The Fox Metah's shell is made from molded polycarbonate to ensure a great weight to strength ratio. The inside of the helmet has Fox's Varizorb multi-density impact reduction system. Varizorb is an EPS foam with softer, cone-shaped foam sandwiched between strategically designed layers of denser foam. This allows the foam to slow impact and provide better cushioning for your head during impact.
Airflow and heat management is taken care of by 10 big vents. The fixed visor is shaped and positioned to optimise airflow through the vents. A premium liner with sealed edges is used, which not only increases comfort and improves moisture management, it also helps with the airflow as air can pass freely through the helmet rather than "stall".
If you ride with goggles, you need not worry about keeping them in place when wearing the Fox Metah. The upper section of the back has been designed to hold goggle straps in place with a lip that hints at the Flux design. A Y-Strap system is used to direct the strap around the ears in an effort to make it as comfortable and unobtrusive as possible. This does mean you lose the ability to fine tune them and adjust how the each strap fits around your ears. The overall snugness of the fit can, however, be adjusted by a single-hand retention system in the form of a dial at the base of the helmet.
- First Fox All Mountain helmet with lower coverage on back of head for added protection
- 10 Big Bore vents provide improved airflow and reduced weight
- Fox Varizorb multi-density impact reduction system provides superior protection
- Fixed anchor Y-Strap system offers simple on and off and improved fit
- Premium liner with sealed edges for increased comfort and moisture management
- Single hand dial actuated retention system provides easy adjustment
- MX inspired fixed visor is strategically placed to provide maximum airflow through the 3 massive big bore vents
- Superlight molded polycarbonate shell
On the Trail
Over the year since its launch, other helmet manufacturers have released their latest trail and enduro open face helmets which are similar in size, but there's no denying that the Fox Metah is a big-looking helmet. The S/M size helmet that we reviewed is a bit on the small side, but with the adjustment on offer from the retention system, the fit is very comfortable and secure. Through the roughest of trail sections, the lid stayed firmly in place and did not distract from the ride. Overall comfort was excellent and once on your head, there were no signs of its exterior bulk.
Having recently ridden other helmets with fixed Y-Straps like the Metah, I realized just how good the positioning and feel of the straps on the Metah are. They were never in the way - to the point that I didn't take note of them - until I wore other helmets that felt awkwardly positioned and distracted from the ride as they kept irritating me.
The Metah breathes really well and on a couple of brisk early morning rides, I could really feel the ventilation at work. On hot days it got the job done and switching between two other trail helmets (Kali Maya and Giro Xar) showed that the Metah is bang on par when it comes to keeping a cool head.
With some trail helmets, it can be tricky to get your favourite shades to work, but that wasn't an issue with the Metah. Even the bigger-than-the-norm Oakley Jawbreakers worked well and never knocked against the brow or rattled against the helmet. I tried two different goggles (Spy and Oakley Mayhem MX) and the fit was good paired with the Metah, staying securely in place.
My only real gripe is the length of the visor which is a bit too long for my taste. I can appreciate the fact that it's fixed in place to aid airflow through the vents, but with the length, there are times when it does get in the way. This is usually when looking far down the trail. It is not a critical flaw as the effect can be countered be tilting your head a bit further back but it wouldn't hurt if Fox could trim 10 - 15mm off the front.
I found the Fox Metah very comfortable and it breathes very well. Fortunately, I did not get to try out just how well it works when hitting the deck, but with the level of attention to detail seen in the design of the helmet, I have no doubt that it will get the job done as advertised. The only chink in its armour is the length of the visor coupled with the fact that it is fixed in place. The Fox Metah has been my helmet of choice when heading out to the trails. As a bonus, I really like the blue, white, and red colour scheme of the model that we have had on review - cool, bright without trying too hard or burning your retinas.