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iXS Trigger FF Helmet

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Super Light & Breathable! iXS Trigger FF Helmet Reviewed

At a confirmed 600 grams, this iXS brain-saver is one of the lightest full-face helmets available thanks to its clever construction.

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The iXS Trigger FF builds on the company's Trigger AM half-shell helmet, providing full-face protection on more rides. It's fully certified up to the DH-specific ASTM 1952 standard and achieves its low weight by relying on an in-mold, single-layer EPS construction with an internal X-Frame "skeleton" molded into the chin bar to increase frontal impact strength and security.

The Trigger FF is made in two shell sizes with an adjustable internal retention system and a set of different thickness pads to fine-tune the fit. The visor is adjustable and there is a clever "gripper pad" around the back to help make sure your goggles stay in place.

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Strengths

Weaknesses

  • Snug and secure fit without pressure spots
  • Open airflow and great ventilation
  • Lightweight
  • One-handed use is possible
  • Unobstructed vision
  • Meets relevant safety standards
  • Sizing can be tricky if you're in the middle of the two sizes (S/M and M/L)
  • No rotational impact protection system
  • Matte finish can lift off

Highlights

  • Fully in-molded EPS construction
  • X-Frame internal crash cage
  • Vortex ventilation with 5 intake vents and 17 exhaust vents
  • ErgoFit Ultra Retention System
  • FidLock magnetic closure system
  • VentMesh padding
  • Two sets of cheek pads for fit customization
  • Single-stage adjustable visor allows space for goggle storage
  • Goggle gripper
  • MSRP: $249 USD

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What's The Bottom Line?

Overall, we were very pleased with the iXS Trigger FF helmet. It has amazing airflow and fit in a lightweight package. In our opinion it is a great option for those looking for a bit of extra protection on those days where you're pedaling up just as much as you're going down.

Visit www.ixs.com and www.thegravitycartel.com for more details.


About The Reviewer

Justin Schroth has been riding mountain bikes for over 18 years, experiencing first hand the evolution of the industry from thumb shifters and MCU cartridge forks to carbon fiber frames and single-ring all mountain bikes. As an East Coast rider, he loves trails with a combination of jumps, technical downhills, and the occasional loose corner for some foot out action. With a Mechanical Engineering degree, Justin's instinct is to always consider how it works over how it looks. After many years of racing the Northeast Norba and Collegiate series, Justin hung up the race plate and his diploma to go behind the camera at Lucent Productions, creating mountain bike video content for several clients such as Highland Mountain Bike Park.

Video by Justin Schroth // Photos by Johan Hjord

Specifications

Product iXS Trigger FF Helmet
Riding Type Downhill, Enduro / All-Mountain, Freeride / Bike Park, Trail
Rider Unisex
Number of Vents 5 intake, 17 exhausted
Construction
  • Fully in-molded construction, 360° Inmould shell, unibody Inmould shock-absorbing EPS, internal X-Frame internal frame
  • Material composition: 20% Polycarbonate, 45% EPS, 0.5% Aluminum, 20% Nylon, 2% POM, 7.5% PP, 5% Polyester
  • Adjustable Padding Ergonomic padding system with breathable, moisture-wicking Vent Mesh padding and multi-thickness cheek pads
    Certification EN1078, CPSC, KC, ASTM
    Bag None included
    Size SM (54-58cm), ML(58-62cm)
    Colors White, black, night red, lime, or graphite
    Weight
    • 1 lb 5 oz (595 g)
    • 1 lb 7.3 oz (660 g)
    Miscellaneous
  • Goggle-compatible 3-level adjustable visor
  • ErgoFit Ultra system for horizontal (2-stage) and vertical (3-stage) adjustment
  • Dial fit retention adjuster
  • Adjustable jaw straps with Fidlock magnetic closure
  • Vortex molded aeration system for airflow and cooling
  • Released in 2019 (you can read the press release here)
  • Price $259
    More Info

    The Trigger FF combines open-face breathability and ventilation with full-face protection in an ultra-lightweight and compact design. The patent pending fully in-molded unibody construction and internal X-Frame allow for certified DH level protection while keeping the weight to an absolute minimum. 

    For more info, visit the iXS website.

    To buy it in the USA, head over to The Gravity Cartel.

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