Bluegrass has filled a gaping hole in its helmet lineup with an all-new, lightweight full face helmet for enduro racing. We don’t have our hands on one just yet, but at a claimed 725 grams for a MIPS-equipped size medium, the Bluegrass Vanguard Core looks to be striking a good balance between protection, weight and ventilation.
On top of its ASTM 1952-15/2032-15 certification for downhill mountain biking, and its NTA 8776 certification for eBiking, the Vanguard Core also gets a 5 Star rating from the independent helmet testers at Virginia Tech. Its actual score? Virginia Tech don’t publish that until the helmet is available in stores so, not until early July. Like many brands, Bluegrass and their parent company, MET, also do a bunch of in-house testing – see some Priced at $350 USD, the Vanguard Core nears the top-end of the spectrum for a helmet in the lightweight full face enduro lid category, but it boasts a couple of neat features that, if well-executed, could make the extra dollars worth it. Here’s an overview. Bluegrass Vanguard Core Full Face Enduro Helmet
The Bluegrass Vanguard is available in a MIPS-equipped Core Edition that retails at $350 USD (330 €), or a more basic version that lacks any rotational impact protection – that one comes in at a more affordable price point of 270 €.
It’s not just MIPS that sets them apart; the Core Edition also benefits from a removable mud-grill that covers the main vent on the chin guard, while […]