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NSMB: The High Value Leatt DBX 2.0 Helmet

NSMB tested our DBX 2.0 Helmet earlier this year. Here’s what they had to say about it.

 

“The Leatt DBX 2.0 helmet is a prime example of a company trying to bring their design philosophy to value-priced product without sacrificing safety or performance. At 100 USD | 150 CAD, the Leatt DBX 2.0 helmet isn’t inexpensive but when you consider the premium safety brand has incorporated key safety features like the blue 3D molded energy absorbing 360° Turbines and lower density foam, it’s clear this is a lot of helmet for the money. Also carried over from higher end helmets is the washable liner, touted by Leatt for breathability and wicking properties.  Most importantly, though certainly personal, the excellent fit trickles down unaltered.”

 

“Much of that great fit comes from contact between my head and the 360° turbines, which Leatt claims reduce up to 30% of the head impact on concussion level forces and up to 40% of rotational acceleration to head and brain, and the liner. For 54 seconds of wicked gothic-drum-and-bass and graphic representation of how the 360° turbines are meant to reduce concussion level impacts and rotational acceleration check out Leatt’s animation here.”

 

Leatt DBX 2.0 Helmet

The visor is designed to breakaway easily to lessen rotational forces in a crash.

Leatt DBX 2.0 Helmet

Passive venting is very good for a helmet with lower density foam.

Leatt DBX 2.0 Helmet

The retention system is comfortable, easy to use and 100% secure.

DBX 2.0 vs 3.0

 

“The basic idea behind Leatt’s DBX 2.0 is simple; deliver the key features of the impressive DBX 3.0 at a lower price. The DBX 3.0 wins on looks every day of the week but with the venting being the same in practice and the protection being the same in theory, what do you get for that extra 70 USD? Cosmetics aside, the two features from the DBX 3.0 I miss here are the Fidlock clasp and the adjustable visor. The vast majority of helmets, including those twice as expensive, use a basic plastic clip like the DBX 2.0, so it’s easily forgiven. I like the large and adjustable visor on Leatt’s DBX 3.0. It does a better job of keeping sun and rain out of my face and I like to run my visor high when the elements aren’t factors. It’s better, but 70 USD better?”

Leatt DBX 2.0 Helmet

The better looking DBX 3.0 is an extra 70 USD. It gets an adjustable visor, which I like, and more colour options.

Leatt DBX 2.0 Helmet

The DBX 3.0 also has a magnetic Fidlock clasp, which I wish came on every helmet.

The Value Leader?

“There are better looking and better-vented helmets for the same outlay as the DBX 2.0. Increasing vents and styling means harder foam and theoretically a less effective helmet in many mountain bike crashes. For an ‘Enduro’ themed helmet, the Leatt breathes very well and I can’t think of a better helmet for the money – assuming it fits.”

 

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