LEATT GPX 3.5 HELMET TEST
–– Proper protection for pennies —
Product Evaluation by the staff of Dirt Wheel, Photo by Daniel Gonzales
It’s hard to admit the truth, but it’s time. We often test products that are not those easiest on the pocketbook. Once we know the technology and safety or added protection that some of these overly expensive products provide, it is hard to turn them down. However, premium protection brand Leatt is now catering to the average rider and racer by introducing the GPX 3.5 helmet. It contains the unseen protection technology that their premier lids do, but at a price of $179.99!
Leatt builds GPX helmets with 360-degree Turbine Technology, which are movable discs, made with an energy-absorbing material and shape. This technology reduces the transfer of impacts to your head by reducing rotational acceleration and absorbing impact energy to reduce concussions. On top of that, Leatt has this helmet approved by DOT and ECE standards.
This helmet has multi-density impact foam that also absorbs impacts on the inside of the shell. The washable liner is derived from Dry-Lex moisture wicking, anti-odor materials. If you do happen to take a hard spill, Leatt designed emergency removable cheek pads. The visor is made to break away pretty easily too.
WHAT A DEAL
Wearing this helmet is a treat. It’s stylish, ventilates quite well and offers a lot of protection for a small charge. We have to be fair about it, though; some of our editors found it a little tight to wear after already going up a size. The padding is reasonably comfortable, though, and it does provide peace of mind. The visor has a small amount of adjustment. We wish there was a bit more. However, these issues are simply trivial in comparison to what you get for $179.99!
Leatt’s GPX 3.5 comes in six different color schemes and is sized XS–XXL. We suggest going a size up from your normal size. Go to www.leatt.com to check out their full line of riding gear and protection products, or call (661) 287-9258.