All Mountain / Enduro Helmet Shootout

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All Mountain helmets have come of age as a new crop of helmets have been introduced that are more optimized for more aggressive descending and Enduro racing.

First and foremost, there is more coverage. With the new six inch travel bikes approaching the descending ability of downhill bikes from a few years ago, All Mountain riders need more protection, especially at the back of the head.

Visors are a must now too. Instead of big visors that were stuck on as an afterthought, the new visors are more integrated into the design and are adjustable.

An XC/road helmet is on the left compared to an All Mountain helmet on the right.

And of course no one wants to admit this, but the appearance is better now too as these helmets don’t look like road helmets, but rather match the baggy clothing and armor worn by All Mountain riders today.

Retention systems are better too, as a width and height adjustable halo around lower back of the head is pretty standard now. These helmets fit better and don’t rely on the straps to stay in place during aggressive descending and jumping.

Finally, there’s a lot of other features like MIPs crash protection, anti-microbial pads, GoPro and bike light mounts.

It may be time to upgrade that trusty lid of yours, so stay tuned as we review each helmet in the coming weeks.

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All Mountain Helmet Round-Up

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All Mountain Helmet Round-Up

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BMX, XC, Road and All Mountain Helmets

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Road vs All Mountain

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Bell Stoker

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Bell Stoker

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Bell Stoker

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Catlike Leaf

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Fox Striker

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Giro Feature

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Giro Feature

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Giro Feature

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iXS Trail RS

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iXS Trail RS

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iXS Trail RS

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Kali Avana

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Kali Avana

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Kali Avana

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Mavic Notch

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Mavic Notch

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Mavic Notch

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POC Trabec

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POC Trabec Race

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POC Trabec Race

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POC Trabec Race

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Scott Mythic

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Scott Mythic

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Scott Mythic

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Scott Stego

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SixSixOne Recon

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Smith Forefront

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Specialized Tactic

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Specialized Tactic

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Specialized Tactic

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Troy Lee A1

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Troy Lee A1

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Troy Lee A1

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Troy Lee A1 Drone

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Troy Lee A1 Drone

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Troy Lee A1 Drone

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Urge Endur-O-Matic

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Urge Endur-O-Matic

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Urge Endur-O-Matic

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All Mountain Helmets

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Urge Endur-O-Matic

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iXS Trail RS

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POC Trabec

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Mavic Notch

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All Mountain Group Ride

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Mtbr Helmet Quick Poll

About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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  • LiquidSpin says:

    I’ve been wearing the Scott Mythic for a little over 2 months and love it. Fits perfectly on my noggin and feels comfy. I also love the look much more then my XC style helmet.

    Can’t say how good it is in a head on crash but I’m sure it’ll protect the most important parts of my head in case I ever do eat dirt.

  • roger says:

    You can only use these during transitions like climbing in Enduro Racing. Otherwise its full face helmet. Giro at $70 is best for the bang!

  • Mits says:

    Been using a Giro Feature for almost a year now and it’s great in terms of fiting, looks,value. I’d happily wear any of the above, although some seem to be way overpriced.

  • Roger says:

    We will actually never know how these will handle crashes unless mtbr will subject them to that on their review. All will know is pretty much just fits perfect, comfortable, and looks good, end review. I’d like to see drop test on these and see how well they stand up.

    • Billy Bob says:

      Roger, that’s what the CPSC, SNELL, etc… standards are in place for. They have testing facilities, calibrated equipment, and the knowledge to interpret the results. Does Car & Driver have their own crash test facility? I don’t think so.

  • r1Gel says:

    I love the styling of the Mythic, but for my money, I’d go for the Giro Feature

  • Dale Burton says:

    I’m surprised not to see the Uvex XP CC. I bought this helmet on Brian’s recommendation and it’s by a huge margin the lightest and most comfy helmet I have owned and tried on. There is a varied amount of adjustment and the ventilation and rear coverage are great. Cheap as well compared to the ones reviewed.

  • duder says:

    Really missing out not reviewing the Catlike Leaf, heck on of your columnists has one.

  • Bikethrasher says:

    Just got a IXS Trail RS. Best fitting helmet I’ve every used. Lots of vents great coverage and pretty light as well. $120.00 bucks out the door really isn’t bad considering the quality.

  • Lloyd Grace says:

    just a note! I have both Mavic Notch and Poc Trabec Race and my Notch is 20 grams lighter than my POC at 320 grams, not 370 grams as you have quoted

  • Niels Chr. Nielsen says:

    Please, please measure both width and depth of the helmet. Circumference in inches or centimeters aren’t enough to determine if a helmet will fit.

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  • Todd says:

    Which of these helmets was the most oval shaped? most helmets hit my forehead and back of head hard and leave a gap on the sides

    • dsut4392 says:

      Hi Todd,
      I’m in a similar boat (oval head), and ended up with the Specialized Vice (model up from the Tactic, but same fit). Comfortable fit and pretty well ventilated.
      Make sure you check the fit of the chin strap as the angle it sits at is not adjustable – works OK for me but YMMV if you have a fatter neck.

  • MrCoolrunnings says:

    What about comparing apples with apples what happened to the Urge All- Mountain ? It’s a great helmet and has heaps of ventilation. I concur with previous posts less picture porn and more head to head review science.

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