Fox Racing V3 Helmet | Track Tested
Fox Racing V3 RS Helmet
Price: Starting at $599.95
Fox Racing just dropped the all-new V3 RS Helmet this week and it is – by far – the most technologically advanced helmet the brand has ever created. RS stands for “Race Spec” and the new lid definitely lives up to its designation.
We’ve been lucky enough to be part of the early product release, and have been spinning laps in the V3 RS helmet for a couple of months now. Let’s cut to the chase; the V3 RS is comfortable, light, well-ventilated, and most of all…safe.
Through the years, we’ve been lucky to have gained plenty of knowledge and insight into helmet safety, design, testing, and concept, thanks to numerous factory visits, manufacturer meetings, test lab visits, and, well, crashes and blows to the head while riding and racing.
At the heart of the V3 RS is its MIPS Integra Split impact management system. If you’ve done your homework and studied up on helmet safety in the last decade or so, you know that MIPS is a slip liner that traditionally lies between the helmet’s EPS and comfort liner, offering some impact dispersion in the event of an angular impact with the ground. Fox Racing took MIPS technology to a new level by incorporating a dual-density EPS liner that places the MIPS slip liner in between the two layers. The outer, firmer, EPS is designed to absorb high-speed impacts, while the inner, softer, EPS addresses low-speed impacts. Placing the MIPS slip liner between the two layers of EPS yields far more movement, which allows the helmet to really disperse rotational impact energy, protecting the brain from the worst type of injury. Fox didn’t stop there, though…the Integra Split design separates the front and rear halves of the inner EPS, which allows for even more movement and energy dispersion on impact.
The shell of the V3 RS is carbon fiber and the shell is well ventilated with four massive exhaust vents. The visor is retained by three aluminum screws that are designed to break away in a severe impact. Included with the helmet is an extra visor, visor screws, a cool, clear visor extension for mud, and extra cheap pads to customize the fit. The bag that it all comes in is as nice as we’ve ever seen.
we were impressed with the V3 RS from the moment we slip dollars on. The helmet envelopes your head in a plush comfort liner. Neither Chase nor I encountered any hotspots and the helmet fit both of us very well, although I did up for the thinner cheek pads. Two things stood out during our first laps on the track: how quiet the new V3, RS is, and how light it is on your head. The field of vision afforded by the extra large eyeport is excellent.
To be fair, we were not blown away by the helmet’s venting abilities. That’s not to say it is hot, it is among the coolest elements we’ve ridden in, but we were expecting to feel the wind blow through our hair with the ventilation channels afforded by the split liner.
you never want to actually put a helmet to the test, but we did have a fairly big crash that involved it coming into contact with the ground. The V3 RS helmet perform flawlessly.
All in all, we are very impressed with the new Fox Racing V3 RS and look forward to riding and racing in it for a long time to come!
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