WHAT IS IT? The Fly F2 Carbon MIPS Zoom helmet
has a carbon fiber and Kevlar shell with an integrated
MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System). It
is used by top Fly racers Trey Canard, Andrew Short,
Weston Peick and Justin Brayton. This helmet is out-of-the-box-and-onto-the-racetrack-ready.
WHAT’S IT COST? $399.95.
CONTACT? www.flyracing.com or (208) 319-3079.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that
stand out with the Fly Racing F2 carbon MIPS Zoom
(1) Fit. The Fly F2 Carbon helmet has a snug yet
soft fit. We tested a medium, and it fit as a medium
should. The soft Coolmax comfort liner held the tester’s
head securely in place with no pressure points.
Its quick-release washable liner and cheek pads were
plush and comfortable against the skin. The liner
absorbed sweat effectively. Comfort is key, and Fly
hit the nail on the head.
( 2) Craftsmanship. The F2 helmet utilizes air-craft-grade, woven carbon fiber and Kevlar composite
construction. This strengthens the helmet and keeps it
light. There are 11 intake and four exhaust vents for
airflow. In cold weather these vents do flow enough
cold air to cool you off a little too much. Fly Racing
offers a cold-weather plug kit that corks the air vents
inside the EPS liner for $16.95. The visor offers excellent
adjustment up and down.
( 3) Weight. The Fly F2 Carbon helmet is on the lighter side of the helmet scale, but it is not the lightest nor
the heaviest, coming in at just over 3 pounds. For comparison the Zoom is 1.1 ounces lighter than what a 6D
weighs. Most MXA test riders put light weight farther
down on their priority list than construction, safety and
quality. While most of these things are subjective, they
are an integral part of every test riders’ decision-making
process. Often, more foam, MIPS liners and multi-layer
shells add a little weight while increasing confidence in
the safety of the helmet.
( 4) MIPS. MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact
Protection System. In essence, it is a smooth liner that
has the ability to allow your skull to slip slightly when
your helmet hits the ground at an angle. This slip
reduces rotational energy, which helps your brain withstand hard hits. You don’t really notice MIPS, and unless
you go looking, you can’t see it, but it’s there.
( 5) Safety. There are two different foam densities
in the lining of the F2 Carbon helmet. The crown uses
soft-density foam because of its larger surface area, while
the remainder of the shell is made of denser EPS foam.
Using dual foam allows the helmet designer to provide
progressive impact absorption for different levels of head-to-ground contact. The F2 carbon helmet is Snell 2015,
ECE and DOT certified.
( 6) Options. The F2 carbon comes in four different
colorways. It is available in sizes extra small to extra-extra large.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? No complaints.
This an extremely comfortable helmet
that has superb ventilation, great looks
and offers MIPS.
FLY RACING F2 CARBON MIPS ZOOM HELMET
MXA TEAM TESTED