New Fox Open Face Dropframe Trail Helmet Spotted - Sea Otter 2019

Apr 12, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  
The first rider on the course

Following on from the new Fox Rampage Pro Carbon that was first spotted at Crankworx Rotorua, we've just seen another new helmet from Fox pop up at Sea Otter.

This time it was Nic Bean, who races in the under 21 category at the EWS, who was spotted in the lid in the Sea Otter Enduro. A bit of digging found the Instagram Stories of Brittany Phelan, Olympic skier and rider for Juliana, who also revealed a side of of Nic in the helmet:


But then we went on the Fox website and it looks like the helmet has actually been released right under our noses. It's listed as the Dropframe and is described as a maximum coverage trail helmet but, despite appearances, it doesn't have a removable chin guard. Instead it looks to be an open face helmet with some added ear coverage.


It has 8 big bore intake vents and 7 exhaust vents keep you cool and aid with moisture management, while the fixed visor is positioned to channel air through the helmet. We don't know the weight but as it seems to be a slimline Proframe, we're guessing it will be pretty low.


The helmet is on sale now and retails for $169.95USD.

More info, here.


177 Comments

  • 345 2
 fox princess leia helmet
  • 22 0
 never forget
  • 31 0
 Han Solo approved Wink
  • 57 1
 What has been seen cannot be unseen
  • 17 0
 Disney is gonna come for their pound of flesh.
  • 3 0
 I know ........"Han Solo"
  • 18 0
 Yub yub!
  • 8 0
 Just came for the comments but ya , princess slaya ho frame
  • 7 0
 I have a bad feeling about this
  • 1 0
 I was just taking a quick look and thought 'yeah, another helmet'. After looking at your comment i took another look and...what has been seen...
  • 1 1
 So ugly
  • 1 0
 @fedfox: But do you know, San Holo?
  • 4 0
 @eastsideride: his strava says he did the Kessel run in 11.56 parsecs
  • 1 0
 @ridintrials: Sounds about right
  • 167 1
 Exclusively for use piloting speeder bikes on the forest moon of Endor.
  • 5 9
flag NorcalJones (Apr 12, 2019 at 11:10) (Below Threshold)
 That is one of the funniest things I've ever read. Well played.
  • 3 0
 If I had eff-you money, I'd have Tony Bauman paint it to match Luke and Leia's helmets.
  • 9 0
 Was gonna ask if Fox missed April Fool's w/ this one, but you've changed my mind: long live Cosplay on bikes!
  • 34 0
 Endoro specific
  • 78 0
 I pick my ears a lot. This is a win for me.
  • 257 3
 You did not pick your ears. You were born with them!
  • 52 0
 @celedonio: the dad joke game is strong with this one
  • 138 0
 I love telling dad jokes. Sometimes he laughs.
  • 6 0
 @celedonio: He's laughing at you, not with you. Trust me, I have two kids.
  • 4 0
 I have 2 daughters. They don’t like my jokes. I joke a lot especially at work. I’m always in Orthopaedics@GOrtho:
  • 85 17
 That is quite literally the f#cking worst looking helmet i have ever seen. Not for diamonds would i wear it. Id quit biking before id wear that. Id rather cable tie a cat to my head than wear that. I dont like it. My eyes hurt now.
  • 87 1
 So. You don't like it?
  • 59 0
 @denomerdano: he’s on the fence.
  • 15 0
 I'm with you. I could do with more guidance on how to position the cat correctly, at the moment it keeps scratching my neck and the tail is getting in my goggles.
  • 4 0
 Ever heard of Cratoni?
  • 8 1
 @Kickmehard: Lose the goggles and just run with the cat. The goggles look ridiculous.
  • 73 1
 I guess they'll be sponsoring Brian Lobes.
  • 58 0
 maybe Connor Earon?
  • 37 1
 Possibly Earon Gwin?
  • 37 0
 Fox sponsored course previews with Audio Caluori
  • 14 0
 Gerg Minnear too.
  • 10 0
 And dual sponsorship for Ameary Pearron.
  • 7 0
 Developed in conjunction with Eddie Mastears?
  • 2 0
 Earddy Masters?
  • 59 3
 April Fools was almost two weeks ago, Pinkbike.
  • 41 1
 Already picturing this lid paired with fanny packs and tie dye shirts...
  • 27 0
 Hawaiian shirts. Tie die and flannel are out.
  • 12 0
 anything to take the focus off your head
  • 33 1
 You can wear your beats with it.
  • 2 0
 That’s the delux model. Built in blue tooth speakers that clip on/off...
  • 28 1
 Cool cutout space at the back for my manbun.
  • 6 1
 If you put on the helmet before doing your man-braid you can lock the helmet on using the piece in the middle of the cutout.... and have your braid on full display!
  • 4 1
 Don't forget to braid your beard so it doesn't blow up in to your face
  • 2 0
 I'm so thankful for this comment I would say it at Thanksgiving dinner
  • 26 0
 Looks to be plenty of room to fit a bottle cage in there so I'm sure it will get a positive review from @mikelevy.
  • 24 1
 This helmet is definetly a bit eerie!
  • 48 2
 You mean earie?
  • 12 1
 I've never had an ear concussion. Ever
  • 4 0
 @scary1: you will probably get one wearing this helmet when that ear piece rearranges your jaw...
  • 22 0
 Glad they finally have a helmet for the elves of elronds house.
  • 1 0
 Nah, the styling is so bad only an orc could do it.
  • 1 0
 @micahaalders3: it’s the pointed ear space homie :-)
  • 21 0
 A bit odd looking....don’t really see a reason to wear this over a Fox pro frame
  • 10 0
 All that air flow blockage the chin guard has...oh wait...
  • 50 0
 If you're wearing this over your pro frame, you're doing it wrong. You only need one helmet.
  • 17 0
 it wouldn't fit, that's the best reason not to wear it over a Proframe.

