MET Parachute - Review

Jun 8, 2015
by Paul Aston  
MET have re-designed their Parachute helmet to better suit enduro racing, which might sound odd given that it appears to be yet another full face helmet, but there's more to it than that. A helmet placed properly on the head and with the buckle closed (sorry, no full face helmets tilted up) is mandatory for most European events, and remember that full faces lids are usually compulsory for the timed stages, which leaves you with two choices: a standard DH helmet for the entire race, or carrying a half shell lid for liaisons and a full face for the descents. If you decide to race in Italy, Southern France or Spain, you'll likely be facing rising temperatures during the day and may find yourself wishing for a regular helmet when climbing to the next stage, but taking both brings with it disadvantages: extra weight and added stress when you arrive with seconds to spare and need to switch lids. Plus, many riders don't fancy heading down the hill with another helmet on their back in case of a crash - picture landing on your back and how your spine could curve over the rigid, round lump that's strapped to your pack. MET's Parachute aims to find a middle ground, though, by offering close to half face helmet ventilation and comfort, but with full face protection and rule compliance.



MET Parachute Review
The short visor is always out of sight.

MET Parachute Review
The huge channels and minimalist padding provide great ventilation.
MET Parachute Review
A universal camera mount is included that clips into the top of the helmet.
MET Parachute Review
This handy clip keeps your goggle strap in place.


The Parachute has some great propaganda supplied with it. The "Homothethic Embedded Skeleton" construction is said to spread the pressure that builds up at the point of impact and then dissipate the force across the whole shell. And the front part of the retention system uses a '02 Gel' instead instead of fabric, which is claimed to be "Hypo-allergenic, anti-bacterial, made from thermo-stabilising polyurethane morpho-gel. Keeps the forehead cooler."

The Parachute is only available in medium and large sizes, which instantly puts a few customers out of the equation, but the sizing guide suggests these two options will cover any head size from 54 - 62cm. It's supplied with two sizes of cheek pads, and the retention system gives a wider range of fit than a standard full face helmet. There are three colours to choose from: matte black/red, orange/cyan or matte white/silver. So how much does all of the above add up to? At 700 grams for a medium size, the Parachute is the lightest certified full face on the market, and it retails for $299 USD. It also meets EN 1078, AS/NZ 2063, CPSC 1203 and ASTM F1952-2032 standards, so you should be covered anywhere you plan to race with it on. www.met-helmets.com

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Pinkbike’s Take:
bigquotesThe Parachute fits snug for its size, and the retention system keeps it secure at all times, which means that it certainly won't rock back and forth on you like a bobble head when things get rough. What it doesn't do, though, is offer the same kind of comfort as a well padded full face, with the shell feeling quite hard against your skull in spots. While a more traditional full face has an all-encompassing sort of connection to your head, the Parachute differs by using channels to move air through places that would otherwise be filled with foam and padding on a standard full face. And just how well vented is the Parachute? I was pleasantly surprised during the first ride when I was thinking to myself "my head's still pretty warm in this thing," until I took it off and there was barely a noticeable change in temperature. The Parachute may be the ideal enduro race helmet, meeting all the criteria for a long day in the saddle without the need to take two helmets or face having a head hotter than the centre of the earth. As well as fitting the bill for race day, it's comfy enough for any day when you want to keep your chin intact. That said, I'm not a fan of the very Euro-centric styling, and neither were my riding compatriots - my self-esteem took a beating after much ridicule - but it's well worth the heckling when the temps are high and you still want to feel protected. - Paul Aston



137 Comments

  • + 62
 kinda makes the owner look like The Predator.
  • + 4
 Reminds me of my GIRO switchblade (which saved me a few times) from waaaay back in the day.
  • + 60
 "You're one ugly....mother f*cker"
  • + 5
 Giro should just update and re-release the switchblade no?
  • + 4
 Wait maybe its not a good idea after all....http://dirtmountainbike.com/features/the-15-worst-mountain-bike-products-ever.html/14#eTOh3qzCpayoCt7U.97
  • + 0
 Also looks like a revamped Casco Viper.
  • - 33
flag freeride-forever (Jun 8, 2015 at 22:19) (Below Threshold)
 Yep, looks as dumb as a Switchblade & it is as dumb as a Switchblade. We're over this. Either run a proper BMX skid lid, or a proper pimpy full face from a solid like TLD, Fox etc. These things belong in the same place as URT's, flex stems, bar ends & where I wish derailleurs would go!

