Our Top Picks

Best Overall

Shoei GT-Air II

Shoei GT-Air II

Best Value

Scorpion EXO-R710

Scorpion EXO-R710

Sleek and Simple

Schuberth R2

Schuberth R2

Other great options: Arai Regent-X, Icon Airflite, Shark Spartan


There’s no question about it. The safest helmet you can wear is a full-face one. These helmets are designed to not only protect your head but your jaw and face as well. They’ll keep you looking handsome or pretty even if you go down. Well, at least a good one will. 

Full-face helmets are popular due to their outstanding protective qualities, but they also can be some of the most comfortable helmets out there. They also add a style that can’t be matched by half or ¾ open-face helmets. 

Don’t be fooled though, not all full-face helmets are alike. We’ve tested and reviewed hundreds of helmets over the past couple of decades, and know what makes a good one. With that in mind, we’d suggest you take a look at the helmets below.

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Best Full Face Helmets
In Detail

Best Overall

Shoei GT-Air II

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Price: $599.99
Review: In-depth review

Shoei GT-Air II

Looking for something with all the bells and whistles? The Shoei GT-Air II is the helmet that you’re looking for. This helmet was built to be everything you could need. It has a long list of features and is a notable step up from the venerable Shoei GT-Air. 

The helmet offers an aerodynamically designed shell that looks great, plenty of vents for proper airflow, a drop-down internal sun shield that is longer to provide better coverage, a Pinlock visor, integrated SRL 2 Bluetooth Communication System by Sena, and a removable 3-D Max-Dry interior. In short, this helmet has it all and that’s why it’s our pick for best all-around or overall helmet. 

Jim reviewed this lid and found it to be one of the best ones out there. It takes the formula that was well-crafted with the Shoei GT-Air and upgrades almost all of the things that needed to be upgraded. Jim did note that the helmet can be loud. It can also generate some odd noises at times. He also noted some minor discomfort with the chin strap. 

Other than those minor issues, the Shoei GT-Air II is a seriously good full-face helmet, and if you don’t mind ponying up some pretty big bucks for one, you should be quite happy with it.

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Best Value

Scorpion EXO-R710

Buy: Amazon | Revzilla | 2Wheel
Price: $199
Review: In-depth review

Scorpion EXO-R710

You don’t have to spend the kind of money the other two top picks go for. For only a couple hundred dollars, you can get one of the best dang helmets around. That helmet? The Scorpion EXO-R710. This thing has a lot of what the high-dollar lids do but for considerably less money. 

The Scorpion EXO-R710 comes with a fiberglass and aramid mix shell that’s been aerodynamically tuned and comes in three sizes to mitigate the bobblehead effect, dual-density EPS, Snell certification, KwikWick II washable anti-microbial comfort liner that’s removable and washable, quality ventilation, and a rear spoiler. 

Cameron gushed about this helmet in his review. He also made a point to talk about it to me when the review went up, and I was struck by how few criticisms he had of the lid. The helmet can be a bit noisy but other than that and not coming with a Pinlock, he and very little to say in the way of bad things. When Cameron has few criticisms of a lid, I would pay attention. He is quite thorough with his reviews, and that means this Scorpion is one worth buying. Heck, buy two of them and you’ll still come in under the Shoei GT-Air II’s price.

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Fully Loaded

Schuberth R2

Buy: Revzilla
Price: $349.00
Review: In-depth review

Schuberth R2

The SCHUBERTH R2 might not have all of the bells and whistles of some other helmets out there, but it is a fantastic lid to own. The sleek design and top-notch levels of comfort set it apart from the vast majority of other helmets out there. 

The helmet features an aerodynamically tuned shell. This makes it stable at speed and won’t wear you out. The shell is made of a special Direct Fiber Processing fiberglass. It’s a sleek design that is functional and looks great. 

The helmet also comes with a Pinlock visor included and it has a ShinyTex fabric liner that’s antimicrobial, removable, and washable. The interior liner is quick-drying and optimized for a secure fit. The helmet also comes with proper venting to keep your head cool and comfortable. 

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Other Great Modular Helmets
In Detail

Arai Regent-X

Buy: Revzilla
Price: $559.95
Review: In-depth review

Arai Regent-X

The Arai Regent-X is a helmet that’s new and it should be an absolute killer lid. At the time of this writing, we have not tested this helmet, but considering the specs and looking at the folks who have had the time to test this helmet, it’s clear that this is one of the best full-face offerings out there. 

Let’s take a look at its features first. The helmet features a PB-cLc shell that comes in four sizes. The shell’s shape is rounded—an Arai trick that’s designed to allow things to glance off the helmet. The lid also gets multi-layer EPS, good ventilation, an anti-microbial liner that is removable and washable, Snell certification, and a wider opening to make the helmet a little easier to get on and take off (a big complaint of other Arai lids from some folks). 

