Fox’s Rampage Pro Carbon has proved a popular lid on the DH scene, and Fox has just updated its top-line helmet with a number of new safety features, as well as improved ventilation to keep your head nice and cool.
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Fox says that it took the previous generation Rampage Pro Carbon and integrated some of the ‘revolutionary innovation’ of its more enduro focussed Proframe helmet, which it claims results in a new standard for comfort, airflow and fit in a gravity orientated helmet — big claims.
Fox Rampage Pro Carbon protective features
Technology to reduce rotational injuries, such as MIPS, is almost ubiquitous in high-end and increasingly mid-level helmets, and so it’s no surprise to see something here from Fox.
Fox has worked with a company called Fluid Brain Science to develop the ‘Fluid Inside rotational and linear impact management system’. These foam-like discs are placed at strategic points around the helmet and comprise of a pod holding a low shear infused foam.
These pods deform upon impact, whether that be linear or shear (side-on), to dissipate forces that could contribute towards concussion.
The other feature designed to reduce this rotational brain injury risk is the visor. Usually, they’re bolted on (though, often with break-away alloy or plastic bolts), but Fox has used magnets instead, dubbed MVRS (Magnetic Visor Release System), so the visor should just pop off in a crash and then be quick and easy to pop back on — snapped bolts stuck in a lid be-gone!
When it comes to more traditional helmet protection, Fox uses a dual density EPS foam. Called ‘Varizorb’. This combines two densities of EPS foam arranged with a conical-like interface, which Fox claims spreads forces over a wider area.
The helmet also uses a shell constructed with a carbon composite, which is available in three sizes, while the EPS comes in four sizes to maximise fit options.
The chin bar especially has a lot of ventilation, a clear influence from the Proframe, but the vents are covered by a relatively open-weave mesh, which are there to stop dirt and debris catching your face in a crash.
The chin bar and around the ‘eye port’ have also had some structural development to better dissipate forces in a crash.
Finally, there’s an X-Static liner and cheek pads that are removable and, in our experience, are pretty good when it comes to pong-management.
Fox Rampage Carbon Pro full-face helmet pricing and availability
The Fox Rampage Carbon Pro will be available in four sizes (S-XL), and is available to buy now.
- US $ 500
- € 500
- £ 450
- AUS $700