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Old 05-05-15, 02:53 PM
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I have 3 full-face helmets I've worn for rocky trail / all-mountain and lift-assisted gravity.

One thing to consider is that the heavier your helmet and higher the speeds, the more you should be thinking about wearing a neck brace. I do not own one as I don't get going more than 30ish mph on my trail bike. I don't own a DH rig, and I've all but given up dirtbikes these days and never had one for that, either.

Anyway, last weekend I rode a very hilly and rocky trail with a Bell Super 2R and had the chinbar attached the whole time. It was 80F when we wrapped up and other than the sweat soaking the cheek pads it TRULY didn't feel much warmer than an open-face helmet. This trail is too up & down to consider attaching and detaching the chinbar; I just rode it the whole time. I detach the chinbar for XC trails, however - that's my normal setup in fact.

I have done that hilly trail before with a Giro Remedy, which is a DH MTB-specific helmet. It was dramatically different and was hot enough to have an impact on my cardio. I've used the Remedy on lifts in Colorado and if it's all DH, great. If I pedal more than 5 min at a time, that helmet is way too hot.

Last but not least, before I bought the Remedy I did use my Suomy motocross helmet on a trail *once*. Ventilation was terrible and I wasn't even pedaling anywhere near my normal fitness capability.

I expect the Super 2R to be adequate for lift service, at the speeds I ride, this summer in Colorado.
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