Total Motorcycle called the helmet a “perfect all-around full-face helmet. While I’ll wait until one of our contributors tests and reviews this helmet to agree or disagree with the publication, I will say that the helmet seems to be one of the best options out there. It’s also the most affordable full-face option from Arai, which is certainly an important quality.

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Icon Airflite

Buy: Revzilla | 2Wheel
Price: $250
Review: In-depth review

Icon Airflite

I think the Icon Airflite looks, frankly, ridiculous. However, I’m not the arbiter of what’s attractive. The Airflite’s looks aside, this lid is a very good helmet with excellent features, a comfortable fit, and a very reasonable price. I wouldn’t buy one personally—based solely on the way the thing looks—but I will say that for the right rider, this helmet could be a smart choice. 

The helmet features a very large and oddly shaped face shield that you can get in a variety of colors. The Airflite also gets a polycarbonate shell that comes in three different sizes, large air vents, a fog-free inner sun visor, removable side plates, a molded breath deflector, chin curtain, and a Hydradry moisture-wicking liner that’s removable and washable. 

Kathy was able to review this helmet and she came away impressed with the lid. It’s a lid that kind of defies expectation. It also doesn’t fit into a specific style of riding easily. Kathy found it to be comfortable and high-quality. However, she did note that the lid is a little heavier than some other options out there and the chin bar is just a little bigger overall than the other lids out there. Otherwise, if you like to look, this is a fantastic choice.

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Shark Spartan

Buy: Revzilla
Price: $250
Review: In-depth review

Shark Spartan Helmet

When I think Shark, I honestly think of the company’s unique modular designs. However, Shark makes top-quality full-face helmets, too. Case-in-point is the Shark Spartan Helmet. Despite the name, this helmet is anything but spartan. It features a good long list of features and actually offers a lot for its modest $250 price point. 

The helmet comes with a fiberglass shell with a dual-spoiler design. It also gets a Pinlock face shield, good ventilation, special side covers to reduce noise, an integrated drop-down sun shield, an EPS foam designed to accommodate eyeglasses, chin curtain, and a breath guard and a vent that sends air right up on the face shield. 

Bruce has the privilege of reviewing the Shark Spartan and he came away impressed with it. The helmet proved to be lightweight, comfortable, easy to use, and well-made. His only real gripes with the lid were the somewhat tight visibility and the fact that the sun visor mechanism was all the way up on the top of the helmet, something that I personally find not to be an issue.

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13 Comments

  1. 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!!!

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. Eli
    May 6, 2019
    Reply

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

  5. James Meyer
    February 25, 2020
    Reply

    Somebody take a quick look at this page, the Shoei review is inserted where the Schuberth R2 should be.
    Thanks

    • Chris
      April 18, 2020
      Reply

      Their is no need to proof read or reply to users comments.

      • April 18, 2020
        Reply

        Hey Chris, I just wanted to respond to your comment, which contained a spelling error by the way. Always happy to field comments. Have a good day, bud. Thanks for reading!

    • April 18, 2020
      Reply

      Hey James, it looks like the review link goes to the right place for me. Unless I’m unclear as to what link you’re referring to.

      • Ivan Rodriguez
        April 19, 2020
        Reply

        James meant that the text on the R2 review is exactly the same as the one for the Shoei, at least on my browser.

  6. JP
    May 10, 2020
    Reply

    Does it make sense to recommend the GT-Air II even though it’s only DOT certified and not ECE or Snell?

    • May 10, 2020
      Reply

      Absolutely. Give this post a read: https://www.webbikeworld.com/see-inside-a-helmet-torture-chamber-wbw-goes-to-snell/

      And then this one: https://www.webbikeworld.com/arai-is-the-helmet-to-buy/

      Both penned by wBW’s resident wordsmith, Jim.

    • May 10, 2020
      Reply

      Hey JP I’m still a fan of the GT Air II since my review, but I’m concerned they are moving away from Snell certification to be honest. I’m not sure how good it would be in a crash where a side impact occurs. On top and in the front you’ve got little to worry about though.
      If you look at the SHARP independent testing results for the helmet it only got 3 stars, sadly. https://sharp.dft.gov.uk/helmets/shoei-gt-air/

      Shoei makes good helmets and I wouldn’t hesitate to wear the GT Air II even with this testing information in mind. Having said that, it’s clear there are other helmets out there with better crash protection design.

      Incidentally this write up says that I found the GT Air II “loud”, but that’s not accurate. If you read my actual review of it you’ll find that I rated it very quiet. In fact it’s easily among the quietest I’ve tested, but not as quiet as the original GT Air.

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