Isn't a parachute a device made to accomplish the opposite of what you'd want a helmet to do (slow you down)?

If you can get something as utterly fvcking awesome as the Predator mask, then you win. Everything! Smile
  • + 6
 Helmets slow down the impact of the head to the ground, breaking one's fall. Parachutes do the same thing in vastly different ways over much larger distances. The name is fittingly connotative and evocative.
  • + 8
 "GET TO THE CHOPPA" , "DO IT NOW".....
  • - 4
flag AlexArmanetti (Jun 10, 2015 at 8:45) (Below Threshold)
 $300!!!!! Hell no! Lets see, not as much protection as a full face and not as breathable as a half face. Wouldn't it be much better and more practical to buy a full fledged Full face like the Giro Cipher (only $200) and then buy a Bell Super for roughly the same if not less money? Just sayin'! Sure having one helmet might save more space but helmets are meant for safety. I'd like the best of the best...
  • + 1
 "If it bleeds, we can kill it."
  • + 1
 @pancakeflatted: this will make you a god damned sexual tyrannosaurus
  • + 44
 This review buried the lede. The key point is this: it's a light-full face like the Super 2R, but, unlike the Super 2R, this one passed the ASTM 1952 DH certification. The reviewer was so busy yapping about Euro styling that he never got around to discussing what actually matters. Lame.

If you're in the market for a light fullface, decide which matters more to you: a removable chinbar or DH certification. If its DH certification, the Parachute may your next helmet.
  • + 1
 Very true, I have one and I wear it all the time for trail days. When the DH bike comes out so does the DH lid. My open face lid is now left of the shelf apart from we doing some light training miles..
  • + 6
 Is it just me or is the chin-bar also basically useless or is the dude wearing the wrong size? it's not really guarding any of his jaw-line and ends up directly under his nose. the point is the "knock-out" areas around the jaw that a full-face is supposed to cover...this completely misses it...
  • + 11
 man he must have 5" of hair holding it up. sits perfect on my bald head just like my D2. Looks like its too small for him, terrible write up on this for what is a great helmet with DH crash test cert. Met must not have paid them enough..
  • + 3
 On the subject of the Super, I wonder why Bell haven't released a permanent full face Super. Call it the Super 3, reinforce the chin guard so it meets the ASTM standard and keep all the vents and light overall weight. Nobody has really made helmet to replace the Spesh Deviant yet, which is a shame.
  • + 2
 Reinforcing the 2R's chinguard is not what will get the 2R to get DH-certified. Bell implies the chinguard passes that part of the certification already. Bell posted on MTBR that the reason it's not DH certified is "because of the amount of ventilation and weight that we purpose built into this helmet." That doesn't seem right given that that the Parachute has more venting, but that's what they said.
  • + 0
 Love my Deviant! Been helmet shopping for a year but still can't find anything I want to replace it with. I tried a Super 2R in the store and was severely underwhelmed. Last weekend someone face planted at my local bike park wearing one and the chin bar snapped and sent bits into his face. Hopefully the Parachute is more robust.
  • + 4
 Crap review.
  • + 3
 I have to say, I wonder how relevant that certification is, if a helmet that leaves this much of your neck exposed passes muster.
  • + 3
 Regarding the chin guard, looks like the reviewer's helmet might be undersized (or they need to offer a medium size): ep1.pinkbike.org/p4pb11031600/p4pb11031600.jpg (shout out to @cool3 for the photo).
  • + 3
 Still a lot of cervical vertebrae exposed in that pic, though.
  • + 1
 surely if its DH get a regular ff I wanted one but fit was shit so had to go with super 2r perfect for my needs fast trail and bike parks not uplifted
  • + 48
 not sure i need a helmet with a homoerotic skeleton
  • + 4
 "Not that there's anything wrong with it"
  • + 44
 I just wanted to drop some uneducated hyperbole into the comment section like everyone else.
  • + 17
 Haven't we already seen the Switchblade?
I'll keep my Bell Super.
There's no way this will survive in the bike park. I'll stick with my TLD.
Enduro is so lame.
Something about 26HT4Life or something equally inane.
etc
etc
etc
  • + 14
 I don't understand that part : "I'm not a fan of the very Euro-centric styling, (..)my self-esteem took a beating after much ridicule"
Wearing a full face helmet for enduro is european fashion ?
  • + 15
 It’s just the classic, prejudiced, review euphemism where ‘Euro-centric’ = ‘ugly’. It’s annoying, especially from an English reviewer.
  • + 13
 Man I'm 'Murikan and I don't even understand that comment. I think the helmet looks sick.... and honestly, no matter how you design it, a full-face with a shitload of vents is gonna look exactly like this.

