When you pick-up the Met parachute, the first thought that enters your mind is “Wow this thing is light!” Weighing in at only 700g (size medium) the Met Parachute HES is the lightest full face helmet ever made, in fact I can’t notice much difference between it and my open face helmet. Although the Parachute is super light, don’t think it’s going to crack under pressure as it certified to American ASTM F1952-2032 standards.
What did we think?
I’ll start off big by saying that I think the Met Parachute’s overall design is the future norm of Enduro helmets. Very big words I know but hear me out. You can tell that Met have put some serious thought into the challenges and requirements of enduro riders in the current state of things as well as how it will very likely change in future.
There is a lot of pressure at the moment to remove the luxury of uplifts from Enduro racing because, and I agree, if your fitness is not at a level to handle climbs then you probably shouldn’t be competing. So now you need a helmet that is more than just a full facer. You need the protection of a full facer with the benefits of a trail helmet.
And that is basically what Met have done. They have brought the benefits of their trail helmets into the realm of full face. Why does that make it different? I’m glad you ask.
Inside there is none of the thick padding you would typically find inside a full face. Instead you have similar thinly padded fabric strips following the internal contours of the helmet, as you would find in a trail helmet. This means you don’t feel like you’re riding in a balaclava on the climbs.
The helmet has vents everywhere which ensures there is plenty of airflow to keep your nut fresh.
The retention system moulds very comfortably around your head and they have included what they call “Gel 02 padding” around the brow which is a great addition as it really does keep cool and shifts sweat away from your brow much better than fabric/foam padding. I.e. it won’t be running down but rather around your face.
Finally, back to the weight. Credit to Met as the light-weight, working with the other elements, make it the most comfortable helmet I have ever dawned on my head. Bravo!
By this point I bet you have forgotten that we’ve been talking about a full face helmet, haven’t you?
There is probably one last question on your mind. Does the chin guard come off right? Well it doesn’t. At first I was admittedly a little disappointed but I soon realized that I don’t actually want it to and it doesn’t need to. You want to remove the chin to overcome all the issues you would normally have with full face helmets. Heat, comfort and weight. None of which are a problem anymore. They do have removable padding in the chin to support your jaw/cheeks but I just left these in and didn’t really feel the need to remove them. But if I did, would I rather have 2 small pads in my bag or a large chin guard?
What did we not like?
They have introduced a rib/clip at the back of the helmet to keep your google strap in place. With gloves on, I found it too fiddly but also when taking your goggles off I like to have it round my neck which means I have to fiddle with it again to get it out. I think a simple groove would have been fine but that’s me.
Finally the chin strap is the more traditional type where you loop the strap between two rings which I again found too fiddly with gloves on. I would have been preferred to have an adjustable clip.
Beside those minor issues, which are dwarfed by everything else, I stand by my original statement. This helmet is for the everyday enduro rider who rides enduro trails often and will endure the climbs to get to them.
The Met Parachute retails for £169.99 / $299.00. For more information visit the Met website.