MTBR – Leatt DBX 2.0 Review: Budget friendly helmet with advanced safety features
“This is a high-quality affordable mountain bike helmet that will work for a wide variety of riders.”
Mtbr contributor Jeremy Kipp, who is also the lead shop mechanic at Big Al’s Bicycle Heaven in Crested Butte, Colorado, reviewed our Leatt DBX 2.0 Helmet.
“In 2017, Mtbr reviewed (and loved) the Leatt DBX 3.0 trail helmet. The one knock for budget-minded riders? Price. MSRP of the DBX 3.0 is a lofty $170. Enter the Leatt DBX 2.0, which was launched last spring, and shares many of the same features as the 3.0, but costs $70 less,” he said.
“The Leatt DBX 2.0 has 10 turbines set inside the helmet that harden on impact. Combined with an EPS in-molded shell, this dual-density construction is designed to dampen impact at both low and high speeds. The helmet is also well-ventilated with 20 vents. Weight for a size medium is a reasonable 308 grams, and it’s equipped with a breakaway visor that is shorter than the one found on the DBX 3.0, which we actually prefer. The 3.0 visor is a tad on the long side for our tastes.”
“Other differences between the two include a little less protection in the rear versus the 3.0 and a visor that’s not adjustable. The Leatt DBX 2.0 also uses a standard buckle at the chinstrap rather than the slick magnetic buckle found on the DBX 3.0. The new helmet comes in four colors and three sizes (small, medium, large) and it has the same micro-adjustable BOA retention system as the DBX 3.0. Mtbr tested the Leatt DBX 2.0 over the span of this summer, hitting a variety of trails in Crested Butte, Gunnison, Colorado’s Front Range.”
“Leatt has done a solid job with the DBX 2.0 helmet. It fits well, looks good, has excellent ventilation, and includes rotational impact safety features. But with its lack of back-of-head protection, it leans more to the XC side of things. It also doesn’t do a great job of seat management, which will be a problem for some riders. Bottom line, this is a high-quality affordable mountain bike helmet that will work for a wide variety of riders so long as you’re okay with a little less rearward protection and don’t generate a ton of perspiration.”
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