Video: Riding the Italian Alps with Justin Leov and MET

Feb 4, 2015 at 8:50
by MET Helmets  

Some people considered it a utopian dream. Many thought a full face could never be lightweight, ventilated and fully certified. Yet MET realised their wish of creating the ultimate full face, to bring you helmet that's all these things and more.

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Join Justin Leov, Fergus Lamb and Liam Moynihan as they showcase their fluid riding in the Italian Alps and find out why they’ve chosen the Parachute. At just 700g it's the lightest helmet on the market that's fully certified to stringent ASTM-F1952-2032 standard.

Meet the Parachute. Your new favourite helmet.

www.met-helmets.com


MENTIONS: @JustinLeov

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77 Comments

  • + 10
 Bahahaaaa.......
  • + 5
 same teeth too
  • + 9
 "That's a funny accent you have there...New Jersey?"
"Austria."
"Well then, let's throw another shrimp on the barbie!"
  • + 4
 Awkward how he's from New Zealand,
  • + 1
 Justin i will keep my scissors on me just in case we meet.
  • + 2
 Shoot..... Just got up outta bed and I'm already drooling Cuz I'm laughing too hard. .......I like it a lot.....
  • - 3
 I Hate Jim Carey movies even if they are about biking.
  • + 7
 I would definitely get one. If your riding DH then obviously buy a proper full face, as that's not its intended purpose, but for AM stuff I can see its advantages over a standard full face, as its better for pedaling uphill, and gives you added protection over an xc lid. Makes sense to me!
  • + 11
 Why should it be obvious that this helmet is not a proper full face, that it can't handle a crash on a real DH course? Is it that all those certification standards aren't up to real life situations (and therefore are worthless) or that people have trouble accepting that technology now allow us to have a well vented and light full face helmet that is up to the task?
  • + 4
 What if you're still riding just as fast on a trail bike with this helmet? A lot of trails people ride on Enduro bikes are still technical and its not like they're going a lot slower. Wont the impact be just as hard? And if it is is won't that just defeat the purpose of the chin guard that can't handle a DH crash?
  • + 3
 @ wllperegoy: most enduro tracks, even though they're often very hard and technical, don't compare to a DH track in terms of speed. If you ever went to a WC DH race, you know what I mean. That said, I think such helmets are very interesting for many people who are looking to the extra protection of a full face while being able to pedal with the helmet on (which is what most of us do nowadays).
  • - 2
 So we'll be seeing Sam Hill wearing one next year then?
  • + 1
 Forgetting the chin guard, in terms of absorbing hard impacts to the head it is no different to an xc lid, and im pretty sure an xc lid isn't as protective as a DH one in terms of head protection. So thinking about it I'd rather get the Bell with a detachable chin guard so you then you have two helmets in one.
  • + 3
 I'm not saying that it is the most protective helmet ever made...just that, trusting the standards, it is more than enough. But hey, wear whatever makes you feel safe. Just don't make so many simplistic assumptions that aren't based on tried an true facts. By the way, different from MET, the Bell isn't certified.
  • + 2
 Don't get me wrong I really like the helmet for its intended purpose. Was just stating for DH racing, on a DH bike you wouldn't buy one, as you've just said its not as protective as standard full face ones, I'm pretty sure that's a valid assumption! Therefore for people that ride xc/enduro and full on DH, which is a lot of us, it would mean having an XC, DH, and now lightweight ventilated full face for those rides on the trail bike that warrant the chin guard. I know the Bell's chin guard wont be as strong, but IF it was sufficiently strong, then it would save having another helmet.
  • + 3
 Mike, I never said that it isn't as protective as a standard full face (on the contrary, it is! That's a fact, like it or not). I just said that there are other helmets that are even stronger..maybe more than needed but that's fine! I actually bought one on CRC and just received it today. Let me quote the fist sentence on the manual ´This helmet is for downhill mountain bike racing and BMX bicycle riding and racing.´. Like I said, wear whatever makes you feel safe, just don't assume that what does no look strong enough to you isn't strong enough in fact...hard data tells us otherwise in this case. Cheers
  • + 2
 Yeah I don't doubt its safety certificates, I do believe its a very protective helmet that can be ridden DH, and looks good. But I still think for a DH race, you'd opt for a standard one!
  • - 1
 Pedropoopa you're facts are messed up.
Just because things pass test doesn't mean they are what they'd like them to be, or say they are.
A helmet half the weight(or whatever it is) of the other, generally isn't going to be as strong.
"Facts" aside.
It's your brain not mine.
So I'm sure you're just fine out there.
  • + 1
 First, I'm just saying I believe in the standards. Very capable people and institutions are behind them. And furthermore I believe in what MET wrote on the manual...it's called liability. Other than that, I just think you need better reading comprehension.
  • + 2
 Saying its "well ventilated" is one thing, but is it going to be comfortable for long rides with constant ups and downs in temps above 75 degrees? It's typically pretty warm where I ride so not having a gallon of sweat in my skid lid at the end of a climb is pretty important.
  • + 4
 I ride with this helmet and love how All Day comfortable it is. One thing I don't think they talked about here is that there is a silicone forehead band in the helmet, so when you do sweat it doesn't roll into your face, it rolls off the side. I put mine on in the parking lot and ride for three to four hours, no soft tissue compressions, no headaches, and no sweat in my eyes.
  • + 1
 I've had no problem with it heating up, its basically a bluegrass goldeneye with a chin added so it vents very good.
  • + 1
 What temperatures are you guys riding in? It can push 80 plus (that's roughly 27 Celsius) on a sunny day here and I sweat like a wh*re in church
  • + 1
 Here in Oregon we get some mood swings in temps. The races I've used it for were in Bend on 90+ days, but for the most part I'm riding in 75 degree weather in the summers. And I also share your sweat glands.
  • + 1
 Was about 25c with me end of summer and had no problem with it but I don't race uphill Smile
  • + 4
 @kentsull21 what temperature? Currently about -3, and I don't sweat in mine at all. I do get lots of rain, snow and sleet though, it must be all that ventilation funnelling the lovely northern winter onto my face.

