In the event of accidents or collisions, helmets provide a protective barrier, significantly reducing the risk of severe head trauma. Explore our extensive collection at Fanatik, where we offer a diverse range of helmets designed for optimal protection and comfort. Discover the perfect headgear for your next ride with recommendations from our staff and what they rely on to keep themselves safe on the trails.
Warranty: 1 Year
The Fox Speedframe MIPS Helmet boasts high-end attributes typically found in pricier models. With a MIPS liner, a 3-position visor compatible with goggles, and a 360-degree fit, the Speedframe stands out as an exceptional open-face helmet offering great value. Combined with the iconic aggressive Fox design DNA, it emerges as one of the top choices for a trail helmet, ready to tackle any adventure.
Blake / Buying
You unfortunately had a huge crash in this helmet, what role did it play in protecting you from more serious head injury?
Yeah, I hit my face pretty good actually. I'd say the helmet did it's job protecting the upper potion of my head, however it's not a full face so it didn't protect my lips much. But I definitely say it played a big role in limiting any serious concussion symptoms.
Warranty: 2 Years
Smith's top-tier half-shell helmet, the Forefront 2, incorporates numerous design elements and features from the more budget friendly Session, with a heightened focus on safety and user-friendliness. Notably, the Forefront 2 boasts an expanded coverage of Koroyd paneling, spanning almost the entire helmet. Additionally, this model includes integrated front and rear storage for eyewear, along with a built-in mounting point for Smith's camera/light mounting kit.
BK / Marketing
"When given the choice between a budget helmet and the Forefront 2, more often than not, I find myself reaching for the Forefront. Given the option, I am going to grab the most protective helmet possible every time. With the potential of concussions and traumatic brain injuries that mountain biking presents, I will take any advantage, no matter how marginal, when it comes to protecting my head. The fact that the Forefront 2 is immensely comfortable only makes that choice easier."
Warranty: 2 Years
The Tactic 4 is a trail helmet that combines fit, ventilation, and confidence for an unparalleled riding experience at a fraction of the cost of other options. Features like fit adjustment, an integrated fixed visor, and eyewear channels ensure convenience and protection. Its design optimizes comfort, while the 4D Brow Cooling system maintains airflow at every speed. Enhanced protection is guaranteed with MIPS Evolve technology, and the helmet is e-MTB certified, adhering to NTA 8776 standards. The Tactic sets a new standard for style and functionality, making it the ultimate choice for riders seeking the best in trail helmets.
Max / Shipping
What are your favorite features of this helmet?
I love its breakaway visor. If you crash or drop the helmet, it just pops off and can be easily snapped back into place, unlike some other visors that have mounting screws. There is plenty of space under the visor for glasses and goggles as well.
For being more budget-friendly, how would you say the Tactic 4 compares to other more expensive options?
This helmet may not have FidLock clasps or fancy color ways, but it’s just as safe and comfortable as any expensive helmet I’ve previously used.
Warranty: 1 Year
The beloved Troy Lee Designs A3 helmet is highly touted for its immense comfort on long rides. Setting a benchmark in premium mountain bike helmets, it combines safety innovations, and excellent ventilation. Whether conquering lengthy ascents or navigating challenging descents, the A3 provides the utmost comfort and coverage. Awarded the highest score by the Virginia Tech helmet safety lab, it instills confidence in all riding conditions.
Rich / Marketing
How comfortable are you wearing the TLD A3 for longer rides?
So I’m pretty convinced that different brands work for different peoples head shapes, and the TLD helmets fit my head shape perfectly. One helmet that’s comfortable for one person may not be comfortable for another. I’ve owned A1, A2, and now the latest, the A3.
Vents: 24 Vents
Warranty: 3 Years
Building on years of world cup level protection, the Troy Lee D4 is one of the premium full-face options for downhill rated safety. Prioritizing impact protection and weight balance, this helmet features premium construction and materials, incorporating MIPS protection, an EPP chin bar, and anatomical cheek pads with an emergency release system.
Sam / Warranty
How does the TLD D4 perform for big days in the bike park?
I love it. It isn't as light as some "enduro" full face helmets but the added protection is worth it. It does great in the bike park and I've even worn it on some fire road pedals without any issue."