If you haven’t already noticed, Fox has been seriously stepping up their game. They’ve been in the mountain bike apparel and gear space for a quite some time —but in the last couple of years, we’ve started to see more innovative designs and fabrics. The newly released Speedframe Pro helmet is just one of those new additions we’re excited about.
Fox Women’s Speedframe Pro MIPS Helmet
The new Speedframe Pro is a lightweight half shell helmet aimed at aggressive trail riding/enduro riders. It’s a welcome new addition — offering a more refined fit, additional coverage in the back, and extra breathability. Designed and developed over the course of three years with input from Fox’s Race squad, Fox really did their homework on the Pro. It is packed with every feature you’d want on a premium trail helmet. It’s MIPS-equipped, has a removable washable liner, nineteen vents to keep airflow moving (yes, you read that right) and Fox’s proprietary 360 Fit System retention system making it highly adjustable. It’s also the little touches like the Fidlock buckle system, an adjustable visor and a little piece of molding along the back to hold goggle straps that complete the package.
- MIPS impact protection system
- Varizorb multi-density EPS liner
- Fidlock helmet buckle
- Removable and washable liner that is also antimicrobial
- Goggle compatible
- 3 position adjustable visor
- 360 Fit System allows you to dial in your perfect fit every ride
When it comes to aggressive trail riding, I (Inga) prefer a half shell that provides significant coverage in the back, offers plenty of ventilation, is eyewear and goggle compatible, and also fits my personal style. As someone with an oval-shaped face and a slightly smaller head, it’s easy to end up with helmets that look like they’re wearing me.
That being said, one of the first things I immediately noticed was the low profile for having so much coverage. The adjustable fit is really nice, making this one of the most comfortable trail helmets I own to date. While white is not normally a color I seek out, I was not offended by it—it’s actually super cute on. I do wish the straps were not white, but that’s a small niggle I can live with.
On the trail
Before hitting the trail, I tried pairing several different models of eyewear with the Pro and am happy to report that all played well with the helmet. My Oakley Jawbreakers are my go-to for mountain biking, and I loved the look/feel of the pairing. The ventilation is impressive, I was quite happy with the amount of airflow —I didn’t overheat on climbs. The helmet stayed in place nicely and didn’t give me the dreaded deep forehead indent or headache that some of the other helmets I’ve previously worn do.
All in all, I am a fan of this helmet and wouldn’t mind a black version as well for more versatility with my riding outfits. Sizing is often a challenge for me – I have a small head and some helmets just look huge on me and that can be unflattering. Aesthetically, I really like the Speedframe —it looks great on someone with a smaller face as I’m sure it also suits many different face shapes. The women’s helmet MSRP’s for $159.95, is available in S/M/L sizes and comes in 6 color options. (I’m wearing the size small, my head measures at 51cm)
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