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PhotoI've been using Pro-Tec skate helmets since 1993, so it only made sense to run them when riding dirt or street on the old MTB. While I'm partial to the fit and look of the classic "soft foam" Pro-Tec Bucky helmet, the soft foam just isn't ideal for bigger MTB crash impacts. Enter the Pro-Tec B2 with SXP technology.

The B2 has a similar look to the Bucky, but uses a patented SXP "hard foam" that can handle multiple impacts. Most "hard foam" helmets on the market use EPS which is designed for a single, large hit. The SXP foam used in the Pro-Tec B2 is designed to last longer and rebound back to shape after impacts. The Pro-Tec helmets that use SXP are also the only lightweight multi-impact helmets to be CE/CPSC certified with that classic half-shell look.

Initially, it took some mental adjustment on my part to get used to the way the helmet fit when compared to the "soft foam" Bucky that I was running. With the Bucky, I wear a size Large, but with the SXP, I needed an XL to get full coverage and proper fit. Soon enough, however, I didn't notice a difference and felt like I was more protected in the B2 because of the construction.

The B2 SXP is available in S, M, L or XL and comes in a variety of colors. You can find them at any Pro-Tec dealer or online for about $35. Learn more about them at www.pro-tec.net.

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