Fox V3R full-face helmet £280

Moto lid rescaled for downhill riders

BikeRadar score 4/5

The idea is simple – Fox already make one of the most successful and desirable helmets in motocross, so why not scale it down for mountain bikers?

Motocross lids seem to be getting more and more popular among the downhill fashionistas, so the V3R’s lightweight yet full-size proportions will be an attractive proposition.

Its 1,180g weight isn’t too far off the Giro Remedy, although it’s still around 300g heavier than the Troy Lee Designs D2 Carbon. That said, it’s worth bearing in mind that the Fox is also £120 cheaper.

The D-ring fastening is good, and the helmet has a removable and washable Coolmax liner. The V3R is fully certificated up to CPSC and ASTM levels too.

Once on, the fit is most definitely moto – that is, snug – the lateral vision is superb and there’s a bit more coverage lower down than most bike helmets. It feels incredibly light for its size and was a lot cooler than we expected.

There are two large intake ports below the visor, which can be closed if necessary, two cheek vents and four massive exhaust ports. In terms of visibility, weight and fit, it’s up there with the best.

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