2018 OFF-ROAD HELMET BUYER'S GUIDE - Dirt Bike Magazine (2023)

AFX FX-21

Technology/features: The AFX FX-21 is a light off-road helmet that uses a unique, in-molded, cone-head EPS construction. In-mold construction fuses the helmet’s outer shell with the impact-absorbing EPS liner. There are different-sized liners for a custom fit. There’s ample ear space for speakers.

  • Material: Composite poly alloy
  • Venting: Three intake vents and eight exhaust vents.
  • Weight: Large shell: 1342 grams (2.96 pounds)
  • Certification: DOT
  • Sizes: XS–XXL
  • Price: Solid: $129.95; colors: $134.95
  • Contact: www.afxhelmets.com

ARAI VX-PRO4
Features/technology: Arai believes in a simple and organic shell design that lacks edges to manage the energy of impacts. Their shell is a Complex Laminate Construction using high end fiberglass and features a rounded design. The result is less protrusion, which has proven to be less likely to catch and dig in during a spill. Arai vents via a Cowl Vent Design which exhausts heat more efficiently. The vents are sculpted into the rear shell shape and work in unison with the AirWing to greatly add lateral helmet stability at speed.
Material: CLC (Complex Laminate Construction): Contains a specially designed felt that is sandwiched between the two layers of Super Fiber Laminate. The felt acts as a reinforcement layer without adding significantly to the weight of the helmet.

  • Venting: CVD heat exhaust system.
  • Weight: 3.34 lb.
  • Certification: Snell
  • Sizes: XS-XXL
  • Price: 609.95 – $749.95
  • Contact:www.araiamericas.com
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BELL MOTO 9 Flex
Technology/Features:The Moto-9 Carbon Flex features a three-layer impact liner with multiple densities of material to more comprehensively disperse impact energy and works to reduce rotational energy transfer. Bell partnered with Fasthouse to produce the Day In the Dirt Edition pictured here, which sells for $649.95.
Material: 3k Carbon composite shell.

  • Venting: Velocity Flow
  • Weight: 3.19 lb.
  • Certification: Snell, ECE, DOT
  • Sizes:S-XXL
  • Price: 499.95 – $699.95
  • Contact: www.bellhelemets.com

6D ATR-2

Technology/features: 6D’s new advanced ODS system in the new ATR-2 helmet offers improved performance and paves the way for new standards in athlete brain protection by providing protection over a broader range of energy demands. The ATR-2 has a strengthened upper eyeport area. A cervical protection zone works to protect the rider if the helmet is pushed down and back into the neck and spine during an accident. The ATR-2’s shell has also been optimized to perform in concert with the advanced ODS.

  • Material: Optimized, lightweight tri-composite shell
  • Venting: Air gap ventilation system with 17 transfer ports
  • Weight: 1480 grams (3.26 pounds)
  • Certification: DOT, ECE, AC, and ASTM
  • Sizes: XS–XXL
  • Price: Starts at $695
  • Contact: www.6dhelmets.com

EVS T5

Technology/features: The EVS T5 is a price-focused helmet that is fit with a dual-density EPS liner for energy management, compression gaskets that integrate with a race collar/neck brace, high-flow venting and a polycarbonate shell.

  • Material: Polycarbonate
  • Venting: Max flow venting
  • Weight: 1350 grams
  • Certification: DOT
  • Sizes: XS–XXL
  • Price: $99
  • Contact: www.evs-sports.com

FLY F2 CARBON FORGE

Technology/features: The F2 Carbon Forge is Fly Racing’s factory race helmet. It features carbon fiber Kevlar shell construction, MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) and a Coolmax interior. A quad-vent above-goggle eyeport draws air from the goggle to reduce fogging.

  • Material: Carbon fiber and Kevlar composite shell
  • Venting: Multi-port air-induction cooling system includes 10 intake and four exhaust vents
  • Weight: 1478 grams (3.26 pounds)
  • Certification: Snell 2015/DOT-approved
  • Sizes: XS–XXL
  • Price: $399.95
  • Contact: www.flyracing.com

FOX V3

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Technology/features: The Fox V3 has a new level of visor technology (magnetic visor release) and features Multi-directional Impact Protection Systsem (MIPS), which reduces rotational violence to the brain. It has a new multi-composite construction that has shaved some weight off the package.

