Fox Flux Helmet – Review
I review the 2015 Fox Flux Helmet, a great entry-level or intermediate Enduro or trail helmet. The Fox Flux helmet has been a staple of riders for all day rides and trail centre blasts and offers excellent rear protection, and even includes a ‘women specific’ version, at some point you are going to own one basically.
Buying a first helmet is always a difficult task. You want to make sure that you get the best helmet for the best price. I personally do not believe in women specific helmets (as both men and women can have small or large egg shaped heads).
Lucky for me, I have the same large egg shaped cranium as my boyfriend, so I was able to borrow an old skater helmet (think Avril Lavigne video extra…) on those first few ‘baby horse standing up’ rides we took together. However quickly I realised that if I was going to get into mountain biking full time I was going to need a decent helmet of my own, and it was going to need to look fast!
When it came to choosing a first mountain bike helmet I went for the Fox Flux 2015 in ‘S/M’, and paid £45.99 from Hargroves Cycles. It comes in a wide selection of neon-looking colours across the range, with some kickass patterns to match your outfit/bike guaranteed to get you ‘noticed’ out on the trails. There is a ‘women specific’ version although in reality this just means an XS offering from Fox and a few different colour schemes.
Like many other ‘Enduro’ helmets the Fox Flux has a “Deep rear EPS profile”, i.e. it has a long protective back which is great for strapping your goggles firmly to, but short enough to fit your hair in a ponytail, which is important obviously. I’ve noticed there are a lot of different systems for tightening helmets and the Fox Flux appears to be the simplest of the lot you can tighten the sliders at the rear of the head with one hand easily whilst on the go, its not complicated and so far hasn’t let me down once, nor has it left me with my hair painfully caught up in the mechanism like some other helmets.
Despite having a list of safety standards which reads like a periodic table it’s very light and it comes with a selection of pads and relatively long chin straps to improve the fit.
The first few times I rode with that skater helmet I noticed how hot my head would get after about ten minutes of panicked scrabbling down a hillside and furious climbing up the other side. The Fox Flux has 20 vents across its surface (I counted this to check!) and it feels very light and breathable in comparison to other helmets I’ve tried previously, sometimes I forget I’ve even got it on.
For all of this there is no denying that there are better trail/Enduro helmets out there, if I had any criticism it would be a little more ‘flexibility’, for example if you could adjust the peak angle on the helmet that would be great, and there are lighter helmets out there; the POC Trabec and the Troy Lee Designs A1 helmets for example, and whilst these are on my birthday wish list (20 March people take note!) they do come with a far bigger price tag.
As an entry level trail/Enduro helmet the Fox Flux ticks a lot of the boxes, and looks good doing it. It is worth noting that you should be able to find this helmet discounted from the £70 RRP, so make sure to grab a bargain.
December 28, 2015