Best Morotcycle Helmets to Ensure Your Safety

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 16, 2017
It is vital to use a helmet while riding a motorcycle or a scooter. This is the reason we propose you this review. Read our review about best motorcycle helmets and choose the best safety gear for you. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Safety Rank
Type
Size and Color
Comfort and Additional Options
Design/Material
 
PROS
This helmet is ideal for long trips since you won't have to take it off during refuelling or smoke breaks.
CONS
Because of its modular design, the helmet is a bit heavy.
OUR VERDICT
This fantastic helmet provides great protection and excellent aerodynamics. It will be an ideal choice for racers who really love high speeds.
detailed parameters
Safety Rank
DOT
Type
Modular Flip
Size and Color
X-Small - 5X-Large 13 colors
Comfort and Additional Options
Adjustable D-ring secured nylon strap, Advanced CAD technology, Bluetooth Ready speakers, ACS Advanced Channeling Ventilation System, Removable Nylex® interior
Design/Material
Polycarbonate Composite Shell
PROS

Outstanding safety thanking construction. Striking look. Enhanced comfort. Can be used for snowmobile racing.

CONS

The outer look is aggressive and some customers might look for something plain.

OUR VERDICT

A very good choice of a helmet. Taking to account a very comfortable and reliable construction and killer look, this helmet will surely find its own audience.

detailed parameters
Safety Rank
DOT
Type
Modular Flip
Size and Color
Small - Large 1 color
Comfort and Additional Options
Retractable anti-sun visor, Pull-up face part
Design/Material
Advanced Thermoplastic Shell, Outstanding look with stylish ornament
PROS
High density of the material provides this helmet with the maximum security level.
CONS
This model has a narrow size range.
OUR VERDICT
This type of the helmet provides its owner with the best protection at a reasonable price.
detailed parameters
Safety Rank
DOT, SNELL M2010
Type
Full Face
Size and Color
Medium, X-Large, 2X-Large 5 colors
Comfort and Additional Options

D-ring chain closure and strap keeper, Removable & washable linear

Design/Material

A shell and plush interior

PROS
The great ventilation system and a relatively small weight of this helmet do not cause discomfort during long use.
CONS
The interior is non-removable.
OUR VERDICT
The helmet is ideal for in-town trips owing to a wide field-of-vision angle. Best for roadsters, scooters, underbones, and mopeds.
detailed parameters
Safety Rank
DOT
Type
Open Face
Size and Color
Small - X-Large 1 color
Comfort and Additional Options

Front brow vents to reduce sweating and allow air flow, A scratch-resistant helmet storage bag included, D-ring enclosure with a retention strap

Design/Material

Thermoplastic shell

PROS
This is a lightweight helmet that passes all safety certifications. It comes in 15 different designs to fit your personality.
CONS
The head may sweat a little bit because the helmet has no venting.
OUR VERDICT
This inexpensive helmet will be best suited for choppers owners and those who travel a lot around the city, but it's not recommended for high-speed motorbikes.
detailed parameters
Safety Rank
DOT
Type
Half helmet
Size and Color
X-Smal - XX-Large 7 colors
Comfort and Additional Options
Removable visor, Adjustable double D- ring secured nylon chin strap, Lush interior padding, Removable cheek pads
Design/Material
Durable thermoplastic, Unique solid gloss black design

What is a Motorcycle Helmet

The following review is aimed at comparative analysis of motorcycle helmets which are popular among bikers, speed lovers and used in motor racing.

Motorbikes are not the safest means of transport, that is why an owner of an iron horse has to be ultimately protected from injuries.

The helmet is one of the most important safety gears of each and every rider because statistical data proves that in most of the accidents a rider hits his head. Therefore, protection level of the helmet must be maximal to ensure your head and brain safety. Moreover, some of the helmets are designed to bring fun and enhanced comfort to riding. Style of riding designates the overall protection level needed, and there are cases when a rider cannot get away only with a helmet. In such cases, a rider should also take to account a specific protection suit, gloves, and boots.

