Fly Racing Introduces The New Werx Helmet
A step into the premium helmet market
Enduro to downhill: The Werx is one of the lightest full-face helmets we’ve used at an impressive 956 grams (without MIPS). This lid is light enough that riders will be able to use it on long days and not feel weighed down.
Fly Racing has a strong reputation in the motorcycle community as one of the largest gear companies, and over the last few years Fly has made a push into the mountain bike market. From downhill to trail, Fly has assembled a solid crew of pro riders who helped design some quality apparel and helmets. We originally caught wind of a new full-face helmet from Fly in the fall of 2015 and anxiously awaited its release. There are few better places to introduce a new full-face helmet than the legendary trails in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. After a couple days of riding the slopes of Whistler Mountain, we had a good understanding of what the Werx helmet is all about.
It’s seriously light: Fly took their time to make sure they did everything. The Werx has a full carbon fiber shell and 24 vents to maximize airflow and keep riders cool on hot days. This helmet uses the same shell for medium and large sizes and comes with MIPS if riders are willing to drop a little extra money.
The Werx helmet is the first premium mountain bike-specific helmet from Fly and is a big step forward for the company. Fly took its time designing the Werx, developing it over a two-year period. The goal was to deliver an incredibly lightweight helmet with good ventilation and impact protection using modern technology.
Just in case: The Werx uses removable cheek pads in the event your helmet needs to be taken off in an emergency. The cheek pads also come in different thicknesses to allow riders to dial in the fit for proper snugness.
A big step: Fly Racing is one of the biggest distributors of clothing and helmets in the industry and has been making a big push into the mountain bike world. The Werx is their premium full-face helmet made specifically for mountain biking.
With 24 vents, a carbon fiber shell and a MIPS liner, the Werx weighs 950 grams, making it quite a bit lighter than the majority of options on the market. Fly designed the Werx with the ability to run a microphone inside the chin bar and an integrated port, so riders who choose to run any type of radio system will have everything tucked away cleanly. The helmet also features removable cheek pads that allow riders to dial in the fit and make it easier for the helmet to be taken off by emergency personnel in the event of a crash.
Slim lines: The shell of the Werx is streamlined for better aerodynamics but doesn’t feel underwhelming in size. Fly kept the back end of the helmet sloped up to make room for different types of neck braces as well.
Going big: Fly has put together an impressive list of pro riders—from World Cup downhiller Bernard Kerr to BMX legend Barry Nobles—all of whom have a specific style and approach to riding.
The top of the Werx sits a little higher to allow for more airflow above the goggles. The height of the visor can be adjusted to suit the rider’s preference for field of view and has small notches to hold it securely in place on the trail. The Werx costs $380 for the non-MIPS version and $450 with MIPS.
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