' FF would be a PITA not to mention impairing the ventilation while riding, something like this would be great. And yes, porting the neck brace along as well. Three vertebrae, a year of recovery, and thousands of dollars should be enough justification.
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 @twozerosix: 100% agree. Most trail rides are w/ my regular lid. I also have a Super 2R and a full face. I pick accordingly to my terrain and intention. It seems Fox is moving the needle in the right direction so I like the option. Maybe next year if it's time to upgrade and fit/feedback is good.
  • 2 0
 Magnetic chinstrap closure intrigues me. The D-rings on my DH helmets are medieval agricultural grade by comparison. Even those side-release buckles on XC lids are lame . I'll be scoping these out at the Sea otter for sure.
  • 2 0
 I have been thinking about a "trail" helmet but I just prefer full face. Shit can go horribly wrong at any time. Usually when you least expect it : ) And this finally isn't ugly as f*ck.
  • 1 0
 met parachute did this 2 years ago......not sure why so many people on here don't like the styling of it when this is supposedly much better. Is it the colours that put people of more than the shape...I could understand that as some of them were pretty loud. If its the shape though im perplexed......I wouldn't say the fox looks better (it looks fine though).
  • 1 0
 I just bought one!

TL;DR: Feels good, crazy light, going to still have second DH lid.

I just received mine in the mail today! I was going back and forth between this and the switchblade. I've own a Giro Remedy for DH for years and it's time to replace it, I mostly ride tamer DH on an Enduro bike and wanted more protection for Enduro riding. I occasionally rent a full DH sled when traveling as well.

First impressions: It's light!! It feels lighter than advertised (no scale) My Giro Remedy says 1050g on the inside, and this feels a full pound lighter. (Size Small) Wearing it feels like a trail helmet with cheek pads. It's -20 here so I won't be riding anytime soon but it doesn't feel like wearing a DH helmet at all while sitting here typing (yes I'm wearing my helmet right now).

That being said I've already ordered a new Giro Disciple as well for shuttling days. I don't think I'd feel confident on a DH sled with this helmet on, that's how light and breathable it is. I'm stoked to have the chin bar for riding enduro style rides or hot lift days when I'm not trying to ride with faster descenders.
  • 1 0
 Fail for me. Brow padding is super thin and MIPS plastic scrapes my forhead. Felt it the instant I put it on. Can't imagine riding with it and having it shift around a little. Definitely feels light weight - as in I would also like a dh helmet
  • 1 0
 ...and what about that FIDLOCK thing? Can you easily tighten/loosen it while it's locked (like you can do with a double D)?
I'm asking this because I know that quick-release buckles don't allow fine tightening unless you open them
  • 3 0
 So, the only way they could rescue that ugly duck billed helmet of last year was to glue a chin bar on it. Pun intended.
  • 4 0
 Please let there be an xxl option for us fat heads.
  • 4 0
 and no one mentions Giro switchblade as an option?
  • 1 0
 I've got one and I love the fit and versatility it provides. It's not as warm as I was worried it may be either!
  • 3 0
 No vents around the ears like a Giro Switchblade? It's still going to be hot
  • 1 0
 I have a SB, and the channeling to your ears works great. It isn't as hot as I was worried it may have been.
  • 1 0
 I've got one in my hands, if feels like there's nothing beside your ears, I could easily slide giant hideous sunglasses on as if it was an XC lid. The Cheek pads squish nicely on your jaw and cheeks leaving lots of room for air to go around your ears through all the vents. I don't think this will be any warmer than my Trail helmet that doesn't have a chin bar tbh
  • 1 0
 Ordered one. Guess we'll see how it performs in the real world. Won't go in to DH/Park duty but will be used for Super D/Enduro and gnarlier trail riding. Hope I don't hit any tree branches.
  • 3 1
 Hmm, cleaning these large vents after riding in Welsh slop sure gonna be fun....
  • 5 0
 People clean helmets?!
  • 6 1
 @scottishmark: you should always clean your helmet mark, the cheese can get a bit smelly after a few days.
  • 3 1
 MET Parachute..... 700g medium... Just saying.... 670g if you have pin head!
  • 2 3
 The met parachute is extremely frail. It also has hard plastic pieces inside that will gouge your head if you crash. It is one of the scariest helmets I've ever used.
  • 1 0
 @Wouldhaveletmego: you're full of it.
We aren't talking about the first generation and you certainly aren't talking about the newest one.
  • 1 0
 @Wouldhaveletmego: no it's not. I've crashed and slammed my head onto the ground and broke/dislocated my clavicle. The helmet and chin bar did its job. The only damage to my face was because of my glasses arm and that would have happened with most helmets.

