New Helmets and Clothing From IXS - Pond Beaver 2021

Apr 13, 2021 at 8:28
by Henry Quinney  
The field of view from the helmet is very comparable to open face options

IXS Trigger FF MIPS Helmet
The IXS Trigger FF is now available with MIPS. The full-face helmet is aimed at enduro riders who want something that breathes well and is low weight. And, speaking of weight, the helmet is sub 600g. To initially pick it up is to be surprised and how lightweight it is and if a friend did reach for it they would always comment something to that effect.

The helmet uses one seamless EPS liner, which includes the faceguard structure. This in turn should increase structural strength whilst reducing weight and volume. Upon a first ride, I would say the helmet breathes well. It has a two-position visor and a Fidlock magnetic buckle for greater ease of use. This helmet series fulfills the European safety standard, EN1078 as well as the American CPSC and ASTM for DH on frontal impact.

A ratchet system, more commonly found on open face helmets, means you can fine-tune the fit without the need for excessively warm padding.

I have quite a large head at 59cm. The M/L fits well, is comfortable, and doesn't sit too close to my face. I also like the clean look of the Black Camo colorway.

Trigger FF MIPS Helmet: RRP - $289.00 USD



IXS Trigger AM MIPS Helmet


Similar to the Trigger FF, the Trigger AM is now available with MIPS. It also shares IXS' patented in-mold technology which directly fuses the helmet shell to the EPS material. It's well vented and, although there is ample protection, doesn't seem to fit quite as deep as some other helmets. This isn't a criticism but rather an observation. I actually like the way it fits and it doesn't inhibit movement whatsoever. I've had helmets in the past that, when adequately tight, give little pressure points on the back of my head that can fatigue my neck. The Trigger AM feels all the opposite, with a comfortable if not slightly more traditional fit. The M/L provided an excellent fit for me.

There are 3 positions for the visor, should you need to store eyewear and, like the Trigger FF, it features a Fidlock Buckle.

Trigger AM MIPS Helmet: RRP - $189.00 USD



IXS Flow Long Sleeve Jersey & Trigger Pants

There is also a new Flow Long Sleeve jersey, which is worn with the continuing Trigger pants. The jersey is soft to the touch with a relaxed and baggy fit. It's comfortable and, whilst not as ultra-thin as some jerseys, breathes well. It is made of recycled, moisture-wicking, and fast drying x-stretch fabric which gives it a degree of elasticity. It also features a microfiber lens wipe and comes in a "regular" fit. I'm 183cm tall and the EU large fit me well.

The Trigger pants have been really comfortable whilst pedaling and have a very "bike specific" fit. The knees are shaped and around the lower leg is contoured and fitted. Again, I was in between sizes but the medium fits well. I generally use a US/UK medium in shorts as I dislike the feeling of them slipping or moving down, or exhausting the fastener adjustments.

The Triggers, however, provide a good fit and benefit from having the fasteners on the inside of the waistband. This means that should you need them, the pressure from your waist will stop the velcro from working loose.

The pockets are also reassuringly deep and zipped. You can easily fit a phone in there. The pants also make use of mesh around the outside of the leg and knee to keep them breathing well. All in all, I've really enjoyed riding in the IXS clothing so far. Both jersey and pants are available in a variety of colors.

Flow Long Sleeve Jersey: RRP - $85.90 USD
Trigger Pants: RRP - 149.00 USD
I've been saying some of my riding friends have deep pockets and short arms for years. Life imitates art.


