Aimed at the aggressive trail riding segment, the FOX Dropframe helmet offers riders maximum protection in an open face style. The coverage extends around the ears, parts of the jawbones, cheeks, and down the back of the head. On paper, I am totally sold on the concept – but is it comfortable on the trails?
DETAILS, FEATURES & FIT
The Dropframe has a non-adjustable or fixed visor system, which is marginally longer than most helmets and is designed to optimize airflow. Eight intake vents, seven exhaust vents, and two large ear vents boost cooling and ventilation.
The EPS liner on the Dropframe consists of two different compound types which collectively minimizes and spreads crash loads. A magnetic buckle or chin-lock
The helmet liner has moisture wicking and antimicrobial properties. In terms of weight, the size medium I tested tipped the scales at 481g which is about 90g above an average trail helmet.
Available in four sizes – small, medium, large and XL – each is supplied with a ‘fit kit’ which is essentially a combination of differently sized padding for the brow, cheeks, and back of the head. In terms of fit, since the Dropframe is not adjustable via any ratchet strap system but only via the fit kit padding system I would suggest paying special attention to the sizing on purchase. In my case, I am usually a small, sometimes a medium and with the Dropframe the medium was spot on.
ON THE TRAIL
First things first – the eyewear discussion – the Dropframe is a goggle and regular eyewear friendly helmet. For
When bombing trails there are three things I really liked about this helmet: 1. The Dropframe doesn’t bob about, slide around or move out of position – even on big hucks! 2. The longish visor provides some degree of shelter from sun and rain. 3. Regarding the extra grams, I did a few long rides with it, including a five-hour ride and never noticed the weight at all.
In terms of ventilation, on warmer days you will feel slight warming around the cheeks on slow climbs but it really is not a biggie. The one-piece brow pad stretches from temple to temple does a good job of channeling sweat away from the eyes.
The Dropframe has one other trick up its sleeve. The extended coverage around the ears provides a lower mounting point for the straps. This means there is no strapping around the ears and jaw area, which further improves comfort.
I have done over 30 hours of riding with the Dropframe and can say it’s incredibly comfortable, super light and handles heat and rain well. Yes, I did feel a whole lot more confident bombing trails with the added protection of the Dropframe. Trail and E-Bike riders will love this helmet. The styling is proper. I think FOX have nailed it here.
RRP: R3199 Learn more: https://www.foxracing.co.za/Dropframe-Helmet-324919.html
Images: Wayne Reiche