  • Material: Multi-composite
  • Venting: 14 intake and 4 exhaust vents
  • Weight: TBA
  • Certification: ECE, DOT
  • Sizes: S–XL
  • Price: $549.95
  • Contact:www.foxracing.com

FXR BLADE CARBON

Technology/features: FXR has a number of helmets in its arsenal, but its top-of-the-line motocross helmet is a carbon fiber model that is lightweight, well vented and certified. It uses a dual-density EPS liner, has a rear diffuser to transfer impact loads to compatible neck braces and has a hi-flo visor to reduce drag and protect from roost.

  • Material: 100 percent carbon fiber
  • Venting: 10 intake, four exhaust ports
  • Weight: 1270 grams (2.79 pounds)
  • Certification: DOT/ECE
  • Sizes: XS–XL
  • Price: $349.99
  • Contact: www.fxrracing.com

HJC FG-12

Technology/features: The RPHA X is HJC’s high-end motocross helmet that is both DOT- and Snell-approved and uses CAD technology for fit and feel. It has a removable liner, aerodynamic rear spoiler and a large eyeport for maximum visibility.

  • Material: Advanced P.I.M. (premium integrated matrix) shell
  • Venting: ACS (advanced channeling ventilation) system
  • Weight: N/A
  • Certification: DOT and Snell
  • Sizes: XS-XXL
  • Price: $349.99-$399.99
  • Contact: www.hjchelmets.com

JUST1 J12

Technology/features: The Just1 J12 is a full carbon fiber helmet, making it extremely rigid and very light. The Just1 J12 has two exterior shell sizes ensuring proper fit and the inner shell dimension (EPS foam and for lightweight, high-impact absorption) is scaled to fit the shell. The J12 is fit with the J.1.E.R. cheek pad removal and has a double-D retention system.

  • Material: Full carbon external shell
  • Venting: Mouth and eyebrow ventilation with rear extraction
  • Weight: ECE model: 1100 grams (2.42 pounds); ECE/DOT model: 1250 grams (2.75 pounds)
  • Certification: ECE homologation/DOT/ECE homologation
  • Sizes: XS–XXL
  • Price: $449.95
  • Contact: www.just1racing.com

KALI PRANA CARBON

Technology/features: The Prana Carbon is Kali’s top-of-the-line MX helmet and is fit with Composite Fusion Plus and Contigo LDL, which dissipates impact forces while handling the rotational forces. The Prana uses a breakaway visor, anti-microbial pads, a removable/washable liner and helmet sock and comes with a travel bag.

  • Material: Carbon fiber shell, EPS foam
  • Venting: 10 head, two brow, four chin
  • Weight: 1300g (2.86 pounds)
  • Certification: DOT
  • Sizes: XS–XL
  • Price: $375
  • Contact: https://kaliprotectives.com

KLIM F5

Technology/features: Klim’s F5 features focused ventilation created by consistent linear air pressure throughout the helmet and now has integrated Koroyd technology and MIPS rotation force mitigation. Koroyd is installed in the inner liner, replacing EPS foam at the key impact areas. It excels at reducing peak G-force transmission while remaining ultralight and porous. MIPS reduces rotational forces at an angled impact.

  • Material: Klim carbon fiber shell
  • Venting: 18 intake vents, eight exhaust vents
  • Weight: 1420 grams (3.13 pounds)
  • Certification: DOT
  • Sizes: S–XXXL
  • Price: $649.99
  • Contact: www.klim.com

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LEATT GPX 6.5 CARBON

Technology/features: Leatt’s GPX 6.5 Carbon is its high-end model and uses 360° Turbine Technology turbines made of 3D-molded energy-absorbing material. This technology targets the reduction of rotational acceleration to the head and brain and the absorption of energy upon impact at concussion level. It’s molded from an energy-absorbing material that hardens on impact. A 10-percent-smaller shell transfers up to 20 percent less rotational force to the neck, head and brain.

  • Material: Injected polymer
  • Venting: All-around ventilation, low-speed venting enhanced
  • Weight: ECE: 1270 grams (2.80 pounds)
  • Certification: ECE/DOT
  • Sizes: XS–XXL
  • Price: $599.99
  • Contact: www.leatt.com

LS2 MX470 SUBVERTER

Technology/features: The LS2 MX470 Subverter brings new technology to the motocross line via a lightweight shell that is made from proprietary kinetic polymer alloy. This utilizes nanotechnology to enhance the penetration resistance, strength and energy management of the shell without adding weight. The Synthetic Scalp System, a rotational energy management system, combats injuries. It has a removable liner with enhanced airflow.