(Sorry, I had to)
  • 18 0
 Designer: So this new helmet design..what would you like us to do?
Project Manger: I'm all ears...
Designer:....hmm..okay, ....I'll get to work on it...
Project Manager: Great!
  • 19 2
 A little marketing research on PB forum would have prevented this fugly creation
  • 4 1
 Are we so out of touch?

...No, it’s the designers who are wrong.
  • 14 0
 I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder
  • 12 0
 *beerholder
  • 17 0
 **ear of the beer holder
  • 2 0
 @tkrug: lotsofthebeerholder
  • 10 0
 My girlfriend loves this helmet, she said if I wear this thing nobody will ever try and steal me. New Fox Dropframe, added protection with built in Prophylactic defense.
  • 15 5
 I think it looks great. I'd rock it. I love seeing helmets that protect lower on the back of the head.
  • 8 0
 Every time I've been in a helmet-destroying crash I've dented the helmet right at the temple, which is the very edge of protection for a normal trail helmet.
I think side-coverage is often overlooked when it comes to helmets, so it's cool this addresses that. At the same time, I'm not sure why I wouldn't just run a Proframe (which I do) instead of this. You don't really notice the chinguard of a Proframe.
  • 4 0
 @rezrov: I agree. I've had a few crashes where I hit the side of my head. More protection here is a big plus for me.
  • 2 0
 @rezrov: looking at my shit kicked helmets proves you're right. Huh. Guess I should get this lid...
  • 11 0
 Your one-stop solution to flexing your brand new AirPods on the trail!
  • 9 0
 Fox, can you please start adding adjustable visors to your helmets, these stupid fixed visors get annoying after a while of being in your line of sight.
  • 3 0
 So true. I love my proframe in every way except for the visor being in my line of sight.
  • 10 0
 How does it climb
  • 11 0
 It doesn’t bro, this is enduro/down country specific
  • 6 0
 I love my Giro Switchblade as an open face, but the chin bar gets in the way. I dig the extra coverage but the ear area seems..big..
  • 3 0
 Me too. I love the Switchblade but TBH I rarely use it. This Fox might be a better compromise.
  • 5 0
 Me too. I ride with the Switchblade as an openface all the time, especially when it's just a bit cool.
  • 2 1
 @alexsin: Try it on first. I had a Fox Metah for a while that I bought online (clearance) and it was shockingly uncomfortable. Finally broke down a couple weeks ago and got myself a POC and I literally lol'ed when I put it on because of how much more comfortable it was. I'm a big fan of Fox shocks, gloves, shorts--pretty much everything else--but never again for a helmet. Also, this is the ugliest thing I've ever seen in my life, so there's that.
  • 1 0
 @mpcremata: i came from the old fox flux and it was amazing, when i decided to buy the metah i was disappointed with it as you, was very uncomfortable, and the sweat dripped on the face instead of the sides like most helmets. that being said i love my rampage pro carbon(not the new one), so i don't know if is a fox problem, or just a metah problem
  • 7 0
 @mpcremata: just a heads up Fox Clothing and Fox Suspension are two different companies
  • 3 0
 @mpcremata: just FYI fox shocks aren't related to the clothing line.
  • 1 0
 @lindblomxc: holy crap really??? I've been riding moto and mtb for 20 years and always assumed they were the same company. Haha wow I feel dumb...
