Five Fast Facts: Fox V4 Helmet

Better fit, better comfort, better protection.

2012 Fox V4 Helmet

2012 Fox V4 Helmet

New "Premium" fit: Four shell sizes (XS-S, M, L, XL-XXL) with distinctive EPS dimensions are claimed to provide a better-fitting helmet for the many different skull shapes. The V4 has an integrated roost guard and a single, removable mouth guard, and the cheek pads have a cupped lower edge to wrap under the jawline for a more secure fit.

The Apple approach: Designed and developed in California with athletes like Ryan Dungey, Chad Reed and Justin Barcia.

Venting you can feel: The V4 has 16 intake ports and eight exhaust ports. Screen helps to keep mud and debris out while letting air in. High-tech Dry-Lex fabric helps to wick away moisture while providing comfortable feel.

Three-stage protection: Exceeds Snell 2010 and DOT standards. The carbon-fiber composite shell and dual-layer EPS liner create a three-stage, impact-absorbing system. The helmet offers clean lines while remaining relatively round; there are no hard edges that could potentially grab dirt in the event of a crash.

Easy Maintenance: New aluminum screws ensure that the visor stays secure while riding yet are quick to undo for cleaning. Easy-to-remove liner allows the V4 to be washed easily and quickly. The comfort liner snaps back in place without a hitch.

The Fox V4 Helmet is available in XS-XXL sizes and four different colors: Flight Carbon, RC Monster, Rockstar and Future Red. Priced from $549.95 to $574.95