Fullface or downhill helmets for maximum safety
If it gets really fast, the jumps go high and the track is really rough, then you should grab a full face or downhill helmet. Especially in the bike park and on downhill trails such a helmet with chin guard is indispensable and in most cases also prescribed by the operator. Also in the 4Cross, where it is fast to the point, is a high-quality MTB Fullface helmet more than useful.
The helmets, like most half shells, are made of styrofoam on the inside and reinforced with a hard plastic shell on the outside. In the upper price segment you will also find materials such as carbon and fiberglass in the outer shell. Of course, such versions are particularly light and therefore more comfortable to wear. In all helmets, the inner layer is additionally equipped with padding, so the full-integral helmets have a particularly high wearing comfort. In many cases you can also take out and wash these upholstery. In many modern fullface helmets, for example. the Mips technology installed. This helmet technology protects your head by reducing the rotational forces. A similar system from Leatt is the 360 ° turbine, here too, the rotational forces are minimized.
What has long been standard in downhill and freeride is becoming more and more popular in the enduro sector. With combinable helmets, in which a chin guard can be mounted on the half-shell helmet, these full-face helmets find an ever-increasing field of application. Even extremely well-ventilated full-face helmets like the Fox Proframe are ideal companions on the next race day. They combine the advantages of good ventilation and low weight of the half-shell, with the high protection of a full-face helmets. In this sector, the helmets are often suitable for a suitable hydration system. So you do not have to constantly remove your helmet from the head, but drink through the system with hydration bladder in the backpack.
You will find in our shop many different sizes and fits to fullface helmets. Some downhill helmets come with different padding, so you can set a fine-tune fit at home. Such a helmet should ideally adapt to your head and not wobble or push, because only then he can provide you with optimal protection. Also useful is a matching neck brace. It should be noted that the MTB Fullface helmet is Neck Brace Ready in most cases. These helmets are usually cut a little lower in the neck and offer more freedom of movement in combination with a neck guard.
The Mips security system you will find installed in many helmets. It stands for "Multi Directional Impact Protection System". This system is designed to maximize protection against impact with different force directions. Conventional helmets best protect against static forces, ie impacts that act on the head at right angles. However, static forces are very unlikely if you fall with your bike, because in most cases you will land on the ground at a different angle. Thus, five Swedish researchers have been busy developing the Mips system, which intercepts both static forces and rotational forces. For the technology, the human brain served as a model. Similar to the head, in which a fluid between the skull and the brain absorbs exactly these forces, the mips consists of two mobile shells. Thus, the rotational force in a side impact is reduced by a movement between the shells and not transmitted to the head.
360 ° turbine
At Leatt, the engineers have also made such a technology. The 360 ° Turbine Buttons are small rubber studs which are attached in the helmet. To perform static forces, they are elastic. With rotational forces your mobility is used.