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ABUS AirDrop MIPS test: The well-ventilated full-face helmet

We tried the Abus integral model, namely the AIR DROP MIPS, weighing 808gr. List price: €270.

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AirDrop is the first full-face helmet from ABUS: an emerging brand in the bike world that has been pushing a lot in recent years with excellent quality products.


The ABUS AirDrop helmet in test features MIPS technology (if you're unsure what that is, here is the link for you) which offers more security. Multi-shell in-mold technology for a solid fusion between the outer shell and the shock dissipation material (EPS). It uses Mips rotational impact protection, but also features soft panels in the edge of the case to cushion the blow on impact against the collarbones.


In the back we find a housing that is used to insert a possible fall arrest sensor (weight 100gr), more specifically the QUIN, given the compatible dimensions of the compartment. It is a classic accident detection system that sends an emergency call in the event of a fall (you can find it here review by Tocsensimilar system). The sensor is taken separately (list price €60) otherwise it is integrated in the QUIN version (cost €330).

The ABUS AirDrop MIPS in size S/M tested by us (without QUIN sensor) has a weight of 800g: a decent result for an integral.


Four colors proposed in 2 sizes: S/M and L/XL.


The Airdrop joins the Cliffhanger as the latest product from ABUS in the off-road sector. It is comfortable and protective, even if in the back it has an open helmet-style closure "strap" which is not the best of comfort and takes some getting used to.

The ABUS Airdrop full-face helmet is aimed at gravity disciplines such as enduro and downhill, or for those seeking protection in their outings given the weight well below the kilogram of weight. ABUS has put a lot of work into the ventilation of the Airdrop, with as many as 17 ventilation areas. Another advantage is the fact of not being in a muffled environment (a feeling that I hate beyond belief) but hearing external noises.

On this aspect ABUS has gone further: we find 2 holes positioned just above the ear, complete with indentations in the EPS, to create space around the ear for better auditory perception (technology called ASC).

The cheek pads are removable and breathable. My head circumference is 56cm and I opted for a S/M helmet, recommended for 52 to 58cm. It must be said that the helmet tends to be small, which means that if you have a head circumference of 58cm, I would go for the larger size: in fact, in my case, I felt the size was right.


The ventilation, to be an integral, is at the highest level: this was the first impression. A good lightness, well under the kg, make it an excellent helmet for enduro use, even if Abus also promotes this helmet for the more gravity disciplines such as downhill.

The same goes for the ASC design: there's very little difference between an open face helmet and this Airdrop. the sounds outside are heard and it is an excellent quality. The only annotation is that in some points it tends to press, especially in the back where we find a classic closure with an open helmet style wheel: with my "oval style" head I did not find comfort at the highest levels but still bearable.

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The strap closure typical of open helmets: but it doesn't go perfectly with all heads

The cheek pads are quite soft and the wider than usual chin strap helps to wear the helmet well even if the rear closure remains "on hold". Worth noting is the large space under the visor to be able to affix a possible action cam even if there is not much adjustment and it becomes difficult to be able to affix a possible mask in the rest position under the visor.

A good helmet with a low weight that will please those people who are looking for lightness and ventilation in a full-face helmet.


  • In-mold design for a solid structure between the outer shell and the helmet's absorbent material (EPS)
  • Zoom Ace FF: adjustment system to adapt perfectly to the circumference of the head
  • Protective edges for clavicles
  • Certifications: CPSC, DIN EN 1078
  • Sizes: S / M (52 – 58cm), L / XL (58 – 62cm)
  • QUIN ready – integrate the QUIN sensor whenever you want
  • Mask attachment
  • Ambient Sound Channels (ASC) increase awareness of your surroundings
  • Insertable and breathable cheek pads
  • Glasses compatible design
  • Double ring strap
  • Ventilation: excellent ventilation thanks to 11 conveyors and 6 air extractors
  • Weight 808gr (QUIN version with sensor 895gr)
  • List price: €270 (€330 for the QUIN version)


List price: €270 (€330 for the QUIN version)

Written by

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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