Carbon fiber helmets may look sexy, but they're sure not doing the planet any favors. The Urge Down-O-Matic Veggie Helmet delivers fully certified full-face protection while minimizing environmental impact, thanks to a patented linen-fiber construction that mimics the properties of carbon fiber without any of the toxic by-products. It's not cheap to manufacture, but it's a great step toward a future of sustainable, functional products.Linen fiber construction uses sustainable resources and non-toxic processes to create a strong, eco-friendly shell materialRemovable, washable internal padding helps you dial in a secure fitLarge round vents maximize airflow to prevent overheatingLightweight visor keeps the sun out of your eyes and your face off the ground
Strengths: Sleek low profile
No geeky graphics
Weaknesses: Not as comfy nor protective as other options (ex. Kali Avatar)
Inner padding could be better
My XC lid has been "demoted" to road use and this basically took over for all my off-road cranium protection duties, though I still consider the XC lid for hot summer all-day epic rides with lots of climbing. It's not as huge as other full face helmets, which seem more suited for DH, MX (and are even DOT approved for motorcycle use); it's lack of bulk makes it feel better suited for reckless risk taking on regular trails, not DH-only trails. It's not too hot or stuffy and I don't mind wearing it while climbing up lengths of trail that gain 1000'+ in altitude.
The only quibble I had is that I've experienced an extremely fine fit with another full face, but that helmet was about 2x the price and also much bulkier and heavier (Kali Avatar). The inner padding is what sets it apart from this helmet. This seems more like a close fitting shell than some serious protective head gear.