Is Sweet Protection’s Fixer the ultimate gravity enduro helmet? It should be for £250…

Most ‘trail’ helmets are just cross-country lids with a bit more rear coverage, but the high speeds of the exploding gravity enduro scene demand a bit more protection. Enter a new breed of head bucket, like the Urge Endur-O-Matic, Bell Super and, latest to join the fray, the Sweet Protection Fixer.

This lid reminds us a bit of the classic Troy Lee Designs D2 Open Face, only with XC rather than DH style padding. In fact, while that lid was essentially a full-face with the jaw-piece cut off, this is more like a beefed-up and better ventilated pisspot with a super-long, moto-style peak.

It has a similarly high pricetag – £249.99 for the standard helmet, an extra £50 to add MIPS protection – but that buys you a carbon fibre shell, dual-density foam and ‘Impact Shield’ inserts to help dissipate shocks.

As you’d expect, it’s heavier than a trail lid but lighter than a full-face, at 574g on our scales for the M/L size. Want to see it in action? Check out Jake Hood whipping his way around Glentress. More info at www.sweetprotection.com.

Sweet Protection Fixer helmet. Picture by James Costley-White

With its bold graphics, massive peak and carbon highlights, the Sweet Protection Fixer will get you noticed

Sweet Protection Fixer helmet. Picture by James Costley-White

The rounded shape should help the helmet slide in the event of a crash. That's a good thing

Sweet Protection Fixer helmet. Picture by James Costley-White

Vents are small but plentiful, with mesh to keep insects at bay

Sweet Protection Fixer helmet. Picture by James Costley-White

Padding is definitely more XC than DH but the shell is a good thickness and features softer foam in key areas

Sweet Protection Fixer helmet. Picture by James Costley-White

The ratchet fit system is effective and the helmet comes with two different thickness sets of pads

 

Sweet Protection Fixer helmet. Picture by James Costley-White

The carbon fibre shell is revealed around the vents but covered with paint elsewhere

Sweet Protection Fixer helmet. Picture by James Costley-White

The Fixer is available in 'Demon Red' as well as the 'Angel White' of our sample. The MIPS version has a more subtle carbon finish