Full face helmets have come a long way since the rise of enduro racing. They're now built to be lighter, more breathable, and easier to keep on for a full day of riding while still offering DH certified levels of protection. After a rigorous round of testing, here's the best full face helmet you can buy for enduro.
The best full face helmets you can buy for enduro
There's a surprising amount to consider before buying a lightweight full face helmet. As they're not cheap it's something that's best to get a fair idea of what works for you before taking the plunge.
Look out for certifications such as EN1078, and ASTM F1952 – 15, the former being the only compulsory European standard for all bike hats and the latter being an American standard. Buy a certified lid and you can be sure that you're well protected.
Speaking of protection, many enduro focussed full facers come with some form of rotational impact reduction like MIPS, Koroyd or Leatt's 360° Turbine system. They all perform the same function but each in slightly different ways. It's simply a case of finding which one works best for you in terms of comfort and usability.
Then of course there are the cases of adjustable visors, extra cheek pads, and hiding places for goggles. Anywho, here's all of the enduro full face helmets that have scored 4* or more in our tests.
The Mainline is Smiths' first entry into the full face helmet market. While it is expensive, it can definitely earn its keep – it’s supremely comfortable and it fits the bill for an enduro-focused full face almost perfectly. It has both the MIPS and Koroyd rotational-impact protection systems for impressive safety, though the Koroyd blocks some airflow.
The Leatt DBX 4.0 V20.1 is close to being a full-on DH spec helmet, but it’s airy and light enough for enduro/heavy trail use. It’s seriously comfortable too, though the peak doesn't adjust to fit raised goggles – and some may find it a little claustrophobic.
Troy Lee Design's Stage helmet is a breezy full face lid that offers excellent protection and comfort while also looking pretty sharp. It's still not as cool to be in as an open lid on a hot day, but for racing or riding that requires more protection, it's the next best thing, assuming your pockets are deep enough.
The Trajecta from 100% is an enduro-style full-face helmet that offers downhill-certified protection in a lightweight and breezy package. Although it's pricey, the rotational impact protection system is flimsy and it's best for round heads.
The IXS Trigger FF is a full-face helmet that aims to combine open-face breathability with full-face protection. It’s certainly light enough for all-day riding, but its open face style straps aren’t the most comfortable and the shell is fairly large.
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