Pond Beaver 2021





55 Comments

  • 41 7
 Those are far too expensive! It's made me mad! I've been triggered by those high prices!
  • 5 1
 I think you are being sarcastic, but the prices are pretty in line with other helmets.
  • 59 7
 I have an opinion about how these products look!
  • 5 0
 Same I was in the flow of that looks nice until I saw the extraordinary prices!
  • 16 2
 But seriously some clever sharpie marker time would turn your buddies helmet into a "Trigger'd AF" and that in itself is worth convincing a friend to try this one.
  • 5 1
 I have a pun that includes the product name and/or category!
  • 11 0
 @brianpark: I disagree with your opinion! I'm not gonna listen to reason and just yell!
  • 4 0
 @brianpark: I'm offended by your opinion
  • 4 0
 @dkcove: Let’s all be offended at Brian and neg vote him into nonexistence!
  • 2 0
 @cougar797: you're right! nobody should be sharing opinions on here.... oh wait
  • 10 0
 what's your inseam? your ankles have 2" exposed with a straight leg, probably be 4" when pedaling.
  • 23 1
 mf likes his capris bro
  • 11 0
 @mariomtblt: I think technically they are clam diggers.
  • 9 3
 Hello there. I'm not sure of my inseam exactly. In regards to fit, I don't think it's actually too bad at all. The cut means they don't really lift at the knee, irrespective of going through the pedal stroke. I blame the god awful socks for exaggerating it more than the length of the trouser. I am often a little in between sizes though and standing up it does look a little peculiar.
  • 1 0
 Same thought! Urkel anyone... Might be a good idea to include "ON BIKE" shots of all the clothes..? if they are that high just standing there it seems like they'd be crazy highwater while pedaling? One foot down they'd be capri's...

