Updated February, 2018

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.

They also offer a much quieter ride by reducing out the sounds of the road, allowing you to lose yourself in your ride much easier. In addition, a little bit of rain is no longer a concern due to the ample of protection provided by the helmet from rain and sun.

Although many different styles of helmets exist, full face are popular simply due to their outstanding protection. 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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Recommendations
Our Top Picks

Best Value

Scorpion EXO T1200 Freeway

Scorpion EXO T1200

Fully Loaded

Nexx XT1 Carbon Zero Helmet

Nexx XT1 Carbon Zero

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

The Winners
In Detail

Best Overall
Shoei RF-1200 – Solid

Shoei RF-1200 - Solid

Shoei RF-1200 – Solid

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

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. Some riders may be hesitant to spend such a large sum on a helmet, but when you consider the value of your life, $500 doesn’t seem all that much.

The RF-1200 – Solid sells for close to $100 less than its graphical counterpart on Revzilla.com. We chose the solid as best overall as it provides all the same features as the graphical version, but saves you $100 and allows for personalized customization.

A slim, lightweight design helps eliminate riders biggest concern with full face helmets: they’re too heavy. 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.

There’s a reason why this helmet was rated one of the best in 2017 on Revzilla: 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 Freeway Helmet

Scorpion EXO-T1200

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $319.95
Review: Our coverage

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, matte black 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.

Buy Scorpion EXO-T1200 Freeway Helmet

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Fully Loaded
Nexx XT1 Carbon Zero Helmet

Nexx XT1 Carbon Zero Helmet

Nexx XT1 Carbon

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $549.95
Review: In-depth review

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.

Nexx XT1 Carbon Zero HelmetBuy Nexx XT1 Carbon Zero Helmet

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Other Great Full Face Helmets
In Detail

Bell Vortex Helmet

Bell Vortex Helmet

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $179.95
Review: In-depth review

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. We’re surprised this helmet doesn’t sell for much more.

Integrated speaker pockets provide you with the option to listen to your favourite music as you ride. The shield is made with clear NutraFog II technology, providing the rider with superior anti-fog, anti-scratch and UV protection.

They’re practically giving this helmet away, which is why we had to include it in this list. The Vortex was a serious consideration for our best value pick and is a great consideration if you’re looking in this end of the full-face market.


Bell Qualifier DLX

Bell Qualifier DLX

Bell Qualifier DLX

Bell Qualifier DLX

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Price: $149.95
Review: In-depth review

Another steal from Bell, the Qualifier DLX is one of the best, exceptionally priced helmet, 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.

To top it off? 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 new Sena 10S when used with an optional adapter.


AGV Corsa R

AGV Corsa R

AGV Corsa R

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $799.95
Review: Coming soon

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 provides many features, such as integrated ventilation system, dual purpose face shield locking system, adjustable vents, extra quick face shield release system, and much 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.

We aren’t surprised to see that many users are falling in love with this helmet. It’s lightweight, feature packed, stylish design makes it the perfect helmet to satisfy your need for spending.


 

2 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.

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