I wear the MET Terra and it's a killer helmet. Vents great, feels like I'm wearing nothing, and looks pretty cool too (IMO).
  • + 6
 I can't honestly believe that a dude with a perm doesn't get picked on every...single...time...he...rides.
  • + 1
 I think it's all the molding & holes in the chinbar that's he's referring to, or perhaps how high it's sitting on his head. I too, feel confused by how hipster/brodawg his friends are. "Is that helmet from Europe? Gross!"
  • + 6
 I didn't realize the guy from "Workaholics" rode mountain bikes.
  • + 3
 I figured it was the blonde highlights that got him picked on... Seriously though, if you're concerned enough about appearance to go get highlights, then I guess you're worried enough about what other people think about how you look to make inane comments like "I'm not a fan of the very Euro-centric styling"
  • + 10
 I love this helmet.
Used it at the end of a hot summer and this thing is very ventilated, chin bar is solid and it's comfy on my head.
Taken one knock on it so far (head first into a tree, it jumped out at me I swear) and it worked spot on.
Haven't had a test in the chin bar yet.
I'm not going to race the World Cup in it but I feel a lot safer in it then a xc lid and half shells I just don't understand.
Climbing is warm but not hot.
The removable chin pads are not super secure but u have a beard so they aren't very important.
  • + 7
 Have you tried to push the chin protector downwards (like a nasty faceplant hit)?
By doing that the helmet moves entirely regardless how tight it is strapped in your head.
I'm not syre if this is a bad thing (probably it is) but my other fullface helmets dont do this...
I'm currious if you discovered that and what is your opinion
  • + 7
 Terrible review! ALL RACE RELATED!? For the weekend warrior like myself that wants a bit of extra protection out of a helmet that must be worn all day this has been an absolute Godsend, lightweight and breathes really well in fact at times I forget it is there! As far as styling, sure beats the Bell Super!
  • + 25
 I don't see how you think that the fact that he talks about how airy the helmet is doesn't apply to every day use... Yes, he talked about why it would make a lot of sense for an enduro racer, but I think you can extrapolate that it would also do the same thing for the average rider who wants a cooler head and more protection?
  • - 8
flag SoCalMX (Jun 8, 2015 at 22:55) (Below Threshold)
 Oh I get that but the entire review was based on a smaller percentage of riders out there. My take would have been (if I did not already have one) is oh, this is more for the endure racer, moving right along...
  • - 19
flag drummuy04 (Jun 8, 2015 at 23:25) (Below Threshold)
 It kind of is based on a smaller percentage. The only people I have seen wearing toned down full face helmets are the weird XC racer with full DH padding and a woman that has yet to learn some basic riding skills.
  • + 5
 I wouldn't wear anything else, I value my face to much to use an open lid. Breath-ability is superb. Sizing is not ideal though, they need 3 variations. At 59.5cm the large fits, but feels slightly too large. The next size down wont go over my head. The one in the picture looks too small.
  • + 4
 I been using this helmet for 6 months in weather in 70 -80 degrees without my head overheating . Its true what this review says its not like a normal full face helmet that conforms to your head . This is airy and light. But I have to say its way better then an open face helmet . I come from a motocross back ground and I always thought when I went to mountain biking that MT bikers were nuts wearing an open face helmet . And I still do think its crazy to wear and open face helmet on your mountain bike. Open face helmets are next to useless when it comes to protecting your head and especially your face. Just this year I have seen 2 of my friends go to the hospital with open face helmets and they could have walked away if they were using the Met or the Bell. As far Paul Aston saying people are telling him it looks Euro-centric styling or he thinks it looks that way I wouldn't give a SH!t about what people think I wear my protective gear because it works and gives me a chance in a fall to get back on and ride out verses a trip to the hospital . I think its completely nuts when i see mountain bikers show up with their Lycra pants and little jersey and open face helmets no padding at all their completely nuts and they think they look cool and I look like an idiot with my Full face and pads fine with me I think they have no brains . But I never say a word about what people wear on trails but is sure funny how people give me crap with my Met helmet and full pads on my knees and elbows . I ride 4-5 hour rides with this protection I don't even know I have these pads on and this helmet is super comfy . I had an old timer tell me never get on your motorcycle with out your full protection on and then the day you do try to ride without full protection you will feel naked and thats the best advice . THIS HELMET ROCKS
  • + 4
 crashed in wearing one 6 weeks ago. proteted my head but caused my glasses to cut my temple which didn't happen in a smilar crash with my 661 FF.

