First ride – LEATT DBX 3.0 All-Mountain Helmet by Mountain Bike Action
Helmet technology was slow to change, until recently with companies like Leatt and 6D going back to the drawing board. Most big brands have gone the MIPS way, but Leatt has designed their own impact technology in hopes of keeping riders safer during a crash.
The DBX 3.0 All-Mountain was unveiled in Whistler last summer along with the DBX 3.0 Enduro that has a removable chin bar. Both helmets feature Leatt’s new Turbine 360 protection. Retail price is currently $170 for the All-Mountain version.
Along with the Turbine 360 is a magnet closure system, 18-vents (that actually breathe really well), and a large breakaway visor with a broad range of adjustment. What is Turbine 360? Well heres a couple pics to show.
Essentially they look and feel like little bumpers that are built into the shell using 3D Armorgel that help absorb impact and reduce rotational impact.
Leatt claims these “turbines” reduce head impact at a “concussion level” by 30% and reduce rotational acceleration by 40%. We will be doing our own impact testing with the MBA intern.
Out of the box the DBX is surprisingly lightweight and doesn’t have an overbuilt look that makes you feel like Rick Moranis from Space Balls. The fit is snug and comfortable and the retention system is easy to use. We were a little worried we might be able to feel the Turbines pressing against our head, but after the first ride we didn’t experience any discomforts. The overall coverage is pretty generous with a low back and forehead. The visor is fairly big compared to other helmets, but it has a good range of adjustability so you can move it up to be completely out of your field of vision.