  • 2 0
 @mpcremata: just look at the logos. The suspension products feature a tail and the clothing products feature a fox's head.
Also, one is reasonably priced and the other reasonably overpriced. I let you guess which is which...
  • 4 0
 @spaceofades: while they might be separate companies, they are related, literally. Bob and Geoff fox started a moto brand together, they later spilt the company, one doing Moto suspension, the other apparel. I've heard they flipped a coin to see who became fox head and who had the fox tail
  • 2 0
 @Kickmehard: I've heard the same, and I know they started out the same company. Now though they operate as two different companies.
  • 4 0
 Laughing hysterically at these comments. But the older I get, and number of times I have counted myself lucky with trailside crashes this might be a great option over riding endurance events in a full face helmet.
  • 5 2
 It makes sense functionaly, better coverage with vents gets you this. Also remeber that chinbars might save your jaw and face at the expense of your neck. Your face is made for being smashed to protect your brain. Given you can breath that is...
  • 3 0
 It doesn't look too bad when I see the photos of the helmet by itself . I think the photo and angle of the dude wearing it with the goggles make it look like kinda bad. Looks like it would keep your head cooler and still offer a little xtra protection.
  • 2 0
 A LOT of helmets are that way, they look great in pictures but once on your head it makes you look like a walking mushroom...
  • 8 0
 This is wack as shit
  • 4 0
 this news article rapidly transitioned from a "spotted" picture to an advertisement for a helmet with a direct link to the product
  • 6 0
 Right in the ear hole
  • 5 0
 How does it fit with sunglasses?
  • 9 4
 It does not. They want to sell goggles I guess
  • 9 5
 @vhdh666: Do you know this for sure or are you just spreading typical bullshit internet opinion based on no knowledge or experience with the product at all?
  • 17 0
 @kjc81: yes
  • 5 0
 If Spock had worn this in Wrath Of Kahn he'd still be alive.
  • 4 1
 Huh, all the downsides of one of those Giro convertible helmets (hot, looks weird), without the upside of being able to attach a chinbar... hmmm.
  • 4 0
 Finally a bike trails specific helmet! There are literally tens of us that need this right now!
  • 5 0
 Oh Jeez! Those ears... Bit of mesh? foam? anything really!
  • 5 0
 Gotta say this helmet makes a lot of sense, shame it's fugly.
  • 5 0
 between this and any other kind of open face, I'll take the sandwich.
  • 1 0
 The actual price will bumped to $199.90 when they sell you a pair of hydration pack in the shape of ear covers complete with built in drinking straw for $30 a couple of months down the road. A bluetooth headset will set you back $50...
  • 1 0
 I like it, but I wish Fox would change the dial retention system for something more reliable. On my last two lids, metah and ranger, they seem to come undone when I look down(a rock face for example). Just my neck flexing makes the thing come loose. Sketchy.
and yes it's the right fit.
  • 6 2
 Are they trying to scare people off with those photos?
  • 6 1
 Straight outta Tron
  • 2 0
 Not quite as close as the abus this one even has the tron colors

