Helmets. They provide protection in an event where your head may suffer from impact. This is their primary function, not their style or colour to complete your Power Ranger kit, it’s all about protecting your noggin. After protection, there are a few other things we’d like from our brain-cases, like comfort, ventilation and quality. Up for review is the new Leatt DBX 3.0 All-Mountain Helmet, so let’s see how many boxes it ticks on the trails.
After witnessing a fatal injury on the trails in 2001, Dr Leatt set out to develop a neck brace prototype, which he later sold in 2004. Three years later, the first run of mass-produced Leatt neck braces hit the market, picking up a Racer X’s award along the way. Since then, Leatt’s range of body protection has swept through the mountain bike and motocross industry, accumulating awards and prestige along the way. The Leatt neck brace has landed the brand with industry recognition, further cemented by all the incredible talent that uses their products. So by diversifying their product line to include helmets, does the DBX 3.0 All-Mountain helmet live up to the same standard?
Leatt DBX 3.0 All-Mountain Helmet
Available in three sizes from small to large, the Leatt DBX 3.0 All-Mountain helmet is constructed using a Polymer compound and in-moulded impact foam for impact absorption. Leatt has reinforced this design with 360° Turbine Technology, kinda like their own version of MIPS but rather than a cage construction, Leatt has installed wee turbines which are moving discs constructed from an energy-absorbing shape and material. The result of these moving disc is that, upon impact, there is a reduction up to 30% of head impact at concussion level and up to 40% of rotational acceleration to head and brain.
Throughout the lid, there are 18 well-sized vents to help promote air-flow all over the head. The Fidlock magnetic closure system and ratchet fastening ensures a dialled in fit and the washable inner liner is both moisture wicking and breathable with anti-odour properties. So on paper, it looks like it certainly checks all the boxes, all that was left was to try it out on the trails.
Leatt DBX 3.0 All-Mountain Helmet: Verdict
As always, let’s start off with the aesthetic of the DBX 3.0 helmet. I chose the ruby red colourway which is a total stunner, popping against the background with its clean matte finish, gets a firm thumbs up from me. Now, at first, I was like, “Woah, that’s some peak on it” because it looks unusually long. So long in fact, that I had to measure the distance from the front of the helmet to the tip of the peak on a couple of models to compare, and here’s what I found: The ‘peak distance’ on the Leatt DBX 3.0 is exactly 6cm, whereas a Troy Lee Design A2 has a peak distance of 5.3cm, and a Giro Montara has a peak distance of 5.7cm. So, it doesn’t appear to have much in it, and yet, the length of the peak on the Leatt DBX 3.0, to me, is quite long and a little imposing. Sure, it provides more sun coverage if you don’t have spetacles, but I could always see just a little too much of it from underneath.
Moving onto the fit. As fail-proof as standard strap clips are, I do appreciate the luxury of a magnetic clasp and this one, for me, worked with minimal effort and a great deal of snap. Like many other cycling helmets, the DBX 3.0 has a wheel ratchet adjuster at the back to dial in a comfortable fit. However, I would have preferred more movement in the vertical fit as I didn’t feel the inner casing cradle my head as low down as I would like. Saying all that though, the padded liner is perhaps one of the thickest and most comfiest liners I’ve tried. It’s squishy, soft and it breaths, so I was quite impressed by this feature.
When riding, the DBX 3.0 certainly has a great cooling system using all 18 ventillation ports. As I overheated on the climbs and cooled down on the descents, the air flow was smooth and consistant which was a great delight as I do tend to overheat quite badly sometimes. Again, however, the damn lengthy peak just irked me, casually catching my eye as loomed over me
This helmet is available in five striking colour options. For more information about the Leatt DBX 3.0 All-Mountain helmet, head over to Leatt’s website.
This particular Leatt DBX 3.0 All-Mountain helmet in Ruby Red retails for around £139, with other colours going as low as £90. While there are a few things that irk me about this lid, there are some strong features which help redeem it, like the comfortable padding, ventilation and magnetic clasp. However, as I always say: what works for me, may not work for you so if you have the opportunity to try-before-you-buy, take it.