iXS Metis Helmet and Berrecloth Signature Knee Pads - Interbike 2011

Sep 15, 2011
by Mike Levy  
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The Claw's knee pads: iXS was showing off team rider Darren Berrecloth's signature pads that certainly stand out from the crowd with their bright colours. The namesake pads are identical in construction to the standard version, featuring the same AeroMesh construction that not only keeps the heat to a reasonable level, but also sports anti-bacterial properties. The Slope-Series EVO pads are slip on, meaning that you'll have to remove your shoes, but the rear is open to prevent fabric from bunching up or pinching your skin. The pad's hard knee-cup is also covered with Kevlar fabric that will be resistant to ripping when you're sliding across the ground on your knees, helping to keep the pads in good order over the long haul.

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The sides of the pads make use of flexible, ribbed padding that lets your knees move freely, but protects them from side impacts. The amount of padding has also been increased for 2012 to protect against knee/frame contact. Straps at the top and bottom work in conjunction with silicone grip strips to help keep them from shifting.

New Metis fullface: The brand new Metis fullface helmet sits at the top of the iXS range and sports 21 vents to help keep its wearer cool, each with a bug proof mesh covering. The sturdy visor is held in place with three visor screws that can be loosened by hand if it needs repositioning, and the helmet's pads are held in place with snaps to make them easy to remove for cleaning when the time comes.

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The CE/EN1078 and CPSC certified Metis helmet weighs in at a competitive 1100 grams, and uses a D-ring strap to hold it on your head. It retails for $150 USD and comes in five different color options.

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Economical full face: The Phobos fullface, with its MSRP of just $90 USD, is bound to get a lot of attention. The economical helmet features many of the same points as the more expensive Metis, including the easily removable pads and sturdy D-ring chin strap, but at a more affordable price. While it can't brag about having as many vents, there are ten in total, but the Phobos is bound to be popular with entry level riders who are looking for their first full face lid.

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Just in case you couldn't tell from the image on the visor, shown above is iXS rider Richie Schley's signature Phobos helmet. The design isn't just plaid on the outside, with Richie opting for a plaid color for the helmet's removable pads as well. The Phobos is available in a huge range of colors besides the Schley model as well, with iXS offering twelve different options to pick from. If you're the kind of rider who likes to rock matching gear you'll be stoked to learn that iXS has a range of gloves and goggles that match each Phobos' color scheme, from flashy to subdued.

Visit the iXS website to see their entire lineup.

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  • 6 0
 Isn't that Metis just an O'neal Airtech?
The shell looks very similar.

Then again some of O'neal, 661, IXS and Fly helmets use the same shell.
  • 8 0
 Yes it is. Probably all are made in china, somewhere.
  • 5 0
 Yup that helmet is nothing more than a rebrand trying to look like a D3.
As for that Phobos, I've seen at least 5 or 6 companies use this generic design, the first that I know of being 661 with the "strike" that Barel wore for a while. O'Neil and Pro-Tec are two others I can think of right now. It's at least 4 years old.
  • 1 0
 I don't necessarily see that as a bad thing though.
I've had a Fly Maverick (same shell as the Phobos) for the past 3 or 4 years and it done my brilliantly, definitely the most comfortable helmet iv'e ever wore.
It cost me 100 euros 4 years ago and its still going so I can't complain.
  • 1 0
 it's a really good design, that's why everyone uses it, my 1st full face helmet was a 661 strike and it was really good and comfortable probably as comfortable as my D2 and a little bit better than my THE, its only flaw was ventilation

@redrook: more than 4 years old, i think maybe 5 or 6 years
  • 1 0
 I had (still have) a Strike, and it's nowhere close to the comfort, fit or ventilation of my D2. the only advantage of it is that it's cheap because it's non-exclusive. Perfectly good helmet though, but not comparable to a tld lid in my humble opinion.
  • 1 0
 I bought a phobos about a year or two ago because my 661 had broken, it was supposed to be used as a temporary replacement but i grew to love it and i couldnt be any happier with it. knee pads dont look too shabby either.
  • 1 0
 I ve got the IXS Phobos but than only for 30Euro's couse it's got a O'neal logo on it...
We only pay more couse of the brand name :S :fail:
  • 1 0
 the oneal one is a moto helmet
  • 4 1
 good helmet for the price, better than paying 300 some dollars for a TLD helmet but then again your getting your moneys worth
  • 2 0
 METIS!!! What is this helmet gonna throw a rebellion against the government and police! Peeps around the world prolly have no idea who the Metis were historically pretty cool really
  • 3 0
 Hey cool! I'm 1/2 Metis. That means French/Indian in Canada. Sweet looking lids. (Hey Richie! Didn't Claw teach you to change your autograph from your signature! ha ha)
  • 3 2
 The Metis looks good. However I can't think of many things I'd rather not have on my visor than a picture of Richie Schley... Maybe I'm wrong but I think that would put the majority of people off.
  • 12 0
 I may be wrong here but i dont think that the picture of Richie is actually on the visor, that picture is the helmet still in the box
  • 1 0
 I thought that at first too but it is just on the box.
  • 23 0
 I carry a picture of him in my wallet just in case I need it.
  • 1 0
 The helmets look great ! But just a little detail, when are they coming out ?!
  • 1 0
 I'm keen for a Metis, I smack my head so much I'd rather a $150 helmet I can replace with less thought than binning a $400 TLD
  • 2 0
 the backside of the white fullface looks like a fucking face, with eyes, big nose, etc... maybe a stormtrooper
  • 3 1
 The Metis looks like a D3, I dig.
  • 2 0
 those berrecloth pads look sweet!
  • 2 0
 Tried them on at sea otter this year, and they are crazy comfortable. Felt like something that you could spend a lot of time in while still staying comfortable. Protection seemed on par with other knee only pads as well
  • 2 0
 new helmet looks waayyyy better then the old one that thing was fugly
  • 1 0
 ixs phobos is exactly the same with 661 strike helmet.probably same factory in china
  • 2 0
 looks like a spyder sigma, the Metis.....
  • 1 0
 Nice helmet the white one! Looks soo moto...!
  • 2 1
the picture is on the box....not the visor!
  • 2 0
 It is directly on the visor... the photo I took doesn't do a great job of showing it, sorry!
  • 1 1
 definitely the box... not visor
  • 2 0
 Read the article. It is the visor, I took the photo.
  • 2 0
 Any idea when the Metis will be released for the public to buy if you were there Mike?
  • 1 0
 It is "on the box" "Directly on the Visor" ?

Because that's what it looks like, part of a box, that covers only the visor ?

If it is actually directly on the visor and there is no box involved what so ever, it sure doesn't look like that.

On second looks, it clearly CLEARLY has to be a box or some form of cardboard.
Who would put Richie Schley Signature Design, and some micro writing on the side of their visor ?
  • 3 2
 i just know, that i will replace my troy lee for this helmet
  • 1 0
 spyder sigma 70$

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