Dainese Returns to MTB Helmets with the Lightest Full Face Helmet on the Market

Jun 18, 2021 at 6:56
by Alicia Leggett  

Dainese's two new helmets pack a variety of safety features into ultralight half shell and full face options.

Dainese says the Linea 01 MIPS is the lightest full face helmet on the market, weighing in at a claimed 570g (size M) while meeting the downhill certification standards. The helmet has 30 vents and doesn’t shy away from adding features.


The helmet includes technology we’re used to seeing – MIPS – with less familiar but still potentially life-saving features: a Recco chip and an NFC medical information storage system. Recco is a system that uses reflective chips built into clothing and gear that can be detected by search parties. The technology is ubiquitous in the ski industry but is still uncommon in bike gear. When not in use, a Recco chip adds essentially no weight and takes no maintenance, but having it does add a bit of passive safety.

The helmet’s NFC technology, designed by Swedish startup twICEme, allows a user to load their medical and emergency contact information to the system’s app. Then, in an emergency, first responders can scan a chip in the user’s helmet to access the information.

The twICEme system has been used by POC since 2019, when the Scandinavian companies teamed up to bring the technology into bike helmets. Dainese will now join those ranks, offering the first full face helmet with an NFC chip.
Linea 01 details:
Weight: 570g (size M)
Certifications: CPSC 1203, CE EN1078, ASTM F1952-DH, ASTM 2032-BMX, and AS/NZ 2063
Technologies: twICEme NFC, Recco, MIPS
Features: Fidlock magnetic closure, antimicrobial bamboo fiber liner, adjustable peak, 30 vents
Price: EUR 279.95 / $332 USD
dainese.com


Linea 03 details:
Weight: 370g (size M)
Certifications: CPSC 1203, CE EN1078, and AS/NZ 2063
Technologies: twICEme NFC, Recco, MIPS (all optional, depending on model)
Features: Fidlock magnetic closure, antimocrobial bamboo fiber liner, adjustable peak, 18 vents, ponytail compatibility
Price: From EUR 149.95 / $178 USD to EUR 199.95 / $237


In addition to the Linea 01 full face, Dainese has launched the Linea 03 half shell at three different price points. The Linea 03 MIPS+ has all the features described above packed into an 18-vent, 370g half shell helmet. For those who aren’t interested in the bells and whistles, the Linea 03 MIPS offers the same helmet without the Recco or NFC features, and the Linea 03 Basic is the same design minus MIPS.


The Linea 01 will retail for EUR 279.95 ($332 USD). The half-shell options will start at EUR 149.95 ($178 USD) for the Linea 03 Basic, bumping up to EUR 179.95 ($213 USD) for the MIPS version and EUR 199.95 ($237 USD) for the top-end MIPS+ helmet.

The Linea 01 and 03 helmets will become available November 15.




120 Comments

  • 415 7
 I don't care if it is lightweight because that is the ugliest visor I may have seen in my entire life
  • 207 1
 It's like a piece of lettuce glued to the helmet... wtf?
  • 15 0
 In my opinion, the visor would’ve been fine if it didn’t have that mounting point in the center. That’s the only piece that’s off putting for me. It really is awful though
  • 96 1
 Batman wants his ... uh... whatever that is, he wants it back.
  • 23 0
 looks like tioga spyder saddle
  • 3 23
flag Narro2 (Jun 18, 2021 at 10:32) (Below Threshold)
 and it seems that you have to swap visors when changing from full face to half shell, hahhaha, wtf were they thinking???
  • 11 0
 @Narro2: Different helmets
  • 30 0
 You would think they'd run this by a test group that included a few human beings with functional eyeballs before going to production...
  • 12 0
 "Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should!"
  • 8 0
 @Altavoz: my bad, feel free to downvote me to oblivion
  • 5 0
 "Oh no! We forgot to design a visor, just tack on this one from Walmart"
  • 2 0
 But its expensive. People will buy
  • 1 0
 I don't mind the simple visor on the half shell, the full face is BAD. Really enjoyed should have used the half shell design on both
  • 2 23
flag rustyglaze5 (Jun 18, 2021 at 15:47) (Below Threshold)
 lmao 217 ppl are just as shallow and superficial as you, thinking of looks as a variable in safety wear. Plain exemple of the dehumanization of our race right here bunch of fakes. gg 2021
  • 6 0
 @rustyglaze5: When there are plenty of options out there that are safe and look better, this statement seems more directed at getting a reaction rather than proving a point. Given the potential cost of this helmet, and the abilities to execute design with pure functionality, I don't believe there is any excuse to produce something that is cosmetically unappealing. That being said, this was not designed with pure functionality in mind, this was designed in an attempt to look good.
  • 2 0
 @rustyglaze5: pretty sure this was designed with light weight in mind. I can assure you there are safer, better looking, more ventilated helmets on the market. They weigh a bit more but you don’t look like errrr… whatever that is and as a bonus your head stays cooler. cool soap box though bro
  • 2 0
 Only helmet that I’d rather run squid lid.
  • 6 0
 looks like a helmet you would buy on ali-express
  • 1 1
 Several things are very wrong here! 1. the visor is retarded 2. the chin bar is very weak looking and is just that a chin bar not a full face. 3. that expression on his face in the last photo looks mental
  • 2 0
 No he doesn’t. He has a tld stage@racecase:
  • 1 0
 @islandforlife: the whole helmet looks like it is constructed from rubbish collected from my garbage disposer after breakfast.
  • 4 0
 It's like seeing one of those modded out Honda Civics roll by with a fugly carbon spoiler lurking about 20 inches above the rear.
  • 116 2
 Dainese Returns to MTB Helmets with the Ugliest Full Face Helmet on the Market
  • 34 3
 To me POC takes that trophy tbh. *Hides in bushes*
  • 4 0
 @Elikk: I agree
  • 65 1
 Looks like Troy Lee has successfully instilled their undercover designers into other companies to ensure people only buy D4's.
  • 5 0
 @bigtim or in this case, Stages
  • 51 0
 Kali interceptor: we make the lightest, safest, most comfortable and ugliest full face on the market.