  • Material: Kinetic polymer alloy
  • Venting: 35 separate ventilation ports with channeled EPS
  • Weight: 1360 grams (2.99 pounds)
  • Certification: DOT and ECE
  • Sizes: XS–XXL
  • Price: Solid: $199.98; graphics: $219.98
  • Contact: www.ls2helmets.com

O’NEAL 10-SERIES CARBON RACE

Technology/features: O’Neal Racing’s high-end motocross helmet has a lightweight carbon shell, has strong venting with oversized apertures, and uses a Coolmax liner that is removable, washable and sweat-wicking. Air intake at the mouth is screened, and there are side-goggle traction pads.

  • Material: Carbon shell
  • Venting: Large ports and EPS channels
  • Weight: 1080 grams (2.38 pounds)
  • Certification: DOT, ECE, AS/NZS, ACU
  • Sizes: XS–XXL
  • Price: $399.99
  • Contact: www.oneal.com

SCORPION VX-R70

Technology/features: The Scorpion VX-R70 is used by some top off-road racing teams because of its lightweight shell, dual-density EPS system and KwikWick II liner for moisture control and comfort. It uses an AirFit cheek pad system for a custom snug fit and aero-tuned ventilation for maximum breathability. Titanium corrosion-proof D-rings, a tool-less quick-change chin vent system, a shatter-resistant aero-tuned Exolon visor and a large goggle eyeport highlight the VX-R70.

  • Material: TCT composite shell construction
  • Venting: Aero-tuned venting
  • Weight: 1290 grams
  • Certification: DOT/ECE
  • Sizes: XS–XXL
  • Price: Solid: $189.95; graphics: $199.95
  • Contact: www.scorpionusa.com

SHOEI VFX-EVO

Technology/features: The Shoei VFX-EVO has been completely re-engineered and features the Motion Energy Distribution System (M.E.D.S) engineered to reduce rotational acceleration energy to the head in the event of an accident. The lightweight, high-performance shell has optimal impact absorption and a shell-integrated goggle retention system. It uses a dual-layer, multi-density EPS liner and is available in four shell sizes. The large eyeport allows for greater peripheral vision and allows for oversized goggles.

  • Material: Multi-ply Matrix AIM+ shell construction. Combining fiberglass with lightweight, organic, high-performance fibers
  • Venting: There are sixteen intake and exhaust vents shaped and located to maximize airflow and negative air-pressure suction to the rear of the helmet.
  • Weight: Solid: 1411 grams (3.11 pounds); graphics: 1420 grams (3.13 pounds)
  • Certification: DOT/Snell 2015
  • Sizes: XS–XXL
  • Price: Solid: $539; graphics: $719; replica: $739
  • Contact: www.shoei-helmets.com

SUOMY ALPHA

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Technology/features: Suomy’s top-of-the-line MX helmet features a newly re-engineered Tricarboco composite shell with a more robust carbon fiber Kevlar base, making the Alpha more impact-resistant while keeping weight to a minimum. The new shell design reduces impact angles and works with modern neck braces. The Alpha features new interior quick-release cheek pads, is more impact-resistant, is super lightweight, and comes in two shell sizes and three EPS sizes to maximize fit and comfort.

  • Material: Carbon fiber Kevlar Tricarboco shell
  • Venting: Ram air ducts combined with advanced EPS channels
  • Weight: 1250 grams (2.76 pounds)
  • Certification: DOT-approved and ECE 22-05-certified.
  • Sizes: XS–XXL
  • Price: $499.95
  • Contact: www.vleonline.com

THOR VERGE VORTECHS

Technology/features: The Thor Vortechs helmet is Thor’s premium lightweight motocross helmet. It’s built around hand-laid composite fiberglass for strength with focus on minimal weight. It features a number of air intake ports for venting and has an anti-bacterial, removable and washable SilverCool liner.

  • Material: Hand-laid composite fiberglass
  • Venting: Focused air intake ports with high-flow exhaust
  • Weight: 1288 grams (2.84 pounds)
  • Certification: DOT and ECE 22.05
  • Sizes: XS–XXL
  • Price: $299.95
  • Contact: www.thormx.com

TLD SE-4 CARBON MIPS

Technology/features: Troy Lee Designs is a graphics giant, and its SE-4 carbon MIPS is the lead model in its vast arsenal. Weighing 2.92 pounds, the carbon incorporates MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) and has 22 intake ports to channel cooling. There are three shell sizes and anatomical 3D-contoured cheek pads with an emergency release system for EMS responders.

