Review: Fox Rampage Pro Carbon Helmet

Nov 9, 2021
by Matt Beer  

From the outside, the Fox Rampage Pro Carbon appears to be the same its predecessor that dropped back in early 2019, but inside there are plenty of features to make this full-face stand out in the lift lines or on the race course. Although the shell shape is familiar, a MIPS liner replaces the Fluid Inside safety technology, and for the bling factor, carbon fiber D-rings secure the chin strap.

The shape of the RPC follows Fox's motocross helmet family for looks with straight lines and comes in five colors, ranging from bright orange to a stealth matte black. It travels in a roomy double-zippered carrying bag and is supplied with a single, fixed-position visor and one set of removable X-Static cheek pads and liner. Moving away from the old trend of integrating onboard cameras, you won't find any mounts cluttering up the smooth areas on top of the shell either.
Fox Rampage Pro Carbon Details

• Carbon shell
• Injected mesh vent screens
• MIPS rotational protection
• Breakaway visor screws
• Dual-density, In-Mold Varizorb EPS
• Antimicrobial X-Static liner and cheek pads
• Colors: Dark Indigo Navy, Black/Teal, White, Atomic Punch Orange
• Meets EN 1078, CPSC 1203, AS/NZS 2063, and ASTM F1952
• Weight: 1,285 g (size LG - actual)
• Sizes: S, M, L, XL
• Price $499.95 USD
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FIT

You might think from the outer appearance that this larger volume helmet would have plenty of headspace inside, but it actually fits on the smaller side. Typically, I would wear a size medium TLD D3, spanning a circumference of 56-57 cm, but I found the size large Fox RPC to be plenty snug, which measures 59-60 cm. Like any new piece of equipment where size is personal, I prefer to try it on before making a purchase. Surprisingly, the cheek pads never did break as much as I anticipated and there was a prominent bump in the liner, dead center in the forehead area. that caused a minor pressure point when wearing the helmet for extended periods of time.

Peering out of the opening, the chin bar doesn't impede your vision or give that claustrophobic feeling of being too close to your face. Fitment with popular goggles from Smith, Oakley, and 100% wasn't an issue, and the zone designed for the strap to rest pulls the frame evenly onto your face. Down below, the chin strap has plenty of length to work with and features a snap button to keep the dead end from flapping in the wind once it is laced up.

VENTILATION

Wearing the Rampage Pro Carbon in late summer/early fall conditions on my downhill bike didn't make me sweat uncomfortably when the thermometer read 20ºC. The X-Static pads do fully surround your face, but did a respectable job of keeping my head dry while pulling moisture away from my line of vision.

For fresh air intakes, the mouth and chin bar side vents are equipped with foam to keep you from tasting your local organics. Above the brow are four small vents, with four larger ones across the top and of the shell and five exhaust ports out back. That's not a lot compared to 100% Aircraft 2, which I reviewed back in July, a DH-certified helmet that competes with some lighter enduro-style lids for breathability. The plastic, non-removable mesh across all of these vents certainly limits airflow, a trade-off for keeping unwanted objects out of the helmet. These vents also make cleaning the entire helmet a chore, since the dirt lodges into the vents, requiring a brush to reach all of the nooks and crannies.

Along with the cradling affect of the RPC, there is a distinct reduction in hearing compared to the Aircraft 2, which could be due to the covered vents or abundant padding around the lower part of the ear.


WEIGHT

At first glance, the RPC could be mistaken for a motocross helmet and is more than 300-grams heavier than its main rival, the TLD D4, one of the lightest helmets you'd spot at a DH race. At 1285-grams, the size large RPC we tested is on the heavier side, but does provide a very comforting and secure feeling. The weight of the helmet is also well distributed and doesn't promote any tipping front to back, even on the hardest touch downs in the bike park. Coming from a Bell Full 9, Fox's RPC wasn't a chore to wear on long descents or standing in lift lines.


SAFETY

The stand-out safety features of the Rampage Pro Carbon are the full carbon shell, dual-density In-Mold Varizorb EPS, and the switch to a MIPS rotational liner from the Fluid Inside technology. For me, the dual-density foam is a huge asset to have as a mountain biker where our speed can vary drastically, depending on the trail. It's important that a helmet can absorb and dissipate both energy extremes.

The RPC meets EN 1078, CPSC 1203, AS/NZS 2063, and ASTM F1952 certifications and the breakaway visor won't create any further neck flexion should you try your best scorpion pose. Replacing the magnets that held the visor in place on the previous generation helmet are two screws, however, the visor doesn't bend or pivot out of the way.

