Born and bred in Africa, Leatt have been at the forefront of motoX protection since birth and from my experience with the DBX 3.0 AM helmet, they’re doing the same in the mountain biking world.
I may be biased as a fellow South African but I have slowly but surely been turned into a Leatt fanboy for no reason other than their product design just makes sense. You look at things and just think, “why the hell has no one else done this yet!”
The primary thing that sets the DBX helmets apart from the competition is their “360° Armourgel Turbine Technology” and by technology we mean mini-rubber wagon wheels. These turbines help by dispersing vibration and rotational acceleration. We’re talking about a 30% reduction in head impact and 40% rotation acceleration.
We can argue that MIP technology already exists which reduces rotation impact to a comparable level but I couldn’t find much information which talks to concussion reduction. Regardless, this seem like a far simpler solution to the issue. Simpler means more affordable but will get to that in a moment.
Admittedly I found first wear of the helmet a little odd, not uncomfortable but just different. Most of us are used to just having just some padding in our helmet but with the DBX you have the Turbines as well. After some adjustment and general getting used to, the DBX AM felt just as comfortable as any other top spec’d helmets we’ve tested as they’ve been generous with the padding inside and done an excellent job with ventilation. It’s also worth noting that these ventilation channels did a good job of keeping sweat away from the eyes/glasses.
I love the fact that they have done away with the traditional clips for the chin strap and instead have a magnetic clip which is 1000x better. It makes handling the clip/strap much simpler and quicker when wearing riding gloves.
The overall design looks good in my opinion and weighs in from 350g which again is fairly standard. Although, I would have expected it to be heavier considering the additional weight from their turbines.
Pricing isn’t too bad either at £139.99 / $169.99. Most helmets with MIPs tech start at £139 and skyrocket upward to the region of £180.