Leatt DBX 2.0 helmet at Sea Otter

Budget friendly trail helmet with advanced safety features

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Leatt DBX 2.0 Helmet

Same general look and feel as the DBX 3.0, but nearly half the price.

Last summer Mtbr reviewed (and loved) the Leatt DBX 3.0 trail helmet. The one knock for budget-minded riders? Price. MSRP of the DBX 3.0 is $170. But now there’s an option for those who’d rather spend a little less. Meet the Leatt DBX 2.0, which shares many of the same features as the 3.0, but costs $70 less.

Leatt DBX 2.0 Helmet

Four colorways are available.

Mtbr got an up-close look at the new price-point lid at the Sea Otter Classic, taking an oceanside cruise with the Leatt crew to test out the new lid. Top line features include the same 360-degree Turbine Technology found in the 3.0, which helps reduce the risk of head impact at concussion level (by up to 30%) and rotational acceleration to your head and brain (by up to 40%), claims Leatt.

Leatt DBX 2.0 Helmet

The DBX 2.0 has 10 turbines set inside the helmet that hardens on impact. Combined with an EPS in-molded shell, this dual-density construction dampens impact both low and high speed. The helmet is also well-ventilated with 20 vents. Weight for a size medium is a reasonable 308 grams, and it’s equipped with a breakaway visor that is shorter than the one found on the DBX 3.0, which we actually prefer. The 3.0 visor is a tad on the long side for our tastes.

Other differences between the two include a little less protection in the rear versus the 3.0 and a visor that’s not adjustable. The DBX 2.0 also uses a standard buckle at the chinstrap rather than the slick magnetic buckle found on the DBX 3.0. The new helmet comes in four colors and three sizes (small, medium, large) and it has the same micro-adjustable BOA retention system as the DBX 3.0.

Leatt DBX 2.0 Helmet

The Leatt DBX 2.0 helmet looks good at any angle.

Leat DBX 2.0 Key Features
  • Polycarbonate shell in three sizes
  • 360° Turbine Technology
  • Reduces up to 30% of head impact at concussion level
  • Reduces up to 40% of rotational acceleration to head and brain
  • 3D in-molded impact foam for great energy absorption
  • Maximized ventilation with 20 vents effective even at very low speeds
  • MaxiFlow air channels in the impact foam. Effective at any speed
  • Visor with breakaway function for rotational reduction in a crash
  • Dri-Lex moisture wicking, breathable, anti-odor and washable inner liner
  • Certified and tested to EN1078, CPSC 1203

Leatt DBX 2.0 Helmet

Mtbr has a test model in hand and will be publishing a full review later this riding season.

For more information, visit www.leatt.com. This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2018 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. For more from Sea Otter CLICK HERE.

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympics, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the Mtbr staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.


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