Dainese: Hold my beer
  • 1 0
 Not the first record I would have gone after but hey
  • 3 0
 The Interceptor is not a full face.
  • 2 0
 @Sebastes: invader, dang it!
  • 2 1
 @jewpowered: We knew what you meant, though it could apply to any Kali helmet.
  • 44 0
 Ahh those poor sponsored riders who will be forced to wear this thing... haha.
  • 11 0
 I always felt terrible for the Rocky Mountain Team when they had to wear Urge Helmets. Ewww, gross.
  • 26 0
 What the hell were they smoking when they designed this?? It looks absolutely fugly
  • 4 0
 @machaut I bet only island snobs will buy it Wink
  • 15 1
 Recco: the silly little reflector tags used to sell ski jackets now rebadged to serve zero purpose in the summer as well! It's the worst kept secret in snowsports: Recco tags only come into play in alpine rescue once conditions are good enough to send up a helicopter, and by that point, what they are looking for are cold, stiff avalanche victims. The transceiver units are so big & heavy that ground rescue units can't carry them, which is a big part of why no one bothers with the tech in North America.
  • 3 0
 100% marketing gimmick. i've got this FABULOUS (but technically shitty) 80's nevica jacket with them sewn in: pbs.twimg.com/media/E3C8eS_VUAYEKy5?format=jpg&name=large
  • 4 0
 20 years ago when I was a ski patroller, they had Dustbuster sized receivers for on mountain use, but most patrols didn’t have them. The helicopter mounted one was for scanning large areas quickly to determine where to start rescues. But, I will agree, they are mostly for body recovery.
  • 29 1
 Hey, time to clear up some Recco stuff I guess. I worked ski patrol for the 8 years before coming on with PB, so I can comment a bit on Recco use in searches. You are correct that it's mostly used for body recovery, but unfortunately in most situations involving your average Joe who took a wrong turn at the resort, that's the best they have. Those people aren't wearing transceivers or doing much of anything to actively increase their own safety, so they really don't have much going for them aside from maybe a chip in their clothes that slightly increases the chances of them being found. Which is WAY better than nothing.
A helicopter isn't required to use Recco, despite what all the *very cool* Recco marketing stuff portrays. A handheld Recco detector is about the size of a laptop, and you wave it around in a pattern to pick something up. You look ridiculous doing it. The device has to be lined up with the chip at the right angle to pick anything up, so it's absolutely an imprecise tool. Still, we used to practice with it on slow days and I got semi-decent at finding objects with Recco in a simulated avalanche path. It's nowhere near as efficient as the amazing beacons these days, but it's something, and at that point, any added chance of success is a good thing. (Though like you said, the odds of finding someone with it before it's too late are pretty low. But this is mountain biking! People are way less likely to be buried in avalanches! Yay!)
So yeah, considering it weighs next to nothing, doesn't cost much, and *can* help out in a really shitty situation, I see Recco as a "might as well" type of thing, as long as the gear with it is priced accordingly.
  • 6 0
 @alicialeggett: Ya actually now that I think about it... Recco would be much better used for summer activities by SAR teams who know someone is lost in a general area but don't know where exactly. These teams usually rely on helicopter fly bys to look for people and could easily use the heli mounted versions. not sure why Recco marketed themselves so heavily towards ski/snowboard rescue when it makes more sense as a hiker/biker rescue tool. Maybe they're figuring that out as their ski/snowboard market dries up do to uselessness?
  • 1 0
 @alicialeggett: Are we aware of parks having the detector on hand for summer bike park riding? meaning, if you were lost on the side of A-line, I assume whistler has the detector?
  • 2 0
 @alicialeggett: The problem with "might as well" is that it gives a false sense of security, which is worse than an absence of security because people will behave as if they are safe, e.g. "So what if I go out of bounds? I've got my Recco jacket on - I'm invincible!" Sure, I'm assuming people are idiots, but it is a scientific fact* that ski patrollers have extra flexible necks from shaking their heads at humanity's stupidity.

