Last summer Mtbr reviewed (and loved) the Leatt DBX 3.0 trail helmet. The one knock for budget-minded riders? Price. MSRP of the DBX 3.0 is $170. But now there’s an option for those who’d rather spend a little less. Meet the Leatt DBX 2.0, which shares many of the same features as the 3.0, but costs $70 less.
Mtbr got an up-close look at the new price-point lid at the Sea Otter Classic, taking an oceanside cruise with the Leatt crew to test out the new lid. Top line features include the same 360-degree Turbine Technology found in the 3.0, which helps reduce the risk of head impact at concussion level (by up to 30%) and rotational acceleration to your head and brain (by up to 40%), claims Leatt.
The DBX 2.0 has 10 turbines set inside the helmet that hardens on impact. Combined with an EPS in-molded shell, this dual-density construction dampens impact both low and high speed. The helmet is also well-ventilated with 20 vents. Weight for a size medium is a reasonable 308 grams, and it’s equipped with a breakaway visor that is shorter than the one found on the DBX 3.0, which we actually prefer. The 3.0 visor is a tad on the long side for our tastes.
Other differences between the two include a little less protection in the rear versus the 3.0 and a visor that’s not adjustable. The DBX 2.0 also uses a standard buckle at the chinstrap rather than the slick magnetic buckle found on the DBX 3.0. The new helmet comes in four colors and three sizes (small, medium, large) and it has the same micro-adjustable BOA retention system as the DBX 3.0.
Mtbr has a test model in hand and will be publishing a full review later this riding season.