There is certainly a permissible norm of the alcohol, which is not critical to the organism. And, in order to determine whether you are allowed to ride/ drive or not, we propose to consider our review of the breathalyzers. It can easily show the level of alcohol in the blood and protect you against the risk.

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Best Motorcycle Helmets

What Features to Compare

Selecting the best helmet, you should know, what style of riding and activities it will be used for. 

Basing on this, pay your attention to type of the helmet and protection level. Type of a helmet predetermines the safety level and outer look of the product. The integral helmet is a full-head helmet with an integrated chin protector and a visor. Some models are criticized for lack of ventilation. At the same time, such construction of a helmet guarantees the best protection for a rider because in 35% of crashes rider hits with his chin. Modular helmet is a full-head helmet with a high safety level. The specific aspect of a modular helmet is that the whole front part of it can be thrown over (not only the visor). This feature is beneficial comparing to integral helmet and allows to eat/drink/smoke without taking off the helmet. Weak points of this type of a helmet are the high price, big weight, and a greater level of aerodynamic noise. Next type of helmets is the cross helmet. Cross ( Offroad) helmet is a sort of integral helmet for cross races with enhanced safety level. Genial arc is reinforced and pulled forward to relieve breathing. Modifications of such helmets can either include visors and a peak or not. And the last type of helmets is “shorty”(half-helmet). Shorties are meant for low-speed riding and have no genial arc and visor, so the safety level is minimal. 

Comfort and additional options are meant to ensure convenient functions of a helmet, which help to regulate the size, replace parts, to adjust the helmet to weather conditions. As an example, a pin lock will exclude weeping of your visor thereby your viewing angle will not be restricted. A removable Tinted visor will also be a handy thing, so you will not need to wear sunglasses under a visor. 

Design as a point of aesthetic pleasure is an important thing for a rider. The matter is that you buy a helmet for yourself, and you are going to wear it, so you would like it to look great. It would be logical to mention that there are upscale helmets with Bluetooth garniture, which gives the rider an opportunity to make phone calls and receive messages without the help of hands. Motorcycle helmets with Bluetooth option cost more but bring extra convenience to a life of a true road warrior. In case you are a woman, you must consider women motorcycle helmets. This type differs in construction from a regular men's helmets, so dear female riders, check women motorcycle helmets!

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HJC CL-MAXBT II Bluetooth Modular

Type and Protection

It goes without saying that when driving fast, even if you have good driving skills, there is always a chance that something might go wrong. So, a quality helmet with the high level of safety can really save your life. This helmet of modular type is made of polycarbonate, durable and reliable material. Suchwise, it offers the highest level of protection among the available helmets on the market. As it meets all requirements of Department of Transportation (DOT FMVSS218), you can be totally sure about your safety.

Review of HJC CL-MAXBT II Bluetooth Modular Motorcycle Helmet

Comfort and Additional Options

This motorcycle helmet has an excellent ACS (Advanced Channeling System) ventilation that allows airflow to flush heat and humidity up and out, providing you with fresh air. What's more, the presence of Bluetooth technology allows you to connect speakers for communication, listening to music/navigation instructions, and talking on the phone. Talking about the other beneficial features, we wouId like to stress that owing to the Single-Button Chinbar, it is possible to open the Face Shield with one hand, even wearing gloves.
HJC CL-MAXBT II Bluetooth Modular Motorcycle Helmet in the use

Design

Looking for something special? Here you are! The helmet has an attractive outward appearance and a number of features that make it one of the best models. It is available in 14 different colors, which makes it possible to choose the desired design, emphasizing your individuality. Hence, you will stand out from the crowd, being noticeable at large distances, which is really important for any committed rider.
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HJC CL-MAXBT II Bluetooth Modular
HJC CL-MAXBT II Bluetooth Modular
 

