LEATT MTB GRAVITY 8.0 V22 FULL FACE HELMET REVIEW

Ventilation, fit, and comfort are top notch but it has one drawback.

LEATT MTB GRAVITY 8.0 V22 

Tech features:

Leatt’s Gravity 8.0 V22 helmet is at the top end of their full-face DH helmet lineup. It features a composite shell that comes in three sizes, impact-absorbing foam in four densities, and 360° Turbine technology. The Gravity 8.0 has even passed motorcycle impact standards and is one of he few mountain bike helmets in in its class that has done so. The inside of the helmet features a moisture-wicking and breathable material that can be washed. Its visor has a breakaway function, and there is a translucent extension for muddy or extra sunny days. They also have a hydration, hose-ready, hands-free kit.

Field test results

With goggles on, some test riders felt rather claustrophobic while riding. The chin guard seems to stick up a lot more than on the other helmets we’ve tested, which made some more technical sections difficult to navigate. The chin guard is more visible in our peripheral vision than the other helmets, and so it feels bulkier. On the bright side, ventilation, fit and comfort are all noteworthy highlights to mention for the Gravity 8.0. Unlike some similar helmets, the cheek pads weren’t constantly pushing our faces into chipmunk impersonations, which made it much more comfortable while wearing. The bottom line is that the Gravity 8.0 just feels bigger, though not heavier, than other helmets in its class.

HITS:

• Comfortable fit

• Good ventilation

MISSES:

• Visibility obscured by the chin guard

STAR RATING:★★★★

Weight: 1,262 grams

Certifications: Meets ASTM F1952-10, EN1078, CPSC 1203, AS/NZS 2063:2008 standards

Price: $430

Contact: www.leatt.com

 

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