Since testing began on this lid, the MIPS liner has remained totally silent and the double D-ring, a feature I welcome and am accustomed to for its strengths over a plastic buckle. Simplifying things further, the strap is long enough that I can leave the closure threaded, but loosen it enough to pull the helmet off; something I couldn't manage with the Bell Full 9's shorter strap.

PRICE

Sitting a nickel shy of $500, the Fox RPC isn't a bargain and for that price I would expect it to include a spare visor and a different size set of cheek pads to help alleviate a squished face. Mind you, it is a very robust helmet with durable paint, trick carbon D-rings, and an adequate rubber trim around the lower edge to further protect that lustrous color. Included with the helmet is a soft shell, fleece-lined carrying bag that is vented, like most top end helmets, but doesn't get over complicated by extra pockets.

If you're looking for a cheaper option in the Fox family of helmets, the Rampage Comp checks out at $349, but that doesn't include a MIPS liner or dual-density EPS. Otherwise, the 100% Aircraft 2 is a contender at $400, which still has dual-density EPS foam, but uses the brand's own rotational energy dissipation system instead of MIPS.




Pros

+ Locked in and very secure feeling helmet
+ Wicks away moisture well considering coverage

Cons

- Larger overall profile / heavy feeling
- Plastic mesh vents make it tricky to clean
- Pressure points in forehead area and cheek pads are noticeable during extended use




Pinkbike's Take
bigquotesIf you're looking for maximum protection and comfort in a full-face helmet designed for the high speeds of downhill racing and bike park laps, the Rampage Pro Carbon checks all of the safety technology boxes. Instantly after slipping the helmet on, there is a comforting feeling of extra insurance and confidence. On the other hand, its larger profile and lower ventilation on slower trails could be overkill for some enduro racers to wear all day long when temperatures reach upwards of 25º C. Matt Beer



80 Comments

  • 87 1
 Sorry for $500 I can buy a custom steel tubed full face with a slack peak. Why would I go Carbon?
  • 78 2
 Or some gardening pants.
  • 20 0
 Check me out w my $500 helmet with my $500 overalls and $10k bike. That's how you know I only ride once per month!
  • 1 0
 @stumphumper92: And I just can’t help but wonder how much did Gary Fisher spend on the whole set-up, riding gear included, when he first bombed down Repack……ahh from Model-Ts to Teslas…..viva la technological inflation
  • 4 0
 @Hauck: Challenge: Have a ride kit that cost more than your bike. Now, legit possible!
  • 55 1
 "heavy feeling" shouldn't be a point in a review of a $500 carbon helmet
  • 47 3
 'From the outside, the Fox Rampage Pro Carbon appears to be the same its predecessor that dropped back in early 2019, but inside there are plenty of features to make this full-face stand out in the lift lines or on the race course.'

This sentence makes no sense. If it looks the same then how do features on the inside that cannot be seen make this visibly stand out?
  • 28 0
 Outside was meant as Outside the new owners.
  • 1 0
 @tonit91: Still makes no sense.
  • 44 0
 Gonna wear this with those $500 POC fishing pants and a thick gold chain. You can call me Joey.
  • 13 0
 Pole's cooking up an e-bike that will be right up your alley Mr. Joseph Goldmember
  • 1 0
 Just noticed they sell clipless Crocs - must have ASAP!
  • 36 0
 It's not heavy feeling. It is heavy....
  • 8 1
 1.3Kg. my huge melon already weighs enough.....thanks anyways Fox! LOL
  • 2 0
 Definitely on the heavy side for an MTB helmet, but completely normal for an MX helmet. If its that much better at protecting your head this wouldnt be a bad deal.
  • 18 0
 Bummer they changed from Fluid to MIPS! Fluid tested better than the MIPS but MIPS bought them out and ditched the tech!
  • 4 0
 Came off the last Gen RPC with Fluid inside into the MIPS model. The fit is much different. It seems to sit lower on the head, and while the weight seems similar, I can attest to Matt's claim of the weight being evenly distributed. It never felt heavy while riding. I personally had zero issues with pressure points, whereas the last gen and the TLD D3 I had some minor pressure point issues. The foam FOX claims is removable in the chin bar, bit didn't seem to be an issue. I wore this helmet for a couple races, as well as some hot sunny whistler bike park days, and it never seemed to make me overheat. The MIPS line does make a little noise for me however, but I can't say it's noticeable unless your looking for it. It's only when turning my head side to side all the way. The larger profile doesn't suit all riders, but since I'm a bigger guy, it seems to appear proportionate. I am not a fan of the screw on visor, I prefer the magnetic one. Easier to clean. Overall, I've been more than happy with this helmet, and it's been one of my favorites to date. I've been more than content with this helmet, and the
  • 6 0
 Wierd. My carbon rampage pro from 2017 came with mips. So upgrading from mips to mips? Cool
  • 7 2
 Short of personal fit issues I don't see why anyone would pick this over the TLD d4 or the 100% aircraft, both are better ventilated, lighter, and similar priced or cheaper.
  • 1 0
 ive had fox rpc since about 10 years now. they just fit my head very well. i do enjoy the bigger looks too.
TLD D2,D3 and D4 dont fit as well, so thats the main reason i would go again for fox as my next helmet.