IV2 953-MWHT

Type and Protection

Current helmet is classified as a modular helmet which a priori has an extremely high safety level. This type of helmets was designed according to the strictest safety standards to ensure comfort and protection for your head. The safety level of such a construction of a helmet is scientifically proved.
Review of IV2 953-MWHT Dual Visor Modular FlipUp

Comfort and Additional Options

10-point ventilation system, one-hand flip system, advanced visor system, retractable anti-scratch tinted visor, removable and washable pads,- all this makes the helmet very comfortable and reliable. Stainless Steel Dual D-Rings Strap with button. One button pulls up the front part. Sweat absorbing inner liner. Can be also used as a snowmobile helmet.                                                                     

IV2 953-MWHT Dual Visor Modular FlipUp in the use

Design

The lightweight design of this helmet is accompanied with an extremely durable and reliable construction. Modular helmets like the represented Demon Samurai are the most convenient for riders in an aspect of eating/smoking/drinking without taking it off. Killer outer look of this helmet will surely make people turn their heads. A striking visual design with a picture of Demon Samurai and two swords.

                                  

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IV2 953-MWHT
IV2 953-MWHT
 

Typhoon YOSN957BLKM

Type and Protection

A reasonable price and high quality have joined together to bring customers this exceptional Full Face helmet. This very helmet with an integrated chin protection has a very high degree of protection that meets all the requirements of DOT. What's more, it has also got a security certificate approved by SNELL M2010, which is much more demanding while testing for durability and safety. So, it becomes self-evident that this protective helmet boasts the highest security level possible. Note that it also protects rider's face from insects that can affect concentration while driving as well as from possible rebound of stones that can cause serious harm.
Review of Typhoon YOSN957BLKM Full Face Helmet

Comfort and Additional Options

A lightweight shell, thanks to which it is not necessary to strain the neck muscles, and a soft material inside allow any rider to feel comfortable throughout the day without any fatigue. What's more, a plush interior is easily removable and the liners are machine washable. Concerning extra features, you can buy additional tinted smoke or mirror shields for this helmet. A reliable and comfortable chin strap D-ring closure makes the helmet quick and easy to put on/take off.
Typhoon YOSN957BLKM Full Face Helmet in the use

Design

This helmet covers all parts of a face including chin and temple, improving aerodynamic properties. So, owing to this feature and interior material, the helmet doesn't cling to the skin. What about the exterior? It has a great appearance with a varnish coating that makes helmet sleek and stylish. Moreover, customers can choose one of 4 available colors: Gloss Black, Red, Gray, and White. All in all, you will be able to pick the desired one for the harmony with your motorcycle.
Detailed review of Typhoon YOSN957BLKM Full Face Helmet

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Typhoon YOSN957BLKM
Typhoon YOSN957BLKM
 

Fuel Helmets SH-WS0015 Open Face

Type and Protection

This Open Face helmet is made of thermoplastic and meets all DOT standards. But we would like to emphasize that it protects riders at low and medium speeds and it's not advisable to use it at high speed (because of its shape and type). Hence, it is suitable for traveling around the city and is mostly used for scooters, underbones or mopeds. But even with such a helmet, the chance to save life or get minor injuries in the accident is much higher than in case of riding without a helmet.
Review of Fuel Helmets SH-WS0015 Open Face Helmet with Shield

Comfort and Additional Options

If you want something comfortable for in-town rides, don't look any further. This helmet is fitted with a shield that protects your face from wind, rain, and branches. Moreover, no dust and dirt will get into your eyes. Note that this shield has a UV coating that protects eyes from harmful sun rays. What's more, it can be easily screwed on and off for replacement or cleaning. The presence of the ventilation system provides fresh air flow inside the helmet for maximum comfort. Besides, the helmet comes in a scratch-resistant bag. Thus, you can be sure that it will come in a great condition.
Fuel Helmets SH-WS0015 Open Face Helmet with Shield in the use

