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First Look at Leatt DBX 3.0 All-Mountain Helmet review by Vital MTB

First look at Leatt DBX 3.0 All-Mountain Helmet review by Vital MTB:

Unfortunately, crashing is part of the game when it comes to progressing as mountain bikers. When it comes to your noggin, safety is paramount. Based in South Africa, Leatt got their start way back in 2001 designing neck braces and launched the first bicycle-specific neck brace, the DBX, in 2010. With a continually expanding line, Leatt now offers body protection, apparel, hydration systems, and helmets. After debuting their new DBX 3.0 all-mountain helmet back at Crankworx Whistler last year, the new helmet is finally available as of Sea Otter 2017. With some interesting tech designed to reduce impact forces up to 30% and rotational acceleration up to 40%, Leatt’s new DBX 3.0 helmet offers innovative protection in a lightweight and well-ventilated package.

Leatt DBX 3.0 Helmet Highlights
  • Polycarbonate shell in three sizes
  • 360-degree Turbine Technology
  • 3D in-moulded impact foam
  • 18 vents
  • Dri-Lex moisture wicking, breathable, anti-odor, and washable liner
  • Breakaway visor
  • Fidlock magnetic closure system
  • Certified and tested to EN1078 and CPSC 1203 standards
  • Claimed Weight: 360g // Actual Weight: 430g, size large
  • Sizes: Small (51-55cm), Medium (55-59cm), and Large (59-63cm)
  • MSRP: $169.99 USD

360-Degree Turbine Technology
We all know the dangers of repeated concussions, and reducing the chances of one during a crash is of utmost importance. Leatt’s 360-degree Turbine Technology’s goal is just that – to reduce the likelihood of a concussion by not only slowing down direct impact forces, but also by slowing down rotational forces to the head and brain. The do this by using a non-Newtonian silicon called Armourgel, which is an energy absorbing material Leatt 3D-molds into small blue “Turbines.”

The Turbines are strategically placed inside the helmet and work to reduce both high-speed, low-speed, and rotational impact forces. Our first introduction to the Armourgel material was back in 2016 at the Sea Otter Classic, where Leatt had us place the material over our hand and smash it with a rubber mallet. To our surprise, the force was of the blow was completely deadened by the silicon material. By placing ten of these Armourgel Turbines inside the Leatt DBX 3.0, impact forces are similarly dissipated and thus reduce both direct and rotational impacts.

Initial Impressions
What we can say from our first few rides is the initial fit is excellent. The ratcheting dial on the back allows for a snug fit that doesn't shift, yet remains comfortable without creating any hot spots or pressure points. The helmet's breathability is good, and even while chugging up slow climbs air makes its way through the helmet. Adjusting to the Fidlock magnetic buckle did take some getting used to, but after you put on and remove the helmet a few times the motions become more natural.

All in all, Leatt’s new DBX 3.0 includes a wide range of useful features while also integrating some innovative protection technology.

What's The Bottom Line?
Leatt’s latest all-mountain helmet clearly puts protection first when it comes to design, but they’ve also put quite a bit of thought into other features. We appreciate things like proper ventilation with a total of 18 vents, an easy chinstrap closure with the Fidlock magnetic system, and the slick breakaway visor. All in all, Leatt’s new DBX 3.0 includes a wide range of useful features while also integrating some innovative protection technology.