Swiss protection maker iXS has given their lightweight Xult full face helmet an all-out DH upgrade. While they’ve gone ultralight in recent years with their Trigger FF enduro lid, the Xult DH goes back to its gravity racing roots, focusing on maximum rider head protection and some new impact dampening tech, geared towards racing faster and more technical downhill tracks…
iXS Xult DH full face helmet, lightweight downhill race protection
When it debuted back in 2015 the original Xult was billed as a crossover enduro to downhill full face helmet at a light for the times 1100g. iXS said the idea was to provide gravity-ready full face safety that could be ridden up the hill for Enduros, then down the other side like a DH helmet. In the years since, there’s been a boom in lightweight full-face helmet protection – great for everyone from aggressive all-mountain and enduro riders, up to full-bore DH racers.
But now that iXS has the ultralight 600g Trigger FF in-mold full-face (at a quite reasonable 250€) for those rides that involve pedaling up, the Xult doesn’t need to cross-over anymore. It can stick with gravity riding only, while also opening up a bit for better ventilation and shedding almost 10% of the weight off the original – not to overlook 15% off the original’s price tag!
Gravity Protection – Tech details
Engineered to protect riders & racers descending technical DH tracks, freeride trails & bikeparks, the new Xult DH gets a new lightweight Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) shell – a material composite iXS calls “an environmentally friendly alternative to carbon which requires less material”. Less is more in the helmet weight wars, and that brings the new Xult DH down over one hundred grams lighter than the original to a claimed 995g (size ML).