Updated February, 2019

Our Top Picks

Best Overall

Shoei RF-1200

Best Value

Scorpion EXO-T1200

Scorpion EXO-T1200

Other great options: Bell Vortex, Bell Qualifier DLX, AGV Corsa R


If you’re in the market for a helmet that will provide you with the best protection available, a full face helmet is the route to go. These helmets are designed to not only protect just your head, but your jaw and face as well.

Although many different styles of helmets exist, full face are popular simply due to their outstanding protection. Modern full face helmets offer ideal protection and creature comforts that make the rider more enjoyable. Since 2000, we have reviewed hundreds of helmets and have a good idea of what makes a solid lid.

Before purchasing your next helmet, take a look at the following options we’ve put together to help you find the best fit for you.

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Best Modular Helmets
In Detail

Best Overall

Shoei RF-1200

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Price: $$485.99 – $498.99
Review: In-depth review

Shoei RF-1200 Helmet

With a beautiful new design improvement over the RF-1100, the Shoei RF-1200 is more than just a helmet – it’s a life saver. Priced in the $500 range, the RF-1200 is a mid-priced helmet that offers riders premium fit and finish.

We chose the solid colorway as best overall as it provides all the same features as the graphical version, but saves you $100 and allows for personalized customization.

The RF-1200 is relatively lightweight and comfortable to wear as a result. This helmet comes complete with features such as a E.Q.R.S. (Emergency Quick-Release System) CWR-1 Shield System, superior ventilation, four shell sizes, and competitive quietness ratings within the market.

With hundreds of wBw and Revzilla users raving about the RF-1200, we had no choice but to rank it as the best overall. Alongside that, we already knew that Shoei helmets provide superior fit, finish, and overall quality that is second to none. In our own experience with the helmet (posted October, 2013) we found the RF-1200 to be an excellent helmet in every respect.

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Best Value

Scorpion EXO-T1200

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Price: $319.95
Review: In-depth review (hands-on review coming soon)

Scorpion EXO-T1200

Released in 2015, this helmet proves that being safe and looking cool don’t have to be mutually exclusive. The Scorpion EXO-T1200 is a badass full face helmet that sells for just over the $300 mark. This helmet cuts your cost, while still offering you superior protection and many features.

The helmet fits snuggly by making use of AirFit – a system designed to allow the rider to personalize the helmet fit through air adjustable cheek pads. An internal retractable dark smoke sun visor eases eye strain in varying light conditions without the need of changing face shields.

The interior of the helmet is lined with KwikWick III technology, meaning that the liner is a moisture-wicking, breathable material. Even more so, the helmet comes complete with a rear spoiler and drop down sun visor.

The EXO-T1200 really just does it all. We would’ve liked to have chosen a helmet under $300 for this category, but after seeing all the features this helmet provides, we would gladly pay an extra $20 for an objectively superior helmet in the EXO.

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Fully Loaded

NEXX XT1 Carbon Zero Helmet

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Price: $549.95
Review: In-depth review

Nexx X-Wild Street Carbon

Moving up into a higher price category, our last helmet on the list is the Nexx XT1 Carbon Zero Helmet. This helmet has an aggressive appearance, satisfying all of your styling needs. Of course, this helmet doesn’t provide just style for its wearer…

The large face shield provides a wide panoramic field of view, an extremely important feature in our mind. The Air Dynamic System includes two air intakes and 4 outputs, providing superior ventilation. We love that addition of the CoolMax liner and 3D cheek pads as they are anti-allergic and wick away sweat.

If that wasn’t already enough, the Nexx XT1 is prepared for the NEXX X-COM BT, which is sold separately of course. We could go on and on about all the features this helmet has, but we figured we’ll leave that to our in-depth review.

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Other Great Modular Helmets
In Detail

Bell Vortex Helmet

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Price: $179.95
Review: Our in-depth review

Bell Vortex Helmet

The Bell Vortex Helmet has grown to become one of the top selling helmets under $200 since 2010. It’s lightweight and incorporates many features that make it an extremely well-priced, value-focused helmet.

