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Troy Lee Designs D3 Carbon Helmet

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“TLD D3: Outstanding So Far”

The Good: - fit is excellent - shell finish is second to none - vents pretty well - liners are comfortable and easy to clean - extra visor - safe, safe, safe

The Bad: - expensive, you get what you pay for I guess - rubber/foam material around the chin area delaminates easily - XL/XXL shell is HUGE (preference)

Overall Review:

I have been using the D3 pretty much from the get go when I started riding downhill a little over 2 years ago (had 2 other helmets for a couple of months before). I have been on both composite and carbon offerings and immediately I noticed upon picking up the helmets, is weight. I did feel quite a difference, the carbon being a little lighter. I did not put weight as a plus or minus for the helmet because I believe it is quite relative. Guys coming from moto say it is super light, and vice versa for riders coming from XC or AM.

Fresh out of the box. Troy Lee Designs D3 carbon, Pinstripe blue.

Finish is amazing on my Pinstripe blue D3.The helmet looks sick. I can't think of other lids that look as mean, or as advanced as the D3 when it came out years ago. A clear coat covers the carbon weave of the shell, and the thing just feels so solid in your hands. Titanium hardware adds bling and reduces weight, even though it's not noticeable.

I found fit to be a little tricky. Head circumference is where you usually start, but it still boils down to head profile. Each head is different, hence made sizing a challenge. I've tried on other brands and I was almost always a large. I wear an XL D3. Best advice, fit it before you buy. I tried on a L D3, and even though I could squeeze in it, I can't breathe. Seriously.

Riding with the D3 is awesome. It's famous for a reason. Looks badass, fits really good, cool, comfortable, and topnotch protection.

Riding with the D3.

Reviews usually do not come with the safety of the lid being tested but lucky for you who's reading this, I have had quite a spill while riding with the D3. Close to a year and a half ago I was on my first D3, the composite version. Shuttle runs on my local hill. I came in a little nose heavy on a routine stepdown and landed a little sideways. Crashed on my right side, I actually do not remember how I rolled or ragdolled down the slope but my bike landed 20 feet away from where I stopped. I felt my head slam on the ground upon impact. Rung me pretty good, visor destroyed, hairline cracks on the shell, and even bigger lines in the EPS foam inside the lid. Front vents cracked, and ten staples mated to a 2cm laceration on my right forearm. Worst crash I had so far. If I had a cheaper, less padded helmet, I don't know what the damage would have been. I believe all certified full face helmets will protect you. But seeing and feeling how much more padded, and the quality and thickness of the dual EPS the D3 has, Im not going to hesitate on getting another D3 when its time to retire my current one.

To close, I'm just going to point out a minor flaw or minus I have seen, and sum this all up. The rubber material inside the rigid chin area of the helmet delaminated pretty quick. Although nothing superglue can't fix, I wish it stuck on there better for a top level piece of kit. That's about the only real complaint I have on this helmet.

So from personal experience, the D3 is the best downhill helmet you can buy at the moment; be it for aesthetics, comfort and/or safety, this helmet has it all.

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“The Best Full Face Helmet”

The Good: fits great, looks great, light, and the extra visor is nice

The Bad: Pretty pricy but worth it

Overall Review:

awesome helmet, fits and feels as great as it looks, it is also extremely light. another cool this is that it comes with an extra visor just in case you go down and you break it off. Its defanitly worth it to get the extra money to buy one!

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“I have a big 'old dome”

The Good: Fit, air flow, light weight and style

The Bad: price and some of the designs are ugly

Overall Review:

Troy Lee does it right. I've owned a 661 evo, 661 evo carbon, TLD D2 and a TLD D3. I don't know what I was thinking wearing anything but the D3 now that I have one. If i could sum it up into one statement it'd be peace of mind. I have a big, oddly shaped head but the D3 fits excellent. It's very comfortable and secure without any pressure points. When you star riding you notice excellent ventilation. The face opening is solid too. Most goggles will fit without getting their air vents blocked by the helmet.

What you need to realized when you buy into TLD is that you buy into a service. These guys would look over my lid after every hard hit and tell me what kind of life it has left in it or if i should replace it. They've always been super fast in both responsiveness and shipping.

The only thing to frown at is how high the price is... but at the same time you have to realize you're getting a solid product that will protect you. In addition the non-carbon models are just as solid. There are plenty of companies online too that blow last years colors out for a slamming deal.

The TLD D3 gets Ryan D's thumbs up as a worthy buy.

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“helmet = D3”

The Good: ventilated, comfortable,safe and the best looking.

The Bad: only it's price.

Overall Review:

If you are looking for a new helmet you have no other choice than the D3, there's no other helmet out there that is as well built and good looking out there.

Before my Troy Lee Design's pinstripe black i have had 2 helmet's, one carbon too.

This helmet havealready saved me in various hard crashes, and apart from some minor scratches and the paint in the visor crack a little it's like new.

If you ride downhill , free ride, slop style or enduro it doesn't meter, it's still the best helmet on the market and i', sure it only will appear a better helmet when troy lee launch the D4

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“Best helmet you can buy”

The Good: Light weight, strong, durable, adjustable, comfortable, breathable, and good color options

The Bad: Nothing that i can find, its a perfect helmet so far.

Overall Review:

The D3 carbon is probabaly the best looking helmet on the market at this point. They hace great color options, sleek lines, and a intense design. I can only find one other helmet that is a compeditor to the D3 and thats the Specialized Dissadent. It has all the same features as the D3 and is very similar in its look but still it is not as strong, there are less color options, its heavier, and in my experiance a bit less breathable. The D3 surpasses all safty standards and is still one of the lightest full face helmets on the market. It is also very easy to adjust the cheek pads and tld has a very acurate size chart. I have not had one problem with my D3 and i love it. I would recomend it to anyone looking for a premium helmet!

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“Great helmet”

The Good: Looks sweet, fits perfect, nice features, light weight

The Bad: Kinda pricy, but you pay for what you get

Overall Review:

Buy it, it's worth it its a super nice helmet also you get a sweet helmet bag too

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Riding Type Freeride, Downhill, Dirt Jump / Urban
Number of Vents 20 high-flow intake and exhaust ports, including a revolutionary injection-molded intake system, combine with new deeper EPS channeling to provide optimal ventilation
Construction Carbon Shell
Adjustable Padding Removable padding
Certification Exceeds bicycle and snow safety certifications: CPSC 1203, CE EN1077, CE EN1078, ASTM F1952, ASTM F2032, ASTM F2040
Bag Included
Size XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
Colors Finish Line CF Yellow, Gwin Replica CF Black, Pinstripe II CF Black, and Speed CF Orange


Miscellaneous Titanium hardware
Price $450.00
More Info Troy Lee Designs website
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