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The 6 Best Full Face Mountain Bike Helmets of 2022

By: Jon Kennedy: Bike Buyer | May 4, 2022

 

Mountain bikers looking for a little extra protection have long reached for full face helmets. Originally, we just used repurposed dirt bike helmets, with the chinbar and extra padding helping keep your head safe at higher speeds, and in gnarlier terrain. But since those early days, full face mountain bike helmets have evolved a lot. They’ve gotten lighter, new safety technologies have been developed, and companies have worked to create helmets that serve our specific needs, as opposed to rebranding motorcycle helmets.

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But, with those developments, we’ve got more options as well. The market is awash with helmets, but every model is designed with different design parameters to help it excel in specific areas. So we’ve put together this guide to a range of the best full face mountain bike helmets we’ve used, and broken down what we considered when choosing the bike helmet, as well as what sort of riders will like about each helmet. So, whether you’re an enduro rider looking for something that offers a little more protection on the down, but is still light and vented enough to pedal long days in, or you’re a dedicated downhiller looking for maximum protection as you bash bike park laps, we’ve got a helmet that will keep you safe and happy on every ride.

best full face mountain bike helmets of 2022

Sweet Protection Arbitrator MIPS Bike Helmet

Today's trail bikes are more capable than last year's DH sleds, able to tame the heaviest terrain. The consequences for making a mistake out there haven't changed though, making the Sweet Protection Arbitrator MIPS Bike Helmet a smart solution for riders who find themselves getting gnarlier than most. A carbon fiber DH helmet with MIPS, solid safety certifications, and smooth styling make this a top convertible helmet to consider, with the removable chin bar adding a huge bump in confidence and safety. Protect your grill!

WeightSpecial FeaturesOriginal Price
980 gRemovable chin bar$349.95

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best full face mountain bike helmets of 2022

Leatt MTB Enduro 4.0 V21 Bike Helmet

From the uphill pedal to the downhill death grip, the Leatt MTB Enduro 4.0 V21 Bike Helmet is packed with unique features that set it apart from other full face helmets. From the removable mouthpiece that integrates into the chin bar to improve ventilation, to the adjustable visor that flips up to position your goggles underneath so you don't have to fully remove them, the MTB Enduro 4.0 V21 Bike Helmet gives you all the benefits of a full face with none of the drawbacks. Finished with Leatt's safety enhancing 360° Turbine Technology which reduces both rotational acceleration and concussion level impact energy, this helmet is poised to help you take your riding to the next level.

WeightSpecial FeaturesOriginal Price
810 gRemovable Chin Bar$299.99

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best full face mountain bike helmets of 2022

Troy Lee Designs D4 Carbon Bike Helmet

At only 1000 grams, the Troy Lee Designs D4 Carbon Bike Helmet is a featherweight dream. It barely registers as any extra weight on your head, remarkable when you consider its superior protection. Whether you're a BMX racer obsessing over grams or a jeans-wearing park rat who wears a helmet all weekend, you'll appreciate the protection-to-mass ratio of the D4. Not to mention how sick this thing looks!

WeightSpecial FeaturesOriginal Price
1000 gTeXtreme® Spread Tow Carbon Fiber Shell$550

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best full face mountain bike helmets of 2022

Smith Mainline MIPS Bike Helmet

The Smith Mainline MIPS Bike Helmet takes the brand headfirst into a highly contested scene, and their first full-face is a winner. As lightweight and as comfortable as their half shells, the Mainline will shock you with its airy feel. If you're challenging yourself with bigger terrain and higher speeds, the confidence you'll get from this full-face is a welcome addition. You charge, but so do dentists: rock a full-face and only see them at your six month checkups!

WeightSpecial FeaturesOriginal Price
770 gLightweight & Breathable Koroyd Construction$300

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best full face mountain bike helmets of 2022

Troy Lee Designs Stage MIPS Bike Helmet

The ultimate enduro lid has arrived - the Troy Lee Designs Stage MIPS Bike Helmet. This lightweight and versatile helmet boasts MIPS technology wrapped into a dual density EPP+EPS foam with a full face chinbar for complete protection. All this versatility and capability does not have to come without comfort. The Troy Lee Designs Stage MIPS Bike Helmet features a full padding kit and tons of channel venting to keep you cool and comfy during your runs.

WeightSpecial FeaturesOriginal Price
690 g25 vents for maximum airflow$299

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best full face mountain bike helmets of 2022

Fox Proframe Bike Helmet

The lightweight Fox Proframe Bike Helmet is back for another season of burly DH-capable protection with enduro functionality. A patent pending integrated chinbar design with the latest MIPS system makes this helmet extremely versatile and top notch in the event of a crash. Safety isn't the only thing the Fox Proframe Bike Helmet is about - this bad-boy skid lid packs big vents molded into the EPS/ABS construction to keep you cool while its Fidlock® SNAP keeps everything nice and secure, and it's incredibly easy to pull on and off to boot.

WeightSpecial FeaturesOriginal Price
750 gMIPS™ Impact Protection System$269.95

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The Selection Process:

Our bike buyer has an endless amount of knowledge on all things bike stemming from years of experience in the bike industry in tandem with their countless hours out on the dirt, gravel, and tarmac. evo's buyers assess all products coming to market, lean into this knowledge, and put together this selection of the best products. They have a unique perspective as they truly see everything offered across the category.

Jon Kennedy

Jon is a Bike Buyer and joined evo in 2015 to help launch the category. He has a long tenure in the bike industry bringing over 20 years of experience.

Jon was formerly the Marketing Manager for Diamondback bikes and was the Executive Director for the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance prior to that. His broad experience in the bike industry from the brand, advocacy and retail side has contributed to a well-rounded understanding of trends, needs and opportunities.

Jon grew up in the Seattle area and currently resides there with his wife Ilana, kids Erez and Lilah, and his Boston Terrier Marley. He is a daily rider packing countless miles in every year, loves all disciplines, and simply considers himself a cyclist… a title he embraces with great passion.