The Rampage Carbon helmet has been in development for years at the hands of the capable designers at Fox. It's been through more than 20 different revisions over the course of its development to create a helmet that's not only safe, but lightweight, extremely comfortable, and sharp looking. The Rampage pulls much of its technology and looks from Fox's extensive experience building moto helmets, but when they set out to design this one, they didn't want to make just another "me-too" helmet. They wanted the right helmet, right from the start. Just like all of their moto-specific helmets, the Rampage Carbon is designed from start to finish at their California office.
Comfort was a major design concern with the Rampage. Where Fox's competition uses only one or two EPS foam molds and extra padding to achieve proper fit, the Rampage uses three different EPS molds and custom liners and pads to keep the helmet ergonomic. Since ventilation is more critical for a mountain bike helmet than a moto-specific lid, it also features 17 intake and exhaust ports to keep the airflow moving and keep your noggin cool. The Rampage Carbon will be available January 10th to Fox dealers everywhere, and it will sell for $425.
The Rampage also features an impressively vented jaw guard that's designed to walk the line between comfort, safety, and weight savings. The guard is aggressively reinforced along the cheek and jaw areas to keep the structural integrity up. When Fox invited us for a couple laps at a local favorite test track in Laguna Beach, California to give the new helmet a spin, we couldn't say no.
The calm before the storm...
A big thanks to Giant for supplying their test fleet for the event.
We strive to put many miles on a test product before writing a full review, and we've only scratched the surface with the Rampage, although our initial impressions are very positive. Keep an eye peeled to the upcoming pages of Mountain Bike Action for a full report.