Fox Racing MVRS V3 Review

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This is the helmet that fills the gap between the V2 and the V4 models of the Fox Racing MVRS helmet. The V2 is made out of lightweight fiberglass and the V4 being the pro model option that is made of carbon fiber, giving the pro rider a little more added ventilation across the front, top, and back of the helmet.

Today, we are going to dive into the Fox Racing MVRS V3. The V3 gives riders a lot of the same features that you are going to see with the V4 pro model but is going to come in at a significantly lower price point. The primary reason that you are going to save on costs with the V3 is due to the fact that the shell is not made from fiberglass, like the V4.

Overall, you are going to get a lot of great features with the V3, and if you aren’t a pro, you can expect this model to run between the $400 to $500 mark. Let’s jump in and take a look at everything the Fox Racing MVRS V3 has to offer.

2019 Fox Racing V3 Matte Carbon Helmet-L

Ratings

Comfort:

90%
Comfort

Visibility:

90%
Visibility

Ventilation:

95%
Ventilation

Quietness:

60%
Quietness

Specifications

Outer shell material : Composite shell construction using carbon, Kevlar, and fiberglass

Shell size : 4 shell and 4 EPS sizes for a precise fit.

Liner : with MIPS, Dri-lex® premium comfort liner and cheek pads

Weight : 1.55 kgs

Pinlock

Strap System : MVRS (Magnetic Visor Release System)

Safety Ratings

DOT : Yes

ECE : Yes

SNELL : No

SHARP : Not tested


Shape and materials

One of the primary reasons that you are going to be saving a serious amount of cash with this helmet is with the materials. The V3 is not made of the lightweight carbon fiber that the V4 is, but it is a big step from the heavier materials that the V2 is cut from. The V3 is made from a lightweight composite shell construction of carbon, Kevlar, and fiberglass, and it weighs in at about 3.4 pounds.


Overall comfort

This fit is for intermediate to neutral oval head shapes. If that includes you, the V3 is going to fit you very comfortably. Unless you have a really narrow or basketball-shaped head, this is going to fit the majority of riders in the US market. The 14 total vents that you can find around the helmet are going to keep you very comfortable in terms of internal temperature. Since this is an aggressive offroad and motocross racing helmet, Fox packed the V3 with as much ventilation as possible to increase airflow and keep you cool while riding.

Keep in mind that the V2 is going to be heavier because it is constructed from fiberglass, but it is actually the same weight as the V4, which is made of fiberglass.

What about the interior?

The V3 has a Dri-lex® premium comfort liner and cheek pads. The padding keeps your face and head nice and comfortable and the Dri-lex® wicks sweat from your face to keep you dry and cool while riding. They are really easy to snap out and remove from the helmet so you can wash it, and if you are an offroad or motocross rider, you know how funky your liner can get after a single ride. The cheek pads are interchangeable so that you can fine-tune the fit of your helmet. The comfort liner is also well-ventilated with massive cutouts that allow for maximum airflow through the liner. The large cutouts and the ample amounts of comfort padding in the liner make it a cool and comfortable fit.

Things I liked

  • MIPS integrated safety system
  • Comfortable, wicking comfort liner
  • 14 exterior vents
  • Aggressive looks
  • Different designs
  • Lightweight materials
  • The low price point for the number of features you are getting

Things I don’t like

  • Noise

Visibility

You are going to have plenty of visibility out the front of the mask. The V3 also has a removable peak that you can remove to clean or change out if you want to further customize your helmet. All you really need is your favorite pair of goggles, and you are good to ride. There is a ton of room through the front of the helmet to accommodate a broad spectrum of goggle sizes.


Quietness

Even with the thickness of the inner liner, you can expect the V3 to be loud. The 14 vents around the helmet is going to let in a lot of noise, but that’s the cost that you are going to pay to stay cool.


Ventilation

Another big plus with the V3 is that you are going to get a high bang for your buck in terms of ventilation. On the V3, in particular, there are 14 vents around the helmet which will keep you nice and cool. To give you a frame of reference, there are only 16 total vents on the V4. Ventilation is just one of many aspects of any quality racing helmet, but taking two fewer vents off the exterior of the helmet can save you some serious money at checkout.

This includes 4 rear passive vents that are going to help suck warm air out of the helmet, while moving cool air from the front of the helmet, over the top of your head, and through the back. With motocross and offroad track riding being some of the most aggressive and aerobic ways to ride, any rider can appreciate how cool the V3 is going to keep you.


Safety

One of the biggest selling points of this model is that it put pro-level safety features into a middle-tier offroad helmet. The V3 integrates the MIPS system into the design. If you aren’t familiar with the MIPS system, this is an additional liner between the liners of the helmet. The added liner works to not only give the rider better overall protection against any kind of impact or trauma but works uniquely to reduce the rotational or angular forces that can be projected on the helmet at a low speed or angular crash.

What does that look like as it is integrated into the design?

If you take a look at the inside of the helmet you will notice that the MIPS system allows a decent amount of rotation within the liners of your helmet. The rotation of this layer lets your head and comfort liner rotate within the helmet. This slight rotation significantly lengthens the time it takes for the blunt force of a crash to transfer that rotational or angular impact to your head. You may not think this would make a big difference in a low speed or angular accident, but you would be surprised that a matter of microseconds can significantly reduce the blow that your head takes in a crash. Like the V2 and V4, the V3 is also DOT and Snell rated.

Conclusion

Overall, the Fox MVRS V3 is an excellent helmet for motocross, offroad, and track riders. If you have a lower-tier racing helmet and are missing out on some of the features that pro helmets offer, there’s a good chance that the V3 is going to have those professional features that you’ve been longing for. Sure, you aren’t going to get a carbon fiber helmet with 16 vents like the V4, but you are going to get a stylish, cool, aggressive-looking racing helmet, and save money getting it.

The integrated MIPS technology provides a level of safety for motocross riding that other lower-tier, lower pricepoint helmets typically don’t have. Some helmets look better than they perform and others perform better than they look. The V3 isn’t either of these. This is one of those rare occurrences where the aggressive design and style of this helmet adequately represent the performance and safety features of this high quality, high bang-for-your-buck racing helmet.

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