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This week we’re looking at Leatt’s first ever motocross helmet, the GPX 5.5 Composite. To start with, this helmet will not be out there till November and although we have now put our palms on some pre-production items, we haven’t worn or ridden in a single but. Leatt additionally makes a GPX 6.5 Carbon model that has the identical options, however has, because the title implies, a carbon fiber shell.
There are just a few options of the GPX that make it stand out amongst the throngs of off-road helmets out there. We’ll begin with the principle function, what Leatt calls 360 Generators. These are tender, spherical, rubbery dampers which are designed to flex in all instructions and to compress throughout an affect, successfully “lowering head motion within the helmet.” These are spaced across the helmet between the froth and the material liner, so the rider’s head is definitely involved with the generators. The helmet additionally has a multi-density foam development to cope with medium- and high-energy impacts.
Leatt wished to make an general smaller helmet and so they declare that the GPX is 10 p.c smaller than different helmets available on the market, and so they additionally declare that this transfers much less power to the neck and has much less momentum within the occasion of a crash. The rear of the helmet is formed in such a method that it matches the contour of a Leatt neck brace and there are a number of air flow channels molded into the froth. To additional improve air flow, there are 4 huge grates on the again and prime of the helmet. The honey-comb-like grates are fabricated from plastic and Leatt insures us that in affect assessments, these grates face up to the power of the metallic spike used within the penetration take a look at.
Lastly, the chin-bar of the GPX is “plumbed” for a hydro tube, a small element however method cool and it reveals that Leatt is being attentive to off-road riders’ wants. There’s a recessed channel alongside the underside of the left aspect of the chin bar tube slides in. You should utilize your personal or purchase the fast disconnect tube provided by Leatt.