  • Material: Carbon fiber
  • Venting: 22 intake ports
  • Weight: 1324 grams (2.92 pounds)
  • Certification: Snell, DOT, ECE
  • Sizes: XS–XXL
  • Price: $650
  • Contact: www.troyleedesigns.com

UFO DIAMOND HELMET

Technology/features: A popular helmet on the GP circuit due to its super-light weight, the UFO Diamond features RAIS (Rotation Impact Absorbing System). This system consists of a main inner shell in high-density EPS, as well as an inner oscillating shell of low-density PPE to provide the latest technology in impact force dissipation. It uses a sliding visor (adjustable length), racer-designed airflow management, emergency cheek pad removal and heat dissipation via rear extractors.

  • Material: Composite fiber shell with high-carbon content
  • Venting: AES (airflow extraction system) ventilation system—three vents, plus four slots into four rear extractors.
  • Weight: 1150 grams (2.53 pounds)
  • Certification: European E11 certification
  • Sizes: XXS–XL
  • Price: $499
  • Contact: www.ufoplasticusa.com

VEMAR TAKU

Technology/features: The Vemar Taku is engineered and manufactured in Italy and meets the ECE standard, along with DOT criteria. There are two shell sizes, which cover six helmet sizes, and the mid-oval shape offers a more generous fit front to back and is snugger ear to ear. The liner is removable, washable and uses a special fiber that fights against odor and bacteria while having strong wicking capabilities.

  • Material: ABS
  • Venting: Air circulation Klima System (VKS)
  • Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Certification: DOT/ECE
  • Sizes: XS–XXL
  • Price: $99
  • Contact:www.motonation.com

Z1R RISE

Technology/features: The Z1R Rise is a price-point helmet fit with strong features. It’s DOT- and ECE-approved, has dual venting, a moisture-wicking liner and a dual-density EPS liner for progressive impact absorption.

  • Material: Polycarbonate
  • Venting: Dual vents
  • Weight: 1400 grams/ (3.08 pounds)
  • Certification: DOT/ECE
  • Sizes: XS–XXL
  • Price: $79.95
  • Contact: www.z1r.com

ZOX MATRIX CARBON

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Technology/features: The Zox matrix carbon/carbon Kevlar is a lightweight MX helmet that features a carbon shell, a removable/washable liner and is designed with both intake and exhaust venting for good airflow. The helmet has enhanced comfort via the padded double D-ring chin strap.

  • Material: Carbon shell
  • Venting: Intake and exhaust venting
  • Weight: 1255 grams (2.76 pounds); large: 1351 grams (2.97 pounds)
  • Certification: ECE/DOT
  • Sizes: XS–XXL
  • Price: Squadron, $269.99; solid carbon, $279.99
  • Contact: www.zoxhelmets.com

FAQs

Do off-road helmets expire? ›

Do Helmets Expire? Most manufacturers recommend keeping dirt bikes helmets for five years at most. The helmet's materials like resin and glues, lose their effectiveness and also compromise on the quality of the lining.

Why are off-road helmets different? ›

More aspects to add: Off-road helmets are designed for maximum ventilation, so they tend to be much lighter than road helmets. On the other hand, like the others, the closure of the off-road helmet can vary between one with a double ring or a double-D ring, quick closure and micrometric closure.

Is a dirt bike helmet DOT approved? ›

The US Department of Transportation does not and has never certified motorcycle helmets to their standards. The US Department of Transportation does not approve any helmets of any type for any use.

Which model helmet is best? ›

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  • 1) Vega:
  • 2) Steelbird:
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  • 4) LS2:
  • 5) THH:
  • 6) Wrangler:
  • 7) Royal Enfield:
  • 8) Aerostar:
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How often should you replace a dirt bike helmet? ›

Usually, safety experts recommend that you should change your dirt helmet bike after three to five years or seven years from the date of its production.

How do I know if my helmet is out of date? ›

Grab your nearest lid and turn it upside down so that the inner portion is facing you. On one of the chin straps or under the padding near your ears, should be a tag that tells you the date of manufacture. From there, peep the list above for the expiration duration and see if your helmet is still up to standards.

