The 10 Best Full Face Mountain Bike Helmets
This wiki has been updated 13 times since it was first published in February of 2019. Wearing a standard cycling helmet can prevent serious injuries, but typical models leave the chin, jaw, and teeth completely exposed in the event of an accident. That's why mountain bikers, who ride over jagged rocks and rough terrain, prefer full-face gear. We selected options that can stand up to repeated crashes, and that look good, too. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
February 19, 2019:
We know that, along with developing their skills for years, bikers also cultivate their unique aesthetic, which is why we included several diverse designs. The Giro Switchblade is great for the rider who likes to make a statement, while the Poc Coron will please someone who prefers less frills. We also know some bikers like to capture footage of their ride, and the built-in camera mount on the Giro Disciple is perfect for that. Advanced safety features were obviously a must, so we added models like the Leatt DBX 3.0 Enduro, which has a visor that will intentionally breakaway during crashes to reduce rotational forces. Since it's critical these helmets deliver in the event of an accident, we only selected models that meet rigorous safety standards — CPSC or ASTM for American models and EN1078 for European. ASTM models perform well in up to three-foot drops and EN1078 models do so in roughly four-foot drops. They also undergo additional testing to examine chemical resistance, how they improve or impair vision, and other important features.