Seriously though, it's a great helmet, I tried a Super 2r and the Met in my LBS, the Met is comfier, much better build quality and massively sturdier. I use mine only for local DH trails (Wharncliffe), but I ride back to the top so do pedal a fair bit in it. Whilst I've not crashed in it yet, I don't know why people keep saying it isn't as strong as a 'proper' DH lid, it exceeds the certs so surely it is a 'proper' DH lid - putting vents and holes in something does not reduce it's strength at all if done correctly, as is the case here. I also don't get why people fixate on the flexy chinguard - it has to be flexy to absorb and dissipate energy, if it didn't it would snap or transfer the entire impact onto the contact points with your skull, which would be worse than no chinguard at all - every chinguard on every helmet ever made flexes. Whilst another lid may offer more protection we all draw the line somewhere or else we'd be wearing motorcycle helmets. I do wish it had MIPS though.
  • + 7
 Got one, it's a lot cool than my standard full face but still a full face. it's hotter than my xc lid but that doesn't protect my teeth. You have to take it as it is. A light weight vented full face. Not a xc lid with chin bar.
  • + 1
 I rode one here in MD this summer, no problems. If you know east coast weather, then you know 80-90 with high humidity. Is it a little warmer going up , not going to lie yes it's a little warmer. That said not enough to go back to an open lid. Once I'm on the way down with any amount of forward speed, can't tell a difference from my open lid as far as venting is concerned.
  • + 1
 Another question for anyone that can answer, where can you buy one of these in the US? The only place I can find is on eBay for $300
  • + 1
 Jump onto met helmet website and find your local dealer. I got mine for 250 were all international online stores were asking 300+

Support your local economy bro.
  • + 1
 Easy to say when you have them locally, they are for sale in the US yet.
  • + 1
 I recently got a parachute, much cooler than my 661 for normal trail riding. will still wear 661 for riding inners but for everything else the met will be fine. Paid £113 from bike-discount. the 661 is more comfy and easier to put on though
  • + 1
 Tried one on today; was impressed with its style and weight (or lack there of) Why MET dosen't offer it in small like IXS, Bell, Fox and so on is beyond me. Actually is angered me a lot as I would have purchased with out reget had it fit me.
  • + 4
 Hmmm...... To put that simple, I thinks that's a sweet looking lid! I'd wear one
  • + 3
 Does anybody remember the Giro switchblade? I like the idea behind all of these new all mountain style helmets, but Giro predicted the future with the switchblade.
  • + 1
 I was just going to comment about the switchblade. I don't know if they were very good, or if most people back then just didn't see the need for them, but I always liked the idea. These and that Bell helmet look light years ahead of the switchblade. Strongly considering one.
  • + 2
 I saw the switchblade a few time in shops but it never sold, mostly because it looked like if you crashed in it you'd be picking the carbon fibre mouthpiece out of your jaw for the next month. That looks like it's far from the case with these new lids though Big Grin
  • + 2
 I've gone for the bell super 2r, parachute was great and really light but I'm sweaty, in the end if was the MIPS on the bell that swung it for me Oh and go Fergus !
  • + 0
 But cant use it in the uk / world enduro races that require a full facer as not certified..
  • + 2
 Yes you can for UKGE
  • + 1
 f1592 is the highest DH lid certification you can get (which just shows how poor the cert system is)

im not sure about UCI or EWS rules but BC dont stipulate any minimum standard for fullface helmets in DH, only that it meets the very lowest standards needed for any helmet sold in this country and that it is a full face

basically I dont think BC have the balls to commit to any standard incase they get sued
  • + 1
 They have confirmed the met for UKGE there is still a debate going on about 2015 rules which haven't been published yet to be fair. They might be along lines of other series like, European world and Bluegrass, that state a removable chin helmet must meet the ASTM 2032-1952 which the bell doesn't atm.
  • + 1
 UKGE specifically said that the 2r and similar helmets were acceptable on their facebook page (dec 10th)
  • + 1
 On the ukge website it wasn't confirmed this week when asked. Like I said still not decided and rules tbc soon. You might find clause like above, or might be aceptable list for 2 piece helmets. Will have to wait and see.
  • + 1
 I appreciate the tests for impacts, but do they ever test how a helmet will "grab"?

