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Fox Racing Proframe Review

The new Fox Proframe is the enduro racers dream DH certified lid with incredible ventilation and comfort, but without the removable chin
Fox Racing Proframe
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Price:  $260 List | $187.46 at Backcountry
Pros:  Convenient magnetic fidlock buckle, light weight, giant bore vents for circulation
Cons:  Fixed visor, limited chin strap mobility,
Manufacturer:   Fox Racing
By Dustin Schaad ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 20, 2018
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#6 of 14
  • Comfort - 25% 7
  • Protection - 20% 8
  • Weight - 20% 9
  • Ventilation - 15% 9
  • Visor - 10% 5
  • Durability - 10% 8

Our Verdict

The Fox Proframe is a reasonably priced full-face helmet with exceptional ventilation and a respectably lightweight. It is also more affordable than other carbon DH Helmets we tested. The enduro race scene has progressed over the last few years, and the helmet market needs to follow suit. Full face protection is required for the timed downhill sections but not for linked climbs or transfer stages. Helmets with removable chin bars have burst onto the scene in recent years. These convertible helmets provide full-face protection while offering the versatility of a lighter weight trail helmet when the chin bar is removed. For some riders, this style works great, but for other riders, they would prefer the security and safety of a chin bar. This is where the Proframe comes into play.

The Proframe remains unchanged for 2020. Some new color options have been added.

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Pros Convenient magnetic fidlock buckle, light weight, giant bore vents for circulationBreathable, more robust than other enduro-focused options, lightweightExtremely light, versatile, comfortableLightweight, excellent ventilation, quality fitStellar performance in trail mode, Solid feel in full face mode, lightweight
Cons Fixed visor, limited chin strap mobility,Not suited for frequent bike park duties, a little expensiveNot the most protective, mud can clog up the chin bar bar attachment systemNarrow range of use compared to other helmets, tight chin barPressure point on back of head on half shell mode, not as robust as other full face helmets
Bottom Line The Fox Proframe is a full face enduro helmet that is lightweight and provides incredible ventilationA killer enduro lid that works well for shuttle laps or the racecourseA light and airy convertible helmet suited for pedal-y rides rather than bike park lapsAn enduro-focused full-face helmet that delivers a low weight and superb ventilationA full-face helmet with a removable chin bar that performs well in both settings
Rating Categories Fox Racing Proframe Smith Mainline MIPS Bell Super Air R MIPS Troy Lee Designs Stage MIPS Bell Super DH MIPS
Comfort (25%)
7
10
9
8
8
Protection (20%)
8
8
6
7
7
Weight (20%)
9
9
10
10
9
Ventilation (15%)
9
9
9
10
9
Visor (10%)
5
8
8
8
8
Durability (10%)
8
8
9
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Specs Fox Racing Proframe Smith Mainline MIPS Bell Super Air R... Troy Lee Designs... Bell Super DH MIPS
Weight (size medium) 25.9 oz 27.0 oz 14.9 oz - half shell 23.8 oz - full face 24.3 oz 30.7 oz
Number of Vents 24 21 18 helmet, 8 chin vents, 4 brow ports 25 19 helmet, 2 brow ports, 4 chin vents
Shell Material Polycarbonate Aerocore Polycarbonate Fiber reinforced Polylite shell Polycarbonate
Sizes 4 3 3 3 3
CPSC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
CE EN1077 No No No No No
CE EN1078 Yes No Yes Yes Yes
ASTM F1952 Yes Yes No Yes Yes
ASTM F2032-06 No No No Yes No
ASTM F2040 No No No No No

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Fox Proframe sits at the ultimate intersection of protection, ventilation, and weight offered at an impressive price tag. The Proframe is the lightest and most breathable full face mountain bike helmet that Fox has ever created. With open-faced breathability and downhill certified protection, it gives you the flexibility to do it all.

Performance Comparison


Blasting in the last light of the day
Blasting in the last light of the day
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Comfort


After hearing and reading great reviews about the comfort levels of the new Proframe helmet, we were anxious to see what the hype was all about.

From the first moment, we could instantly notice the lightweight breathability of the Proframe. This helmet feels distinctively different than a full-face lid. We rode this helmet in all conditions. From desert heat to humid British Columbia, we put the ventilation to the test. The results were awe-inspiring.

Large vents on the brow of the Fox Proframe.
Large vents on the brow of the Fox Proframe.
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Protection


The Fox Impact Absorbing Integrated chin bar is secured to the main helmet structure with their patent-pending system and meets ASTM Downhill standards, plus the MIPS increases protection against the rotational motion to the brain caused by angled impacts - which we accidentally tested while boosting a 30ft hip and overshooting to flat.

After the impact, we self-diagnosed that the Proframe can absorb an impact just as hard as any helmets that we tested.

Despite its light weight, you should be confident getting rad with...
Despite its light weight, you should be confident getting rad with the Proframe.
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Weight


Our medium Proframe weighs in at an airy 25.9 ounces. This weight is competitive with the other lightweight enduro focused helmets in this review. It feels light on your head and doesn't cause any neck fatigue like you might experience with other heavier lids.

The one thing we need to make sure and add here is - the Proframe is geared towards Enduro riders. That said, it still holds up fine on big lines in the desert. We felt secure in all situations despite the lighter weight.

Award winner left to right - Fox Rampage Pro Carbon, Fox Proframe...
Award winner left to right - Fox Rampage Pro Carbon, Fox Proframe and TLD D3 Carbon.
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Ventilation


We understand that the Proframe design caters to enduro racers, but we put it to the test in the biggest big mountain terrain on the planet - in Virgin, UT. We hiked massive spine ridges in 80-degree temperatures, and there was never any need to take the helmet off. The Proframe is very comfortable and breathable. The 15 big bore intake vents and nine exhaust vents make the Proframe one of the lightest and most breathable DH-approved mountain bike helmets on the market today.

This helmet is a great choice if you will be working for your...
This helmet is a great choice if you will be working for your elevation.
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Visor


The securely fixed visor is positioned perfectly to ram maximum airflow into the big bore vents. Unfortunately, it isn't adjustable which makes stashing your goggles on your head less convenient than other models in this review.

The visor is not adjustable on this helmet.
The visor is not adjustable on this helmet.
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The visor is a great shape and size, but we hope to see the Proframe include an adjustable visor in the future.

Extras


The Fidlock SNAP helmet buckle provides quick entry and exit while wearing gloves with maximum security when locked.

The only negative feedback was the lack of chinstrap mobility. We maxed out the chinstrap on the medium helmet tested; if you have a bulky neck cause or a somewhat large chin, you might want to consider another helmet or try it on before buying to make sure it fits.

Fox Proframe Fidlock closure system.
Fox Proframe Fidlock closure system.
Photo: dustin schaad


Finishing off the day with a sunset lap.
Finishing off the day with a sunset lap.
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Value


The Proframe is a solid value for a lightweight and well ventilated full face helmet with DH certification. There are less expensive helmets out there, and if you're looking for the best value, you'll find it in the 7Protection M1, though you'll sacrifice a bit in terms of weight and ventilation.

The front of Fox Proframe.
The front of Fox Proframe.
Photo: dustin schaad

Conclusion


If you're enduro racer and are looking for a lightweight full-face lid, this is your helmet. If you're a DH rider who fiends for chair laps at your local mountain, this is your helmet. If you're a freerider that loves digging and shredding new trail, this is your helmet. It's a great choice for any rider on any terrain.

Dustin Schaad