The Best Cruiser & Half Helmets for 2020

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Choose Your Next Helmet:

Entry-Level

Priced under $100, these helmets are ideal for new riders or value-conscious shoppers.

See: Entry Level Helmets

Mid-Range

Priced $100-$200, these helmets are feature rich and offer excellent protection.

See: Mid-Range Helmets

High-End

Priced $200 and up. Simply the best of what is available in the half/cruiser segment.

See: High-End Helmetsl

 

A note about our recommendations:

There’s a lot of fake “review sites” online today. We get it. We aren’t one of them. Founded in 2000, the team at wBW has extensively tested more than 2,500 pieces of gear. Helmets, jackets, boots, gloves, add-ons, accessories, and more. We extensively and exhaustively test gear. We do not fluff reviews. Read our review policies.

 


 

Priced under $100

Best Entry Level Cruiser/Half Helmets

HJC IS-Cruiser Helmet

HJC IS-Cruiser Helmet

Price: $98

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

This lightweight cruiser-style helmet features an integrated sun shield that doubles as a flip-down sun shade. It’s available in an assortment of colors to match any color scheme. We like the integrated visor, which keeps your jaw/mouth exposed while protecting your eyes from road debris.

Specs, Head Shape, & More

Specs:

  • Head shape: intermediate oval
  • Weight: 2.64lbs
  • DOT certified

Our In-Depth Review

We haven’t reviewed this one yet, but we have reviewed similar HJC’s in the past. See our extensive coverage of HJC helmets.

 

GMax GM45

GMax GM45

Price: $50

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

If you don’t need anything fancy, this inexpensive DOT-certified half helmet isn’t a bad way to go. It doesn’t have much in the way of frills, but it will cover your noggin and keep you road legal. The interior is removable and washable, which is always a plus. It’s hard to go wrong with a no-fuss helmet like this.

Specs, Head Shape, & More

Specs:

  • Head shape: intermediate oval
  • Weight: 1.9lbs
  • DOT certified

Our In-Depth Review

We have not personally reviewed this helmet. However, GMax as a brand is one we are very familiar with and they’ve generally proven themselves to be a good choice. See our GMax coverage.

 


 

Priced $100 – $200

Best Mid-Range Cruiser/Half Helmets

Bell Scout Air

Bell Scout Air

Price: $156

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

Thinking about getting an open face helmet but love the freedom that comes with a half? The Bell Scout Air is a great middle ground, offering protection for the top, rear, and side of your head while still leaving your face free to experience the open road. It’s made well and priced right.

Specs, Head Shape, & More

Specs:

  • Head shape: intermediate oval
  • Weight: 2.7lbs
  • DOT certified

Our In-Depth Review

We don’t tend to review a lot of half helmets hands on, and this one is no exception. However, we have considerable experience will Bell helmets. See our complete coverage.

 

Scorpion EXO-C110 Azalea

Scorpion EXO-C110 Azalea

Price: $140

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

Okay, here’s something a bit different. Scorpion is one of the best value for money brands out there, and you can see it here in the EXO-C1110 Azalea. The styling alone sets it apart, but it also comes with some excellent value-add features: an anti-microbial liner, slick retractable sunshade, and pockets for Bluetooth intercom integration.

Specs, Head Shape, & More

Specs:

  • Head shape: intermediate oval
  • Weight: 2.47lbs
  • DOT certified

Our In-Depth Review

We haven’t reviewed this one hands-on, but we’ve worn plenty of Scorpion lids over the years. Check out our Scorpion coverage.

 


 

Priced $200+

Best High-End Cruiser/Half Helmets

Bell Rogue

Bell Rogue

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Price: $249

Why?

The “I want to cover my face some of the time” helmet. This interesting design is a hybrid: attach the mouth/noise/chin guard when you want to, or detach and ride open face. Like any high-end helmet, the interior is removable/washable and it comes ready for Bluetooth intercom/speaker integration.

Specs, Head Shape, & More

Specs:

  • Head shape: intermediate oval
  • Weight: 3.03bs
  • DOT certified

Our In-Depth Review

Another half we haven’t actually worn hands on. We based this recommendation on our extensive coverage of Bell helmets over the years, which you can see here.

 

Scorpion Covert

Scorpion Covert

Price: $209

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

This is a genuine firecracker of a helmet. The sunshade can be flipped down easily, and the muzzle seamlessly connects with the rest of the helmet to provide 3/4 protection (you can remove it if you want to ride without it). The airflow across the top vent is tops, too. This is a badass half helmet.

Specs, Head Shape, & More

Specs:

  • Head shape: intermediate oval
  • Weight: 2.95lbs
  • DOT certified

Our In-Depth Review

We haven’t reviewed this one hands-on, but we’ve worn plenty of Scorpion lids over the years. Check out our Scorpion coverage.

Criteria & Methodology

How We Determine "The Best"

At wBW, “Best” Actually Means Something

Remember when you could open up a review of something, and when the publication – magazine, car show, whatever – said “best” they objectively meant it? Yea, we remember, and we’re bringing it back.

Here’s how we do things:

  • We disclose our affiliate relationships – We have 11 writers to pay. When readers purchase gear through our links, that’s how we pay them. But you should know this because transparency matters.
  • We obsessively hands-on test – Our editor, the handsome guy in the video that explains how we test gear (to the right of this content), likes to stand in bath tubs full of water to see if the boots he’s wearing are waterproof. No, really. In our mind, a review means that we have held it, worn it, ridden in it.
  • We’re objective – Good gear is good gear, regardless of who made it.
  • We’re value focused – Why pay $500 if something for $250 is just as good? Our review scores and recommendations reflect best value.

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Mini-Buyers Guide

What to Look for in a Half/Cruiser Helmet

Like all helmets, half helmets come with a list of items to pay particular attention to. More complex than every other type of helmet, knowing what to look for can be the difference between an awesome experience and a terrible one.

Look for:

  • DOT/ECE certifications – Many inexpensive modular helmets showing up on Amazon and eBay are not DOT or ECE certified. This certification may save your life. Don’t cheap out- remember, you’re preparing for the slide, not the ride.
  • Comfort – Modulars are generally heavier than other types of helmets. Most of the helmets featured on this page use lightweight materials to minimize neck strain- useful, especially on long rides.
  • Head shape – While most people are an intermediate oval, not all are. Make sure you get a helmet designed for your head shape.
  • Shell material – Polycarbonate is okay, but you’d be better served with carbon fiber (expensive) or fiberglass. All the helmets called out here (save for one) are fiberglass.
  • Interior liner – All the helmets featured here offer removable liners that are anti-moisture and anti-bacterial. Avoid non-removable liners (found in cheap helmets)- it’ll be a stink factory before you know it.

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