I had quite an impact with this helmet saving my head big time. Several cracked ribs, a big dent on the side of the helmet. Head was fine and I bought the same helmet from Bike Tires Direct within hours of the crash right after being released from the ER. I couldnï¿½t ride for a few weeks but I wanted this helmet to be ready to go when I was.
This helmet fits great. I had to remove the extra padding in the chin bar to fit my skull. The only issue I have with it is that the bite valve from my Osprey hydration system doesn't fit too well underneath it. May need to rethink my bite valve.
After watching my 6 year old son take a horrific fall in the local pump track we upgraded to full face helmets for the entire family. I've also had nagging jaw alignment issues after a spill years ago and decided it's worth having a little extra protection. This helmet converts quickly so I ride uphill without the face mask and strap it on for the descents. I mostly ride single track trails in the Truckee/Tahoe/Reno area. It wouldn't be my first choice for the Northstar Downhill Park but for anything you pedal up this helmet's ideal.
Fit snug on my head even without the strap cannot shake it off the mips system is worth the money and like I said Best of Both Worlds downhill won't bust your teeth out cross country lose the chin guard.
Bought this for my 11 y/o. We're getting him into some more serious riding, and having the ability to remove the full face/convert to a standard mips helmet has been awesome. Two helmets in one. It's pretty light weight compared to our other kid's Smith Mainline which of course doesn't have the ability to remove the chin bar. The Smith has the koroyd plastic honeycomb layer deal, which may or may not make a difference for high impact. That, I'm not sure about, but for the kiddos who aren't charging like a world tour rider yet, the savings in weight, being lower profile and having the two in one makes this better for our needs. Would buy this Bell over the Smith if having to choose between the two again, personally.
Use this when mountain biking and gravel. Like the ability to remove the chin guard while climbing, or when gravel grinding the entire ride. But have the additional safety of protecting my face on the downhills.