The downhill race fans among you might have spotted a new lid adorning the heads of Sam Blenkinsop, Joe Smith and others… but speculate no further, because this is it, the Bluegrass Legit.
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The Italian brand says that it's worked with its sponsored riders and taken on feedback to create a helmet that improves on its existing downhill helmet the Brave.
Apparently, the carbon version we’ve seen the top guys wearing is still in development and won’t be available until the autumn, but this composite shelled model will be in the shops by September and is designed to "bring race technology to the people, at an affordable price point" — £180 / €200 / $250.
Bluegrass says that it's worked extensively on the shell, giving it impact absorbing flex or rigidity in specific areas. Inside the shell is a multi-impact EPS liner, and the now ASTM certified chin guard has been made higher to add more side protection.
Internally the fit has been remodelled to give more volume at the back and this is coupled with channelling in the EPS liner to improve air flow. These channels match up with forehead and exhaust vents, and vented ear pockets to improve hearing.
The visor is made from injection-moulded plastic, so it can deform without cracking. It’s neatly clipped, rather than screwed into place at the sides, and features a safety release catch in the centre to avoid any twisting of the neck during a crash.
The Legit doesn’t have a MIPS liner, but this will be a feature of the carbon Race version. Even with a composite shell, at 1,100g (claimed weight, medium size) it’s one of the lightest full-face helmets on the market.
Bluegrass Legit specs
- Fibreglass outer shell with EPS liner
- Safety-release visor system
- Anti-twisting flexible visor
- 11 vents including a breathable chin guard and hearing vents
- Fully removable, hand washable padding
- Double D ring closure
- Inflatable emergency release system compatible
- Neck brace compatible
- 1,100g medium (claimed)
- XS, S, M, L and XL
- Five colours
- £180 / €200 / $250
- Available in September