First ride review: MET Parachute MCR helmet – the return of a classic
In its day, the minimalist chin guard of the very first MET Parachute full face helmet stirred up quite a bit of controversy in the helmet market. Its successor divided the mountain bike world no less. The latest version, the MET Parachute MCR not only looks a whole lot better than its predecessor, but it also features improved safety and has become more intuitive to use. We’ve already tested it and got all the details.
The MET Parachute MCR in detail
Helmets with removable chin guards are a hot trend in the market. However, most of them always have at least one drawback: they are heavy, attaching the chin guard is awkward, they’re poorly ventilated or they just don’t look good. The MET Parachute MCR aims to outshine all others with its clever details and sophisticated design. The 840 g full-face helmet (455 g without the chin guard) is ASTM F-1952-15/F-2032-15 certified, featuring a MIPS system, a magnetic FIDLOCK closure and a BOA fit system for a secure and comfortable fit.
MCR is MET’s acronym for what they call the Magnetic Chinbar Release – a simple system to detach the chin guard in seconds
The highlight of the MET Parachute MCR is its magnetic locking mechanism, allowing you to attach and detach the chin guard very quickly. To attach the chin bar, click the left and right side into the helmet and then push the two pins into the holes provided – they lock into place magnetically. To detach the chin guard, turn the knobs on both sides to release the magnetic locking mechanism and simply pull the chin guard off to the front.
The visor can be adjusted in two positions, allowing you to easily stow your goggle underneath it on climbs. 21 large vents and dedicated air channels are designed to provide optimal ventilation. The visor is made of a flexible material and thus minimises the rotational forces that could occur in a crash. However, MET don’t use screws with predetermined breaking points, as is usually the case. The helmet includes two different thickness chin pads, to optimally adjust the fit of the helmet. Speaking of fit: the height of the fit system at the back of the helmet can also be adjusted, like on the MET Roam.
Alle Details auf einen Blick
- Weight: full face 840 g; open face 455 g (size M)
- Price: € 330
- ASTM certified (F1952-15/F2032-15)
- flexible, adjustable visor
- Neck-Brace compatible
- MCR – Magnetic Chinbar Release
- removable chin pads (2 sizes included)
- three sizes S (52-56); M (56-58); L (58-61)
- 21 vents with integrated air channels
- MIPS C2 Brain Protection System
- BOA fit system
- integrated STRAP anchor
- magnetic FIDLOCK buckle
- a total of six different colour options available
First review of the MET Parachute MCR
We were able to test the new MET Parachute MCR at a venue of the Enduro World Series in Canazei, as well as on our home trails. With a circumference of 58 cm and an oval head shape, we chose the medium size – in size L the Parachute MCR was a little too loose from side to side. For the chin bar, we opted for the thinner of the two pads. Attaching the chin guard is easy after a few times practising in front of a mirror, and it works on the trail without you having to take off the helmet.
After only a few attempts, we took off the chin guard at every opportunity, allowing you to free up your ears and chat with your riding buddies unhindered. Depending on the position of the release knob, it takes a moment to get a good grip of the lever – especially with gloves on. Since we rode without a backpack, we simply attached the chin guard to the waist regulation velcro of our pants, which worked perfectly. In the open face mode, the helmet fits snug and secure and is perfect for climbing.
The MET Parachute MCR is a true 2-in-1 helmet, performing both uphill and downhill!
On the first descent, the visor obscured our field of vision slightly in the low setting (which is still quite high). However, this can be remedied quickly and effectively by adjusting the fit system on the back of the head, making the helmet fit perfectly. The ventilation is excellent both with and without the chin guard – as far as we could tell in the cool climate that we were testing in.
The large SCOTT goggles easily fit into the helmet and under the visor. Even on rough descents, the helmet stays put and makes you feel very safe. Luckily we didn’t perform a real-world crash test with the helmet. The large opening in the middle of the chin guard provides ample ventilation even when you’re sweating and breathing heavily.
The new MET Parachute MCR will be available from MET dealers and online stores by June for € 330, and you’ll have six colours to choose from. An optional, robust carrying case is available for an additional € 35.
Our conclusion on the MET Parachute MCR
The new MET Parachute MCR convinced us not only with its looks but also with the ingenious locking mechanism for the chin guard. It’s a true 2-in-1 helmet that cuts a fine figure with or without the chin guard. The secure fit, the high-quality workmanship and the smart details all left a very positive impression. Our only point of criticism: the hefty € 330 price tag.
- snug and secure fit
- easy attachment of the chin guard
- good ventilation
- adjustability to suit every head shape
- hefty price
For more information about the new MET Parachute MCR, visit the MET homepage.