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Sweet Protection Bushwhacker MIPS

- published June 2016

81

2016

RATINGS

Comfort
7
Ventilation
6
Features
7
Fit
6
Weight
5
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
81

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THE GOOD

  • MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System)
  • Excellent side and rear coverage
  • Venting
  • Comfortable

THE BAD

  • Heavy
  • Hot on warm days

THE VERDICT

The Sweet Bushwhacker MIPS is a comfortable helmet that provides excellent extended rear and side coverage. It comes standard with two weights of inner pads to ensure the most optimal fit. However, the heavier pads, combined with the MIPS layer, generates head heat on high-exertion rides on warmer days. 

FULL REVIEW

COMFORT
The Sweet Bushwhacker MIPS comes standard with a replacement set of thicker padding. Sweet recommends using the thicker pads and so does our tester. The thicker padding also helps achieve a more secure fit. 

The pads (two large strips and two small pieces) are perforated and do a very good job of absorbing sweat, making this helmet comfortable on long-distance rides. 

Although the addition of the thicker pads retained more heat, they still did a good job of preventing sweat from dripping onto our tester’s face.  

VENTILATION
The Sweet Bushwhacker MIPS’ seventeen air vents do a good job of promoting air flow. Our tester found that on mountain bike rides in excess of twelve miles with temperatures ranging from the low sixties to mid-seventies, ventilation came up short due to the MIPS liner. 

FEATURES
The Sweet Bushwhacker MIPS measures fourteen inches from ear to ear and seventeen inches from front to back for generous head coverage. Additional head protection comes from MIPS, a thin liner that protects against rotational forces by separating the shell from the liner to allow the liner to slide relative to the skull in an angular crash.

While not adjustable, the visor is removable. It is connected to the helmet with a single plastic pin on each side. Our tester found that these plastic pins pop out very easily when removing the visor and can become lost. Sweet includes several extra sets of pins in case they do get lost. At 2.25 inches in length, the visor does a decent job of shielding the sun from eyes. 

FIT
The Sweet Bushwhacker MIPS’ glove-friendly four-way Adjustable Turn-Dial Occigrip fit system is simple and fast to adjust and can be done one-handed while riding. The ear straps are fully adjustable but our tester found that the thicker padding included with the helmet was needed for a secure fit. 

Straps are composed of a single thick strand of webbing that becomes two thick strands at the chin which tended to feel bulky. 

WEIGHT
With generous head coverage, sturdy straps and addition of the MIPS liner, the Sweet Bushwhacker MIPS was the heaviest helmet in the test at 365 grams. Though felt surprisingly light on the head.   

How We Tested It

The Sweet Protection Bushwhacker MIPS was tested for two weeks on asphalt, gravel, singletrack in and around Minnesota on days with temperatures ranging from the low forties to the mid-seventies and on distances that ranged from six miles to fifty-six.

For more reviews beyond this Spring 2016 test, check out other bike helmet tests and bike shoe tests, along with other related cycling gear tests

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

About the Author

Marie Malinowski

Marie Malinowski

Marie Malinowski is a Minneapolis-based mountain biker, bike commuter, backpacker, and trail runner who covers our cycling accessories categories.

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$229.95
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Comfort
7
Ventilation
6
Features
7
Fit
6
Weight
5
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
81

Weight

12.89 oz

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