Fox Proframe full face helmet review

Downhill certified brain protector has great ventilation, too

Helmets
Fox Proframe Full Face Helmet

The Proframe is a solid option for enduro/all mountain riders seeking max head protection. Photo courtesy of Art’s Cyclery

Editor’s Note: This article was written by Trevor Roland of Art’s Cyclery. The original post can be found here.

What is it?

Many enduro races require a full-face helmet. And there are many options for lightweight full-face helmets or trail style helmets with removable chinbars. But many lack in either style, fit, or safety. The new Fox Proframe helmet is entering the market as a specific tool for a specific job. This is a well-ventilated, downhill certified helmet for the enduro racer or trail rider seeking top-level safety without a removable chinbar.

Fox Proframe Full Face Helmet

The Proframe features 24 vents and weighs just 735 grams. Photo courtesy of Art’s Cyclery

Pros
  • ASTM DH certification
  • Light weight at 735 grams (size Medium)
  • Includes MIPS protection
  • Excellent ventilation with 24 vents
  • Great fit without need for retention system
  • Convenient magnetic Fidlock buckle
Cons
  • Fixed visor prevents goggle docking
  • Limited chin strap mobility
  • Does not have removable chinbar for climbing
Fox Proframe Full Face Helmet

The chinbar is not removable. Photo courtesy of Art’s Cyclery

Art’s Cyclery Take

The Fox Proframe helmet stands out from the crowd with its non-removable chinguard, fixed visor, and easy to use Fidlock magnetic buckle. The Proframe also offers similar aesthetic characteristics to Fox’s ever-popular Rampage carbon helmet with the visor design resembling the recently released Metah trail helmet. The design is clean and simple, creating a perfect blend of form and function.

Fox Proframe Full Face Helmet

With 24 vents, climbing in this helmet is not an overheated experience. Photo courtesy of Art’s Cyclery

The Proframe offers the secure fit of a traditional full-face helmet, without the weight and lack of ventilation. The inside of the helmet is lined with easy to replace pad sets available in multiple sizes to provide customized fit. The fixed visor ensures maximum airflow through the four large big bore vents located under the visor. The addition of Fox‘s Fidlock buckle makes taking the helmet on and off a breeze, perfect for hot days at the bike park.

Fox Proframe Full Face Helmet

If your trails are downhill certified, your helmet should be, too. Photo courtesy of Art’s Cyclery

With key safety features like DH certification at a weight of only 735 grams, this helmet is in a category of its own. The Proframe fits similar to their Carbon Rampage, and the non-removable chinbar offers piece of mind as well as additional safety benefits.

Bottom Line

This is the helmet for the rider wondering, are these removable chinbar helmets really as safe as my standard full-face? The ASTM certified Proframe fits just like a traditional full-face but with great ventilation and upwards of 500 grams of weight savings. Indeed, if your terrain is DH certified, your helmet should be too.

Fox Proframe Full Face Helmet

The convenient magnetic Fidlock buckle is far easier to operate than D-ring style closures. Photo courtesy of Art’s Cyclery

Rating: 4 out of 5 4 Flamin' Chili Peppers
Price: $250
More Info: www.foxracing.com

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About the author: Arts Cyclery

This article was originally published on the Art's Cyclery Blog. Art's Cyclery is dedicated to offering free expert advice, how-to videos, and in-depth product reviews on ArtsCyclery.com to help riders make an educated decision when selecting cycling gear.


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