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    Dedicated full face or removable chin bar?

    I've been getting into riding more downhill tech at greater speeds and was wondering if I should invest in a full face lid. There's a local place I've started riding that has like 900 ft of climbing up one side of a hill then down and back up and down again. That's not a ton of elevation but for my local trails is pretty good.

    I'm riding an Evil Insurgent on those trails and don't do any park riding. I'm getting more confident carrying more speed through the tech downs.

    Currently I use a 6DP half lid. Should I use a full face? The time I really need it I'll want the protection I'm sure. I thought I should get something that's not too hot/heavy or that has a removable chin bar for when I'm climbing.

    Any suggestions?

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    I meant 6D.....i got 6D and 7idp mixed up.

    Anyway....

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    A removable chin bar sounds like the best option. Doesnt really sound like you really need one but you may find over time after you improve that you decide against it. Always good to have for new downhill trails though. A bell 3r is a good one.

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    could also try the fox proframe that offers lots of ventilation.

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    Ya, I think I may try that. I don't think I'd want to stop to attach or remove a chin bar. If the helmet is well vented enough I'll just wear it the whole time

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    Depends on if you do climbing and flat riding to get to the dh. I use a removable chin bar, it sucks climbing for 40 minutes with a full face in tropical conditions. It sucks less but still a pain to carry two helmets. The full face on our dh is a very good idea. Every one in our crew has gone down and was glad to have the chinbar. None of the stacks were super severe where the bar prevented serious trauma, but mine had enough scratches on it that way knew it saved face from getting scratched up. Freind just last week went otb and hit hard enough to feel minor concussion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfa81 View Post
    could also try the fox proframe that offers lots of ventilation.
    MET Parachute is another nice option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mfa81 View Post
    could also try the fox proframe that offers lots of ventilation.
    Mine will be here Monday and I'll report back after I get a ride in. Obviously anything will flow better than my D3, but people with Bell and Giro competitors to the Proframe say it, the Proframe, is world's better.

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    I have a Bell Super 3R with removable chin bar. The chin bar can be installed and removed without taking off the helmet, which is handy. It's not a replacement for a one-piece full faced helmet. I have a TLD D3 for "real" downhilling.

    I always wear goggles if I'm going from open to full face. I had a light crash awhile back where my helmet barely touched the ground, shifted, and caused my sunglasses to dig in to my face. I wonder if that was MIPS doing its thing?

    If I'm riding something fast enough or gnarly enough that I need to bring the D3, I'll either bring a 2nd helmet for the climb, or simply climb with no helmet (D3 bungied to my Camelbak).

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