Sweet has leaned on the Bushwacker for a minute now as their premiere trail lid, and now it’s back.
The new Bushwacker offers increased protection and coverage over the previous model. It even complies with all E-Bike standards for those using boosted bikes. Still continuing MIPS usage, it’s even preventative against low and high-speed spills.
One of my favorite features is the visor locking system that Sweet integrates. Some helmets use funky little adjustment screws that always seem to come loose. Some have visors that don’t go high enough for my swag preference. Beyond the swag, the high visor allows riders to comfortably fit a pair of shades or goggles on the front of the helmet without the need for a bunch of fumbling around. At first, I thought it was kind of bulky, but it actually works, even if you have a minor crash, the lid stays locked.
I’ve got a melon, and traditionally I’ve taken some issue with the fit of sweet helmets. It felt tight in weird spots, like the temple, or just too high on the head entirely. Happy to report that the fit on this one is dialed. For my 61ish cm noggin, the L/XL fits excellent and is comfortably within the range of adjustment. Secure your perfect fit with the dial system in the back of the helmet and go off.
Troy Lee Designs has been my protection plan for a while, just due to the way that it fits my head. I actually hated the way that it looks. This fits similarly, but ever-so-slightly higher up on the head, which is nice. Smith makes a great option in this same class called the Forefront, and having spent substantial time in their flagship, I’d put this Bushwacker up head-to-head against it any day. Consider all three of these models as you go about making your purchase, but in regards to protection & aesthetic, the Bushwacker is an excellent lid that currently takes top honors for me.
Sweet is diving into mountain biking harder than ever, and it shows. There are very few things that I’d change here. Consider what you like style-wise, but this is a helmet you’ll catch me in constantly over the course of the season. If you know the way that I ride bikes, you know protection is #1, and this marks that box with a big red check.
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