fox dropframe

The Fox Dropframe helmet is a new trail helmet for 2019. It has a design that has been heavily influenced by the Fox Proframe helmet. This means that is is lightweight and well ventilated.

Pros

  • Well ventilated
  • Easy to use clip, even when wearing gloves
  • Super comfortable
  • Customisable fit, thanks to various sizes of foam pads

Cons

  • Not MIPS

Verdict

5/5

From what I can see, the Fox Dropframe helmet is awesome. It is well ventilated and comes with a range of foam pads to optimise your comfort. You may need to play with these pads to get perfect fit. But, I’m sure you will find the sweet spot. If you find that you are between sizes, you may want to go for the larger size and use thicker padding to get the perfect fit.

At first glance, you may expect the fixed peak to be intrusive, it is visible but it there is still plenty of vision and doesn’t distract you.

My only gripe, is that it is not a MIPS helmet. However, the duel density liner does provide good protection.

Some people say it is the most comfortable mountain bike helmet they have ever worn. Obviously, everyone’s head is different, but I think you should give this one a go.

Features

  • Dual-density Varizorb™ EPS liner provides improved protection by spreading forces of impact across a wider area
  • 8 Big Bore intake vents and 7 exhaust vents keep you cool and aid in moisture management
  • The fixed visor is positioned perfectly to channel air through the helmet
  • Fidlock® SNAP helmet buckle provides quick entry and exit while wearing gloves

Fox Dropframe Overview

The Fox Dropframe is described as a maximum coverage helmet. Which is a bit strange, as it doesn’t have a chin guard. It is an open face helmet, with extra protection around your ears. However, the design has been inspired by the Fox Proframe full face helmet. This helmet is for riders of all abilities that want more coverage and protection, to give them extra confidence on the trails.

The extra coverage and protection it gives means it is great for aggressive trail riders. Features of this helmet include:

  • M.O.RE. Guard – This stands for Mandibular Occipital Reinforcement. This provides as much protection as possible for the ear, jaw and back of the head
  • Dual-density Varizorb EPS liner – This gives you extra protection by spreading impact forces over a wider area
  • 8 large intake vents and 7 exhaust vents – These are to help air flow through the helmet to keep you cool and aid in moisture management
  • Fixed visor – This is positioned perfectly to channel air through the helmet
  • Fidlock SNAP helmet buckle – A nice fastener that allows you to get in and out of your helmet quickly while wearing gloves
  • Moisture wicking, antimicrobial helmet liner – To reduce a sweaty head and to stop it smelling

It looks pretty cool, with a nod to motorbike trials helmets and a choice of four colours. It is quite a subtle design, in the fact it is not as shouty as some other Fox products.

Fox Dropframe Fit

You will find that the Fox Dropframe helmet well fitting. It comes with additional foam pads of different sizes to allow you to adjust the fit. These pads attach in lots of different places to ensure it is comfortable and fits well. If you feel that it rattles around a bit, you can insert thicker pads, ensuring a snug fit.

Fox dropframe

To make sure you get the right size, use a tape measure to measure the widest circumference around your head.

Then, run the tape measure slightly above the eyebrows (typically ½” – 1”), keeping it horizontal and rounding the head above the ears. Do this a few times to make sure you have the largest circumference. If you don’t have a tape measure, put a piece of string around your head and measure it with a ruler.

The chin strap is fairly standard, but it does have a really good fastener. It just clips together and comes apart very easily, even if you are wearing gloves.

Fox Dropframe Comfort

Along with the excellent padding, comfort is helped with the huge ventilation holes. These channel air around your head very well and spills the warm air out the back.

 

Will You be Buying The Fox Dropframe Helmet?

Id love to know your opinions on this helmet. Have you tried one or bought one? Please let me know in the comments section below. If you need help in choosing what type of mountain bike helmet you need, click here for more information.

Tom Fortune
tom@mtb-threads.com

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