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SUOMY MX JUMP HELMET
PRODUCT: The Suomy MX Jump helmet claims to be
the lightest competition and approved helmet sold in the
United States. At 2. 5 pounds, it is both ECE 22.05
certified and DOT approved, which are both
race approved by every major U.S. and
international motorcycle race organization. The exterior shell has
been designed to reduce
impact angles, improve
aerodynamic flow and
MX Jump uses a
shell for strength and resiliency,
and the inner liner uses EPS channels, a Ram air duct and functional
exhaust vents for superior airflow.
POSITIVE: This helmet is not just
light, it feels mountain bike-feathery!
We’ve probably sold a dozen of them
on rides where we let other riders just
hold it. We like the fit, the eyeport is
plenty large for good vision, and airflow is so good that in cold weather
we actually had to tape off the vent
openings. But the real win is the
weight, running nearly a half-pound
less than two of the top makes in the
helmet arena. And while that doesn’t
seem like a huge number, to an off-roader, a guy who rides on his dirt
bike for one-, two- or three-hour
stints, it’s huge!
NEGATIVE: Make sure you try one
on before purchasing. The sizing is a
bit different than other makes, running
on the small side.
BOTTOM LINE: This helmet gets a
resounding thumbs pointed to the moon. The looks drew
mixed results, but the weight factor proved intoxicating.
And on our long off-road forays, it equals less neck
fatigue, more energy, and a harder and longer riding
mode of operation.
PRICE: They sell for $399.95 for most graphics, $369.95
for solid colors and $449.95 for Monster Energy graphics.