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Troy Lee Designs D3 Composite Helmet

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Vital Rating: (Excellent)
Troy Lee Designs D3 Composite Helmet 13TLD_D3_MIRAGE_BLUE_04
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    Vital Review

    “First Look: 2013 Troy Lee Designs D3 Helmets”

    by Brandon Turman

    When you hear the words "Troy Lee Designs," what do you think of? We think of smooth lines, classic looks and killer style. Hands down, they make the most sought after gear, which is why we were pumped when they contacted us about doing a review of the D3 helmet.

    Our review is still a few months out (we need to crash more to really test them out), but in the meantime, here's a quick overview of what's rad about the D3.

    From left to right, the 2013 Troy Lee Designs D3 helmet lineup includes the carbon fiber Mirage in red/yellow, the composite Mirage in blue, and a new edition of the Palmer in a super blingy mirrored-chrome finish.

    When the D3 first came out, it was clear that TLD had stepped things up in every way from the venerable D2. How so?

    First and foremost, they made some big advancements with the unique aerospace shell construction, and they did so while improving the overall look of the helmet. Just to put it over the top (okay, and to lighten it up a smidge), they added machined titanium hardware for the visor hardware.

    Internally, it uses a dual density shock pad system - this is made to protect your noggin by progressively slowing your head down in the event of an impact. All told, the helmet exceeds several safety standards, including CPSC 1203, CE EN 1077, CE EN 1078, ASTM F1952 and ASTM F2040. The D3 is functionally equal to its looks, and we've been impressed all around so far.

    Check this out - in the event of an emergency, quick-release cheek pads for aid in helmet removal. Thanks for thinking ahead, TLD.

    The liner itself is removable, replaceable, and washable. It uses CoolMax and Dri-Lex fabrics to keep you both dry and cool.

    All told, there are 20 high-flow intake and exhaust ports. From the front, this thing almost resembles a fighter jet. Several intake vents above the goggle area are made with a injection-molded material. In conjunction with deep EPS channeling, they provide some really impressive ventilation.

    Combining all the above with some bold and classic TLD styling, you've got an impressive new lid.

    The carbon fiber D3 Mirage in red/yellow goes for $450, the composite Mirage in blue for $375, and the oh-so-rad composite Palmer in chrome for $395. Those prices include two visors just incase you take a spill and a nice helmet bag.

    One of our test models as already been put to good use and saved the day...

    About The Reviewer

    Brandon Turman likes to pop off the little bonus lines on the sides of the trail, get aggressive when he's in tune with a bike, and to really mash on the pedals and open it up when pointed downhill. His perfect trail has a good mix of flow, tech, and balls-to-the-wall speed. He loves little transfers, rollers, and the occasional gap that gives him that momentary stomach in your throat kind of feeling. Toss in some rocky bits with the option to double over them or risk pinch flatting and you've got a winner in his book. In 13 years of riding he worked his way through the Collegiate downhill ranks to the Pro level. After finishing up his mechanical engineering degree, his riding focus turned to dirt sculpting and jumping with the occasional slopestyle contest thrown in for fun. Nowadays he's Vital MTB's resident product guy.

    “This helmet is a couch for your face”

    The Good: This is the best helmet money can buy, its so comfortable and light I often forget that i'm wearing it.

    The Bad: Nothing at all

    Overall Review: The d3 worth every penny, it looks freakin beautiful, the paint is durable, its reasonably light, and most importantly I feel really safe when i"m wearing it. If you buy it you wont be disappointed.THE BEST HELMET MONEY CAN BUY

    “The best helmet out there!”

    The Good: Looks, fit, leatt and goggle integration.

    The Bad: Mostly the high price. Strap system (at least on mine)

    Overall Review:

    What can I say, it really is the benchmark.

    My previous helmet was the D2 and before that a 661 Evolution Carbon and the D3 is simply the best.

    It's not as light as the Evolution carbon but the fit is simply perfect, as is the integration with the leatt brace. Having experimented it with Spy, Oakley and Hebo goggles I had no problems.

    For those that use glasses like me it is kind of tough to put them on, but after you set them up they stay put without problems.

    Also, I don' know if it was just my specific helmet, but sometimes the strap is really hard to get loose.

    Price is high, but the consequences of a bad helmet in a crash are also enormous, and if you do a good search on the web you can get some helmets from the previous season at a good price.

    “The Benchmark”

    The Good: Light Brilliant fit and with different shell sizes and changable pads. Feels safe and sturdy on head without getting warm. All the goggles I've tried fits perfectly. (Oakley, Fox, Goat, Spy, Dragon) Comes with brilliant helmet bag, that also takes a Leatt-brace if packed well.

    The Bad: Expensive Gloss finish is prone to scratches Sunglasses doesn't fit inside for those who prefers that over goggles. (At least with my head) I miss a flat black-no graphics version.

    Overall Review: Troy Lee FF-helmets are legendary for a reason. Why put a price on your head? If you can afford it, buy it and relish it. Full score even though there's some small issues, which really are nit-picking.

    “me like alot”

    The Good: you just feel incredibly safe, my previous helmet was a sixsixone evolution and you really feel a difference, the tld is lots tighter around any spot of you head

    The Bad: closing the helmet ain't really easy whit a complicated system

    Overall Review: just get it it is worth the money, or wait for a promotion on crc like i did

    “Time to get that mortage...”

    The Good: Uber protection with a solid amount of awesomeness...

    The Bad: you'll need to mortgage your dead grandma's house

    Overall Review: like alot, expensive as shit, but i ended up gett a POC full face one for more, so i dont know why im complainin about the price, but sam hill uses them and its troy lee, so you'll be getting your money'sworth.


    Riding Type Freeride, Downhill, Dirt Jump / Urban
    Number of Vents 20 high-flow intake andexhaust ports, including a revolutionary injection-molded intake system, combine with new deeper EPS channeling to provide optimal ventilation.
    Construction Composite 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 Palmer Chrome, Mirage Blue, Team Black/Green, Team Blue/White


    Miscellaneous Titanium hardware
    Price $375.00
    More Info Troy Lee Designs website