If you have spent a decent amount of time around dirt bikes, then chances are you have put on a Fox helmet and one point or another. Fox is known for always having offerings that suit every type of rider. There is the V1 which offers good protection, and is a price that almost any rider could afford. Then there is the V3 which we are going to talk about in this article. The V3 is a full out motocross helmet that is ready for long days on the track or in the woods. However, before I get into the details of the V3, I want to quickly talk about who it is directed towards.
The V3 is Fox’s “no compromise” helmet. It is made for and used by top pros such as Ken Roczen, Ryan Dungy, and Ronnie Renner. What does this mean for you? It means that you will get amazing performance and comfort when riding your dirt bike. It doesn’t matter if it is hard days at the track, or just some relaxing rides with your friends, the V3 by Fox will keep you safe and comfortable. However, this is not some marketing article. This is here to provide the facts. So let’s get on with the details of the Fox helmet!
By far the most important aspect of any helmet is how well it protects your head. The people at Fox obviously know this as they have packed this helmet full of some of the latest technology regarding impact absorption. Let’s take a look at some of these brain saving features:
MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System)
For those who don’t know this, one of the biggest challenges about designing a motocross helmet is that crash impacts can happen at a huge range of velocities and angles. What this means is that modern helmets have to be able to work in a very broad array of situations. This is where MIPS comes in.
MIPS is a system designed to help lesson rotational forces to the brain. It does this by acting like the cerebral spinal fluid that surrounds your brain. Essentially it is a low friction layer that is placed between the helmet and the riders head. On an angled impact the MIPS layer moves slightly to help absorb some of the harsh rotational forces that could otherwise lead to more trauma.
MIPS can be found in quite a few different helmets on the market and has proven itself in more areas than just motocross. Fox seems to have made a wise move by choosing to integrate it into their 2018 V3.
MVRS (Magnetic Visor Release System)
This is the big new feature for 2018 and what everyone wants to talk about when it comes to this helmet. The Magnetic Visor Release System or MVRS is exactly what it sounds like. It is essentially just magnets used in the place of the traditional 3 screws that are used to hold on to the visor. Wow, lame right? Wrong.
This is actually a big leap forward in safety. When a rider crashes with a traditional visor, the visor can catch and drag on the ground or other objects before breaking off or bending. This can easily result in worse injuries to the rider. With the new magnetic visor on the Fox V3, this is no worries. In a crash situation the visor will come off of the helmet before it can cause any damage. Alright, so you may be wondering if it will just fly off when riding or from roost.
However, I am happy to put those worries to rest. The MVRS system will stay perfectly in place during regular riding and racing activities. It will only come off during impacts that are strong enough to otherwise cause excess damage. Overall, I love the magnetic visor idea, although hopefully I won’t crash hard enough to use it any time soon.
Fox Helmet Ventilation
The 2018 Fox V3 dirt bike helmet is loaded with vents to help keep your head cool and brain alert. To be specific, there are a total of 14 intake vents and 4 exhaust vents. The funny thing is, the helmet still features clean lines and doesn’t look awkward at all.
It’s like engineers and designers finally found compromise. On a hot day, a helmet like this is exactly what you want. If you plan on taking this snow biking, you might want to wear a thin liner under the helmet to keep you warm. Overall, there are no complaints from me about how well the Fox helmet breathes.
Weight, and Fit
The new V3 is about 100 grams lighter than the previous model. It comes in at about 1550 grams for a medium which is a good weight. The fit of the V3 has always been quite comfortable to me, however, this new one is by far the best feeling.
There was less Shell and EPS liner size for the 2020 V3 helmet version, for 2019 Fox has added another one. That means that there is now a specific medium shell rather than making use of the large shell with thicker padding. In total that means there are 4 shell and EPS liner sizes. Fox is really doing well at making products specific to the riders. This is likely thanks to the input of their diverse range of riders.
Dry Lex Liner
I thought that the liner and cheeks pads in this helmet deserve a quick mention for a reason that differs from how they fit. This is the fact that they feel awesome against the face, even during hot sweaty rides. The pads work to wick moisture away but also just have a good feel about them. There isn’t much that is more important than comfort!
Simply put, the helmet is great. You can tell there is a lot of thought and technology that went into designing this lid. Some people will love the way it looks, nice and sharp with a short chin bar. I personally am one for rounder more Euro style helmets but of course that is a matter of opinion. The bottom line is that the 2018 Fox helmet V3 is safe, light and has lots of modern features. This is all we can really ask for out of a helmet. Now you just have to choose if this is the one for you, or if another brand will steal your attention!