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    Looking for full face helmet advice

    My wife started mountain biking with me about 6 months ago. She has made amazing progress in a very short time. But she has fallen on her face twice now so we are starting to look for a full face helmet. I have no experience with full face helmets for mtb. We will be looking for air vents and a good fit on her. Any other advice on a full face helmet for a small(er) woman?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CxAgent2
    My wife started mountain biking with me about 6 months ago. She has made amazing progress in a very short time. But she has fallen on her face twice now so we are starting to look for a full face helmet. I have no experience with full face helmets for mtb. We will be looking for air vents and a good fit on her. Any other advice on a full face helmet for a small(er) woman?
    Probably don't need to worry about women's specific on this.

    If you can find the Giro Switchblade in her size, that is probably what she will need. It is pretty ugly. Otherwise, get the lightest helmet you can find. Carbon. If she is going to wear a full face all the time, she will want it. Full face helmets get very hot and heavy after a while.

    An alternative. Send her to skills camp. Help her to figure out what she is doing that causes the face/ground interaction. Everyone hits their face sometimes, but it shouldn't be a frequent problem, that indicates a habit that needs changing. Typically, this isn't something that can be solved via working with the SO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuky
    Probably don't need to worry about women's specific on this.

    If you can find the Giro Switchblade in her size, that is probably what she will need. It is pretty ugly. Otherwise, get the lightest helmet you can find. Carbon. If she is going to wear a full face all the time, she will want it. Full face helmets get very hot and heavy after a while.

    An alternative. Send her to skills camp. Help her to figure out what she is doing that causes the face/ground interaction. Everyone hits their face sometimes, but it shouldn't be a frequent problem, that indicates a habit that needs changing. Typically, this isn't something that can be solved via working with the SO.
    ha! chuky hit it on the head (pun intended). i smacked my face doing some things that i learned really quickly not to do again. i wore a full face for a little bit after that just to build back my confidence, but a little more riding, some hot weather, and a weekend at dirt series (seriously check this out; i can't say enough good things about this camp) later, i don't use it much. i still have a giro remedy (i wear size small helmets, and i found this one in plain grey) if i plan to try some new, more challenging downhill stuff, like lift-accessed riding. i couldn't wear a full-face all the time; makes me claustrophobic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuky
    An alternative. Send her to skills camp. Help her to figure out what she is doing that causes the face/ground interaction. Everyone hits their face sometimes, but it shouldn't be a frequent problem, that indicates a habit that needs changing. Typically, this isn't something that can be solved via working with the SO.
    Thanks for the advice. She is taking mountain biking lessons from Scorpionwoman. I think that is why she has made such amazing progress in such a short time.

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    hi there, I have the giro remedy carbon fiber and had a bell bellistic, she'll have to goto a good shop and try them on. I liked the bellistic but the coverage over the cheek/chin wasn't as good as the Giro and the liner wasn't removable for wash. But...it was as light as the CF and slightly narrower so I would pack that more often. Honestly, I rarely use them due to weight/bulk unless warranted. Hope this helps.

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    +1 on the Remedy. I have one and love it. I tried on lots of FF helmets and this one fit me best.... I can't stand to ride in in doing XC though, it really is too hot and stuffy.
    Make sure you can let her try on helmets to see what feels comfortable because they vary so much in size and shape.
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    Try THE brand helmets, the inside is a satin like material. But she has to try on different brands, for me, some brands just hurt to wear.
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    I also fell on my face. It was a total freak thing, I wasn't doing anything difficult. I bought the Giro Remedy afterwards and I love it. I also got one for my husband b/c all my doctors told me how lucky I was that I didn't cause serious damage, and I figured that between his head being hot or his head being intact I would choose the latter. I got a small for like $70 from Jenson.

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    I bought my GF a MET Parachute as a present, she's not a bad rider and doesn't crash alot, but I thought it was a good precation. Six months later she had a crash where it paid for itself 10 times over. She came off on a rocky downhill corner, not going too fast, and landed on the side of the helmet. Her head and face were fine, she just had a scrape on her knee. Sooo glad I bought it, it seems like overkill a lot of the time for cross country riding, but it's only a bit heavier and hotter than a cross country style helmet and a lot lighter and cooler than a downhill full face.

    I highly recommend them.

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    If you're after lots of ventilation there are not many serious choices. The vast majority of FF helmets are poorly vented, and assume that you are running at DH speeds to get decent airflow.

    The Specialised Deviant is probably the best ventilated FF helmet out there, and I've found that it gets good airflow, especially if you remove the cheekpads.

    Another option would be the Met Parachute, which is just about as cool as a normal XC lid. Note that the Parachute isn't a 'real' FF though. The chin guard is not designed to take DH faceplants, but there are plenty of user reports of it saving their face during normal over-the-bar tumbles. I've got a Parachute, though I have yet to fall on it.

    I've also owned a Casco Viper, which is like a beefier Met. Well ventilated on top, but the burly chinguard traps too much heat and it's hotter than the Deviant.

    Neither the Parachute and the Deviant are sold in the US. I believe this is either because the companies have not paid for US standards testing or (more plausibly) they are worried about lawsuits from idiots who would use them for full DH riding and then sue the makers when they failed. If you want either, you need to order them internationally. The Patachute is available from Chain Reaction and Wiggle in the UK. Not sure about the Deviant (but would not recommend one anyway).

    Edit: The above paragraph should have read "neither the Parachute or the Viper are sold in the US". The Deviant is pretty easy to find, and it's got a slew of Euro and US ratings.
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    I have a Giro Remedy carbon. I agree with others posting on this thread. Comfort and fit is important and I strongly recommend purchasing the lightest helmet possible because in the long run it will cause less strain on the neck.

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