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MET Parachute MCR – In our big 2023 comparison test for lightweight and convertible full-face helmets

Italian helmet manufacturer MET enters the race with the latest version of a true classic, the Parachute MCR, a convertible helmet that meets all safety standards for downhill helmets and is equipped with an innovative chin bar fastening system.

MET Parachute MCR | Convertible | 887g | 350 € | Manufacturer’s website

The Parachute MCR is based on the same design as MET’s Roam half-shell enduro helmet, with the MCR extension standing for Magnetic Chinbar Release. As the name suggests, the chin bar’s locking mechanism is based on magnets that lock the two connecting parts into place. The chin bar is then attached to the helmet shell using a ratchet-like mechanism, while the magnets only serve as a guide. The Parachute MCR costs 350 euros and weighs 887 g. This makes it the heaviest convertible full-face helmet in this test. However, the extra weight isn’t for nothing – it’s also the only convertible model in this test that meets the ASTM standard for downhill helmets.
To ensure a good fit, the parachute uses a three-stage holding system that adjusts the height of the system using a rotary knob. The dial was developed in close collaboration with BOA and therefore uses thin nylon cords instead of wide plastic straps. For added safety, MET also uses a MIPS liner designed to dissipate rotational forces during an impact. The visor is flexible and can be adjusted to two different positions. The higher position provides space for storing your safety glasses underneath. The Parachute MCR also features a magnetic FIDLOCK buckle that can be easily attached and opened with just one hand.

The MET Parachute is the only convertible helmet in this test with an ASTM-certified chin bar.
The chin bar is guided by two magnets in the mounting slots, allowing for easy attachment to the shell.

The MET Parachute MCR offers a comfortable fit for a wide range of head shapes while feeling extremely secure. While the back of the helmet sits quite high and keeps your neck a little cooler, the adjustment mechanism extends quite far around the head, providing a nice, secure fit. With the chin bar installed, it is the helmet that stands out among the convertible full-face models in this test conveys the most self-confidence. Without the chin bar, the Parachute MCR feels a little more robust than the Bell, but still offers excellent ventilation and is significantly cooler than the uvex. The chin bar can be removed quickly and easily: simply turn the two clips and pull the chin bar forward – done! The system is incredibly intuitive to use, even while wearing the helmet. The main differences between the Parachute’s locking system and the other conversion concepts become apparent when you attach the chin bar to the shell. With the MET system, once you place the two metal pins in their respective eyelets, the magnetic guides make the rest of the process much easier. The FIDLOCK chin strap buckle is extremely easy and intuitive to use.

With the Parachute MCR, MET offers a convertible full-face helmet that, thanks to ASTM certification, can be used for a wide range of uses, including downhill. From relaxed laps after work in half-shell mode to adrenaline-pumping bike park expeditions in full-face configuration, the Parachute MCR has your back. However, despite the overall beefy look, the back of the helmet is quite high. The magnetic locking system allows the chin bar to be easily attached and proves to be the most intuitive conversion concept in the entire test field. The Parachute MCR provides a secure, comfortable fit and instills a high level of confidence.


  • The only convertible helmet in this test certified by ASTM for downhill use
  • Intuitive chinbar locking system
  • Secure fit
  • Good ventilation


  • Short rear shell part
  • Quite bulky without a chin bar

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For an overview of the group test: 9 lightweight and convertible full-face mountain bike helmets tested

All full-face helmets tested: Bell jar Super Air R Spherical (Click to review) | Bluegrass Vanguard Core Edition (Click for review) | Fox Proframe RS (Click for review) | giro Insurgent (Click for review) | MET Parachute MCR | POC Otocon Race MIPS (Click for review) | Specialized Gambit (Click for review) | Troy Lee Designs Stage (Click for review) | Uvex Revolt MIPS (Click for review)

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Words: Simon Kohler Photos: Peter Walker

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