How We Tested Full Face Downhill Helmets

By:
Dustin Schaad
Review Editor

Last Updated:
Friday
April 20, 2018
All of our full face test helmets.
All of our full face test helmets.

We tested these helmets on the famous trails of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park for a month. We shredded every day in various weather conditions. Whistler is the largest mountain bike park in the world with over with 4,946 feet of lift-serviced downhill trails. The park features something for every level of mountain bike rider. Gentle, banked cruisers, tight and twisting singletrack, steep rock faces, gnarly, root strewn lines, drop offs of all descriptions and more. No place on earth could prove as a better testing ground for reviewing DH Helmets. We descended over 300,000 vertical feet in all weather conditions, from wet and sloppy to sunny and warm. Riding lifts and shuttles in Canada allowed us to test multiple helmets on multiple heads on the same day. It was common for our testers to swap sweat soaked helmets between runs for the sake of testing. We also spent the rest of our time testing in the desert of Virgin, UT - the place where big mountain riding was born. We were able to test the helmets in a different way due to the landscape and effort it takes to ride that terrain. Being able to hike-a-bike allowed us to test the comfort level of the helmets while resting on the head, instead of completely down and locked on the head.
Ascending ridge lines in the Utah desert!
Ascending ridge lines in the Utah desert!

Each helmet was weighed on our digital scale in Ounces. All Helmets are medium in size. Weighed while dry and clean - no dirt or excess water weight.
Amongst the fog in Whistler Bike Park
Amongst the fog in Whistler Bike Park