I had a Parachute about 12 years ago when they were really popular and Troy Lee full facers were designated for the very rich and racers only. It died a death on crashing and although I didnt really damage the chinpiece it was fairly scratched. I would have had a cheek full of gravel if it wasent for the helmet.
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Picked one up a couple of weeks ago (MET Parachute that is), very impressed with it in the Hong Kong summer, very ventilated and feels reasonably solid.
No doubt my head will explode though the next time I use it!
Looks good, might order one. Can the all pads be removed for cleaning?
Think they look good, 700 grams, well ventilated and unlike the old version meet the same safety standards as a tradditional full face, price seems reasonable as well.
The biggest mistake they made was to call it Parachute as it aligns it too close to the old one. I suspect despite the name they will fly off the shelves anyway, guess we'll have to wait and see.
Can the all pads be removed for cleaning?
Yes you can remove all the pads. There are 2 sizes of cheek pads provided, I find these actually contact the cheeks, so I've left them off, they don't seem necessary and would make it hot to wear. I might use them in the winter but probably not tbh.
I have found the helmet extremely light and airy, it is not noticeabley hotter to wear than a normal xc helmet and is much cooler to wear than my Urge Enduromatic. The chin piece looks like it will provide fair protection from a face plant type crash. It won't be very strong from a side impact but still better than nothing. I really like it, my only gripe is the D-ring strap which is difficult to operate with gloves. I ride a motorbike so I'm used to D-ring but its a 2 handed fiddle. I like to take my helmet off for climbs but I don't now as it would mean stopping. I guess the D-ring may have been necessary for certain regs.
A slight gripe is drinking, its trickier to get a camelbak mouthpiece in your mouth but it is possible. I haven't ridden with a bottle yet but I imagine that might be trickier.
Overall I'm really happy with it.
The chin guard on the new parachute can also be removed with a tool.
theendisnigh » There are 2 sizes of cheek pads provided, I find these actually contact the cheeks, so I've left them off, they don't seem necessary and would make it hot to wear.
Isn't that half the point? They're there to stabilise the chin guard against your face I'd guess; stop it from clattering into your jaw and taking out your teeth in the event of a crash. The was a bit by Justin Leov on the EWS in Whistler where he said he takes them out on the transitions to make it cooler and then stuff them back in for the timed stages.
Might be wrong but I didn't think it could? The old model could be removed but I thought they had done away with that feature now. I can't imagine I'd bother removing it anyway..
I think it looks pretty smart as both full face and half lid. I've just bought a (discounted) Bell super and have an Archi Enduro but if I was in the market I'd go for the Bell for the ease of chin-guard detachment.
They're there to stabilise the chin guard against your face I'd guess; stop it from clattering into your jaw and taking out your teeth in the event of a crash.
yeah maybe, but i think if it fails in such dramatic fashion you'd be in trouble anyway regardless of the pad. I reckon it still provides protection without them in place. Certainly from a faceplant impact I think it makes little difference if any. In the event of a side impact and the chin guard caving in you would have less protection. Personally, I can't be arsed taking the helmet off to put them back in for descents and its too hot with them in this weather. The helmet is fairly resistant to twisting on the head even without the pads.
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