I havent tried the 100% yet, so no idea about that one, the old one didnt fit me as well either.

Fox just seems to fit perfectly on my melon.
  • 5 0
 "Fox's RPC wasn't a chore to wear on long descents or standing in lift lines." ROTFL.
  • 4 0
 “Sitting a nickel shy of $500, the Fox RPC isn't a bargain”…. Well there ya go.
  • 1 0
 Is there a comfortable FF helmet that provides more protection that a Proframe/Stage enduro...but is fairly comfy and light? The enduro FF helmets that are DH rated (proframe etc) are nice but it seems like the amount of protection is quite a bit less that the real DH helmets. Its gotten fuzzy with them meeting DH requirements and I'm not sure what "standard certification" to look for. I have a kid that rides Freeride and we've gone through a few proframes (they kind of suck and break easy btw...visor is a joke), but feel like I might be interested in getting him something more beefy but he needs to be able to ride in it and not just do lift-serve stuff.
  • 1 0
 I wish there was independent testing preformed on Fullface like with the half lids like this www.helmet.beam.vt.edu/bicycle-helmet-ratings.html

I'm guessing that a dh fullface prob exceeds standards more than an enduro that is dh rated where it might just meet standards. However that is all conjecture since I'm not aware of any testing specific to mtb fullface helmets
  • 2 0
 Can't provide any evidence for its safety over a proframe or stage but the Leatt DBX 4.0 apparently fits in between that lightweight category and dh lids. Mine certainly feels fairly solid while still being fine in terms of ventilation and weight (just under 900g in size M) to wear pedalling for a few hours.
  • 2 0
 @KTM83Jack: I haven’t tried that one but one thing to note is I’ll wear my TLD Stage often where if my only other option was a traditional DH fullface I wouldn’t wear near a frequently. So maybe the enduro DH aren't as good as a traditional DH helmet I’m much more likely to wear it, which certainly provides better coverage than a half lid
  • 1 0
 @KTM83Jack: I wrecked on my DBX 4.0 and it remained intact, whereas I've seen Proframes and Stages snap into pieces. I did receive a mild concussion, but I have a history of them, so considering how hard I slammed, I'm not surprised. I was certainly glad to be wearing as beefy a helmet as I was, and going forward, I'll opt for a full-on dh helmet--I'm done fooling around with the FF-lite category.
  • 1 0
 That's why I have both. Proframe for trail riding and shuttling. Troy Lee D3 for park. I would not trust my proframe at bike park speeds and jumps
  • 1 0
 i have last years model with the magnetic visor that comes undone in the event of a crash. i had a crash and the visor snaped in half with the magnets still attached to the helmet. Fox makes all kinds of excuses and does not want to replace the helmet. no more fox for me..................thanks fox
  • 5 1
 The Rampage Comp (like all Fox MTB helmets) DOES come with MIPS.
  • 5 1
 I like the color of this milk crate.
  • 3 1
 I went from the original RPC to the D4 a few months ago. I got the monster edition and the only problem with it is that it looks far too good for my skill level ‍♂️
  • 1 3
 delete
  • 2 0
 @PJJ205: ratio
  • 4 0
 The fox fluid is way safer. Glad you an still buy the old version
  • 2 0
 I don't understand profit margins. If a brand sold a light-ish safe helmet for $200 vs. $500 wouldn't more people by them and thus more profit over volume?
  • 5 0
 Depends on the "Technology", associated with the lower priced options.
Marketing is a powerful tool.
  • 4 0
 Complex question that would be discussed thoroughly in any respectable entry-level economics course…
  • 4 0
 $200 makes the company/product look cheap.

