BROOMFIELD, Colo. (BRAIN) — Norway’s Sweet Protection has released its 2019 model year collection, which includes the brand’s long-awaited convertible full-face helmet, the Arbitrator MIPS.

The Arbitrator MIPS is a downhill certified full-face helmet that easily converts into a trail bike helmet with the removal of the chin bar.

“We started out with the objective to make a full-face helmet and trail helmet in one with as little compromise as possible. Further, we defined this as the helmet should be able to meet both EN 1077, CPSC and ASTM downhill MTB standards in both ‘modes.’ At the same time the helmet needed to be lightweight and ventilated for Enduro racing,” said Sweet Protection’s director of design and development, Staale Moeller.

Sweet Protection met the goals by developing a proprietary internal Zytel skeleton with in-molded anchors. The main shell is attached to the skeleton and the whole assembly is in-molded with the EPS. The chin guard is made of pre-preg carbon fiber.

The helmet switches from fullface mode to trail mode with one lever. The helmet has both trail specific and DH-specific retention systems (the trail system tucks away when the helmet is used in full-face mode).

The helmet also features STACC ventilation like other helmets from the brand and as the name indicates the Arbitrator MIPS comes only with MIPS.

It comes in Race Blue or Natural Carbon in two sizes. It weighs 540 grams (M/L size) in trail mode and 950 grams with the chin guard attached.

More information: sweetprotection.com.

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Author: Stephen Frothingham

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