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ABUS HiDrop Test: Full-face helmet for DOWNHILL

We tried the second full-face helmet model, designed by ABUS, dedicated to DH, namely the HiDrop, weighing 1060g.

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HiDrop is the second full-face helmet from ABUS (after the AirDrop) dedicated to downhill and for hardcore enduro racing: no compromise, therefore, in terms of impact safety. It was developed together with our team drivers and tested on the toughest tracks in the world. The helmet has been used in the EWS, the Crankworx World Tour and the DH World Cup.

ABS

The ABS outer shell makes the helmet particularly resistant to impacts. Its shock absorption function is enhanced by the EPS and EPP core. HiDrop complies with EN1078, ASTM F1952, ASTM F2032, CPSC, AS/NZ standards. In this model

SECURITY

In the event of an accident, the Break-Away visor detaches from the helmet to prevent the head from being thrown backwards or the visor from breaking (to protect the neck).

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The ABUS HiDrop MIPS in size M we tested weighs 1060g: a weight in line with the products downhill and certainly not suitable for pedaled enduro/all-mountain use (in this case we recommend the Abus AirDrop model).

COLOURS,

Four colors available in 4 different sizes: S, M, L and XL.

ABUS HIDROP FEATURES

The HiDrop joins the AirDrop (already tested by us) as a full-face gravity helmet but with 2 slightly different uses: the AirDrop is lighter and more airy, more suitable for pedaled Enduro use, while the HiDrop (as already mentioned) is recommended for Downhill / Bike Park or for hardcore enduro racing (in fact it is used by some Abus athletes in the Enduro World Series).

In this HiDrop the rear part does not have the wheel closure typical of modern open/enduro helmets. This increases comfort and protection, always if we choose the right size. There are 4 sizes, from S to XL.

OUR IMPRESSIONS

The helmet, placed on the head, gives an idea of ​​safety and solidity. Typical of DH. The air vents are strategically positioned on the front area and on the chin guard. In addition to these, we will find other generous air vents in the rear part which guarantee excellent ventilation even if the helmet was certainly not created with the primary objective of making large differences in altitude when pedaling: all the air vents are equipped with anti-skid nets. -insect. The padding inside is generous in thickness but soft, allowing the helmet to adhere perfectly to the head. The pillows are removable.

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One thing that is much appreciated is the large visual space it offers: this gives good ventilation but, more importantly, lots of lateral visibility. In this aspect it is among the best in the category. In terms of size, the measurements correspond to the standards: I usually use size M (head circumference 57cm) and here too I opted for this size and found it comfortable. It only tightens at cheek level but it's a problem I often have with full-face helmets: I have to wait for the cheek pads to loosen up a bit so I can feel more comfortable. My mom often says I have big cheeks…

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The helmet has all safety certificates, including the AS/NZ standard (most demanding). The quality/price ratio is excellent: we don't find any prestigious details that would make the price rise but everything is in its place.

FEATURES AND PRICES

  • ABS shell with an EPS and EPP core
  • Complies with ASTM F1952, ASTM F2032, EN1078, CPSC, AS/NZ standards
  • Insertable and breathable cheek padding
  • Break-Away Visor: The visor breaks away on impact
  • Double D-ring buckle system
  • Glasses-friendly design
  • Weight 1060gr (in size M)
  • List price: €190

HOW MUCH DOES ABUS HIDROP COST?

The Abus HiDrop full-face helmet is priced at €190.

+Value for money
Wide side view
-Boxy look
(like it or don't like it)

FINAL VERDICT

An excellent helmet for gravity

Abus HiDrop is an excellent full-face helmet with good ventilation and safety, always in relation to its intended use (downhill/bike park). The look is very essential: this makes it less sophisticated than other high-end products but also cheaper with an excellent quality/price ratio. It does not have the MIPS system but all certifications have been passed, demonstrating that such results can be achieved even with different technical solutions.

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davide.finetto@365mountainbike.it I am a fan of everything that has 2 wheels: at a young age I practiced road and track cycling (Italian Allievi champion). At the age of 18 I passed into the cross country competing at national/international level as an Under23. Past Elite, I made the choice to take things more lightly from a training point of view, and my love for gravity disciplines was born, training me as an FCI MTB instructor and guide. Now I have made passion my profession by managing 2 MTB centers on the island of Elba (Bike Center Elba and Elba MTB), creating the FANTAmtb and telling in an ironic but professional way everything that revolves around MTB thanks to 365mountainbike and 365TV (YouTube'PULITI dentro BIKER fuori').

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