Example: Lexus/Toyota
  • 1 1
 @tonit91: Since when are Toyotas cheap? lol
  • 5 1
 25 degrees is cold. Smile
  • 2 0
 Lol, I got it! Upvote for you!
  • 1 2
 I'm looking to buy a Bell Super 3R–out of stock with no ETA. I emailed Bell and their lead time is 1 to 4 months.

Wondering if other shops are seeing similar shortages from other helmet MFG's. I'm sure this isn't Bell's fault, since they wouldn't want to miss out on a profit margin from a $350 product.
  • 1 0
 Saving your noggin can be expensive for some companies....I'd not entertain that price when there's protection out there gor much less
  • 1 0
 this helmet seems comparable to motocross helmets, many of which are DOT and SNELL approved. Why isn't this one snell / dot approved? seems like it could be.
  • 2 0
 Primarily because of the vents, especially those on the top. There are penetration resistance tests that this lid wouldn't pass. The EPS and carbon layup is different to account for different vehicle speeds, and also the visor would need to be longer for MX.
  • 7 8
 The fox trail helmets come with a fidlock strap. Why not their full face. I would buy one if so. If you are constantly taking it on and off the d-rings are a pain. You lost a sale based on a clip Fox!
  • 7 0
 D-rings are way safer than fidlock and on most helmet you're able to loosen the strap enough to remove the helmet without undoing the d-ring.
  • 9 0
 You can get used to D rings and it will be second nature to buckle/undo them.
  • 3 4
 @pisgahgnar: So basically no relevant difference between Fidlok and D-rings for helmet application. The force required to snap the Fidlok (and possibly the ratchet closure too) would already be far higher than most human necks can safely withstand.
  • 1 1
 @pisgahgnar: interesting video thanks
  • 1 0
 @pisgahgnar: I would be curious to know how the fidloc buckle on a bicycle helmet would do since its design looks a little different then the one used in the video (my bet would be it fails sooner).

Very good video, thanks for posting!
  • 7 1
 @Ttimer: But the next point in the video is important. D rings require you to cinch them down every single time. It's easy and quick, and part of the process of doing up the closure. Fidlock snaps into place and will become looser over time. I have a fidlock closure on my trail helmet and it loosens every few weeks. For a DH helmet I want to know for sure it is tight every time, the trusted D ring doesn't allow you to forget.
  • 4 2
 I support the right to have your opinion. I do however, have to respectfully disagree. I've been using D-rings for years, and I can honestly say it would not inhibit my choice in helmet purchase whatsoever. I fact, if I had two identical helmets I could purchase, and the only difference was fidlock vs d-ring, I would likely go d-ring. I know it, it works, it's safe and reliable. If it ain't broke don't fix it. That being said, I simply speak for myself on this one.
  • 1 1
 @Ttimer: someone didn’t listen
  • 3 0
 @jomacba: yep. D rings all the way. Although I’m not sure they need to be carbon…
  • 2 0
 @johnny2shoes: they 100% don't, but they are.... and it's pretty cool if you ask me.
  • 2 0
 When I worked at Fox I asked this question about why no Fidlock, and was told it was 50/50 so the sponsored athletes made the final call in favour of D-rings.
  • 2 0
 Ahh maximum size 62cm. What a bummer. Frown
  • 1 0
 While I loved the shape and very secure feeling, it already felt hot when standing still in the shop...
  • 2 0
 Is there a version for amateurs?
  • 1 0
 Just look at my Instagram @rlv199 if you wanna see a fully smashed (holes in the carbon) 2022 RPC after I had a nasty spill.
  • 1 0
 The TLD Stage is like wearing nothing at all. Lots of airflow. Light. Saved my chin from degloving just last week.
  • 1 0
 My 1st choice for lids is Fox then Smith
  • 1 0
 Who actually has a problem with debris in the face?
  • 2 1
 I'd rather spend that kind of money on the surgery than the helmet.
  • 1 0
 why the swap from fluid inside?
  • 2 0
 That's a good question for MIPS. They acquired Fluid inside a year ago I believe. I would assume they likely dissolved the design in favor of their own. I'm only speculating.
  • 1 0
 Thanks Outside™️ very cool.
  • 2 2
 Cool helmet, terrible color
  • 20 1
 Hot take: Cool color, terrible helmet
  • 1 0
 I love the colour, have no idea if the helmet is any good (and never will as I've decided based on no evidence whatsoever that it's too heavy for my spindly little neck).
  • 1 0
 Good news! They make other colors too!
  • 3 0
 Hot take: It's all subjective.
  • 1 0
 I like hats
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