Best All Mountain Helmets – lids to tear it up and bomb it down
Picking a good one can be a very personal preference, depending on your head shape, colour preference and overall look. It could also come down to head shape with manufacturers suiting different types.
At the end of the day, you want a helmet that offers great safety features, with additional coverage and protection around the back and base of the skull, quick and easy adjustment and a style & colour that works for you. This essentially comes down to doing your research, trying on helmets, and getting the best option for you.
It is also worth noting of the helmet safety standards and requirements for your country.
All Mountain Helmets Review – Options to Consider
Well more an overview than an in-depth review, but the below gives you some ideas of what is out there for the 2014 season.
A new AM helmet from Scott capturing that AM rider and Enduro racer segment. Good coverage, goggle compatible and flat section on top to all ow for helmet cam mounts.
The Stego features the same styling with MIPS technology for that added safety
The super has a striking design with goggle compatible design and a Go Pro mount for easy fitment of your camera.This helmet has really captured the AM market with a wide range of colours to suit
One of the original AM helmet designers with year on year colour and design updates to keep it fresh and relevant for today’s riders. The Hex has an aggressive trail feel to their helmet design ideal for all day trail rides or enduro style race formats.
POC push the design boundaries in an interesting and striking way, managing to combine function and style with a strong Scandinavian design language that is very evident in their products. The Trabec is up their in price, but provides a helmet design and style that will suit a distinct segment of the market.
Solid AM helmet from the protective’s manufacturer, scored 4.5/5 stars in a 2011 Bike Radar review. Seems to be popular with the punters as well.
One of the pioneers of AM helmets, Fox’s Flux has been a solid performer in both style and function with 20 vents and increased coverage for the AM rider.
Described as an aggressive MTB AM helmet, the contrasting helmet & visor colour schemes can be polarizing, however this is MET’s no. 1 selling MTB helmet.
Another solid AM helmet design from a protectives manufacturer with a selection of block colour schemes and endorsed by their team rider Richie Schley
If you want to be noticed on the trail, the URGE All Mountain is certainly a helmet for that. With it’s distinct euro styling and with no less than 15 Enduro racing ambassadors on their books, including the likes of Mark Weir and Tracey Mosley, the URGE helmet is one for those who push it hard.
A new comer on the helmet scene from the Annecy (FR) based wheel manufacturer, have taken their cues from their yellow corporate colours and decided to implement them across their entire apparel range – interesting to see if this takes off given the yellow colour scheme, however other colours are also available.
With so many manufacturers producing helmets specific to this riding segment, there is no doubt that the AM and Enduro racing format is here to stay. Expect to see more activity in this space over the next couple of years as this continues to grow in popularity.
Disclosure: I am employed by the distributor of Scott, Bell and Giro in Australia.