* Not a fact. Smiley face.
  • 14 1
 I work in critical care and wouldn't have a clue what to do with a helmet that stores medical info. Also what could it really say that would be helpful? drug allergies maybe? just keep your I.D in a pocket.
  • 6 12
flag andrewbikeguide (Jun 18, 2021 at 10:38) (Below Threshold)
 @sayitlikejohn or learn about medic alert ID in all its forms; NFC chips, ROAD ID, Medic Alert. It's 2021 not 1921. I am assuming you know how to find the medical info and NOK file on a modern smart phone?
  • 5 0
 @andrewbikeguide: sounds like so many cases of a poorly thought through UX. It will only work if it is so simple it can’t fail. You know, like your ID card.
  • 7 2
 @andrewbikeguide: Or, instead of all that bullshit, keep an ID in your pocket.
  • 11 1
 @andrewbikeguide: Ha ha ha! You honestly think it's a medical professionals duty to keep track of all of the gimmicky pieces of technology that people are selling in the name of "safety"? Has anybody in the medical field asked for any of this? Do any of these companies provide hospitals with equipment? Training?

Ya, blame the individuals just trying to do their jobs.
  • 4 0
 @andrewbikeguide:
Ah yes the tech industry, making a thing we allready have more expensive and harder to acesss.
  • 3 0
 I remember hearing some first responders tell me that even if they do access the information on these devices that they can’t trust it. They can’t be sure it’s accurate or even that the helmet belongs to the person wearing it.
  • 15 1
 Squid lid with a visor made from a front fender
  • 2 0
 A front fender that an alligator chewed up and spat out
  • 12 0
 Hmm, they should've stayed out of MTB helmets.
  • 5 0
 Not to judge a book by its cover but the vents all appear to be in the wrong place for heat management. In my experience big vents on top of the helmet are key to heat escape and this looks to miss that mark big time.
  • 2 0
 Ya it tough, because to pass the DH certification you have to pass the penetration test and helmets with lots of vents don't pass because of this. It's a big part of the reason why the super light and vented enduro full face helmets don't pass, but their chinbars do. Bell Super DH does a much better job than this helmet... although this one has a much better vented chinbar. Looks like they got around the penetration test with that lattice structure. Someone needs to combine the Bell Super DH and this thing to get a good looking, super light, well vented, DH certified helmet.
  • 4 0
 I wear my lightweight full face helmet when I need to earn my downhill runs by climbing. This means it needs to be highly vented with no breathing restrictions. I don't really care about how it looks as much as how it feels. If it's safe, light, cool and no breath restrictions I'm ok with it. Guess we'll have to see the reviews to find out.
  • 7 0
 "Imperceptible to Wear", sounds like the marketing department got their ad campaigns mixed up with another product.
  • 2 0
 "Recco is a system that uses reflective chips built into clothing and gear that can be detected by search parties."

I know they just call it a "Recco Reflector", but perhaps some clarity would be useful here.

