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Leatt DBX 1.0 AM and 3.0 AM helmet review

Leatt’s most affordable and most expensive AM helmets are both based around Turbine 360 G-force reduction and a similar increased protection head form. So what are the differences between them?

Leatt DBX
(Image: © Guy Kesteven)

Our Verdict

Big pads can make them sweaty but Leatt’s trail helmets are well-sorted extra protection options and the 1.0 AM is a proper bargain

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South African protection specialists started with neck braces but it's since expanded its range into a full set of clothing and protection including helmets. These new AM lids can get a bit sweaty over time but they add extra impact protection and secure fit in basic and bling formats and the 1.0 is a proper bargain.

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DBX 1.0 AM

Internal channeling helps with airflow (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)
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DBX 1.0 AM

The nine turbine wheels are designed to dampen impacts (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)
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DBX 1.0 AM

Peak is adjustable but doesn't offer enough space to store goggles (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)

Leatt DBX 1.0 AM

Weight: 342g (M) | Sizes: S, M, L | Colours: Black, Forest, Ink, Mint | Price: £54.99 (M)

Turbine 360 tech
Secure and stable fit
Adjustable peak
Bargain price
Decent fast cooling
Outer edge straps
Big pads get sweaty
Hot at slow speeds
No lower edge shell

You’re certainly getting a lot of helmet for the price with the DBX 1.0 AM. Fit is usefully universal and you get a big rubber dialled cradle to cinch it up snug. You only get 14 vents but they’re all pretty big and there’s enough internal channelling to get decent airflow once you’re up to speed. It’s not so cool if you’re slogging slowly up a climb though.

The nine ‘Turbine 360 Technology’ ‘wheels’ provide damped movement between helmet and head-on impact and Leatt claim 30 per cent reduction in head impact loads at concussion levels and 40 per cent reduction in rotational G transfer. A single piece set of thick, broad, machine washable pads line the front, crown and side of the helmet. That makes it very comfy initially but they soon start to soak up sweat when it’s hot and they’ll hold a lot of it, too. 

The front straps are anchored into the outer edge of the helmet which makes putting it on easy and reduces glasses conflict. You also get a mid-sized angle adjustable peak for reasonable glare/rain protection but it doesn’t move enough to store goggles underneath. Like most cheaper helmets there’s no hardshell protection around the bottom edge either but otherwise, you're getting excellent all-round performance for the money.

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Leatt DBX 3.0 AM

Additional side vents improve ventilation over the DBX 1.0 AM (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)
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Leatt DBX 3.0 AM

The DBX 3.0 gets one additional turbine 360 'wheel' (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)
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Leatt DBX 3.0 AM

The same head retention cradle is used across both helmets (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)
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Leatt DBX 3.0 AM

The long 'moto' peak offers plenty of adjustment (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)

Leatt DBX 3.0 AM

Weight: 403g (M) | Sizes: S, M, L | Colours: Black, Forest, Blue, Ruby, Brushed, Grey, Green | Price: £138.99

Turbine 360 tech
Secure and stable fit
Widely adjustable ‘Moto’ peak
Excellent strap and Fidlock buckle
Full hardshell casing
Reasonable all round ventilation
Big pads get sweaty
High price

The DBX 3.0 has a similar shape and the same cradle system as the 1.0 so fit is equally friendly and secure. You get ten 360 Turbine ‘wheels’ though and the strap gets an offset buckle at the Y junction so they sit really well and they’re fastened with a magnetic Fidlock catch. You get more side vents as well and the internal channelling is more extensive so it’s cooler going fast and much cooler if you’re crawling. The pads are even thicker though so they can hold even more sweat (and stay wet for even longer) once you do start heating up.

While the bolt-on ‘MX’ peak is relatively long, detaches easily in a crash and lifts up far enough for storing goggles it’s relatively narrow, so there’s little protection from rain/sun at an angle. While complete hardshell protection makes it more durable and the metal badge on the back is a nice cosmetic touch, pricing seems high especially when the 1.0 performs almost as well for £84 less.

Verdict

With enhanced ‘Turbine’ protection, decent venting and quality strap set up for security Leatt’s DBX 3.0 helmet ticks all the current AM helmet boxes but the big pads get very sweaty, the peak is a bit narrow and it’s a lot of cash. In contrast, the DBX 1.0 AM isn’t quite as cool at lower speeds but you’d be hard-pressed to notice any other compromise in performance and protection levels are the same which makes it a really good affordable trail/enduro option.