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Bluegrass Brave Full Face Helmet 2017

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THE GOLD STANDARD OF FULL FACE HELMETS

EPS shell with integrated air channels

Brain protection should be a helmet’s primary mission. The EPS inner-shell was designed to dissipate the force of an impact by using the best balanced density of material to improve the weight/volume ratio and prevent the brain from hitting the skull in the event of an accident.

It also has an integrated network of channels which circulates air from external intake vents around the inside of the helmet.

ASTM CERTIFIED

Higher loads, higher speeds, more impacts, in a more dynamic test setup - ASTM exceeds CE, AS and CPSC standard for bicycle helmets in every way.

ASTM is also the only standard testing the safety of the chin guard. We use the most stringent standard there is, to give you peace of mind wearing our new BRAVE with D3O® in BMX or Downhill races where you need the best protection possible.

D30

The BLUEGRASS BRAVE is the first helmet on the market using D3O® inserts which enables the helmet to withstand double the number of impacts compared to a normal composite construction, over different areas of the shell.

The inserts are made from the orange-coloured D3O® patented technology which is soft and flexible with high shock absorbing properties. In standard conditions, the material’s molecules flow freely but under impact lock together to absorb and dissipate impact energy.

Airflow_2_chin

Chin guard with integrated Airflow_2_Chin air inflow vents. Professional riders who helped to develop the Brave helmets insisted from the outset on how important it is to have air vents on the chin guard as good respiration is essential for high-performance.

We listened and went on to create the most ventilated chin guard on the market. Its design was also dictated by our search to find the best ratio between maximal protection and minimum bulk.

Adjustable visor

MX-style visor with two-point attachment. Allows super fine tuning of the visor position.

Attached using aluminium screws. The visor naturally seats at the point of maximum air pressure on the helmet.

The visor of the Brave is designed to provide the minimum drag. Easy to use with goggles. Gives maximum field of vision.

MOPOV video support kit

Now anyone can film themselves while riding. To help you we have designed the MOPOV kit which allows you to fit your onboard camera onto your helmet in a flash.

Removable kit fitted on the side of the helmet. Light weight. System suitable for multiple brands. Nothing remains on the helmet after use. The self-adhesive fitting on your camera fixes to the MOPOV and not to the helmet itself.

DOUBLE-D BUCKLE

One of the many advantages of this system is that the strap can be adjusted perfectly and won’t need to be unfastened as is the case with an automatic buckle (also known as quick release buckles).

By simply sliding the strap along, you can either take off the helmet or just wear it loosely without having to undo the buckle.

Eject BAG / goggle / neck-brace compatible

The EJECT bag can be easy inflated inside the top shell to help the removal of the helmet and to reduce the damage to the spine. Moulded ribs on the shell help keep the goggle strap in place. Everything has been thought out so as to optimize the fit of the helmet goggle and helmet neck-brace. Compatible with most of the models available. 

Specification:

  • Outer shell construction: Composite V.I.D.
  • Inner shell: Impact resistant expandable polystyrene beads
  • Chin strap buckle: Double-D buckle
  • Straps: MX style straps. Integrated rivet + metal plate anchor. Removable chin strap. Washable padding
  • Active safety technology: Embedded D3O® inserts. Airflow_2_chin. No hearing loss
  • Visor: XXL Field of vision. Micrometric adjustable visor with two point attachment. Flexible injection material
  • Comfort features: Fully removable internal padding
  • Compatibility: Eject bag. MOPOV video support. Goggle. Neck-brace compatible
  • Certification: ASTM, CE
  • Discipline: Enduro DH Bmx
  • Weight: (XS/S)1013gr, (M)1034gr, (L/XL)1085gr

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Full Face Helmet Guide

 

Full Face Helmets

Full face helmets are designed for gravity mountain biking and BMX racing. With a chin bar and a thicker core than open face MTB helmets, full face lids are designed for high speed riding on challenging terrain. When it comes to protection, all our MTB helmets meet the minimum safety standard (CE EN 1078). Most full face helmets go much further than this with thicker cores and more durable shells as well as enhanced safety features like dual density cores and MIPS. Some full face helmets are designed to meet the international ASTM DH standards.

Full face helmets can be roughly split into two types; downhill or DH helmets and enduro helmets. Downhill helmets look similar to off-road motorbike helmets, with lots of internal padding and very few vents. Enduro helmets have a lot more venting and look like regular MTB helmets with an added chin guard, which is sometimes removable. The chin guard on enduro helmets is especially well vented to make breathing easier on climbs and traverses. This isn’t a definitive definition as many enduro racers wear DH helmets, while enduro helmets are becoming more popular with trail riders.