What color helmet is safest? ›

White is the most statistically backed choice for a safe helmet. White not only provides a clear and visible advantage, but it doesn't absorb eat in the way darker colors do. Riders tend to sway from white helmets, though, as they're often considered bland.

Is a white helmet cooler than black? ›

That said, black helmets absorb significantly more heat than white helmets. The black helmet may drop a bigger heat load, but the white helmet absorbs less heat to begin with. As far as technical science is concerned, white helmets are cooler than black helmets.

Is there a difference between a mountain bike helmet and a road bike helmet? ›

Mountain biking helmets have a visor, a bulkier design, a low-cut rear and usually more weight than the more compact, aerodynamic, well-ventilated road bike helmets. While some safety features are shared, they are designed to handle very different types of crashes.

Can you use an off road helmet on the road? ›

Although these type of helmets can be used for city use or some light touring, wearing them at speeds over 90 mph can be both uncomfortable and dangerous.

Do I have to keep the DOT sticker on my helmet? ›

That said, there have been cases where an officer who, unconvinced by the internal label, has issued a fine for riders with DOT approved stickers in states where riding without a DOT helmet is illegal; we suggest leaving the DOT sticker both inside and outside.

How long is a DOT approved helmet good for? ›

Yes, your helmet does have a lifespan, and a fairly short one at that. The industry standard states that the lifespan of a motorcycle helmet is five years. That is as long as you have not cut its life short by an accident or impact to it. If that happens you should definitely not use it, time to trash it!

Which is the No 1 helmet brand? ›

1. Bell Helmets. Established in 1954, this US-based brand is popular for its lightweight headgears with detailed designs.

What is the number 1 helmet? ›

Bell Helmets

Why do helmets only last 5 years? ›

Helmets have a limited lifespan because the resin and other materials used in the manufacturing process over time can be effected by your body fluids, hair oils, ultraviolet light and normal wear and tear. It is prudent advice to replace your helmet 5 years after purchase or 7 years after the production date.

Do unused bike helmets expire? ›

A bike helmet does not have an expiration date, but should be replaced every 5 years. In addition, a bike helmet should be replaced after a bike crash or if you spot any cracks or defects.

Why do motorcycle helmets only last 5 years? ›

Sweat, the sun, and other environmental factors can damage your helmet over time. If the helmet is cheaply made, the chin strap and inner padding may start to disintegrate after a few years. If you are an avid rider or are wearing a used helmet, check the manufacturer's date to see when the helmet was made.

Should you replace helmet after 5 years? ›

The government testing body in the US, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), recommends replacing a bicycle helmet every five to 10 years. The Snell Memorial Foundation, which also certifies helmets for safety, states a firm five years.

Why do Kevlar helmets expire? ›

Chemicals, Ultra Violet light, even water degrade Kevlar performance. Helmets, body armour, usually have a protective layer to shield the Kevlar material. Usually it is damages/wear to these protective layer, that leads to the degradation of the protective properties of the Kevlar material.

What happens when a helmet expires? ›

There are a lot of things that degrade over time, like the foam and glue used in the helmet. Your body oils, sweat and UV rays also take a toll on the material, and after five years, it is for sure compromised and not offering the intended level of protection.

What does a white helmet mean? ›

White - for managers, foremen, engineers or supervisors. Green - for safety inspectors, new or probationary workers. Yellow - for general labourers or earth-moving operators. Brown - for those involved in high-heat applications such as welders. Blue - for carpenters, electricians and other technical operators.

What color bike helmet is most visible? ›

Your helmet is the first thing a motorist sees. Black helmets are cool and stylish, but if you're mostly road biking, you might want to opt for a white or brightly colored helmet that's visible to oncoming traffic.

What helmet has the most protection? ›

There are numerous types of helmets, but the three main designs are the full face, ¾, and the ½ helmet. The full-face helmet is the safest choice of the three. The full-face helmet offers the most coverage surrounding your head and neck.

Which visor color is best for helmet? ›

  • The best visor for your helmet is a clear visor if you want the most versatile option.
  • If you ride exclusively in the dark, then go with tinted or rainbow visor. ...
  • Buy a dual visor helmet that has two visors: one external (which can be tinted) and one internal (which can be clear).