Unless you've actually had a crash that requires a new helmet your option is fact less.
  • 3 2
 Sorry to steal PBs thunder but there is a better write up over on Vital. So many positives withis helmet - dual density EPS, ASTM certified, great ventilation.
  • 3 0
 is it compatible with neck braces?
  • 1 0
 I'll second that question - neck brace compatible?
  • 2 0
 Word from Fox support is that it is compatible with a neck brace.
  • 1 0
 @jbravo: where did you read this I couldn't find anything on this subject on the Fox website
  • 1 0
 @JuVerre: they stated that in an online tech chat. I'd like to see it posted on their site.
  • 2 0
 The new fox Proframe helmet just stopped me from buying the new leatt or uvex helmets. Good job on this helmet FOX.
  • 3 0
 Good thing I just bought the Giro Switchblade last week....
  • 3 1
 You were so close to not drinking the kool aid!
  • 1 0
 @n1ck: I almost bought the Super2R last year, but the fit wasn't good. I'll go ahead and tell myself that is the case here too..haha
  • 1 1
 @cky78: At least you weren't one or the suckers that's stuck with a Super2R now! The Switchblade and the Leatt convertibles don't seem too bad. It's just the rest of the gang that are ultra kool aid worthy.
  • 1 0
 @n1ck: I have no issues with my Super2R or my 3R. You're not a sucker because you never owned one? So you have so much knowledge to the 10's of thousands of people that are happy with them?
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 @onemanarmy: @n1ck I'm quite happy with the fit and look of my Switchblade with chin guard on. I am a little concerned it looks a bit dorky with the guard off, but I am sacrificing that for the added protection it gives me. I think this Proframe looks pretty rad and the Super2R does too. Unfortunately the 2R didn't fit my head so I am saying that about the Proframe too! haha The SB will serve it's purpose in the rowdier trails I have around. Plus I still have my other two helmets as well. They're enduro and XC designed. I am rambling now......
  • 2 0
 @cky78: 3R fits way different than the 2R. It's one of the main reasons there was an update. But yes... great way to talk yourself out of a new lid.

For me it's easier. I don't like solid visors. Switch does look killer with the chinbar on.
  • 2 0
 i thought I only needed two helmets in my quiver,damn I was wrong,take my money
  • 1 0
 Haven't used a full face since the Vert ramp days (or Bell Moto days...). Ventalation was non existent...

I'd be interested in taking this one for a roll.
  • 1 0
 Interesting part is that the chin bar looks better ventilated than my Parachute, how however the FOX is 50g heavier in a medium.
  • 2 0
 I love my MET Parachute but dammit, this looks so much better that I may need to try it. Smile
  • 5 3
 impresive most impressive
  • 2 0
 Been waiting for this one!
  • 3 1
 This is actually amazing. I want it.
  • 1 0
 awesome subtle color ways but, i think my beard would escape through the chin bar holes Smile
  • 3 0
 Is the visor adjustable?
  • 2 0
 Getting one of these. Nice one Fox!
  • 1 0
 This kind of helmet doesn't compete with those french lids from Urge? Because it kinda looks similar in protection.
  • 1 0
 How is the air flow on these kind of helmets? Would you use one on singletrack?
  • 1 0
 This helmet doesn't look like it will be as cool as a parachute and it's far too vented onto for me to consider it for anything DH related. The massive gaps in the chin bar isn't confidence inspiring either
  • 1 0
 And I was just about to buy the 100% Status...... Good thing I waited!!!!!! This looks awesome
  • 1 0
 I love this. I like the idea, the features, MIPS and good looks. I guess the only question left is whether it fits.
  • 1 0
 Ehm please take a look in Airoh se101

Is lighter... carbon kevlar

www.airoh.it/caschi-bici/se-101
  • 2 1
 It's ugly and looks cheap
  • 1 0
 nice! I am curious to see how it will compare to both the Bell Super 3R as well as the Giro Switchblade.
  • 2 0
 Looks nice !
  • 6 1
 Looks hot. Also I don't see it as that different to the ixs xult or the urge archiduro, so I think the reference to it being a first is a bit of a stretch
  • 4 0
 @russthedog: it's a marketing spiel, don't let that get in the way of what this can actually be, a lighter more ventilated dh helmet for people in tropical/hotter part of the world.

i hopes this sells well, because then Kali will make their own version which i'm sure i can afford.
  • 1 0
 @Zuman: But the bit in referring to is editorial from pb? Not marketing spiel per se.

