Leatt DBX 6.0 VS 100% Aircraft Carbon Helmet by Mountain Bike Action Magazine:
A select few heavy hitters have dominated the downhill helmet market for many years. Head to any bike park and you’ll see exactly what we mean. Recently, though, a few high-tech protection companies have thrown their hats (pun intended) into the ring. Leatt’s neck brace has long been known as “the helmet for your spine,” and its DBX 6.0 helmet looks to complete Leatt’s protection lineup with a carbon super helmet that offers several unique features. The 100% Aircraft is a precision carbon/Kevlar helmet designed with the same sculpted lines as the company’s goggles and glasses. With both of these helmets being new to the market, we thought it proper to put them head to head to see which new kid on the full-face helmet block could give the established helmet giants a run for their money.
Tech info—Leatt DBX 6.0: The DBX is a lightweight carbon helmet featuring Leatt’s new 360-degree Turbine technology. The helmet is designed to offer improved impact protection in a smaller package. The Turbine technology is essentially a series of urethane bumpers inside the shell that are designed to improve impact protection. It also comes with quick-release cheek pads for safe and easy removal after a crash. The DBX 6.0 is specifically designed to work seamlessly with Leatt’s neck braces. Our size-large DBX 6.0 tipped the scales at 1000 grams (2.2 pounds) and sells for $500.
100% Aircraft: The Aircraft is the premier helmet from 100% and has a blended carbon/Kevlar shell. The lid is designed to be both lightweight and ventilated thanks to the Active Cooling System (ACS) that maximizes airflow. The helmet offers an EPS foam interior with a comfortable anti-bacterial liner complete with emergency-release cheek pads for quick and safe removal. Our size-large Aircraft weighed 1080 grams (2.4 pounds) and sells for $450.
On the Trail:
Leatt DBX: The DBX claims to have a smaller shell that not only streamlines the look but also improves protection by reducing the rotational forces transferred to the skull and neck. The helmet is claimed to reduce the impact by first reducing the leverage the shell has on your head and then softening the blow with the soft bumpers inside. While we didn’t have the opportunity to test these features in a crash, mainly due to a lack of volunteers, we can say that the technology makes sense to us. The reduced size of the Leatt helmet becomes noticeable almost immediately and delivers comfort right away. If you’ve ever compared a motorcycle helmet to a bicycle helmet, you know what it feels like to have a smaller lid, and the Leatt takes that one step further. The ventilation is reasonably good, adding to the overall comfort of the helmet. Leatt also includes some nice features, like a dedicated hose guide for hydration packs. While most downhill riders won’t use this feature, we can certainly see an enduro rider taking advantage of it, especially given this helmet’s relatively small size and low weight. Overall, this is a solid helmet with some cool features, and the reduced size makes it attractive to those who prefer not to look like a bobblehead.
100% Aircraft: This is 100%’s first foray into the helmet market, but the company’s expertise in design can be seen through-out. The Aircraft has a sculpted shell that’s beautiful and fast-looking. The ventilation is top-notch, making the helmet comfortable and cool on the trail. The protection claims are on par with other helmets on the market, although it doesn’t offer any specific anti-rotational features. The helmet is compatible with every neck brace we tested it with and offers a fit that’s remarkably dialed and comfortable. You know that helmet that you forget to take off, even on the chairlift? The Aircraft is one of those.