Why do some GREY Knights have white helmets? ›

Subject: Grey Knights with white helmets any reason for this? The White helmets is the Official GW Color scheme for the Purifiers. But if they like the white helmets I would make sure if they want purifiers that there is some kind of distinction between them and the normal PAGK's.

What your motorcycle helmet says about you? ›

Your motorcycle helmet can say quite a lot about you. It can show your personality, what you like, and your interest. It can also be a way to show your skills or show support for a cause. Some people might see it as a symbol of freedom and independence, while others might see it as a form of self-expression.

Can you use a motocross helmet for mountain biking? ›

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Can I use a MTB helmet for road biking? ›

Yes, Mountain Bike Helmet is suitable for road cycling. When you don't need high speed and don't want or don't have enough money to buy a second helmet you can use it for both uses.

Can you use a road bike helmet for MTB? ›

Gear duplication is annoying but road bike helmets are not ideal for mountain biking. Here's why... If you are a multi-discipline cyclist, the burden of gear duplication is real and expensive.

Can you use a dirt bike helmet for street riding? ›

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What are the benefits of off-road helmet? ›

That allows the rider to take the goggles off and clean them, without removing the whole helmet. Typical off-road helmets also have a bit more space around the chin area, to make breathing easier and a bit better protection when falling off.

Can you wear a bike helmet on a dirt bike? ›

Can you Wear a Mountain bike Helmet on the Dirt Bike trails?

How often do helmets expire? ›

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, for example, advises that unless manufacturers recommend otherwise, you should get a new helmet every five to 10 years.

Do all motorcycle helmets expire? ›

Yes, motorcycle helmets do have definite expiration dates and could become less effective in the event of an auto accident. Ask yourself these questions to determine whether or not it's time for a replacement.

Why do people put stickers on helmets? ›

Touchdowns, gaining yards (running or receiving), or impact plays are often why teams give out stickers to put on the helmet—the more stickers on the helmet, the more impact the player has had in previous games. Coaches use the stickers as a reward system for the player.

What to do with expired helmets? ›

Ask Us Anything:

Helmets are made of a mixture of materials that aren't easily separated, and thus will likely get discarded outright if you throw them in your recycling bin. In other words, you can save time by simply binning it yourself from the start.

Should you replace a motorcycle helmet if you drop it? ›

If it fell with your head inside, regardless if involved in an accident or not, yes, you should replace it. If it fell on its own, but you notice a deformation on the EPS, or you see visible damage marks on the shell, you should replace it.

How do you tell if a helmet is DOT approved? ›

DOT Sticker

Helmets that meet FMVSS 218 must have a sticker on the outside back of the helmet with the letters “DOT,” which certifies that the helmet meets or exceeds FMVSS 218. It is important to note that some novelty helmet sellers provide DOT stickers separately for motorcyclists to place on non-complying helmets.

What is the toughest helmet in the world? ›

THE NEOSTEEL™ HELMET – The world's toughest ballistic helmet. The Face Protection Module is, at present, incompatible with the ACH-style helmet.

What is the strongest bike helmet? ›

The best bicycle helmets you can buy today
  1. Giro Register MIPS. The best bike helmet for most people. ...
  2. Bell Trace MIPS. Another quality bike helmet that's less than $100. ...
  3. Thousand Chapter MIPS Helmet. ...
  4. Bell Super Air R. ...
  5. Lazer Blade + MIPS. ...
  6. Specialized S-Works Prevail II. ...
  7. Bontrager Specter WaveCel Helmet. ...
  8. Scott Vivo Plus.
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Which company makes best helmet? ›

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  • 2) Steelbird: ...
  • 3) Studds: ...
  • 4) LS2: ...
  • 5) THH: ...
  • 6) Wrangler: ...
  • 7) Royal Enfield: ...
  • 8) Aerostar:
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Why are Shoei helmets better? ›

Shooting for the stars with Shoei

Shoei is definitely more at the premium end of the market, but this does show in their high-quality liners, visor mounts and just general high quality. Shoei helmets usually come in an intermediate oval head shape and are made of their Advanced Integrated Matrix shell material.

Should a helmet touch the top of your head? ›

The pads should touch your head evenly all the way around, without being too tight. The helmet should sit level on the head, with the front edge one finger width above the eyebrows, or just above the frame of your glasses. If you walk into a wall, the helmet should hit before your nose does!

