Leatt's full-face helmet line has been around for a number of years now and the Gravity 8.0 is their latest model designed for downhill speeds, although we've seen a few of their enduro athletes use them in that discipline too.
Leatt puts their own spin on the safety systems inside. Instead of integrating the popular MIPS technology, Leatt selects their own rotational energy absorbing system, 360 Turbine Technology, along with a sophisticated layering of EPS foam densities.
In keeping with the moto-inspired design, the Gravity 8.0 uses a double D-ring chin strap. You’ll also find quick-release components, like a cut-out for an Eject helmet removal system and pull-tab equipped cheek pads, plus a visor designed to snap off in event of a crash. You can even route a drinking hose from a hydration pack to the chin bar for easy access.
Leatt Gravity 8.0 Details
• Carbon-composite shell
• 360 Turbine Technology
• Breakaway visor screws
• Quick-release cheek pads
• Eject helmet release system ready
• Colors: matte black, red/white
• Certifications: ASTM F1952–10, EN1078, CPSC 1203, AS/NZS 2063:2008
• Weight: 1,148 g (size M - actual)
• Sizes: S, M, L, XL
• Price $429.95 USD
Made from a mixture of carbon and composite materials, the shell is available in either a black or red/white colorway for $429 USD. Four sizes fit noggins from 55-62cm circumferences in 2cm increments, plus there are secondary pads available to tweak the fit.
I found the size medium to fit true to size around the widest part of my head and never noticed any pressure points or excessive room in the helmet. The supplied 35mm cheek pads worked well and didn’t need to break in to feel comfortable. Thankfully, they didn’t pack in much more or I may have needed to move to a tighter fit. Leatt does offer two thicknesses of headliners and four cheek pad options: 25, 30, 35, and 40mm. That should make the three shell sizes customizable for just about anyone within the size chart limits, however, they'll need to track those down since the helmet is only supplied with one set.
There’s a presence about pulling the Gravity 8.0 helmet on that gave me a very secure feeling without looking like a chipmunk. I’d chalk that up to the placement of the C-shaped cheek pads that wrap securely around, and below your jaw.
The jaw piece appears large from the outside, but neither blocks your field of view or feels too close for comfort. Up top, the visor is fixed in one position and isn’t in sight once goggles are installed. I primarily wore Leatt’s Velocity 6.5 goggles, but never had any issues with Fox, Oakley, or Smith’s most common models.
Although I never had the chance to pair the helmet up with a neck brace, Leatt states they have optimized the Gravity 8.0 helmet to work with their models.SAFETY SPECIFICATIONS
Leatt uses a series of round elastomers that they created to reduce both compressive forces, and rotational forces, called 360º Turbine Technology
, Eleven of those are spread out across the inner shell and claimed to “reduce peak brain acceleration by up to 30% at impact speeds associated with concussion” and “peak brain rotational acceleration by up to 40%.”
Behind the quick-release Pro-Fit liner, an EPS shell composed of four various density foams to absorb a multitude of impacts.
Leatt touts the safety technology found in the Gravity 8.0 helmet and put it through the Motorcycle ECE 22.05 certification where it passed the impact absorption test. The report published by Omega, a company who specializes in testing personal protective equipment, can be found here
. Moto certification is as commonly seen on MTB helmets, so we asked Leatt for more information. They replied,
|The MTB Gravity 8.0 helmet shares a shell with the MOTO 8.5 helmet; therefore, it was possible for us to balance the shell/EPS of the Gravity 8.0 to meet the ECE 22.05 impacts.|
The Gravity 8.0 is not officially ECE 22.05 certified but passes the impact absorption tests. (It's not possible to officially certify a bicycle helmet to a MOTO standard as there is specific wording on the labels/manuals that prevents this) We also don’t believe this helmet shell/EPS combination compromises the impacts at lower speeds.
The MOTO helmets all pass ECE and DOT standards, whereas the Gravity 8.0 was optimized for bicycle impact: EN1078, ASTMF1952, CPSC and for higher energy impacts to ECE 22.05. The Gravity 8.0 does not meet the ECE 22.06 standard as this requires even higher impact speeds. The Gravity 8.0 also has the same Turbine configuration as the MOTO helmets meaning you get the impact absorption of the turbines at low impact speeds.— Leatt
Since Leatt also makes lighter weight full-face options, like the Enduro 4.0, with its removable chin-bar, I reserved rides in the Gravity 8.0 for bike park and shuttle laps.