It is a _radar_ reflector, not just a shiny visible-light-reflective bit that could likely not be visible to the eye in a crash. Those search parties also need to have and use a Recco Detector to take advantage.
  • 1 0
 Helmet has some street moto vibes (not sure if that's a good thing or not), but that visor should have stayed a CAD drawing. Hope they realise this at some point and offer a redesigned version. Apart from that, good to have many options on lightweight full face helmets.
  • 4 0
 That 1st photo.... That's the look a a model questioning what he's doing with his life choices if ever there was one.
  • 3 0
 When Italian designers hit the mark it's a beautiful thing. These are standing next to a pile of burning tires near the Napoli waterfront.
  • 1 0
 Looks well designed with the smooth chinbar that won’t hook up on the dirt. The visor is questionable. I would definitely wear a lightweight full face for everything except super easy rides. I have the stage but it still feels like a prototype. Helmet manufacturers need to step up their game, for the caliber of riding that enduro is, full face helmets should be like second nature.
  • 4 0
 It will be a short stay I imagine
  • 4 0
 Ah yes, nice and repulsive
  • 3 0
 RECCO is the QR code of the outdoors. Nobody uses it. It only exists because out-of-touch old sales dudes can understand it.
  • 4 0
 Don't really care for the lightest Helmet, I'd rather have the safest.
  • 1 3
 Then wear a DOT helmet
  • 2 0
 I came for the comments on the new pole emtb and found this ….. my anticipation and excitement for the comments sectionnknows no bounds
  • 5 1
 Dainese returns to the mtb market with the ugliest fullface ever
  • 3 0
 Whoever designed that should honestly never design anything in their existence again, ever.
  • 1 0
 Dainese realized that if you want a very light helmet, all you need to do is ditch the useless visor. Seems easy enough to do it in this one. The only remaining question is what's ugliest, zero visors or this visor?
  • 1 0
 Ugly, or it might actually look good without the visor, which is quite ideal since visors are mostly added for aesthetics at the cost of everyhting else.
  • 2 0
 is that first photo post crash? the visor looks like it's out of alignment and the guy looks shaken
  • 1 0
 This article (and the commentary) makes me think it's time Pinkbike did a hall of fame/shame story on the ugliest helmets ever.
  • 1 1
 I don’t hate the visor… but I feel like it’s positioned to shade the forehead not the eyes. Shouldn’t a visor shade your vision centers? If not, what’s the point of using the same root word in the name?
  • 1 0
 now I am even more happy with Lazer Revolution FF helmet that bought with massive discount and thought I will survive that it looks weird Big Grin
  • 2 0
 Dear pinkbike, I think you have a typo in the word “ugliest” in the header.
  • 1 0
 At least they come clean off the bat that if you decide to wear your sunglasses on a dark, foggy day you won't be able to store them on your helmet.
  • 2 0
 at least it comes with free wifi so you can order a troylee online while wearing it
  • 2 0
 Dainese Begins or Dainese Returns?
Batlooking Visor...
  • 5 3
 That is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen!
  • 1 0
 Like NFC is a feature when you can just buy a sticker, programme it and stick it on your helmet anyway.
  • 1 0
 Mispelled "Linea" as "Linnea" every single time. It's right there in the supplied graphics...
  • 1 0
 I genuinely like the shell of the full face but that visor looks like an afterthought. Ruins the entire thing.
  • 1 0
 Damn, visor looks like a new engineer just learned about generative design...
  • 1 0
 Do the first responders make you chug a smirnoff ice and say you've been iced when they scan it?
  • 1 0
 I can almost look past the rest of the helmet and say it looks okay. Almost. But that visor is blowing my mind.
  • 2 0
 Adam West called and wants the wing from the 1975 bat-mobile back!
  • 2 0
 euro dads will love this helmet
  • 2 0
 This is the most euro squid lid I've ever seen (this year)
  • 1 0
 Looks like sh*t. Kinda like how I ride. Probably going to get one because fu*k it.
  • 2 0
 I quite like 01 despite the visor.
  • 3 0
 looks awesome
  • 1 0
 Yeah, I actually think this helmet looks pretty good. But I guess I like sci-fi looking designs.
  • 1 0
 That visor.....its like standing under a tree with no leaves and expecting shade.
  • 2 0
 This is going to look sweet riding my Endor Speeder.
  • 1 0
 Full face is pretty brutal but am I crazy to say that the half shell ain't bad??
  • 2 0
 in terms of ventilation, I'm a bit doubtful...
  • 1 0
 Fingers crossed they’re available in 64/5cm.
  • 1 1
 Dont buy it
  • 2 0
 yuck
  • 1 0
 Dentists all the way…..
  • 4 0
 Yup, bc they know how expensive teeth are when they get blown out so theyll go full face all day.
  • 2 0
 stupidly expensive
  • 1 0
 Put the Rossi graphics on these and they'll sell like hotcakes
  • 2 0
 ugly as hell!
  • 1 0
 Ooof! That is one DAMN ugly helmet.
  • 2 0
 June fool
  • 1 0
 I wonder what the guy in the first picture thinks?
  • 1 0
 Still looks Euro AF.

Pressure suit and Lycra anyone?
  • 1 0
 Not sure I want the lightest helmet
  • 1 0
 Hey Dainese, please do this in yellow like the old OGK helmets. LEGO MAN!
  • 1 0
 These even make those ruroc ski helmets look good
  • 1 0
 The actual price should be 39.90.. on sale.
  • 1 0
 the visor looks like the batmobil
  • 1 0
 Visor is a joke. Don't mind the look of the helmet otherwise.
  • 1 0
 Thanks Dainese, I hate it.
  • 1 0
 Ugliest helmet ever.

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