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Do you Enduro full-face

Do you wear a full face

All the time
50%-75% of the time
Seldom or never
Total votes: 30
Sept. 18, 2020, 12:03 p.m.
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Just wondering how many of us are rocking the full lid. I was chatting to a buddy earlier this week we were reminiscing about how every ride used to be full face rides 10 years ago, and due to improvements in our equipment and confidence, most (99%) of rides are now half lid only.

"I know that heroes ride bicycles" - Joe Biden

 Last edited by: rnayel on Sept. 18, 2020, 12:30 p.m., edited 1 time in total.
Sept. 18, 2020, 12:07 p.m.
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I just got an IXS Trigger full face. It's super light, very well ventilated and is one of the few of these new lighweight full faces to have a ratcheting fit adjuster just like a regular helmet. So far it's been really good. It seems like the trails are just as gnarly and I'm riding just as fast or faster though wearing less protection than I used to. This seems a good option especially on a hardtail with a much narrower margin for error.

 Last edited by: craw on Sept. 18, 2020, 12:07 p.m., edited 1 time in total.
Sept. 18, 2020, 12:26 p.m.
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I have the Giro switchblade but it fits poorly. I thought it was OK in the shop but on the bike it’s hard on my neck. It’s too low on my head so looking up is hard on the neck muscles. I am considering others though. It’s about to get wet and we all forget how to ride when it gets wet eh.

Sept. 18, 2020, 12:33 p.m.
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I have the Ixs Xult Full Face Helmet, it fits well and is decently well ventilated, very well reviewed etc. but I seem to always gravitate toward my Scott Vivo Plus helmet which is 1/3 the weighlighter, well ventilated and comfy as heck.

 Last edited by: rnayel on Sept. 18, 2020, 12:36 p.m., edited 1 time in total.
Sept. 18, 2020, 1:10 p.m.
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I only wear a full face if I ride in seriously scary terrain, like some of the black trails in Finale Ligure or in the Alps in the area of Nauders, and even there not all the time. I still have the feeling that park speed is higher than my usualy style of line picking on my hardtail, but I can see a need for a light full face if I should get a full suspension trailbike. The trails in my area almost feel tame and somehow I feel a wrong sense of safety, I guess. The market has definitely changed, almost all brands offer some really nice looking light full face helmets.

Sept. 18, 2020, 2:31 p.m.
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Joined: Nov. 23, 2002

You guys wear helmets?

Sept. 18, 2020, 3:35 p.m.
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I always wonder about this. Most of us are now riding the same trails or harder trails on Enduro/Trail/Hardtails we were riding them on DH bikes a few years ago.

Sept. 18, 2020, 4:25 p.m.
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That's exactly why. I feel like I've been very lucky over the years. I started wearing good eye protection too.

Sept. 18, 2020, 4:40 p.m.
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Joined: Dec. 1, 2012

Fox pro-frame has been my go-to helmet for all rides this season. Maybe looks a bit silly when doing LOTS, but find it fit's well, well ventilated, and don't feel like I'm O2 starved.

Sept. 18, 2020, 8:18 p.m.
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The wife got on my case so I just bought the Bell super air R removable chin bar helmet. Now I just ride faster with the full face. More confidence, more speed. 

Super quick to attach the chin bar to my Enduro bro hip bag on the climbs. Dunno why all this time I haven't been using one of these.

Sept. 18, 2020, 8:42 p.m.
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Joined: Feb. 8, 2016

I bought a Fox Proframe when they came out and went through two more before switching to a TLD Stage. Initially I bought a lightweight full face as a replacement for my 'standard' full face which I never wore because it was too hot, but then I found it hard to justify not wearing it because it wasn't that much of an inconvenience yet provided more protection. That, and I came up with a way to mount my Gopro to the chinguard which provided a great POV angle with minimal setup and allowed me to skip buying a gimbal.

Sept. 18, 2020, 8:46 p.m.
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Posted by: craw

That's exactly why. I feel like I've been very lucky over the years. I started wearing good eye protection too.

Good eye protection is key, all it takes is one branch or kicked up rock to damage your eyes. 

Have had a Bell Super 2R for a while now and on mellower rides use half-lid but the added protection has come in handy a couple times. Looking at new options for next year, likely goign with a Super Air but will check out all the other options.

Sept. 19, 2020, 8:04 a.m.
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FF helmets were an easy sell to parents, I told them it was cheap insurance  for the 6K they spent on orthodontic  work

Sept. 19, 2020, 8:30 a.m.
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Posted by: XXX_er

FF helmets were an easy sell to parents, I told them it was cheap insurance  for the 6K they spent on orthodontic  work

Not to mention face crashes suck and even worse If you break a cheekbone, jaw or ocular.

Sept. 19, 2020, 9:29 a.m.
Posts: 205
Joined: Dec. 6, 2017

I biked in the early 2000's and everybody wore full-face, elbow and knee pads. Didn't ride from 2006-2018 and I was surprised to see the level of protection drop. 

I have the Bell Super DH helmet, love the helmet, super comfortable. I attach the chinguard to my hip pack on the ride up, 10 seconds to attach to my helmet for the way down. Dental work is expensive! Would you rather spend $400 on a full face vs missing teeth, fracture orbital bone, laceration or having your jaw wire shut?

I'm too old to seem cool!😁

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