My head only gets as hot as wearing anormal 1/2 shell but its not easy to get on and off like the 661. First you have to release the head size adjuster at the back, then try and fumble the DD clip. its also fiddly to get my glasses in too. totally recomend one though, I'll never wear a 1/2 on the trails again.
  • + 7
 that's one nice looking helmet said nobody ever
  • + 1
 I don't get how they didn't release a full-black helmet. Why does it all need to be bright colors etc on this one, and not a single option for something nice and clean?

Other than that I love the idea behind this helmet and would love to give it a try (but don't want to test its safety haha).
  • + 2
 That's a nice looking helmet. There, someone said it. And I'm being serious. It's one of the nicest helmets out there. My friend had one and I'm jealous every time I see it.
  • + 2
 I got one of these after a big crash, which lead to a lot of damage to my face. In temperatures up to 20*C, it's been fine. The vents are effective and i haven't noticed much sweat. Summer hasn't arrived here yet, so i can't comment on how cool it is above 20*C. I'm happy with the helmet and i'd recommend it to others.
  • - 1
 If you have already an open lid and you are looking for a full face helmet for bike park gravity enduro / DH sessions, why wouldn't you buy a proper full face then ? For the same price you could get a mid range full face helmet with a good ventilation and low weight. To be honest why would you even spent a buck for this useless piece of sh*t
  • + 1
 And sorry for my aggressive way to express my opinion Big Grin .
  • + 2
 I had an open lid, but that was rendered useless after the crash. The near useless medical system in Finland lead to me losing about 300e on hospital visits. The price of the MET helmet was small in comparison to the hospital fees and time spent. I use this helmet for 30-40 km rides on a variety of trails. If i go to a bike park, i'd use one of my DH-specific helmets instead. The ventilation with the MET is far better than any other DH-specific helmet that i've tried and that's why i use it for general trail riding.
  • + 1
 Oh yeah, well, now when you explained the situation clearer I think I understand. I thought you bought it for bike park. Rock any helmet you want, don't take me so seriously matey Big Grin
  • + 1
 to be honest, I'd be happy using it at any of the bike parks in Southern Finland. It's a good helmet. Likewise, for BMX or dirtjumps, it would be fine. I'm not Kelly McGarry or Josh Bender going big.
  • + 5
 Chin sticks out a fair bit underneath the guard... thanks, but no thanks once again MET
  • + 7
 Proper fit: ep1.pinkbike.org/p4pb11031600/p4pb11031600.jpg

