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Fox Racing Proframe Moth Review

Best Buy Award
Price:  $250 List | $187.46 at Amazon
Pros:  Convenient magnetic fidlock buckle, light weight, giant bore vents for circulation
Cons:  Fixed visor, limited chin strap mobility,
Bottom line:  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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Sizes:  4
Weight (size medium) oz:  25.9
Number of Vents:  24
Manufacturer:   Fox Racing

Our Verdict

The Fox Proframe takes home the Best Buy Award for its exceptional ventilation and 500-grams of weight savings. It is also approximately $200 less compared the 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.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Dustin Schaad

Last Updated:
Friday
April 20, 2018

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The Fox Proframe sits at the ultimate intersection of protection, ventilation, and weight. This helmet is also a clear Best Buy winner thanks to its 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.

Visor


The securely fixed visor is positioned perfectly to ram maximum airflow into the big bore vents.


The visor is not adjustable on this helmet.
The visor is not adjustable on this helmet.

The visor is a great length, but we hope to see the Proframe include an adjustable visor in the future.

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

Weight


Our medium Proframe weighs in at an airy 25.9 ounces. It crushes all of the other test helmets in weight.


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 dawning the Fox Proframe! It's light and badass!

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.


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.

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 you're so badass or a somewhat large chin, you might want to consider another helmet - or just fabricate the strap yourself!

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


Winning the Best Buy Award at $250, the Proframe is one of the best deals you'll find. The Giro Switchblade and Bell Super 3r will be competitors in your search. We believe that spending the extra $60-$70 on the Proframe will provide you with more bang for your buck. The Giro and Bell both have removable chin guards, which can be annoying to remove after every descent or snap back on after every climb. Some might argue that the chin guard is annoying and they would rather remove it than have it attached. Well, one of the great features of the Proframe is the five big bore intake vents and nine exhaust vents that circulate the airflow which allows for unmatched breathability. Having such good airflow also means the chin bar does not have to be removed - you won't even know it's there. The chin bar sits out far enough from the face, and its design is so open that it's not even noticeable on the hottest days.

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.

Side angle of Fox Proframe
Side angle of Fox Proframe
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