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ABUS MoDrop Mips test: the trail helmet for mountain biking

Multi-purpose MTB trail helmet with excellent value for money. In the MIPS version (under test) it has additional protection against impacts.

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Let's get to know a helmet with an excellent quality / price ratio and Trail characteristics, that is to say well protective even in the back, ideal for those who mountain bike at a more technical level or simply want more protection.

VIDEO

ABUS has created the new MoDrop, a helmet that has a hint of Italianness in the soul since the launch video was shot in Italy on the Tuscan / Emilian Apennine ridge, tracks of the Appenninica MTB Stage Race (see the video of the our race in Appenninica in 2021).

The helmet has a typically trail line, nothing flashy on an aesthetic level, with a very rounded shell that allows the helmet to fit comfortably, without abnormal pressure in the temples or other area. MoDrop is naturally equipped with an adjustable visor that allows a very high amplitude range.

The openings of the helmet are 14 (6 conveyors and 8 extractors), all very large which make it very well ventilated. The front three have an anti-insect net. In the back we find the classic adjustment with rotor with in addition also the possibility of adjusting it in height with 5cm of variation. All this makes it adaptable to any type of skull, including the situation with hair gathered in a ponytail: in fact this helmet is also suitable for those who wear a ponytail, given the presence of an empty space in the back area.

MIPS/EPS

The ABUS MoDrop helmet under test features MIPS technology (if you have doubts about what it is, here is the link for you) which offers more security. Multi-shell in-mold technology for an integral fusion between the outer shell and the material for the dissipation of shocks (EPS).

QUIN SAFETY SENSOR

In the back we find a housing that is used to insert a possible fall arrest sensor, more specifically the QUIN, given the dimensions of the compatible compartment. It is a classic accident detection system that sends a rescue request in the event of a fall (here you can find the review by Tocsen, analogous system). 

The ABUS MoDrop MIPS in size M we tested (without QUIN sensor) has a weight of 370gr (at the bottom of the article you will find all the details and weights of the other versions): an excellent value that does not make itself felt too much once worn but still guarantees excellent safety.

RESPONSE OF THE TEST

I found the ABUS MoDrop very comfortable on the head without abnormal pressures, thanks also to the wide range of adjustments, often used to change the position of the helmet a little, especially on longer rides.

The helmet does not move and the rear area wraps very well avoiding unusual movements in the most battered sections, even with GoPro on the head, given the substance weight of the Hero 9/10 🙂 (read the GoPro Hero 10 test). Excellent positioning of the glasses: both in the frontal area and at the level of the temples.

What can I say: a helmet that meets all safety and comfort requirements: you will certainly not be disappointed.

PRICES

The ABUS MoDrop, as mentioned, is available in 2 versions: classic (€ 62,35) and MIPS (€ 114,35), with the additional possibility of adding the QUIN sensor on both models (approximately + € 50 purchasable at a later time). The possibility is given to already buy the helmet with the relative sensor, thanks to the MoDrop Quin version sold for € 145,55 (a MIPS + Quin version is not available, ready for delivery).

Wide availability of colors with 7 different colors in the classic version while only 3 in the MIPS version and 2 in the Quin version.

TECHNOLOGY

  • Multi-shell in-mold technology for an integral fusion between the outer shell and the material for the dissipation of shocks (EPS)
  • Zoom Ace MTB: Height adjustment system to adapt to the circumference of the head
  • Compatibility with ponytailed hair: helmet suitable for those who wear a ponytail
  • TriVider strap system adjustable laterally and non-slip
  • Protection on the lower part for greater resistance
  • QUIN ready - easy upgrade with the separately available QUIN fall detection chip
  • GoggFit: allows you to store the glasses when the athlete does not need them
  • MIPS: to protect the skull from impacts, especially if it hits the ground diagonally when falling.
  • Ventilation: excellent ventilation for this type of helmet thanks to 6 conveyors and 8 air extractors
  • Insect net: protection against insects and foreign bodies.

SPECIFICATIONS

REAR LIGHTNo
COLORS9 colors
SIZESS (51 - 55cm), M (54 - 58cm), L (57 - 61cm)
WEIGHT310g (S), 330g (M), 360g (L)
+ 5gr for QUIN
+ 30gr for MIPS
CERTIFICATIONSDIN EN 1078.

PROJECTED IMPACT

The ABUS MoDrop helmet has an excellent quality / price ratio, offered in its basic version at € 62,35: it is not easy to find Trail helmets at this price. We would like to recommend the MIPS version if you use the MTB a little more aggressively in order to have the maximum level of protection: never save on safety.

For information visit the official website Abus.com.



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[email protected] 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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