Bluegrass lately added a high-end open face mountain bike helmet to their number of head safety historically dominated by these of the complete face type. The Bluegrass Rogue Core MIPS will get an aesthetic that’s prone to cut up opinion, although we fall on the favorable facet of the fence in that regard. By no means thoughts what it seems like… what’s the match like, and are its premium options definitely worth the $180?
All pictures by Finlay Anderson
Overview: Bluegrass Rogue Core MIPS Helmet
The Bluegrass Rogue Core MIPS open face helmet has a fairly distinctive aesthetic, with nineteen vents, six of that are elongated down the entrance, doubled up on the lengthy peak along with the principle physique. In its downward place, the height completes the form of the entrance of the helmet with clear strains that move downwards, lining up the decals on the left.
On the path, the height does an awesome job of protecting the solar off your face. Nevertheless, on the very steepest of descents, the height can, now and again, obscure the view of the path forward. That’s when it’s within the lowest place; the height might be raised larger to get round this concern however it doesn’t click on or lock into place. That stated, there may be adequate friction within the hinge to forestall it slipping down whereas using.
When pushed proper up so far as it goes, there may be sufficient room beneath the height for a set of Smith Squad goggles to stow comfortably and securely.
I’ve a reasonably small face. Some helmets I’ve examined lately lengthen too far down the brow to be usable with my alternative of goggle. What is going to usually occur is the goggle can’t sit excessive sufficient on my face, so it finally ends up pushing down on my nostril, closing my nostrils. This isn’t a problem with the Bluegrass Rogue Core MIPS helmet because the brow protection isn’t fairly as complete as it’s on different lids; the Troy Lee A3, for instance.
I wouldn’t say the protection is inadequate, although. It feels, and appears, corresponding to different equally priced high-end helmets such because the Fox Speedframe Professional.
The Rogue Core options an adjustable retention system. The dial on the rear cinches the 360° head belt evenly across the head. On the head-facing facet of the retention system are two rubber sleeves that assist distribute stress over a wider space, enhancing consolation on the rear of the pinnacle.
The retention system might be moved up or down by ~1cm both means, so every rider can discover their good match. I selected to run it within the center place, because it cups the again of my head (or occipital bone) properly at this peak. The consolation liner does an honest job.
The Bluegrass Rogue Core MIPS helmet runs the newest MIPS-C2 rotational affect safety system, a must have characteristic on modern-day mountain bike helmets. While you cinch the helmet down onto your head tightly, you possibly can transfer the principle physique of the helmet independently to the retention belt. That’s the MIPS liner doing its job; transferring 10-15mm in all instructions, prepared to soak up rotational affect power while you go OTB.
The chin strap of the Rogue Core MIPS includes a magnetic FIDLOCK buckle fastener. There’s additionally an adjustable cam divider that permits you to alter the size of the straps that stretch down from in entrance and behind your ears. That is essential for a superb, protected match.
Pricing & Availability
The Bluegrass Rogue Core MIPS MTB helmet is priced at 150€ | £130 | US$180 | CAD$250 | AUS$250. Bluegrass do provide a non-MIPS model. It additionally loses the premium characteristic FIDLOCK buckle, and it doesn’t include a tender storage bag however it’s extra pockets pleasant.
It should set you again 100€ | £90 | US$120 | CAD$170 | AUS$180. Each open-face enduro helmets will likely be accessible in early October. They’re CE licensed to AS/NZS and US requirements.
• Sizes: S (52-56cm) | M (56-58cm) | L (58-61cm)
Right here’s Vinny T going “Rogue” in his open face lid…