SWEET PROTECTION BUSHWHACKER 2VI MIPS HELMET REVIEW

Unique style but impressive overall performance

SWEET PROTECTION BUSHWHACKER 2VI MIPS HELMET REVIEW

Tech features:

Sweet Protection’s 2Vi technology platform in its Bushwhacker 2Vi MIPS helmet is claimed to offer a comprehensive approach to enhancing impact protection. MIPS Air specifically addresses rotational forces, which is a primary cause of concussions.

A multi-density EPS shock-absorbing structure features four impact shields positioned at each corner of the head and is combined with a MIPS Air rotational impact protection system. It received a five-star Virginia Tech rating with a score of 9.05. Sweet Protection offers it in three sizes and six different colors.


Field test results:

Simply put, this helmet impressed us. It might be heavy and have polarizing styling, but its fit, comfort and ventilation are well above average. From the outside the vents look small, but inside there are deep and long channels that really pull air across the head. Internal padding is plush and well placed, and the retention system cradles the back of the head comfortably. Strap management is excellent and easy to adjust. Everybody loves the Fidlock closure system because it’s so easy to use with gloved hands.

The three way adjustable visor is large and offers above-average protection from the elements. Eyewear clearance is excellent, but some taller frames can contact the lower front edge of the helmet on some riders. The fit seems to favor rounded head shapes, but its retention system adapts to oval-shaped heads well.

Style is a highly subjective topic, but the Bushwhacker’s look was either loved or hated; there were few votes in between. The helmet has a broad, rounded shape to it that looks bigger than most from the front. From the side it’s more normal looking. More than one rider thought there was a Star Wars theme to it. This can be a good or bad thing depending on your personal tastes.

HITS:

• Star Wars-inspired styling
• Great ventilation
• Good eyewear clearance
• Functional visor

MISSES:

• Star Wars-inspired styling
• Heavy

STAR RATING: ★★★★

Weight: 423 grams
Price: $250
Contact: www.sweetprotection.com

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