How much should a good motorcycle helmet cost? ›

On average, a motorcycle helmet will run you around $150 to $200 for something a bit above the cheapest model you can find. There are several reasonable helmets in this price range for the rider who wants a decent helmet but is not willing to pay several hundreds of dollars on it.

Which helmet is best matte or glossy? ›

Gloss helmets are prone to show scratches and dust more easily than matte finishes. However, matte helmets are notorious for showing oily fingerprints and smudges. For this reason, matte helmets are considered more difficult to keep clean.

How tight should a motorcycle helmet be? ›

The motorcycle helmet should fit snugly over the head with no helmet shifting on the head. In addition to that, there should be a minimum of two fingers of space between the chin strap and neck. A snug fit is the key to a safe helmet.

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Do helmets actually expire? ›

Helmets have a limited lifespan because the resin and other materials used in the manufacturing process over time can be effected by your body fluids, hair oils, ultraviolet light and normal wear and tear. It is prudent advice to replace your helmet 5 years after purchase or 7 years after the production date.

Do riding helmets have an expiration date? ›

Most major helmet manufacturers also recommend replacing your riding helmet after the "expiration date." For most helmets, the expiration date is five years from the day you purchased it. Over the years, natural wear and tear can affect the integrity of the helmet.

How long does an ATV helmet last? ›

ATV helmets have an expiry date and should generally be replaced every 3-5 years or in accordance with the guidelines set out by the helmet manufacturer.

How long are riding helmets good for? ›

Helmet manufacturers, including One K, generally recommend you replace your helmet every four to five years, at the absolute maximum.

Is a 10 year old motorcycle helmet still good? ›

The consensus from helmet manufacturers is that the rider should replace their helmets every five years.

Why do Kevlar helmets expire? ›

Chemicals, Ultra Violet light, even water degrade Kevlar performance. Helmets, body armour, usually have a protective layer to shield the Kevlar material. Usually it is damages/wear to these protective layer, that leads to the degradation of the protective properties of the Kevlar material.

What to do with expired helmets? ›

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Helmets are made of a mixture of materials that aren't easily separated, and thus will likely get discarded outright if you throw them in your recycling bin. In other words, you can save time by simply binning it yourself from the start.

Should you replace helmet after 5 years? ›

The government testing body in the US, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), recommends replacing a bicycle helmet every five to 10 years. The Snell Memorial Foundation, which also certifies helmets for safety, states a firm five years.

Should I replace my helmet if I drop it? ›

If it fell with your head inside, regardless if involved in an accident or not, yes, you should replace it. If it fell on its own, but you notice a deformation on the EPS, or you see visible damage marks on the shell, you should replace it.

How old can a riding helmet be? ›

The maximum useful lifespan of a riding helmet is five years, from the date of first wear. Even if you haven't been in an accident with your helmet, it's important to replace it after it expires past this time. This is due to natural wear and tear on the materials.

Do you really need to replace motorcycle helmet every 5 years? ›

Some might suggest that there could be degradation in the lamination of the shell. And whilst these outcomes are possible, a helmet that has sat in a box in a properly aired room for four or five years should still perform its primary role. An old helmet may look like new, but it will become less safe over time.

Do I need to replace my motorcycle helmet every 5 years? ›

"The five-year replacement recommendation is based on a consensus by both helmet manufacturers and the Snell Foundation. Glues, resins and other materials used in helmet production can affect liner materials. Hair oils, body fluids and cosmetics, as well as normal "wear and tear" all contribute to helmet degradation.

Why do helmets have a shelf life? ›

In general, yes: Helmets have an expiration date. That's because exposure to sunlight, heat, and other elements degrades the foam and other parts of the helmet. Plus, helmets tend to get knocked around with use. You don't want to mess around with something designed to save your life.

How tight should a riding helmet be? ›

Trying on Your New Riding Helmet

After putting the helmet on, be sure it does not tip forward or shift around – it should sit about a width of one finger above your eyebrows. You can make sure it's snug enough by moving the front of the helmet up and down. If your eyebrows move with the helmet, then it is snug enough.

How often should you buy a new helmet? ›

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, for example, advises that unless manufacturers recommend otherwise, you should get a new helmet every five to 10 years.

Do helmets degrade over time? ›

Deterioration depends on usage, care, and abuse. We have seen helmet shells deteriorate from constant exposure to sunlight. So if you ride thousands of miles every year, five years may be a realistic estimate of helmet life.

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