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First Look: 2018 Fox Flux Trail Helmet 3

Fox debuts their redesigned successful Flux MTB trail helmet for 2018. The extended coverage helmet is offered in standard and MIPS versions, both with a long list of comfort and performance features.

First Look: 2018 Fox Flux Trail Helmet

 

Fox MTB has had an extremely successful run with their Flux helmet, first introduced twelve years ago. Fox considered the Flux to be the first helmet designed specifically for aggressive trail riding with more complete and comprehensive coverage than the existing XC helmets of their day. Over a decade later, Fox invited us to a casual and fun launch celebrating their new 2018 Flux, updated for the modern trail rider.

Dave Ahumada during the presentation at Pedaler's Fork.
Chris Blum during the presentation at Pedaler's Fork.
Topanga Creek Outpost, where we launched our ride.
A stoked crew riding in the new Fox Flux helmet.

We gathered for a product introduction at The Pedaler's Fork restaurant and bike shop in Agoura Hills, California. Chris Blum, Fox MTB Category Manager and Dave Ahumada, Fox MTB Global Marketing Manager walked us through the development processes and features of the new Flux. After the presentation, we headed up to Topanga Creek Outpost for a fun local ride in the new Flux.

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Completely redesigned, the new Flux comes in standard ($99) and MIPS ($149) versions. Both helmets feature 14 large vents that work with channels in the foam to create a very cool-riding helmet. The foam is dual-density Varizorb EPS which provides consistent crush characteristics upon impact. Additionally, an internal cage is buried in the rear helmet foam providing structural rigidity. Riders who wear goggles were considered with the shape and design of the shell as there is a channel that will hold a goggle strap in place around the back of the lid. Fox uses their 300-degree retention system on the Flux which enables fine-tuned fitting with the twist of a knob on the back of the helmet.

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Fox Flux MIPS vs. Standard Flux

Fox offers the new Flux in standard and MIPS versions. Visually, the shape and shell are identical between the two models, but the MIPS helmet, which is $50 more, has some extra features. Obviously, the MIPS slip-plane construction is the key difference, but the MIPS Flux also uses an X-Static comfort liner while the standard Flux has simpler, anti-microbial adjustment pads. The Flux MIPS also uses a Fidlock buckle on the chin strap for easy, one-handed opening and closing. The standard Flux has a regular buckle.

 

All Fox Flux helmets are available in three sizes: XS/S, S/M, and L/XL. Color options vary across models with the standard Flux coming in solid colors, Drafter models with graphics or two women's color options. The Flux MIPS is available in bright yellow, a deep red, black or white right now.

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In our hands, it was clear that the construction and finish of the Flux is high-end; details were quite refined. The fit and feel of the Flux was also top-notch. Fox has done a great job in making fine-tuning adjustments easy, intuitive and effective on the Flux. There are occasions when adjustment knobs don't completely address helmet fit issues, but that was not the case with the Flux. While we didn't crash the helmet on our ride (thankfully), we have no concern with its level of protection given the safety standards the Flux adheres to for this helmet category.

The new Flux can be purchased directly from Fox MTB or you can try one on at your local Fox retailer.

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See more Fox MTB gear reviews in our Product Guide.

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