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Oct. 7, 2016, 8:32 a.m. -  DrewM

#!markdown I'd say number one it's passive venting - the ability to breath while grinding up steep single track when air flow isn't enough to cool your head. Number two, again climbing singletrack, would probably be visibility. A chin bar isn't an issue descending because you're looking ahead but it's a restriction pumping over roots in a uphill switchback corner. If you were to design a full face with a fixed chin bar that had enough visibility and passive venting the chin bar would likely be useless. For winter riding - cosmetics aside - I love the idea of the Switchblade without the chin bar. More protection when the trails are greasy and unpredictable but I wouldn't generally wear the chin bar because I like to see and I breath heavy. But there are a few trails for which having the chin bar - from that helmet - would at least physiologicaly make a difference for me.

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