Leatt DBX 3.0 All-Mountain (2017) Open Face Helmet

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First Look: Leatt DBX 3.0 All-Mountain Helmet

First Look: Leatt DBX 3.0 All-Mountain Helmet

Unfortunately, crashing is part of the game when it comes to progressing as mountain bikers. When it comes to your noggin, safety is paramount. Based in South Africa, Leatt got their start way back in 2001 designing neck braces and launched the first bicycle-specific neck brace, the DBX, in 2010. With a continually expanding line, Leatt now offers body protection, apparel, hydration systems, and helmets. After debuting their new DBX 3.0 all-mountain helmet back at Crankworx Whistler last year, the new helmet is finally available as of Sea Otter 2017. With some interesting tech designed to reduce impact forces up to 30% and rotational acceleration up to 40%, Leatt’s new DBX 3.0 helmet offers innovative protection in a lightweight and well-ventilated package.

Leatt DBX 3.0 Helmet Highlights

Unfortunately, crashing is part of the game when it comes to progressing as mountain bikers. When it comes to your noggin, safety is paramount. Based in South Africa, Leatt got their start way back in 2001 designing neck braces and launched the first bicycle-specific neck brace, the DBX, in 2010. With a continually expanding line, Leatt now offers body protection, apparel, hydration systems, and helmets. After debuting their new DBX 3.0 all-mountain helmet back at Crankworx Whistler last year, the new helmet is finally available as of Sea Otter 2017. With some interesting tech designed to reduce impact forces up to 30% and rotational acceleration up to 40%, Leatt’s new DBX 3.0 helmet offers innovative protection in a lightweight and well-ventilated package.

Leatt DBX 3.0 Helmet Highlights

  • Polycarbonate shell in three sizes
  • 360-degree Turbine Technology
  • 3D in-moulded impact foam
  • 18 vents
  • Dri-Lex moisture wicking, breathable, anti-odor, and washable liner
  • Breakaway visor
  • Fidlock magnetic closure system
  • Certified and tested to EN1078 and CPSC 1203 standards
  • Claimed Weight: 360g // Actual Weight: 430g, size large
  • Sizes: Small (51-55cm), Medium (55-59cm), and Large (59-63cm)
  • MSRP: $169.99 USD

360-Degree Turbine Technology

We all know the dangers of repeated concussions, and reducing the chances of one during a crash is of utmost importance. Leatt’s 360-degree Turbine Technology’s goal is just that – to reduce the likelihood of a concussion by not only slowing down direct impact forces, but also by slowing down rotational forces to the head and brain. The do this by using a non-Newtonian silicon called Armourgel, which is an energy absorbing material Leatt 3D-molds into small blue “Turbines.”

The Turbines are strategically placed inside the helmet and work to reduce both high-speed, low-speed, and rotational impact forces. Our first introduction to the Armourgel material was back in 2016 at the Sea Otter Classic, where Leatt had us place the material over our hand and smash it with a rubber mallet. To our surprise, the force was of the blow was completely deadened by the silicon material. By placing ten of these Armourgel Turbines inside the Leatt DBX 3.0, impact forces are similarly dissipated and thus reduce both direct and rotational impacts.

Initial Impressions

What we can say from our first few rides is the initial fit is excellent. The ratcheting dial on the back allows for a snug fit that doesn't shift, yet remains comfortable without creating any hot spots or pressure points. The helmet's breathability is good, and even while chugging up slow climbs air makes its way through the helmet. Adjusting to the Fidlock magnetic buckle did take some getting used to, but after you put on and remove the helmet a few times the motions become more natural.

All in all, Leatt’s new DBX 3.0 includes a wide range of useful features while also integrating some innovative protection technology.

What's The Bottom Line?

Leatt’s latest all-mountain helmet clearly puts protection first when it comes to design, but they’ve also put quite a bit of thought into other features. We appreciate things like proper ventilation with a total of 18 vents, an easy chinstrap closure with the Fidlock magnetic system, and the slick breakaway visor. All in all, Leatt’s new DBX 3.0 includes a wide range of useful features while also integrating some innovative protection technology.

Visit www.leatt.com for more details.

Specifications

Product Leatt DBX 3.0 All-Mountain (2017) Open Face Helmet
Riding Type Cross Country, Enduro / All-Mountain, Trail
Rider Unisex
Number of Vents 18
Construction Polycarbonate shell in three sizes
3D in-molded impact foam for great energy absorption
Dri-Lex®moisture wicking, breathable, anti-odor and washable inner liner
Adjustable Padding Yes
Certification EN1078, CPSC 1203
Bag No
Size S (51-55cm or 20 - 21 5/8")
M (55-59cm or 21 5/8 - 23 1/4")
L (59-63cm or 23 1/4 - 24 3/4")
Colors Blue, Orange, Grey, Black, Green, Red
Weight 0 lb 12.7 oz (360 g)
Miscellaneous 360° Turbine Technology
Reduces up to 30% of head impact at concussion level
Reduces up to 40% of rotational acceleration to head and brain
Optimized for riding and effective even at low speeds
Visor with breakaway function for rotational reduction in a crash
Fidlock magnetic closure system
Price $169.99
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