Updated February, 2018
Dirt bike gear and street motorcycle gear are quite different from each other. A dual sport helmet, on the other hand, combines the best features of both into a single helmet that can be used effectively both off-road and on-road.
Whether or not you should be buying a dual-sport helmet really depends on one simple question: What do you plan to do on your bike? Unless you’re planning on riding over off-road terrain, a full face helmet will do you just fine.
Dual-sport helmets take after tradition off-roading helmets in shape and style, but inherit the use of a face shield as opposed to goggles from street gear. The lip on the top is designed to help deflect branches and what not while off-roading. On the streets, however, some riders complain the lip catches the wind and can make for a strenuous ride.
Don’t just buy any helmet. Take a look at the following options we put together to help make your hunt for the perfect helmet easier.
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Our Top Picks
Once again to no one’s surprise, AGV has brought to you a superior helmet that truly just does it all. The AX-8 Dual EVO is a redesigned version of the beloved AGV AX-8 Dual helmet. This new version has high-quality construction and several features you will not find on other dual-sport helmets.
Users are raving on Revzilla regarding the amazingly wide field of vision this helmet provides you with, and during our hands-on testing, we found that visibility is indeed well above the average riders expect. Imagine riding with a field of vision that feels like you aren’t wearing a helmet at all- yea, the AX-8 EVO is close.
The lightweight material of this helmet helps to further provide that feeling of riding free. But don’t mistake that for meaning this helmet isn’t safe. The AX-8 is outfitted with a shock-absorber and a back protector to decrease the risks of impact traumas.
Tempted? We’d be impressed if you weren’t. Check out our in-depth review on this helmet for more information.
There’s nothing wrong with not wanting to spend hundreds upon hundreds of dollars on a helmet. Eliminate a few features and the price should drop dramatically. Enter the Bell MX-9 Adventure MIPS.
This helmet proves that for a reasonable price, you don’t have to sacrifice safety. MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protect System) technology dramatically increases protection from angled impact at high speeds.
The Bell MX-9 is complete with a moisture wicking comfort liner, velocity-flow ventilation system, adjustable mouth vent and more!
Renowned for being one of the best ADV touring helmets on the market, the Arai XD-4 makes our list as being the best fully loaded helmet. As its biggest rival is the AX-8, the XD-4 loses the best overall category as its price is much higher.
The XD-4 is a modest update of the XD-3, now including a face shield design that incorporates brow vents. The redesigned peak helps to give riders a smooth, low-drag, low-lift ride. In addition, this helmet is one of the lightest dual-sport helmets on the market!
There’s a reason the price is so high, and that’s because this helmet is every bit of high-quality you’d expect from Arai. Riders looking for the very best in safety and convenience will find the extensive list of features offered by the XD-4 to be exactly what they’re wanting. Read the list yourself in our in-depth review.
Other Great Dual-Sport Helmets
Shoei Hornet X2 Helmet
We show a lot of love towards Shoei gear (because Shoei earns it). But with dual-sport helmets on the market like the XD-4 and the AX-8, we couldn’t justify recommending the $600 X2 as our top pick. That doesn’t mean that the X2 is a bad helmet, just that the price was a bit too high to beat the others.
The EPS liner has been engineered to provide varying densities of foam protection in key impact areas around the head, all while being in a more compact design that will not compromise ventilation.
Other features on the X2 include: Pinlock pins, 3D Max-Dry System II, 3D shaped cheek pads, E.Q.R.S (Emergency Quick-Release System), CNS-2 face shield, and an improved shield locking system.
For a much more detailed breakdown of the X2, see our full review.
AFX FX-41 Dual-Sport
The AFX FX-41 is an aggressive, Master Chief looking helmet that will provide you with the style you’re looking for, as well as many convenient features. Priced at a cool $164.95, the FX-41 is truly a DEAL-Sport helmet.
Features include an internal sun visor, goggle-like eye ports, ample ear cavity space, 17 points of ventilation, and washable helmet liner and cheek pads. All things considered, this helmet has some great features for being under $200.
Buy AFX FX-41 Dual-Sport
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AFX FX-39 Dual-Sport
The FX-39 is the father to the FX-41. Priced just a bit lower, this helmet still provides many of the same features found in the slightly most expensive FX-41. Although this helmet is priced right, there’s more to a good helmet than just a low price.
With all the features this helmet has, it would be easy to rank it as having the best value. That would be, however, if the quality was just a bit better. Although good, it wasn’t enough to beat the Bell MX-9.
While the FX-39 is indeed a good value, we’re inclined to recommend that our readers have a look at the Bell MX-9 before pulling the trigger on the FX-39.