Fly Racing WERX Full Face Helmets

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Tested: Fly Racing Werx Imprint Full Face Helmet

With fresh new graphics and the ever more popular MIPS rotational force protection system, the Werx Imprint is one of the lightest and best ventilated full face DH helmets to hit the market in the recent years.

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Tested: Fly Racing Werx Imprint Full Face Helmet

The Werx helmet from Fly Racing has been out for a couple of seasons already, but for 2019 the company decided to overhaul the range and introduce the Imprint version. At just 950 grams it is one of the lightest carbon full face DH helmets on the market today. It features great ventilation and a precise fit, while safety features like MIPS and quick release cheek pads show that Fly has also taken your well-being equally seriously. Check out the highlights and our video review below to see the new lid in action and find out how we’ve been getting along with it.

Strengths

Weaknesses

  • Very light weight
  • Very comfortable
  • Precise fit
  • Good protection and safety features
  • Highly stable on the trail
  • Breathes exceptionally well for a full-featured DH helmet
  • No spares of any kind included in

The Werx helmet from Fly Racing has been out for a couple of seasons already, but for 2019 the company decided to overhaul the range and introduce the Imprint version. At just 950 grams it is one of the lightest carbon full face DH helmets on the market today. It features great ventilation and a precise fit, while safety features like MIPS and quick release cheek pads show that Fly has also taken your well-being equally seriously. Check out the highlights and our video review below to see the new lid in action and find out how we’ve been getting along with it.

Strengths

Weaknesses

  • Very light weight
  • Very comfortable
  • Precise fit
  • Good protection and safety features
  • Highly stable on the trail
  • Breathes exceptionally well for a full-featured DH helmet
  • No spares of any kind included in the box
  • We’d love to see Fly push the safety agenda even further with a dual-density liner to add low-speed impact protection

Fly Racing Werx Imprint Highlights

  • Carbon and Kevlar construction
  • Ventilation: 18 intake and 6 exhaust ports
  • Channeled EPS is designed to move air through the interior
  • MIPS-equipped (Multi-Direction Impact Protection System)
  • CoolMax® comfort liner with Antimicrobial treatment, removable and washable
  • 2 shells with 4 specific EPS for a better fit throughout the size range
  • Quick release cheek pads aid in emergency helmet removal
  • Anodized black aluminum ventilation screen
  • Titanium plated rivets
  • Weight: 950g, size L, verified
  • MSRP: $449.95 USD

Video Review

Features overview and our ride impressions in the video below:

Photo Gallery

More information at: www.flyracing.com.


About The Reviewer

Johan Hjord - Age: 45 // Years Riding MTB: 13 // Weight: 190-pounds (87-kg) // Height: 6'0" (1.84m)

Johan loves bikes, which strangely doesn’t make him any better at riding them. After many years spent practicing falling off cliffs with his snowboard, he took up mountain biking in 2005. Ever since, he’s mostly been riding bikes with too much suspension travel to cover up his many flaws as a rider. His 200-pound body weight coupled with unique skill for poor line choice and clumsy landings make him an expert on durability - if parts survive Johan, they’re pretty much okay for anybody. Johan rides flat pedals with a riding style that he describes as "none" (when in actuality he rips!). Having found most trail features to be not to his liking, Johan uses much of his spare time building his own. Johan’s other accomplishments include surviving this far and helping keep the Vital Media Machine’s stoke dial firmly on 11.

Photos by Nils Hjord and Johan Hjord

First Look: Fly Racing Werx Carbon Helmet

Feature by Joel Harwood // Photos by Tyler Paget and Joel Harwood

Fly Racing began producing full-face helmets back in 1998, and at that time they were strictly a motocross company. More recently they’ve been making the push into mountain biking, with their products becoming more common on the trails, in lift lines, and at the races. Fly Racing have a number of highly successful motocross helmets, but they also understand that the needs of mountain bikers are unique. With safety, weight and airflow in mind, brainstorming about the creation of an innovative new helmet began a couple years back. The final goal? Helmet designer Jerry Lathrop did not mince words: "The lightest, safest, high-performance helmet available." The outcome, called the Werx Carbon, was just released in Whistler and we

Feature by Joel Harwood // Photos by Tyler Paget and Joel Harwood

Fly Racing began producing full-face helmets back in 1998, and at that time they were strictly a motocross company. More recently they’ve been making the push into mountain biking, with their products becoming more common on the trails, in lift lines, and at the races. Fly Racing have a number of highly successful motocross helmets, but they also understand that the needs of mountain bikers are unique. With safety, weight and airflow in mind, brainstorming about the creation of an innovative new helmet began a couple years back. The final goal? Helmet designer Jerry Lathrop did not mince words: "The lightest, safest, high-performance helmet available." The outcome, called the Werx Carbon, was just released in Whistler and we were on hand to take a sneak peek.