The photo in this review is wrong.
  • + 2
 Holy shit that looks completely different haha. Dude's helmet def looks undersized then.... maybe they just need to make an in-between size?
  • + 1
 I'm with you. Maybe the google's rocked the helmet back?
  • + 1
 My one seems to fit me perfectly and I don't look like an idiot in one either, it also covers my chin properly.
  • + 1
 this is very different from the fit of my helmet. my jaw bone sticks out below the chin guard (kinda defeats the purpose, no?) and the strap on my helmet is 20 mm shorter, can barely strap on the helmet,not possible to use the orange snaps. VERY difficult to unstrap and remove the helmet.
  • + 1
 by gutowski77 Jul 14, 2016 6 12 16 castes of your company met parachute full face mtb l size and 2 uses of the small impact cracked the 2 please jaw NONONONOJNONOJOonononononononononononononononononononononnononoononononoonononononoononononoononoononononoononononoonnoononoonononononoononononononoononoonononoononoonononoonononononoononononoononoonnoonono nnonono!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 i have the bluegrass golden eyes. its the same helmet without the chin guard. Cooling it decent, I like the gel forehead pad, keeps sweat out of your eyes. Only thing i didnt like was i had to move the straps outside the rear adjusting device, as well the straps are split and have a webbing between them, i have to run my strap a bit loose otherwise it plucks hairs off my neck if im not clean shaven.
  • + 2
 EN 1078 is for skateboards, pedalling bikes and roller skates. EN 1077 (TLD D3) is for alpine skiers and snowboarders and are rated for hits on sharp pointed objects.

My head, at least to me, is worth an extra $150.
  • + 1
 nice helmet but can't say much for MET customer service. The strap on my Parachute helmet is 20 mm shorter than it should be (according to a pic they emailed me) making it extremely difficult to strap up the helmet and even more difficult to remove the helmet. They refused to replace the helmet or even send me a new strap that I can have replaced. Not cool MET.
  • + 1
 Somebody knows if this helmet is compatible with leatt braces? I'm looking for an all round helmet to use up and downhill... it's already enough weight to carry the leatt uphill but experience showed me the bad way that it's a must for me... and i'm going up with a scott fuga carring a pro-tec full face tied to my backpack...
anyone tried it with a leatt brace??
If this ain't, is the Bell super 2r compatible?

thanks a lot! and sorry for my english
  • + 1
 Had mine a few months now. Im not by any means the fastest rider (esp up hill). Feel much better protected than my MET Terra. Has made me abit more aggressive. Not had chance to 'test' its crash credentials yet. Find it very comfy (I have the large) and breaths well.

Bought this as my old helmet was getting old and battered. Plan on doing some more uplift sessions this year as well as pushing my riding.
  • + 1
 12 16 castes of your company met parachute full face mtb l size and 2 uses of the small impact cracked the 2 please jaw NONONONOJNONOJOonononononononononononononononononononononnononoononononoonononononoononononoononoononononoononononoonnoononoonononononoononononononoononoonononoononoonononoonononononoononononoononoonnoonono nnonono!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 by gutowski77
Jul 14, 2016
6 12 16 castes of your company met parachute full face mtb l size and 2 uses of the small impact cracked the 2 please not recomendet this hell((( no no no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 5
 Looks like sweet choice for my road bike
  • + 26
 Never underestimate danger! I use full face on my trainer in my apartment. With all doors and windows locked I feel pretty safe.
  • + 2
 YOLO.
  • + 1
 EWS rules shouldn't motivate riders to compromise on safety for pedaling comfort on the transfers. They should be allowed to switch helmets without having to carry both with them.
  • + 0
 So who is going to transport their helmets from stage to stage for them? Who is going to move their Xc lid from the the start of a timed stage that they complete in 3-12 minutes to eet them at the finish? A lot of events have anough trouble keeping water/ snack stations stocked without adding moving 150 helmets from each transfer point. Or should every rider have 10-14 helmets? One DH helmet and one XC lid for each sector? Sorry I couldn't pack any other spares for the race or event as my car was full of helmets?
Possibly the most ill thought out Pinkbike forum comment I have ever read!
  • + 1
 Is it possible to ride with this helmet in between 86-104 (Fahrenheit) when up-hilling without both sweating the shit out of my self and my head won't get overheating so I won't need to remove it?
  • + 1
 by gutowski77
Jul 14, 2016
6 12 16 am buy of your company met parachute full face mtb l size and 2 uses of the small impact cracked the 2 please jaw not recommend!!!! danger helmet and no guaranty ((((((shittnot buy.
  • + 2
 At least it would be legal to use it with a gopro at a uci race. Definetely must be safer than a full dh helmet with some strange glued GoPro-mount
  • + 3
 Thought I was having an episode when Mr MET began to voluntarily spin 'round....
  • + 2
 looks like a bluegrass goldeneyes with a chinbar, also made by met. what do you think mike?
www.pinkbike.com/news/bluegrass-golden-eyes-helmet-review-2014.html
  • + 4
 Because it's a bluegrass goldeneye with a removable chinguard.
Yes it's fixed by four screw, which are hidden under small caps, and MET discourage against removing the chingaurd (void warranty and helmet certification).
  • + 2
 Very interesting. I wonder if part of how it passes the certification has to do with thread-locker or specific torque on the bolts.
  • + 2
 Would this be safe enough for bike park/DH use? Yes, I live in a country with a hot and humid tropical climate.
  • - 10
flag somismtb (Jun 8, 2015 at 22:23) (Below Threshold)
 Doesn't meet the same safety requirements as standard DH helmets. Use at your own risk
  • + 2
 @somismtb what safety standards are you referring to? It seems to meet a few (genuine question, not trying to be a dick...). Is there a specific one for DH riding? I don't mean racing, but general DH.
  • + 13
 It says it complies with ASTM F1952-2032 a DH-helmet specific standard that even some popular DH-specific helmet don´t meet (POC cortex flow being one). What DH standard is not MET?
  • + 0
 While the helmet itself may be strong enough, I wouldn't trust it that my jaw will stay intact during a hard crash... With its high back-end and high chin-guard, it looks quite easy to rotate a bit and expose your chin if you hit it from the down side. Wouldn't a lower placed guard provide a better protection along with better range of vision?
  • + 3
 It does indeed meet every single safety requirement that excists for these type of helmets. The ventilation compromise seems not to be in safety, but in comfort.

