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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.
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Price:  $250 List | $249.94 at Backcountry
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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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  • Comfort - 25% 7
  • Visor - 10% 5
  • Weight - 20% 9
  • Ventilation - 15% 9
  • Protection - 20% 8
  • 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.

Updated Color Options

Fox offers the Proframe in some different colors since our testing period ended, but the helmet specs remain the same. The matte black shown above is a current option.

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Pros Convenient magnetic fidlock buckle, light weight, giant bore vents for circulationHigh-quality finish, loaded with new safety features, sleek lookingBuilt in GoPro mount, well-ventilated,most comfortable fabric in test, great visibility, excellent peripheralLightweight, excellent ventilation, quality fitStellar performance in trail mode, Solid feel in full face mode, lightweight
Cons Fixed visor, limited chin strap mobility,Expensive, tight fitExpensive, no center screw on visor - it rattlesNarrow 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 new Fox Proframe is the enduro racers dream DH certified lid with incredible ventilation and comfort, but without the removable chin.A high-end gravity lid packed with the latest and greatest helmet technology.The Full-9 Carbon could be a winning helmet in our test if it wasn't for a the lack of a middle visor screw.A lightweight and supremely breathable enduro-oriented helmetA versatile convertible helmet that functions well in both half shell and full face mode.
Rating Categories Fox Racing Proframe Rampage Pro Carbon Weld Bell Full-9 Troy Lee Designs Stage MIPS Bell Super DH MIPS
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Specs Fox Racing Proframe Rampage Pro Carbon... Bell Full-9 Troy Lee Designs... Bell Super DH MIPS
Weight (size medium) 25.9 oz 43.5 oz 39.8 oz 24.3 oz 30.7 oz
Number of Vents 24 19 10 25 19 helmet, 2 brow ports, 4 chin vents
Shell Material Polycarbonate Multi-Composite Carbon Fiber reinforced Polylite shell Polycarbonate
Sizes 4 3 4 3 3
CPSC Yes N/A Yes Yes Yes
CE EN1077 No N/A No No No
CE EN1078 Yes N/A Yes Yes Yes
ASTM F1952 Yes N/A Yes Yes Yes
ASTM F2032-06 No N/A Yes Yes No
ASTM F2040 No N/A 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

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.

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

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

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


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.

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.


Best Applications


The dual density Varizorb EPS liner provides improved protection by spreading forces of impact across a wider area. This feature, plus having MIPS provides a helmet designed for all types of riding. We wore the Proframe on all different types of trails and terrain. Initially, convertible full-face helmets endured a measure of ridicule from established hard-core riders, but in spite of that, they quickly gained popularity. It was only a matter of time before riders and designers would realize that the better solution would be a lightweight, super-ventilated full-face helmet that could be worn comfortably for long pedals and would approach the level of protection that a true DH lid provided. Fox's new Proframe helmet is exactly that - a new breed - the all-day, ride-anything full-face that many of you have been waiting for.

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

Value


At $250, 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.

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