Fly Racing Werx Carbon Highlights

  • Completely new design
  • Carbon/kevlar shell construction
  • Channeled EPS liner for air circulation
  • Carbon molded chin guard
  • Titanium plated rivets
  • 18 intake and 6 exhaust ports
  • Anodized black aluminum screens
  • Adjustable ratcheting visor
  • Removable and washable Coolmax anti-microbial liner
  • Quick release L-shaped cheek pads for reduced weight and increased breathability
  • Bluetooth audio/communications ready with wire channeling for a fully integrated system
  • Exceeds CPSC1203, CE EN1078:2012 + A1:2012, AS/NZ2063.2008 ASTM F1952-15 standards
  • Sizes XS to XXL

Initial Impressions

Our first impression of the helmet was weight, or lack thereof. Fly Racing clearly made every effort to reduce the mass of the Werx Carbon. The chin guard vents are molded carbon, vents are anodized aluminum rather than steel, and we noticed that extra material had been eliminated wherever possible. Fly Racing even chose to eliminate a portion of the cheek pad, leaving it L-shaped. They pointed out that not only was chin retention unaffected, but that it was lighter and cooler for riders. The feel of a helmet this light is great, but Lathrop also noted that crash impacts will be lower due to the reduced inertia of a lighter helmet. Fly Racing provided digital scales for verification, and 950g in a medium with MIPS is impressive. For the sake of comparison, the Troy Lee Designs D3 Carbon and the Kali Avatar II weigh in at 1,125g and 822g respectively, both without the MIPS system.

Airflow was clearly a consideration from the outset. The chin guard is extremely well ventilated without sacrificing strength. The goggle, brow and forehead areas also feature extensive ventilation ensuring that riders’ vision won’t be obstructed by sweat or goggle fog. With temperatures approaching the nineties, we chose to leave the helmet on throughout an entire day of riding and were pleasantly surprised by just how well it vents.

Under the hood the Werx Carbon continued to impress. Safety standards, MIPS, quick-release cheek pads, an anti-microbial liner, and compatibility with audio systems are all incorporated. Although uncommon in mountain biking, Bluetooth setups would definitely be an asset for instant feedback between athletes and coaches, or instant heckles from mates on the trail. After a full day of riding we had no pressure points, overheating, or discomfort of any kind.

Although style is subjective, we like that the Werx Carbon reflects Fly Racing’s motocross roots. The design is original and sleek, but it still pays homage to their history. The helmet features ridges for goggle straps, flattened areas for helmet camera mounts, and seamlessly integrated ventilation. Peripheral vision is excellent and a variety of goggles fit snugly into place. Furthermore, the rear has been designed to allow more range of motion for neck braces – likely a result of input from Leatt sponsored rider Bernard Kerr. Colors range from murdered out to day-glow, so riders shouldn’t have a hard time finding something to suit their preference.

After just a day of use, we’re willing to say that the Werx Carbon deserves recognition. Safety, weight, comfort, and style are all there, and we were highly impressed by Fly Racing’s latest lid.

Good times with Fly Racing athletes Bernard Kerr, Barry Nobles, Kyle Warner, and Jeff Lenosky.

Pricing and Availability

The Fly Racing Werx Carbon slots in at $449.95 USD for the MIPS version or $379.95 for the standard option. Helmets will be available starting October, 2016.

Visit www.flyracing.com for more details.

Bonus Gallery: 24 photos of the Fly Racing Werx carbon helmet up close and in action


About The Reviewer

Joel Harwood has been playing in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia for the last ten plus years. He spends his summer months coaching DH race groms in the Whistler Bike Park, and guiding XC riders all over BC. He dabbles in all types of racing, but is happiest while blasting his trail bike down trails that include rock slabs, natural doubles, and west coast tech. On the big bike he tends to look for little transitions and manuals that allow him to keep things pointed downhill rather than swapping from line to line. Attention to detail, time in the saddle, and an aggressive riding style make Joel a rider that demands the most from his products.

Specifications

Product Fly Racing WERX Full Face Helmets
Riding Type Downhill, Freeride / Bike Park, Other (BMX)
Rider Unisex
Number of Vents 18 intake and 6 exhaust ports with channeled EPS liner for air circulation
Construction Premium construction using carbon/Kevlar weave for maximum strength and minimal weight.
Adjustable Padding Fully removable, washable and replaceable Coolmax comfort lining system with antimicrobial treatment.
Certification Exceeds CPSC1203, CE EN1078:2012 + A1:2012, AS/NZ2063.2008 ASTM F1952-15
Bag Soft fleece
Size XS to XXL
Colors

Imprint: Imprint Pink/Hi-Vis, Imprint Black/Blue, Imprint Black/Hi-Vis, Imprint Black Carbon, Imprint Black/Red

Ultra: Ultra White/Black/Red, Ultra Blue/Red/Black, Ultra Black/Hi-Vis

Rival: Rival Teal/Orange/Black, Rival Shaun Palmer Red/White/Black, Rival Shaun Palmer Red/White/Black, Rival Matte Black/Coal, Rival Matte Black/Coal, Rival Matte Black/Coal, Rival Matte Black/Coal, Rival Matte Black/Coal

Imprint and Rival come with MIPS, Ultra does not have MIPS

Weight
  • 2 lb 1.5 oz (950 g)
  • 2 lb 0.8 oz (930 g)
Miscellaneous
  • MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) versions to reduce rotational impact forces
  • Two (2) shells with four (4) specific EPS for a perfect fit throughout the size range
  • Bluetooth audio communication ready with wire channeling for a fully integrated system
  • Quick-release cheek pads aid in emergency helmet removal
  • Ratcheting visor for on-the-fly quick adjustments
  • Anodized black aluminum screen
  • Titanium plated rivets
  • Also available in non-MIPS version
  • Price
    • $449.95
    • $399.95
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    www.flyracing.com

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