The Fox Speedframe Pro is a favourite here at Wideopenmag making Pete’s 2020 and 2021 picks of the year after launching in the former.
If it ain’t broke don’t fix it is the approach Fox have taken to the Speedframe Pro, with some fresh colours and the now obligatory price jump that comes with living on Earth in the 21st Century being the only real changes.
The Fox Speedframe Pro was my pick of the best protection I’d tested in 2021 and with the only change being some flashier colours and the usual price hikes, Fox have seen fit to keep their excellent enduro open face helmet as is. You’re paying now an extra £30 for what is still the helmet to beat in my humble opinion.
So what do you get for your £164.99? The shell is of a dual-density Varizorb™ EPS construction with a MIPS liner sitting in between it and the XT2® padding. The 360° fit system allows you to fine tune how it clamps to your head and the Fidlock SNAP buckle makes it easy to secure and release even with gloves on. Ventilation is extensive too.
On the head, the 360° fit system sits lower on the rear of your head than most retention systems, meaning you don’t have to crank the tightness up quite so much in order to get a snug fit. This helps comfort from anything from a quick blast to all day missions. Ventilation is spot on too, never too hot or cold, plus the padding doesn’t allow too much sweat run off, while not soaking it all up either.
Thankfully I haven’t had to test it in a crash but I’m sure it’s more than up to the job. Like any good helmet, I soon forget it’s there and crack with riding. Size-wise, I am normally at the larger end of the spectrum but I find myself at the bottom end of the size large fit system on this helmet, which isn’t an issue, but shows the considerable range of head sizes the Speedframe can accommodate.
Beyond the function, I can’ get over how good this helmet looks in photos. It doesn’t matter where you are or what conditions you’re riding in, that orange hue will pop whether you want it to or not. It’s not going to seal the deal for many, but it works every time for me.
What do we think?
Fox continue to set the benchmark for open face enduro helmets with the Speedframe as far as I’m concerned. This helmet ticks all the boxes.
That orange hue
Could do better:
XS and XL size options
You can check out the Fox Speedframe Pro over on their website here.