We know from physics class – or maybe from buying balloons at the party store – that helium is lighter than air. What, then, would “Helium Lite” be? While truly not lighter than helium (thank goodness – we wouldn’t want our feet to float off the running boards!) the Helium Lite Speed Boots are a relatively new design from Manitoba-based FXR Racing that provides protection from the elements and comfort to those that wear them.
When I unboxed and first tried on the Helium Lite Speed Boots after they arrived last December, I was initially surprised at how big they were – they measured 13 inches tall at their highest point, bringing them halfway up my calf. Speed lace hooks running up both sides helped make them relatively easy to get on and off, despite their size. Each boot weighed 2 pounds, 7 ounces on our postal scale in size 10.
The fit was quite snug – my feet and lower legs were comfortably hugged by thick-feeling, soft micro fur lining, including a mega-dense tongue that made sure my shins never felt the laces. That said, somebody with wide feet may want to consider other options because the foot area is somewhat narrow.
On the trail, the boots were supportive and comfortable. The exterior of the boot felt durable, firm and strong, but not overly stiff. Cold weather riding was not a problem – I rode more than 2,000 miles wearing them in a wide variety of conditions, including several sub-zero days, and was never uncomfortable, thanks to 800 gram insulation. They did, though, feel big on the running boards and were a bit clumsier to walk around in than some other boots I’ve worn recently. At their widest point, they were 4.8 inches wide.
Overall, I found the Helium Lite Speed to be a well targeted boot that’s perfect for somebody but not for everybody. For those looking for a secure- feeling, relatively tall, supportive, warm-yet-light riding boot, they are definitely worth consideration.
However, some riders may prefer a smaller, more agile-feeling boot if you end up doing a lot of walking, driveway shoveling and around-town driving in your snowmobile boots.
Editor’s Note: This review was originally published in the October 2020 issue of Snow Goer. Every issue of Snow Goer magazine includes in-depth sled reports and comparisons, aftermarket gear and accessories reviews, riding destination articles, do-it-yourself repair information, snowmobile technology and more! Subscribe to Snow Goer now to receive issues delivered to your door or your computer for a low cost.