Design

The helmet is carried out in a modern black matte design. It is equipped with a folding shield that makes it easy to talk on the phone or smoke without taking it off the head. Needless to say, users can also freely turn their heads in the desired direction without any discomfort. Finally, we would like to emphasize that the holes for ventilation, elegantly sited along the helmet, perfectly blend with the design.
Detailed review of Fuel Helmets SH-WS0015 Open Face Helmet with Shield

Fuel Helmets SH-WS0015 Open Face
Fuel Helmets SH-WS0015 Open Face
 

VCAN V531 Cruiser Half Helmet

Type and Protection

Cruiser Half Helmet VCAN V531, which is also called "shorty", has the smallest level of protection in our review. It is suitable for driving with the average speed. For example, you can undoubtedly use it while driving the scooter. Although this helmet is made of solid materials it can not provide a sufficient protection because of its shape.
Review of VCAN V531 Cruiser Half Helmet

Comfort and Additional Options

This helmet has a small visor, which protects you against dripping into the eyes. The D-ring allows you to adjust the nylon chin strap. The helmet can always be adjusted according to the size of the head. Thus, this model provides the maximum tight and comfortable fit. Moreover, the helmet has cheek pads that can be removed and washed. Great!
VCAN V531 Cruiser Half Helmet in the use

Design

The helmet has a stylish design and is made of durable high-gloss black plastic. But this model is also available in 15 different designs. So, those who like colorful helmets can easily choose a helmet according to their personality. We would like to note, that the Cruiser Half Helmet will go well together with the tinted glasses, emphasizing the style of the owner.
Detailed review of VCAN V531 Cruiser Half Helmet

VCAN V531 Cruiser Half Helmet
VCAN V531 Cruiser Half Helmet
 

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Comparison of Morotcycle Helmets to Ensure Your Safety

FAQ:

Q: Can I wear glasses/ sunglasses with a helmet?
A: Speaking of glasses, it’s possible to wear them with a helmet, and customers with poor eyesight claim that wearing them under the helmet doesn’t cause any discomfort. However, if you wear glasses all the time, it’s better to check on your own whether it’s comfortable for you to wear them with the helmet on before making a purchase. As for sunglasses, we would recommend buying a helmet with a tinted visor instead, which is a more convenient solution. 

Q: How do I know what helmet size to choose?
A: To choose the right size, it’s important to know your head circumference first. To learn it, you need to measure the curve of your head around its widest part (in the line connecting the areas just above eyebrows and the ones above ears) with a soft measure tape. Once you've done with it, look into the size chart provided by the manufacturer and find the helmet size based on your result. If you have doubts about making the right choice, refer to the seller or the manufacturer for assistance. Still, the best way to buy a helmet of a right size is to try the helmet on in a shop.

Q: How often do I need to replace a helmet?
A: It goes without saying that if you had an accident, which resulted in damaging your helmet you need to replace the helmet as soon as possible. Even if you were never involved in an accident and have been using your helmet properly, you still need to replace it after some time. In general, it’s recommended to buy a new helmet every three or five years depending on how often you use it. As soon as you feel your helmet doesn’t fit snugly anymore, or the cheek pads and fasteners are thinner than before, it’s time to look for a new head protection equipment. 

Q: How do I maintain proper condition of my helmet?
A: To prolong the service life of your helmet, it’s important to store it at a moderate temperature and avoid exposing it to adverse conditions. Keeping your helmet in a storage pouch when not in use will provide its protection from scratches. Also, note that using strong detergents or cleaning agents for washing your helmet causes a detrimental effect on the helmet materials (both internal and external) reducing its protective properties. So, it’s recommended to wash your helmet only with a mild soap.

Q: Why isn’t it recommended to paint my helmet on my own?
A: It might seem surprising but painting a helmet on your own can negatively influence its protective properties. The paint you use may contain aggressive chemicals capable of ruining the materials on the outer side of the helmet, it’s better to leave the task to professionals.

Q: How do I clean a visor? 
A: Similar to other helmet parts, its visor needs to be treated with care, so cleaning it with a mild solution and a soft cloth is a sensible decision. You can also resort to a special visor cleaner for even better results.

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