Features to look out for in a full face helmet:


Features

Shell

The shell is the outer covering of a full face helmet. As well as the standard polycarbonate shell found on regular mountain bike helmets, full face lids sometimes features a fibreglass or carbon shell. The shell is moulded to the core and completely covers the helmet including the chin piece. The very best full face helmets have a carbon fibre composite shell that is lightweight as well as offering the best protection.

Full face helmet and google rest on the bars of a Cube Stereo

Core

Sitting directly under the shell is the Core. Like most cycling helmets the core is usually made from EPS foam. Sometime on high end DH lids EPP foam is used as this offers better multi impact protection. Multi density foam cores are sometimes used for improved impact protection at various speeds. While the shell of DH helmets strengthens the core, Enduro style full face helmets sometimes feature additional strengthening elements to compensate for all the extra venting that break up the integrity of the shell.

Full face helmets usually feature an EPS foam core. Some offer EPP / multi-density foam cores for improved multi-impact protection.

MIPS

A Multi-directional Impact Protection System (MIPS) is fitted between the helmet core and your head. This slip-plane technology reduces the rotational forces that result from certain impacts. Integrated into the fit system, MIPS is found on high-end MTB helmets and takes head protection to the next level. Some brands offer different slip plane technologies, like SPIN, that do the same thing as MIPS.


Fit & Straps

Full face helmets have two different fitting systems. Downhill helmets have similar fitting to motorbike helmets. Here the liner is extensive. It extends all the way around your head, with cheek pieces in the chin guard, so it grips your head effectively without the need for an adjustable fit system. Enduro style full face lids don’t tend to have so much padding, and may use an adjustable fit system like regular cycling helmets. This is sometimes supplemented with cheek pads for a firmer fit. Chin straps are there to keep your helmet in place even if you take a knock on the head. Again, there are two ways to do this; DH lids use a more secure D-ring style strap similar to those found on motorbike helmets, while enduro lids use a snap fit buckle.

Downhill rider fastening their chin strap

Liner 

The padded liner is the bit of the helmet that connects directly to your head. If you ride a lot, then features to look out for are removable, washable pads made from quick drying, hydrophilic and anti-microbial materials. These will help keep your head smelling sweetly on every ride.

Many full face helmets feature a removable liner for easier cleaning

Ventilation

Venting helps to keep your head cool while you ride by allowing air to move over your head as you ride. The venting on downhill helmets is minimal as you will be moving relatively fast when you ride which greatly improves airflow. Enduro style full face helmets have much more extensive venting as these are designed for climbing as well as descending. The rule of thumb for cycling helmets is that more and/or larger vents will increase the amount of airflow over your head. Vent position matters too. Vents close to the brow offer cooling where you need it most while vents in the chin guard are designed to aid breathing. Internal airflow channelling draws air in and circulates it around your head for more efficient cooling.

Chris Kovarik wearing a well ventilated Fox helmet

Removable chin guards

Enduro style full face helmets sometimes have removable chin guards. This means that you can take the chin piece off for extra cooling and easier breathing when climbing. Removable chin guards may not offer as much protection as a fixed one, although some full face helmets with removeable chin pieces are ASTM DH certified.

Enduro riders wearing helmets with removable chin guards

Visor

All full face mountain bike helmets have a visor to help keep the sun or rain out of your eyes. Most full face lids have an adjustable visor so you can push it out of the way for maximum visibility when you don’t need it.

A full face helmet with an adjustable visor

Goggle Compatibility

Full face mountain bike helmets are all designed to work with goggles. However, as goggles are different shapes some will work better with a particular helmet than others. Some full face lids are designed to be compatible with specific brands or types of goggles but will usually work with others too.

Some brands of helmet and google work together better than others. This rider pairs Oakley goggles with a Fox helmet.

Action camera mounts

With a dedicated action camera mount, you can attach your GoPro securely to your helmet. Break-away mounts are the safest way to attach your action camera.

Mountain biker with GoPro mounted to a full-face helmet

Sizing

It is important to get a helmet that fits correctly. Simply measure the circumference of your head and match it to the helmet size. Do this by placing a tape measure on the centre of your forehead and wrap it around your head above the ears. See our clothing size guide for more details.

Helmet sizing

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