We review the 2015 Fox Striker Helmet, Fox’s latest premium lid for trail riding. Based on the popular Fox Flux model, it’s light, sleekly constructed and offers ample protection at the rear compared to your average XC helmet.
The updated honeycomb design allows for ample ventilation and slick styling it’s a hard one to beat for your all-round trail helmet with you’ve got more protection than your ordinary cross-country helmet at the back.
The shell extends quite low but without any of the weight and bulkiness that comes with enduro-style lids. A nice feature is the in-moulding, which reaches under the rim of the outer shell and keeps the inner EPS foam safe from any damage.
When wearing gloves, the easy to use, push/pull ratchet mechanism allows for a reasonable amount of adjusting with setting it to your head size. This is Fox’s own “Detox” retention system so you just need to pinch it with one hand to tighten or loosen your helmet fit.
Inside the helmet, the cradle frame is quite wide and fits comfortably whilst keeping a firm hold. You can see the Detox retention system in the image below at the base of the helmet.
The visor is smaller than other ones we’ve seen and isn’t adjustable, but of you wish you can remove it quite easily. However this is a non issue as your view is never obstructed due to the size of the visor. Only if there was excessive low level sunlight would there be any noticeable difference.
Airflow is excellent: there’s 22 vent, 2 more than the Fox Flux, which helps to pull in fresh air from all around with well moulded exit ports to let the heat out.
A minor point is that the rear section of the straps begin from the centre rather than the edges, and if you’ve had the helmet knocking about in a bag they tend to get tangled with the cradle. A great little lid and at around £80, it’s in the mid price range.