PRODUCT TEST: ZOX Rush Star Helmet

WHAT IT IS:
Zox’s Rush Star helmet got our attention because it costs $100, but its styling and finish are much better than we expect at that price. Safety should always be a priority when choosing a helmet, and Rush Star has that covered with DOT and ECE approval. As we expected, the shell is thermoplastic resin, not some exotic composite weave or hand-laminated fiberglass, but the helmet is light. At just 3.1 pounds, it’s within a few ounces of some $300 helmets. The shell styling is very up to date, and several color and graphic schemes are available, including camo, pink and solid black. Some lower priced helmets have very few looks to choose from.

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PERFORMANCE

Comfort is another area where the Zox Rush Star delivered more than we expected from a $100 helmet. The large size we tested fit like a large, so there’s no need to choose a larger than normal size to get a correct fit. The interior shape and padding have a quality feel, with no odd shapes or uncomfortable pressure points. There are vents above the eyeport and at the rear of the shell, and they work, but the venting system doesn’t move massive amounts of air. Zox saved a little money with the plain white helmet bag, but it does its job. The helmet’s finish looks great, with well-applied paint, a clear coat and trim.

THE VERDICT:

Zox’s Rush Star helmet costs just $100, but it changed our idea of what a $100 helmet can be. This helmet’s comfort, finish and color choices are similar to some helmets that cost twice as much.

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