Being Australian ventilation is critical, I choose all helmets carefully as a response and some helmets are just awful, especially some of the extra coverage all mountain helmets.
  • 1 0
 @russthedog: I tried to read all the press release from the three main site to get as much info as i can, so far they are almost the same content. So i'm guessing this are all pre approved press release, not really editorials, but that's my own interpretation. When they say first ride, that's when i consider them as "editorials."
  • 1 0
 @Zuman: after the first two paragraphs it says "here's the press realease". The first two paragraphs are pbs words
  • 1 1
 @russthedog: umm the Urge weigh 990g- not exactly in the same ballpark.
  • 1 1
 I wonder why they don't tell the actual weight. - Still, this looks promising.
  • 3 0
 750g for a size medium.
  • 2 0
 Says $249 on fox's site
  • 1 0
 unfortunately for us, it's $339 CAD.
  • 2 1
 Great for slopestyle as well? And maybe tropical bike parks (Bali)?
  • 1 0
 pretty clever concept and looks good!
  • 1 0
 Looks like it will be a hit !
  • 1 0
 Most importantly, does it come with a cat basket?
  • 2 0
 FIDLOCK FTW!!!
  • 1 0
 (claps hands) Well done on the design- it looks great!
  • 1 1
 Probably in the minority here but that is one ugly full face, mainly because of the lower vents.
  • 1 0
 Looks good! @beeboo When are you going full enduro btw? lol
  • 1 0
 Hahaha lol
  • 1 0
 Shut up and take my money
  • 1 0
 Is it a slip fit helmet or does the liner have a dial to tighten it up ???
  • 1 1
 No fit system. Only adjustment is the cheek pad options.
  • 3 0
 @onemanarmy: Not exactly. the rear pads are molded caress the back of the neck like a true DH full face does and Fox includes various thicknesses in the kit. By pairing up the Proframe's neck pads and brow pads, you can achieve a custom fit. It's different, but effective.
  • 1 1
 @RichardCunningham: So the answer is what I said the answer is?

No it does not have a dial. AKA a fit system. Yes it does come with different pads you can swap out. Yes I have seen and worn one.
  • 1 0
 Way better looking compared to many other helmets.
  • 2 0
 Nailed it. Almost.
  • 1 0
 This officially is not full DURO
  • 1 0
 WWFW?
What would Finn wear?
  • 1 0
 Looks way TOO FAST for me....
  • 1 0
 shut up and take my money!
  • 1 0
 Damn - might have to replace my awesome Rampage Pro Carbon for this!!
  • 1 0
 did anyone notice that the helmets in the background change?
  • 1 0
 i actually like it !
  • 3 2
 No carbon version ?
  • 1 2
 imagine if this one comes with carbon.. i think they will cut the weight about 50 to 100gram less.. the question. does it matter to you? to have 100-200$ more for 50-10gram less? or you prefer 250$ with 750gram. if money is no biggie for you then yes. if no (which almost all of us here still needs money) i think the 250$ is more reasonable, other then US500$ full carbon lightweight helmet. Smile
  • 1 0
 Beautiful helmet.
  • 1 0
 only side photos??
  • 1 0
 Awesome!! I'm a buyer.
  • 1 0
 80grams, 50
  • 2 3
 Impressive, really impressive. I'll try to stay with my Leatt Smile
  • 3 5
 leatt missed the boat. Leatt does not listen to its customers. i've told leatt many times to develop a helmet like this: one piece full face, light, DH certified and no ratchet system just more sizes. And guess what, Leatt just laughed at me. Good job FOX!
  • 2 0
 Leatt probably makes one of the best looking convertibles out there. But yeah, little too late
  • 4 0
 @barbaricht: weird that they wouldn't take your comments direct to production.
  • 3 0
 bought one, got it next day and tested the fox proframe helmet over the weekend. The helmet is amazing. I ordered a small helmet and it came with 3 sets of different pad sizes. The helmet is extremely cool and very light weight. The fit is remarkable good! The helmet feels cooler then my half shell helmet. totally amazing. for aggressive all mountain riding, i would only use this fox helmet. For only DH use i would use my other full DH helmet, which is more heavy duty.
  • 3 6
 Bunch of dorks out there now contemplating selling their convertible helmets or regretting buying them in the first place. Suckers!
  • 1 2
 Mmmmm the closure.... plastic? Not double metal ring?
  • 1 2
 Hey 100%, Your turn!
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