8 Half Shell Mountain Bike Helmets for Trail and Enduro Mountain Biking, Tested and Reviewed

Over the past year we’ve tested and reviewed mountain bike helmets from more than a dozen brands, from lightweight XC lids to downhill, full face covers. However for most rides, a trail or enduro helmet with a bit of extended rear coverage offers the right amount of protection in a comfortable package.

Here are eight excellent half shell trail/enduro helmets we’ve tested and reviewed.

Endura Singletrack II284no$9514
Lazer Impala352yes$14022
Mavic Crossmax Pro360no$16020
MET Roam C2394yes$17022
O’Neal Pike Enduro398no$9918
Oakley DRT 5yes$20013
Rudy Project Protera+no$20018
Smith Forefront 2380yes$23020

Endura Singletrack II

photo: Sam James

The Endura Singletrack II is the lightest helmet of the bunch, and it’s priced under $100. Sam notes that the 4-position visor works well, and the venting is welcome on hot summer rides. The back of the helmet is shaped to hold onto a goggle strap, making this an enduro-friendly choice. Unfortunately the Endura Singletrack II is not available in the USA, but should be widely available elsewhere. Get more details here.

  • Weight: 284g
  • Vents: 14
  • Rotational: No
  • Price: $95

Lazer Impala MIPS

photo: Sterling Lorence

Lazer debuted the Impala this year and it’s quickly becoming one of our favorites. Standout features include an action camera / light mount, MIPS protection, and 22 vents. The chin straps are extra soft and the ratcheting retention system is dialed. Read our full review here.

  • Weight: 352g
  • Vents: 22
  • Rotational: MIPS
  • Price: $140 (from $120 online, compare prices)

Mavic Crossmax Pro

photo: Brian Gerow

Mavic delivers a solid feature set with the Crossmax Pro in a package that looks good too. The padding is said to absorb heat and wick sweat faster than other helmets on the market, and this is one of the few in our test to include a bug net. The extended rear has a channel for a goggle strap, and 20 vents work to keep the air flowing. For the full scoop on this helmet, check out Gerow’s review.


photo: Brian Gerow

In his review, Gerow notes the MET Roam MIPS C2 “is all-around dialed” with clean lines and excellent construction throughout. This helmet offers a ton of coverage and sports a 3-position, oversized visor. Although it’s one of the heaviest trail helmets we’ve tested this year, it’s also one of the most comfortable thanks to well-placed padding, an excellent retention system, and 22 air-gulping vents.

O’Neal Pike Enduro

photo: Brian Gerow

Like the Endura Singletrack II, the O’Neal Pike Enduro helmet is priced under $100, making it a good choice for mountain bikers on a budget. At this price, buyers won’t get any sort of rotational protection ala MIPS, and it’s also one of the heaviest we tested. Still, it’s highly adjustable, features a magnetic Fidlock buckle, and offers extended rear coverage for added safety. Learn more about the O’Neal Pike Enduro here.

  • Weight: 398g
  • Vents: 18
  • Rotational: No
  • Price: $99 (find online)

Oakley DRT 5

photo: Hannah Morvay.

The Oakley DRT 5 helmet has a couple features we haven’t seen on a helmet before: clips for attaching sunglasses to the top of the helmet, and a rubber sweat guard on the brim to protect the eyes. Both features are fitting given Oakley’s experience in the eyewear and eye protection market over the years. The DRT 5 includes a MIPS liner and Matt notes that it’s a quality build.

Rudy Project Protera+

Photo: Rick Hirsch.

Rudy Project has only been in the MTB helmet market for a couple years now, and yet they’ve already refined the Protera all-mountain helmet based on rider feedback. The 18-vent Protera+ helmet is goggle strap friendly and includes bug netting to keep flying nasties out of our hair. Overall the helmet is fairly lightweight and comfortable, though the retention band is fairly fragile and there’s no rotational impact tech included. Read Matt’s full review here.

  • Vents: 18
  • Rotational: No
  • Price: $200

Smith Forefront 2

photo: Sam James.

The Smith Forefront 2 is the priciest helmet on this list at $230, but it also packs the most safety features. A material known as Koroyd (the green bits in the photo above) extends all the way to the rear of the helmet, offering additional energy absorption over EPS alone in the event of a crash. The Forefront 2 also sports a MIPS liner and 20 large vents for excellent ventilation. Check out the full review here.

Your turn: Which helmet is the best looking of the bunch? Which one offers the best value?

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