Mongoose Capture helmet review

A cheap helmet that's anything but

BikeRadar score4.5/5

In a refreshing twist from the norm, Mongoose's Capture helmet features extended rear coverage, 15 airy vents, a removable camera mount and an almost unbelievable price tag of $30. 

The important detail about helmets is that they all meet the same baseline safety standards. Cost differences come from weight, ventilation, aerodynamics and looks.

Some brands of helmet fit certain heads better than others, but that's a personal thing. The main point is that the $30 Capture helmet meets the same CPSC safety standards as more expensive versions.

The rear of the helmet follows the extended protection trend
The rear of the helmet follows the extended protection trend

Mongoose Capture helmet specs

  • All-mountain design with extended rear coverage
  • ABS outer shell
  • Removable action camera mount
  • 15 vents
  • Youth or adult size option
  • 423g
  • $29.99, available in US only

Surprisingly good

The camera mount is easily removable and leaves the helmet low profile
The camera mount is easily removable and leaves the helmet low profile

If it seems like I'm going to mention price over and over, you're right. The Capture costs $30 and it's not a completely worthless pile of foam and straps. It's pretty far from it actually. To save manufacturing dollars, the Capture is not in-molded; the shell and EPS foam are separate pieces.

The fit is enhanced by soft, cushy pads and the straps appear to be solidly integrated into the shell. The 15 vents are well placed and let the breeze roll in on par with other all-mountain helmets. I'd go as far as to say it's better ventilated than Troy Lee Designs' popular A1 lid or a first generation POC Trabec helmet.

There's no MIPs inside, but it does feature soft, thick padding
There's no MIPs inside, but it does feature soft, thick padding

The overall size of the Capture is well within the norms of today's MTB fashion with it finding the Goldilock's middle ground of being not too small and not too big. 

It's a good selling feature to include the action camera mount, but I really liked the fact that it's removable. The mount itself is solid and rattle-free, but being on the top of the helmet does make the camera much more likely to smack and/or snag low branches. 

The straps are riveted on, which is a nice touch compared to the little plugs that always loosen and fall out
The straps are riveted on, which is a nice touch compared to the little plugs that always loosen and fall out

The outer shell is comprised of hard, plasticy ABS. I've found it to be a positive trait as inevitably my helmets always tumble to the ground, get bounced around in cars, or get dropped on the concrete garage floor. 

Heavy and a low-end fit

The dial is workable with one hand, but is hard to adjust as the top of the dial sits under the helmet
The dial is workable with one hand, but is hard to adjust as the top of the dial sits under the helmet

The Capture costs about a 1/4 of most helmets and does have a few compromises. The most noticeable one is the fit. The adjuster works well but feels as if it only moves the rear of the fit system band, as opposed to around the entire head. The adjuster dial is also somewhat hard to rotate as the top of the dial is tucked under the helmet foam.

The fit system also lacks any sort of height adjustment, so where the helmet settles on the head is where it's going to stay.

At 423g, it's 30 to 70g heavier than other all-mountain lids
At 423g, it's 30 to 70g heavier than other all-mountain lids

Other things of note; the fixed visor seems a bit narrow and lastly, it weighs a bit more (30–70g) than vastly more expensive helmets.

But honestly, these are nitpicks that most new or recreational riders would never notice. The Capture costs $30; it almost feels unfair to complain. Compared to helmets that can cost well over $200, it seems almost disposable.

The visor is fixed but at least it's in a decent position
The visor is fixed but at least it's in a decent position

Mongoose Capture bottom line

Would I recommend the Capture to a new or returning mountain biker? Yes, without a doubt. The fit is easily adjustable and more than adequate, the ventilation is quite nice, and it boasts some nice features all at a price that seems to good to be true. 

Russell Eich

Tech Writer, US
Russell fell head over heels in love with bikes in the '90s, and has been involved in the bike industry ever since. Between wrenching in bike shops, guiding professionally, and writing about bikes, Russell has honed an appreciation for what works, gained knowledge of what doesn't, and can barely contain his enthusiasm for what comes next. His two-wheeled passion continues in the Rocky Mountains high above Boulder, Colorado.
  • Age: 39
  • Height: 6'3"/190cm
  • Weight: 175lb/79kg
  • Waist: 34in/86cm
  • Chest: 42in / 107cm
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: High altitudes, forgotten singletracks, bike parks, roads without cars
  • Current Bikes: Custom Meriwether steel hardtail, Specialized S-Works Enduro 29, Kona Jake the Snake, Trek 69er, and a bunch more
  • Dream Bike: Yeti SB5c, Intense Tracer 275C, Black Cat custom road
  • Beer of Choice: Gin + Tonic
  • Location: Rollinsville, CO, USA

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