Review – LEATT DBX 3.0 Enduro V2 Helmet
Leatt is a company that prioritizes safety while striving to make the best products for mountain bikers. Leatt built its reputation by designing neck braces and later a full line of helmets, riding kits and protective gear. Leatt’s latest venture is convertible helmets. Convertible helmets have been growing in popularity due to their appealing, all-in-one design. The DBX 3.0 Enduro V2 is a new convertible helmet from Leatt designed specifically for enduro riders who don’t want to sweat the climbs or lack protection during the descents. We decided to put the new Enduro to the test to see if it’s truly possible to have one helmet that can do it all.
Tech features: The DBX 3.0 Enduro V2 closely resembles Leatt’s DBX 3.0 all-mountain helmet but features a removable chin bar. Both DBXs feature Leatt’s 360-degree Turbine Technology, which is made up of 3D-molded energy-absorbing material. The Enduro has 23 air vents; a moisture-wicking, anti-odor liner; and three different-sized (small, medium and large) polycarbonate shells. Leatt designed this helmet to be compatible with hydration packs using its optional hands-free kit and made securing the helmet quick and easy with a Fidlock magnetic buckle. Our size-medium test helmet weighed in at 790 grams with the chin bar installed and 430 grams with it removed. Leatt claims the DBX 3.0 Enduro V2 meets all necessary safety certifications while also going above and beyond to reduce concussions caused by impact or rotational acceleration. The DBX 3.0 Enduro V2 sells for $240 and is offered in four different colors.
Field test results: When it comes to helmet testing, we often touch on a helmet’s level of comfort and the features that set it apart from others on the market, all while doing our best not to put the helmet through a real-world collision. Sorry, we value our brain health too much to be crash-test dummies. Accidents do happen, however, especially when pushing too hard. While out testing, one of our riders put Leatt’s new Enduro helmet to the real test. But first, let’s talk about our initial impressions. The Enduro had a comfortable fit that worked well for many of our testers, and Leatt’s Turbine Technology goes almost unnoticed with the helmet strapped to your head. The chin bar can be difficult to remove while wearing it, but can easily be installed or removed with the helmet in your hands. The majority of our goggles mated well to it, and the adjustment dial made for a secure fit, although most riders will find the helmet is easier to pull over their heads if they loosen the adjustment dial first. Now for the crash test. The DBX 3.0 Enduro V2 is designed with safety in mind first, and one of our test riders will attest to that fact. He told us he experienced a hard head-first crash while wearing the Enduro. The brunt of the force hit the chin bar after our test rider misjudged a trail feature. He quickly got up with the chin bar securely connected and, over the next few days, developed no signs of a concussion. We agree our rider likely got lucky, but we don’t want to take any credit away from Leatt for keeping him safe. The DBX 3.0 Enduro V2 is not a replacement for a downhill helmet, but it is a great option for riders looking to add more protection while barreling down the trails without giving up comfort during long climbs. If a convertible helmet is in your future, check out the latest from Leatt. www.leatt.com
• Comfortable fit
• Lightweight and breathable
• Not intended to replace a true downhill helmet