breathability provided by the air channels was perfect for technical downhill trails on simmering-hot days. We also felt that the fit was stable, even over chunkier sections of trail. Over a period of testing, we did notice that the shape and thickness of the inner liner padding seemed to cause a pressure point on top of our test riders’ noggins. Also, the fixed visor was a hassle if you like storing your goggles above your
eyebrows. Ultimately, this lid comes in at a great price point for enduro or all-mountain riders looking for a helmet that is highly ventilated while providing solid full-face protection.
TROY LEE DESIGNS STAGE
Tech features: Some of you have visited a bike park in recent years and noticed which helmet stood out as the preferred pick in the lift line. We’ve done some observing as well and found that more than half of the riders we saw were wearing a Troy Lee Designs helmet. No surprise. TLD has stepped up to the plate to answer riders’ demands for a highly breathable, lightweight, full-face helmet. The Stage tips the scales at just about 1.5 pounds, making this the lightest of our featured helmets.
Even though the helmet is lightweight, it is still packed with safety features, including MIPS, EPP (expanded polypropylene: slow-speed impact), and EPS foam (expanded polystyrene: highspeed impacts). The Stage is secured to a riders’ head using the same clever FidLock magnetic strap seen on the Proframe and DBX 4.0. Unlike the others, the Stage has a total of 25 vents and an adjustable visor. Does the TLD Stage meet the demands of enduro riding?
Field test results: Straight out of the box, the helmet shouts TLD style with its cutting-edge appearance. Included in the box are various-width cheek pads and an inner liner to help dial in a sturdy helmet position on the rider’s head. As the lightest helmet in our group, the Stage truly makes you forget that you are even wearing a helmet with rigid full-face protection. When climbing hard with temperatures that continued to rise, the large port allowed our test riders to breathe heavily while still receiving airflow throughout the helmet. To be honest, the Stage helmet has so much airflow it rivals some half-shells on the market.
And while we would never ask a rider to crash…