It offers riders the conveniences we’ve come to expect from a good helmet, such as integrated speaker pockets to facilitate a seamless bluetooth intercom system. The shield is made with clear NutraFog II technology, providing the rider with superior anti-fog, anti-scratch and UV protection.

As Bill said in his original review, the Vortex is a $450 helmet priced at $179. There’s a lot of value built into this helmet.

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Bell Qualifier DLX

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Price: $149.95
Review: Our in-depth review

Bell Qualifier DLX Blackout Helmet

Another steal from Bell, the Qualifier DLX is one of the best priced helmets, along with its cousin the Vortex. This helmet is apart of Bell’s bang for the buck line, which includes the DLX, the Vortex, the Sprint, and the Arrow.

A transition photochromic face shield darkens in the presence of the UV light, while Bell’s NutraFog II anti-fog coating still works its magic. Excellent all-around ventilation flow air through the chin bar with two vent ports, along with a brow vent.

The DLX is outfitted with a built-in port that accepts either the Cardo Q1 or Q3 intercom, the basic Cardo QZ, Sena SMH10, and the Sena 10S when used with an optional adapter.

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AGV Corsa R

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Price: $799.95
Review: Hands-on review coming soon

AGV Corsa R Helmet

If you’re in the market with money burning a hole in your pocket, the AGV Corsa R is the helmet for you. Sure, you could go out and spend over a grand on helmet. But why? The Corsa R is going to provide you with the same outstanding comfort and functionality as a more expensive helmet would.

It has excellent ventilation as well as as other quality of life features, including a dual purpose face shield locking system, adjustable vents, extra quick face shield release system, and more.

The internal shape of the helmet is specifically designed to decrease the risk of collar bone impact should an accident occur. A reversible helmet liner allows for selection of a warmer or cooler side, something I wish pillow cases were able to do.

While its $800 price isn’t inexpensive, keep in mind that this is a kevlar and carbon fiber helmet and is one of the lightest full faces available. It comes with four shell sizes and is DOT/ECE 22.05 certified.

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4 Comments

  1. Avatar
    Garry Euler
    March 21, 2018
    Reply

    Shoei is a very good helmet….Love my GT-Air……no mention of the RF1200 OR THE Quest as to how the comms mount or if they will….Communication today is a safety addition all its own….with that said if it won’t accept comms.then its NOT for me!!!

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    Remmy
    May 14, 2018
    Reply

    As a certified fan of Scorpion helmets (I’ve owned 5), I am sad to disagree with the high ranking for the helmet based on two pieces of personal experience, both of which should be easily avoidable. 1) The inner visor will fog up immediately and won’t unfog until the temperature is above 60-degrees. If you’re foolish enough to touch it, or try to clean it, the coating will smudge and render it useless. I ordered another shield after the first one smudged/coating scratched and it did the same thing. 2) Paint quality. On my first ride out I came back with a large chip out of the paint on the upper right brow. The thing is, there was no noticeable hard hit that would have done that kind of damage. The T-1100 didn’t have these problems, but the T-1200 does fit my head shape better.

    It’s a big step backwards, quality-wise. I’m sad to say. My own two-cents. Take it for what it’s worth.

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    Zack Crowther
    June 1, 2018
    Reply

    I am concerned that a Nexx Helmet made your list. Every Nexx helmet tested by the Sharp Helmet Safety Scheme has done very poorly for safety. None rated better than 3 out of 5 stars and several have particularly low ratings for side and rear impact (the Nexx XR1R scored the lowest possible ratings for side impacts).

    https://sharp.dft.gov.uk/helmets/?manufacturer=Nexx&model=All&type=1

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    Eli
    May 6, 2019
    Reply

    Can you review some other helmets under $100? like from these guys https://www.typhoonhelmets.com/

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