I have seen many instances where a helmet has rolled far too forward due to the chin guard shoveling itself into the dirt.
  • + 3
 I got one, and am very happy with it
  • + 1
 Why isn't this available in the US? Any plans to go state side anytime soon?
  • + 1
 Todson.com, a distributor in Massachusetts, is bringing MET helmets to the US this year. Not sure when, but that's what their Web site says.
  • + 1
 That's good news. I dont know if i can hold out that long. I might have to order it via chain reaction. Thanks!
  • + 1
 you can actually remove the chinbars, theres a youtube vid from met showing it, just remove the blanks and unscrew the bolts
  • + 1
 why dont bell and met understand these helmets would sell and look so much better if it had a proper visor on it?
  • + 0
 So is this a full face trail helmet or can it be used for DH? The other review for the Bell Helmet with the removable chin bar says it shouldn't be ridden in a bike park.
  • + 1
 I'd say more for enduro racing where a full facer is required than in a bike park with uplifts. It exceeds the standards but I'd say a good full facer will exceed it again.
  • + 1
 And how much does this cost?
  • + 1
 I got mine in a sale from gemany for £100 ish Smile
  • + 1
 Pricing in Germany is so much better then UK.
UK £150 Germany £117 ?!
  • + 1
 I wanna see more riding stuff...
  • + 1
 they could ride over that one root a few more times if you like? lol
  • + 1
 how can I purchase one from within the continental US?
  • + 1
 GOOGLE is your friend. Several overseas stores that ship to US.
  • + 1
 Also found on FeeBay!
  • + 2
 search the German stores as they ship worldwide and are cheapest atm.
  • + 1
 Dude, wheres my car?
  • - 2
 Should a chin guard flex that much under a weight drop? Dunno what size mass it was but it sure looks like you could get a smashed jaw in one
  • + 4
 look at video of the bell 2r tested it goes about 4 times that. Theres plenty of room inside chin and the small flex is there to absorb the impact.
  • + 1
 I've seen that and it is a lot worse, just comparing it to other full faces, which from my use are more brittle that that. I have no idea whether being more stiff is better or safer but it goes against many others in the industry.
  • + 4
 Yea they are generally quite flexible on a downhill helmet. Allows for energy absorption in the deformation without permanent damage to the helmet. If you grab something like a fox rampage you can easily flex the chin guard by hand. That will be a 1.6m+ drop test onto the helmet.
www.bhsi.org/stdcompsum.pdf is the drop test heights. In the tests where the helmet is dropped it contains a headform (ranges in size and weight (5-7ish kg from memory). They measure the acceleration from the headform and compare it to the standard.
  • + 1
 It depends on the force needed to break it, something that flexes can absorb more force than one that's more rigid that shatters. I hate to say it but its an enduro spec full face helmet.... A lot of enduro races require a full face certified helmet on timed stages this year.
  • + 1
 Well before I typed my second message I went over to my D2 and it's chin is ridged. Might be clutching at straws here but... a helmet works by taking a point of impact and spreading it out over the entire shell (Fractures in foam) if a chin guard flexes the pressure is localized and going for your chin. If it takes a certain amount of force to eventually shatter is the force dissipated or are you left open to the ground?

Also for glancing blows a helmet that flexes easily allows your chin to potentially reach the floor unlike a rigid shell.
  • + 1
 It really does depend on the design of the helmet and what impacts it is designed for and how the engineers have decided to deal with different loading cases (Moto will differ from dh etc). But yes if it flexes enough to contact your chin your chin may take enough of an impact to cause injury. In reference to the D2 I have seen a crash that snapped the entire chin guard off a TLD (d2 or d3 can't remember). The guy walked away uninjured and continued riding in a different helmet. So different method same result really.
  • + 2
 Most Enduro races don't have massive man made features like you see in a bike park. Another point, lets say you do hit your face hard enough to deflect that chin guard so badly it reached your face. If you had a chin guard that doesn't defect, you better be wearing a neck brace because you'd have a broken neck.
  • + 1
 Like the guy said above... 'A lot of trails people ride on Enduro bikes are still technical and its not like they're going a lot slower. Wont the impact be just as hard? And if it is is won't that just defeat the purpose of the chin guard that can't handle a DH crash?'
  • + 1
 Think of the crumple zones on newer cars, absorbs the energy. Pretty simple common sense here...
  • - 2
 It's a great idea. It's just not, well, that pretty...
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