Haven't tried one myself yet, but it is very high on my to-buy list. Since I don't like heavy and hot full faces (I pretty much only ride DH during summer holidays), this seems a lot safer than wearing a BMX lid.
  • + 7
 I should retract my statement. Got this mixed up with the Bell Super 2r
  • + 1
 No worries, can happen Smile
  • + 1
 wrong helmet size in review......chin guard on mine does not leave chin sticking out below the guard like in these pics......?
  • + 1
 Very happy with my Super 2R for these kinds of rides... Food and hydration come a lot easier on transfers when the chin bar is just gone.
  • + 2
 I'll keep my Bell Super 2R for trail and Full 9 for DH. Thanks. Best of all worlds.
  • + 1
 I've got a Giro Cipher for DH, but yeah--agree completely.
  • + 3
 Yahoo.! A helmet not made in China.
  • + 1
 No, a website.
  • + 1
 Made in Italy.
  • + 2
 Are helmets compulsory on the climbs?
  • + 2
 Hey. I was curious about this same question, because I love riding up with a helmet strapped to the pack on long fireroad climbs.

from www.enduroworldseries.com/rules ------

All riders must wear a helmet during competition, during both Liaison and Special Stages. The helmet should meet the regulations set by the EWS event organiser. The correct fitting, condition and suitability of the rider’s helmet is the sole responsibility of the rider.

A two-piece helmet (with removable jaw piece) will be accepted as a full face helmet. However, due to national insurance and federation regulations any helmet used in an event must pass the standards of that territories national regulations. Further information may be found in the Race Book for each event

