There’s little doubt that enduro is here to stay, in fact it has the largest share of the racing market in Australia. With faster trails and more capable bikes comes the need for full face helmets, with more and more enduro full face helmets on offer it can be hard to choose which lid might fit your needs. We spent some time in Fox’s Enduro offering the ‘Proframe’ and have penned our thoughts….
Product: Fox Proframe Full face helmet
RRP: $400 AUD
Available at: MTB Direct and all good bike stores
The Nitty Gritty
Designed to meet the needs of all-mountain riders and enduro racers, it packs MIPS™ technology and a dual-density EPS liner into a superlight shell along with a patented, fully integrated chinbar.
The Proframe Helmet has 15 intake and nine exhaust vents which provide airflow and breathability on both climbs and descents. It meets Australian Helmet standards and the more stringent ASTM F1952 (including chin bar rigidity test) – something many Enduro full face helmets fail to meet.
- Ultra-lightweight enduro and all mountain helmet
- Patented integrated chinbar
- Highly breathable, moisture wicking and anti-microbial liner
- 24 Big Bore vents for unrivaled breathability
- Fixed visor is positioned perfectly for maximum air flow
- Fidlock SNAP helmet buckle provides quick entry and exit
- MIPS™ reduces the rotational motion transmitted to the brain during impact
- Dual-density Varizorb™ EPS liner provides improved protection
- 750 g, size medium
So if you thought that donning an enduro helmet focused on breath-ability would be the same as riding in your half shell, then you would be sorely mistaken. The Fox Proframe or any other full face for that matter, does not provide the same airflow as a good half shell helmet – but the half shell won’t provide the protection this lid does. It’s a sacrifice you make for keeping your brain all in one piece.
On the trail the Fox Proframe felt light and more breathable than a regular full face, if you have climbed up hills for an enduro in a regular full face then you will definitely feel the difference. It has great breath-ability and we found the Proframe to be a comfortable lid that feels protective whilst allowing comfort and airflow.
One thing we did wish the Proframe had was a fitting system that allowed you to dial in the fit – something most enduro and trail helmets have. The Proframe relies more on finding the right size then dialing in the fit by changing out the pads on the inside – something we weren’t overly wrapped with but effective nonetheless. Once you have dialed in your fit, the Proframe definitely felt comfortable and secure.
Overall we were impressed with the Proframe and there is little doubt that it’s offering the highest level of protection in the enduro helmet market. Many of Fox’s competitors offer helmets that meet most standards but fail the DH testing standard (inclusive of chinbar), Fox have made sure that your melon is the most protected it can be whilst allowing maximum air flow.
The Final Word
The Fox Proframe is a full face enduro helmet that will keep your brain in one piece whilst stopping you cooking your melon. We got along well with the Proframe and whilst the price point is high for an enduro helmet, it provides the same standard of protection as most downhill helmets. If you are racing bikes, riding gnarly trails or just want to chuck laps of the Bike Park, then the Fox Proframe may be worth considering….