Five new enduro-ready helmets with removable chinbars

Gone are days of being forced to choose between ventilation and protection

Eurobike Helmets
Lazer Revolution FF
Lazer's new helmet actually can take on three forms.

Lazer’s new helmet actually can take on three forms.

Lazer, which was just bought by Shimano, enters the removable chinbar fray with its Revolution FF helmet, which is UCI downhill safety certified. Unlike the other helmets in this round-up, you’ll need to carry a screwdriver or coin to remove the chinbar. However, you can snap a pair of ear covers into place if you’re looking for more protection, but not a full-face set-up.

Lazer developed a safety-enhancing accessory mount that is made from a flexible plastic.

Lazer developed a safety-enhancing accessory mount that is made from a flexible plastic.

Lazer also developed a safety-enhancing accessory mount that is made from a flexible plastic, which decreases the potential for a snag during an impact. If for instance your POV camera does clip an object, the mount is designed to let it easily break away with damaging the unit. Lazer also drop tested the helmet with an accessory mounted to assure that it would not allow an intrusion into the outer shell.

Three coin screws hold the chinbar in place.

Three coin screws hold the chinbar in place.

Other features include an adjustable visor, goggle strap, and the ability to mix and match colors. The main shell and chinbar come stock in black, but you can choose from orange, green, and blue for the visor, safety mount, side cover, ear cover, and chin vent. You can see some of the green options in the model pictured here.

The helmet with ear covers sells for $130, with the chinbar sold separately for $120. Claimed weight size medium is 390 grams without chinbar, and 730 grams in full-face set-up.

Giro Switchblade
The Switchblade with MIPS is triple-certified to CPSC, EN, and ASTM downhill safety standards.

The Switchblade with MIPS is triple-certified to CPSC, EN, and ASTM downhill safety standards.

Last up is the new Giro Switchblade, which was actually first unveiled at Crankwork in British Columbia. It’s equipped with MIPS, and is triple-certified to CPSC, EN, and ASTM downhill safety standards. Chinbar removal is easy and requires no tools.

The Switchblade MIPS comes in three sizes and six colors. Price is $250.

The Switchblade MIPS comes in three sizes and six colors. Price is $250.

Beyond increased protection and ease of use, the Switchblade delivers comfort and versatility with the new Roc Loc Air DH adjustable fit system, anti-microbial padding, 20 vents with internal channeling, and two visors (one adjustable POV Plus and one with integrated camera mount).

You'll either love the look the Giro Switchblade in half shell mode — or you wont.

You’ll either love the look the Giro Switchblade in half shell mode — or you wont. We kind of like it.

To pass all the rigorous downhill safety tests, Giro opted to create a full-cut, over-the-ears main shell with the chin bar mounting base integrated into the helmet’s base structure. This results in a half-lid style that has an aggressive old-school moto style. It results in better protection in half-lid mode but also hotter, more enclosed structure that will be polarizing factor for some riders. The Switchblade MIPS comes in three sizes and six colors. Price is $250.


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 Olympics, Tour de France, MTB world champs, 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 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 kids Cora and Tommy in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.


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