www.abus.com/eng/Mobile-Security/Bike-Safety-and-Security/Helmets/Offroad/MonTrailer-ACE-MIPS
  • 4 0
 I just squirted jiuce out my nose Big Grin
  • 3 0
 So you can show off your Airpods while still protecting them if you fall on the side of your head
  • 3 0
 damn, looks like you could serve drinks on that big, flat lid!
  • 4 0
 Full Enduro
  • 7 0
 Earduro? Endearo?
  • 3 0
 What happens if you have large ears....?
  • 4 1
 Master Chief, are you team red or team blue? #teamredforlife
  • 3 0
 I love it and hate at the time...so confusing
  • 2 0
 At least it doesn't look like a duckbill anymore but those ear holes.....wtf
  • 3 0
 Yay! now i can use my beat headphones on the trail!
  • 1 0
 Is't there something about killing it before it lays eggs.... If this is their Star Wars Helmet, maybe next time they can do a facehugger!
  • 2 0
 Everyone wants to be sponsored and get free stuff.... Until this happens to you
  • 3 0
 Bring back the Troy Lee Designs D2 open face! That actually looked cool!
  • 2 0
 Is this a new Walt Disney prop
  • 3 0
 I like it like it
  • 2 0
 Brings back memories of a High School Gym helmet, the wrestling kind.
  • 2 0
 It' s the Buck Rogers helmet
  • 2 0
 How many waterbottles will this helmet fit?
  • 1 0
 One small one in each ear.
  • 2 3
 I would wear this on principal alone. Nothing gets me as high as a good fight. And I believe that if I did in fact wear this, it would give me lots of opportunities to fight based on trail snickering alone.
  • 2 0
 I wasn't ready for the linkage fork, i wasn't ready for this as well...
  • 1 0
 Fox couldn't let the Giro Switchblade hold the crown for ass-ugliest helmet for too long
  • 1 0
 Fox goggles anyone? I mean really, big red band that says fox on it. Anyone?
  • 1 0
 Missing post from april fools day? This is whole new level about fugly as faq!
  • 1 0
 I was literally crying because I was laughing so hard at the comments! Keep it up Crue, good work!
  • 2 0
 is it true that for winter, you can purchase additional fury ear muffs?
  • 1 0
 i see a ( space) DH helmet full of holes with no face guard ..... but yeah i'd stop a door with that !!!
  • 2 0
 Bamboozled
  • 2 0
 Yep! Bamboozled by the spy photos, but then later told the helmet is available for purchase now
  • 1 1
 Looks great, but chin and jaw protection of some sort is pretty high on my wishlist for my next helmet.
  • 3 0
 Proframe
  • 8 1
 Bell Super 3R. Not because I wanted to... but I was recently forced into fully testing it's crashing abilities.... I was pre-riding a course for an enduro race, I zigged when I should have zagged and ended up going OTB at a good speed into forest dirt and rocks. I can say it performed very well, MIPS did what it was supposed to and slipped significantly, so much so, that after the crash it was stuck in a fully slipped position blocking the vents! Helmet itself had a big dent in the top/side and the chin bar had a big greasy muddy ground print on it. I was totally fine... needed to sit down at the side of the trail and gather myself for about 10 minutes and headed home after the crash. But after checking in with my dr I was concussion symptom free and overall no worse for wear.

Even better, my shop was able to get me a crash replacement through Bell at a 30% discount and since the chin bar itself was deemed to be fine (didn't take too big of an impact and there is no foam to crush in a chinbar) I only had to replace the shell. So the overall replacement cost was much less than a brand new full helmet with chinbar.
  • 1 0
 @islandforlife: Based on your recommendation and the fact that my old full face Bell is very hot and smells pretty bad, I just ordered a Bell blue on blue 3R.
  • 4 3
 Very angular, fixed visor, only EPS. Does not look very safe to me.
  • 2 1
 Ever since the guy from Kali explained that helmets need to be smooth and round to avoid the introduction of rotational loads on your head (hence brain and neck) I've always been wary of this. I don't get why Fox keeps pumping out angular helmets, though they're not the only ones. Heck, even the Kali Maya 2.0 helmet is a bit angular near the top/back.
  • 2 1
 I'm a Fox guy, but this looks bad. Can see why others would like it though
  • 10 9
 First time in my life I think I'd prefer head trauma over a helmet
  • 2 0
 I'd ride that!
  • 1 0
 nice, additional coverage is always good
  • 1 0
 Can I wear my AirPods on under it? Smile
  • 1 0
 Like a duck made love to a Star Wars figure!
  • 1 0
 Shinshee shinshee specific
  • 1 0
 Old my Beer Abus, Fox you have achieved the ugliest helmet award.
  • 1 0
 Suddenly my Switchblade is looking pretty frickin SWEEETTTT!
  • 1 0
 It looks like a proframe with the chin guard broken off
  • 1 0
 special person from 2054 could you take him to Mcdonald's please?
  • 1 0
 Spock version would be highly appreciated Wink
  • 2 0
 LOL WTF
  • 1 0
 translation: Helmet design has peaked. Last week that is.
  • 1 0
 Looks like this helmet doesn't have one, Perfect!
  • 1 0
 Any reason to get this over proframe?
  • 1 0
 The Return of Woody Woodpecker
  • 1 1
 How are mtb Loadcases evaluated vs for road helmet designs?
  • 3 2
 Piss pot
  • 4 0
 This one doesn't hold any water.
  • 1 0
 oof
  • 6 5
 WANT!!!
  • 1 0
 Good as a Door stopper.
  • 1 0
 Uuuuuu, no. Hell no!
  • 1 1
 This guy looks literally identical to Finn Iles!!
  • 1 0
 "What's up, Lego head!"
  • 1 1
 Why Fox...why ?

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