For a helmet with a generous amount of features and volume, there are few vents throughout the shell. Surprisingly, there is a decent amount of breathing room in there. I'd look to the fact that the cheek pads and headliner have enough cut outs to let air flow through the inner shell. Even while waiting in the lift line through the late summer heat, the black-colored shell didn't cause me to overheat.
The padding does absorb moisture well, but best of all, it didn’t scratch my face, which I found happened over the course of a full day pulling the Fox RPC on and off. I didn’t expect it to vent as well as an enduro-style full-face helmet and would put it on par with Fox’s competitor in terms of breathability. 100-Percent’s Aircraft 2 still takes the win for the best ventilation-to-weight ratio.WEIGHT
In terms of weight, the size of the shell is deceiving because the helmet is lighter than it appears. Against the previously mentioned competitors, Leatt’s Gravity 8.0 helmet sits in the middle at 1148 grams for a size medium. The 100-Percent Aircraft 2 is about 100 grams lighter whereas the Fox RPC is significantly more at 1285g. PRICE
Like its weight, Leatt’s $429 USD Gravity 8.0 helmet sits in the middle of prices compared to other brand’s premium downhill oriented models. That’s $30 more than the 100% Aircaft 2 and $70 less than Fox’s RPC. All three come with a legit carrying bag and use some variation of rotational energy dissipation, but only the Aircraft 2 includes extra padding to tune the fit.
Everything matches the color black, but most other top-end helmets have at least a third color option. Matte black paint is also tough to keep clean and scratch free compared to a gloss finish. Small chips on the visor developed faster than anticipated from hanging the helmet on the handlebars and general use.
Secure yet roomy cheek pads+
Lighter than it appears
Second size pad-set would increase value-
Paint could be more durable
| Leatt went the extra mile testing the Gravity 8.0 helmet and even published the findings from external sources, which earns it extra creditability. The 360 Turbine Technology is a unique twist on rotational energy absorption that is tough to argue with. They haven't forgotten the typical features you’ll find in premium helmets either, like the quick-release cheek pads, D-rings, optional Eject removal system, and adequate venting. Other than a bit of chipping paint on the visor there is very little to critique about the Gravity 8.0. — Matt Beer|
y'all guys sound like you go around ditching $400 helmets as soon as they touch the ground... it doesn't take a lot to break a visor, you know
Purchased a second one for this year and got their enduro helmet with removable chinbar for trail biking.
My favorite part asides from the safety aspects is the clip on visor extender for rain/mud.
But anecdotal or not, mountain bikers are running the same speed as off-road motorcycles, it’s time for the same protection.
And they have taken moto helmets and made them light enough for mountain biking. What the heck do you think this helmet is if not exactly that?
The very reason I chimed in on this one. MIPS is great, but it’s time to get serious about bicycle protective gear.
I raced MX and off-road most of my life, and I know I’m going faster down some single track on my current Mtn bike. And somehow crashing on a bicycle is always more violent. Seems like the lack of about 200Lbs.on the Mtn bike makes it more of a catapult.
At any rate-Leatt has come a long way, has some nice offerings and as I always tell people that ask me what helmet to buy, the common denominator should often be "whatever fits your head the best" haha.
Nice job to Leatt and most helmet brands, they are all getting better and better...but the work isn't done!
I’m using a MET Parachute, and while it’s a few years dated, it seems like nothing more than a roadie helmet with a face guard.
This was the lightest downhill rated helmet a few years back, and frankly, that’s pathetic. There’s really nothing there. This Leatt is going in the right direction.
We need to evolve from the culture that has people believe that riding a scooter rather than a street bike means you need less protection. Or none at all.
Bodies flying through the air at the same given speed, then slamming into an immovable object have more in common than not!
I also don't see an issue owning 3 helmets. If one has multiple bikes for different uses, Helmets and such shouldn't be much different.
I said all day pedals. like 8 hours.....I can assure you I do not need to hit the gym any more than I currently do, in the same way I don't need to wear a 3lb helmet on 60mi, 7000ft bike rides.
I mean, I appreciate the concern..fully....bro, but I am all good.
I stand by what I said. I've worn my 1150g full face for 42 mile, 6,400 foot race days and didn't have issues with neck fatigue. Outside of racing, I just wouldn't wear a full face for rides that long, but to each their own.
nowhere did I mention racing. So we agree, but you had to waddle on in here and argue with someone you agree with, I guess?
My current helmet has D-rings.
Looking up fidlock.
Missing a 'not' in there?
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