My overboot motorcycle pants look too long standing in the mirror, then I jump on the motorcycle and when I"m in town I feel like a nerd cause they ride up so high... Smile
  • 3 0
 @henryquinney:
You guys need to start posting reviewer size stats at top of *every* apparel/accessory review: height, weight, waist size, chest, head, & hand diameter, arm length, and yes inseam. Particularly for long sleeves & pants, reviews stating "fit felt OK" are pretty much worthless when we don't know how short / tall you are.
  • 1 0
 Most bike specific trousers are too short for me, they all seem to be a 30" inseam or something, which of course lifts when you bend your knees. I use some thin softshell hiking trousers when I need full leg coverage - a fraction of the price too.
  • 8 1
 I have both of these helmets in the non-MIPS flavor and I love em! Super comfy, light weight and air flowy. I've smacked them around a fair bit while riding and have never experienced any concussion-type injuries. The FF also saved my face from certain smashing on one particularly rough get-off. I put my face in the ground so hard that I broke my sunglasses through the face opening, so I can tell you from experience the chin bar very sturdy. I've heard the chin bar on other helmets such as the Proframe tend to be the weak link. I've got a 56cm head and the S/M fits like a champ.
  • 3 0
 Glasses with a full face?
  • 5 1
 @Tortatortatorta: The classic Joey look
  • 1 0
 @Tortatortatorta: maybe if one hates contact lenses
  • 2 1
 @Tortatortatorta: @gnarnaimo Laugh all you want but if I were wearing my goggles that day, they would've broken my nose
  • 5 1
 @chilllout: I wear contacts but I still wear a pair of cheap sunglasses to protect my eyes without the removed air flow, price, and hassle of wearing goggles. Ten bucks from Walmart, they look cool, they feel fine, and they keep my eyes protected from branches or from getting fork oil on my contacts.
  • 1 1
 @CharlestonCubicBikeShop: Same here. Contacts and sunglasses on dry days, goggles on wet days. The truth is the terrain and conditions I ride in do not necessitate goggles most of the time even when I *gasp* wear a full face. Sure goggles make you look like a bro, but they are often not the correct tool for the job where I live. Call the fashion police! Oh wait, they're already here @tortatortatorta @gnarmaimo
  • 9 0
 Great now instead of the metal rods holding the straps rusting on my 229$ Trigger FF, it can rust away on my 289$ Trigger FF MIPS. Use STAINLESS STEEL you CHEAP BASTARDS!!
  • 5 0
 That's definitely the kind of FF helmet someone could use for regular trail riding. Or at least it LOOKS like that kind of helmet. Very light, highly vented. Looks comfortable.
  • 5 0
 I have the non-mips Trigger FF and that's what I bought it for, it works a treat! I get some funny looks rocking the glasses and full face setup on trail rides but with modern AM/Enduro bikes being mini-dh bikes it certainly feels safer when coming back down.
  • 4 0
 True. I have it and there is no problem with weight or cooling that would deter you from using it like a AM helmet. Or visibility really.
  • 5 0
 Another pair of pants with too short of a inseam. Just freaking make inseams 36” long and make us hem them to fit. I have a 35” inseam so I’ll always complaint about mtb pants Lol
  • 3 0
 36' inseam guy here. existence is pain and I blame trousers.
  • 3 0
 Seriously lol. I wear paintball pants for the fact of being a lot more durable than mtb pants, but they too have a way too short of inseam. World is full of short fat people apparently!
  • 1 0
 32" inseam here and they're all too short for me too.
  • 3 0
 I just got the trigger FF for my more technical and gnarly trails rides after a close call with a rock and my chin. Gotta say I love it. Wears like a half shell, I did 1900’ of steep technical climbing in 9 miles the other day and didn’t bother to take it off.
  • 3 0
 Just recently got the ff for 150€ (on mips) and I love it - using it for trail riding, best thing that sticks out is that the sweat is kept away from the face; I use it now as my daily helmet.
Recommended.
  • 3 0
 Anyone know if these lightweight full faces work properly with a Leatt brace? The shape of the back of most of them looks different to a normal DH helmet.
  • 5 0
 The TLD stage works with a Leatt neckbrace
  • 2 0
 they dont i have a setup and since the helmet sits so high compared to a dh if i get into a crash the brace would actually hit my chin or my jaw
  • 2 0
 Thanks both. Guess it depends on the helmet/brace combo.
  • 3 0
 I'd also add maybe going with a more burly full face option if you're riding hard enough to want a neck brace...
  • 4 0
 I'm a Medium waist but large in leg length. Real life problems lol
  • 1 0
 Exactly! Curse my skinny genes! lol
  • 1 0
 Hopefully dont need to be tailored straight away like my new fox pants and shorts. Crotch too long(catches seat)and waist ratchet gets maxed out too ez.
Issue with being bw a 32 and 34...
  • 1 0
 Oh man, those pants may be great, but I can't get past the teal green socks. It looks like a covid work attire shot. Sorry, may sound a bit harsh, but true.
  • 2 1
 I'm so happy my legs happen to be proportionate to whatever bike apparel companies think is a normal proportion.
  • 2 0
 Damn, wish that Trigger FF came in an XL or 63+cm.
  • 2 0
 Try one on, it was by far the loosest full face I ever tried on. You HAVE to give the boa a couple clicks.
  • 1 0
 @RonSauce: I will when I get a chance. But in trying many other brands of helmets, either for mountain bike or snowboarding, generally if it doesn't include 63-64 cm in size, it won't fit. No matter what "size" they claim it is.
  • 3 0
 I have a M/L Trigger AM with a 62cm head. Still some room leftover. Might be enough room depending upon how much larger your head is.
  • 1 0
 @vunugu: great news! I'm a 62cm and options are pretty limited so I'm definitely going to try one of these out
  • 1 0
 they are super light , but too tight and hurt my chin and are very unconfortable, so i sent it back
  • 1 0
 I'm holding out for the Boycie helmet.
  • 3 6
 I’m not too fond on having a retchet adjuster on a full face... if I’m doing the sort of shenanigans that should require a full face I want a proper fitting one, not one that I need to adjust to fit properly.
$.02
  • 3 0
 It just locks it in. You wouldn't wear a helmet without a chinstrap would you? The boa system is kinda big in the full face , a few clicks and that helmet really locks into place nicely. Fox Proframe fits me better, but I really had my heart set on the FF. I love the looks, and the fit is pretty good. I wish they had some adjustable padding though.
  • 6 0
 I see what you're saying here... but I think the deal with these light weight FF helmets is that they are just a full face version of the your regular trail helmet. They are not for DH. They are for those who want to keep their teeth off that rock staring at you.

If you're concerned about the back, top, and side of your head (when you're not partaking in shenanigans) why wouldn't you be concerned about the front? In the majority of my crashes, I'm traveling forward or facing downward... makes sense to me to add a little front protection.

Ill probably try one out this year.
  • 6 0
 I really like the ratchet on mine when used for trail rides, I can undo it a click or two when climbing or if my head swells on a hot day and then cinch it up at the top before dropping in. It's light enough and vented well enough that I don't take it off when climbing or just cruising along.

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