------------

So Liason is Transfer stage. Special is a Race stage. and they gotta wear at all times, so some racers who only want to bring a full face, have to wear that thing the whole time if they have to pedal.
  • + 1
 ...hmm does that mean the Super 2r doesn't meet the standard, since it hasn't been certified for any full face standards? Not that EWS is all enduro racing, but still...
  • + 1
 didnt really talk that much about the lid, or the the removable chin guard.
  • + 1
 The chin guard is not removable. That was only on the old version of the Parachute (that I only remember from 10 years ago)
  • + 1
 ah right, just looked like it had fixing screws on the sides and front. dont get why they have named it after a helmet that did.
  • + 2
 +1 for that. If I were Met I would have given it a different name aswell, purely because most people will probably assume that this chin guard is removable aswell, and not even consider buying it due to that fact.
  • - 3
 Whatever the sport, they always try to make some one piece of equipment that does it all. Just mean's it a compromise. Okay for everything, but not great at anything. Forcing you to wear a helmet on the uptrack in an enduro race sounds stupid. Come on, on a closed track - where's the risk? More risk falling over drunk at the bar later that night. They don't force the riders to wear helmets at the apres yet, do they? On the downhill - these guys are approaching DH speeds, yet this sort of lid doesn't compare to a DH lid for protection (see the pinkbike bell super 2r impact review video). By having the stupid uptrack rule, people are forced to compromise their safety on the DH lines, which is the more dangerous part. Why jeopardize riders safety? If you take out the uptrack requirement, they'll carry a proper full face up, then strap it on for some real protection on the down. I guess the one positive, you'll probably be overprotected if you fall off your bike riding uphill! And if you're concerned about that - maybe you should stay on the pavement.
  • + 1
 Sometimes liaisons are not on a closed track or even cross regular traffic. So normally I'm pretty happy to at least have a half lid on the uptracks. Then again I guess you are right about the probability. Wink
  • + 2
 Good point well made. I don't race enduro but this makes a lot of sense to me. I ride with a FF on everything except XC loops. Going up its either tipped back or on the bars if it's flat enough. I'd rather have 100% protection on the descents where I think it counts and none on my way up than some 60/40 compromise.
  • + 4
 Your point is really reasonable, but try to explain it to insurance companies. I'm willing to bet insurance is the main reason helmets must be worn on transitions between stages. It's the same as with helmet cams in DH. People go on about their conspiracy theories, but the fact is that any governing body in any sport, be it the UCI or the EWS, has to deal with assholes who are hell bent on finding a reason not to accept your claim.
  • + 4
 What do you base your opinion that it doesn't protect as well as a DH lid? The Parachutes meets ASTM 1952 which a lot of DH helmets don't. Don't compare this to the Bell Super 2R because that one doesn't.
  • + 1
 Every event or place I have ridden has had a mandatory helmet requirement.
  • + 1
 Am I underestimating this lid then? Apart from it not being as comfy and looking a bit weird, is it as strong and safe as a proper full face? Because it definitely doesn't look it!
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 Not sure what there is to underestimate. It's pretty straight forward, there are standards for DH lids which the Parachute meets. There are plenty of DH lids raved about on here that aren't certified. Take that for what it is.
It doesn't mean they wouldn't, but without the cert you really have no idea if it would do you? At least MET was willing to get it tested, maybe those others did as well and they didn't pass.
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 It's pretty straight forward. What I meant was I associated it with the likes of the Bell helmet with the removable chin piece and in doing so I may have underestimated the helmets capability to protect a human head. Since as somebody else kindly pointed out; that may not be a very good association to make.
Its approved for DH use according to the certifications, just like my own full face and many others. But I know I wouldn't chose this one over a 'standard' full face helmet. Especially not if I was racing.
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 As far as I know (I've read it somewhere, can't remember where), the main trade-off for the lighter weight and better ventilation with this helmet is it not being multiple-impact resistant. It meets the norms for DH helmets, so the first time you hit a tree head-first while wearing the Met, it should protect you just as well as any fully blown DH lid. But you should bin it after that ride. Doesn't make much sense for daily bike park abuse or regular DH racing, but I think it's a fair trade-off for endurobros who want to go lightweight (and who would probably just wear half lids if it weren't for the regulations).
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 Thanks bananowy, that's the sort of info I was looking for. If it turns out to really be as good as a standard full face then fair play to Met but I just don't see it. That may be short sighted of me but it's better than being racist I guess so that can be my ignorant thought for the day.
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 they're $195 on ebay right now
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 One of the most versatile helmet I ever had.
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 seriously the ugliest helmet ever made next to anything from Urge
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 No
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 That chin bar seems stupid low.
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 Visibility and breathability are superb...
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 SoCalMX nailed it, and it is also likely easier to get a water bottle in there.
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 It is super easy to drink and as gross as it sounds to spit out of as well. Hey we are all guilty!
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 Sorry, I meant to say on the high side........But then again it's a better alternative than a open face helmet.
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 I love the concept of the helmet, but agree it would be nicer if his chin wouldn't be sticking out underneath the chin guard. Chin guard could have been positioned a bit lower for more protection IMO.
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 Lower? A chin guard is supposed to protect your face from forward impacts. I'm having trouble imagining a scenario where your chin is slamming bottom-first into something and a low chinguard saves it. The impact would just push the chinguard up and out of the way....
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 Para-helmet for para-endurists.
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