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When it comes to buying riding gear, no piece of equipment is more important than a good motorcycle helmet. Protecting a motorcycle rider’s head is serious business, but with so many styles and brands on the market, choosing a motorcycle helmet can be as difficult as choosing the right motorcycle. Our team is constantly reviewing new helmets, ensuring that our extensive review database is current and representative of what’s available on the market. Our most recent helmet reviews can be found here.

At WebBikeWorld we have been reviewing helmets for over 20 years and are the most reliable source of unbiased advice on which helmet to buy. A WebBikeWorld review takes four to six weeks and is a real world, hands on process. We typically include short running to the shop rides, long days of riding for hours on end, sound tests, drop tests and much more.

Don’t forget to check out our motorcycle helmet buyer’s guide for buying information and helmets we highly recommend.

Helmet Reviews By Brand

Most riders don’t realize just how many motorcycle helmet brands exist. Over the years we have reviewed at least one helmet from every major brand we know of. The below list does not include every helmet we’ve reviewed for each brand so dive deeper if you want to see more. Simply click on the brand you want to dig into and find all the helmet reviews for that brand.

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Helmet Reviews by Helmet Type

Ever seen a sport bike rider in a vintage half helmet? How about a motocross rider in a Arai race helmet? Didn’t think so. Clearly each riding style has its own type of helmet and so over the years we’ve tried to categorize each of our reviews into groupings we think help you narrow down your search.

 

Reviews By Helmet Shape, Size & Weight

We all have a different shaped head so over the past 20+ years, we have developed a subjective classification system for helmet internal shapes. Finding the correct shape to match your head is crucial for both safety and comfort. The so-called “best” helmet in the world is worthless if it doesn’t fit, and sometimes a less expensive helmet will fit better than a helmet costing several hundred dollars.

Different helmets are made to fit different head shapes. Most major companies have charts, which show where their helmet models lie on the oval to round spectrum. If you already have a model in mind, googling it will quickly tell you the head shape it was built for.

To see all our helmets sorted by Internal Shape and to understand our seven size system please check our in-depth post here. When it comes to weight there is a lot to think about (helmet size and type for example) so we took a simple approach and said that any helmet weighing less than 1500g is lightweight. Anything between 1500g and 1800g is in the middle and anything above that is heavy. For all our logic check out our in-depth post here.

Recent Reviews

Matrix Alpha Streetfighter Helmet Review: New & Improved

Nolan N100-5 Modular Helmet Hands-On Review

SCHUBERTH C4 Pro Review (w/ SENA SC1)

AGV K5 S Helmet Hands-On Review

Arai Corsair-X Helmet Review: Revisiting in Style

Shoei Neotec II w/ SENA SRL Hands-On Review

AGV Sportmodular Carbon Helmet Hands-On Review: So Very Good

Shoei RF-1200 Review

HJC RPHA 11 Pro Review

HJC CL-17 Review

Recent Hands On

Helmet Reviews

Introduction Regular readers of webBikeWorld reviews might be thinking, “they already reviewed the Corsair-X a while ago”, and those readers would be correct. wBW founder and editor Rick Korchak reviewed the Corsair-X back in November of 2015. Now nearly four years later we have a Corsair-X back in our leather gloved hands for a look …

A Return to the Matrix I was very eager to get my hands on the new and improved version of the Matrix Alpha Streetfighter helmet after reviewing the first model. As most readers know, there was some controversy around my original review, which sparked a rebuttal from the management at Matrix Helmet. But I can …

Sena Gains (a) Momentum Anything to do with technology, motorcycling, and relatedly safety education and training gets my utmost attention – always has, always will. So, when Sena announced the first Momentum helmet in 2017, it got flagged, and Sena’s evolution of this product has been followed with interest. Quite incidentally, in jumping into a …

Introduction In seeking a replacement for a well-aged Bell Mag 9 Sena (less the Sena) three-quarter helmet that was used primarily to testing Bluetooth systems, we were on the lookout for something similar but with some updated features and a better build. And in checking the wBW review listings, coverage of LS2 products has indeed …

Introduction SCHUBERTH has long been known for its high-end class-leading helmets. After reading Cameron Martel’s recent review of the C4 Pro, I was intrigued to try out a SCHUBERTH helmet. Shortly after Cam’s review, the opportunity came up to try the open face M1 PRO, and I jumped at it. The M1 PRO is SCHUBERTH’s …

Head Shape Analysis Simpson doesn’t list any shape for the helmet on their site, but Revzilla calls it “Neutral Oval” which I take to mean something between Round Oval and Intermediate Oval. I would agree with that or say that it has a definite Round Oval bias to it since it fits my Round Oval …

*Note: The Klim K1R Karbon helmet seems Round Oval shaped but the Klim rep I spoke with informed me it was designed Intermediate Oval. It fits my head perfectly so I’d say it has a strong round bias if it’s IO shaped. That means it won’t be any fun for people with narrow or long …

First Impressions Who is GMax? I know many of you are familiar with the brand already but this is my first encounter with them. I scoured the internet and found scant information so I reached out directly via email and got a fast response. GMax is an American company based in Idaho that began designing …

Introduction I have always wanted to get or try a NEXX helmet, especially something in the ‘Adventure’ line – so in being provided with a NEXX X.WED2 X-Patrol Helmet (also known as the X-Wild) for this review, one more ‘helmet-related’ item is now crossed off the proverbial bucket list… as informal as it is. NEXX …

Introduction Last summer I purchased a 1999 Kawasaki ZRX 1100. It is a bike I liked when it originally came on the market. It is a replica of the early 80s KZ1000R, which was a tribute to Eddie Lawson’s winning Kawasaki race bike. As Cycle World put it, “a replica of a replica”. I even …

I’ve Fallen Prey To A Bell SRT Modular Predator First Impression & Fitment I’ve just finished reviewing 3 successive helmets that all (to varying degrees) hurt my head to wear. All of them were shaped too narrow for my Round Oval skull. Thankfully relief came in the form of this Bell SRT Modular lid that …

Quick Specs $499 / Intermediate Oval (Neutral bias) / 3.83lbs / 1,737g Note: NEXX provided this X.VILITUR at no cost for the purpose of this review. NEXX’s First Modular is a Good One Hot off the heels of my SCHUBERTH C4 Pro review is NEXX’s first-ever modular helmet, the long-awaited X.Vilitur. Priced at $499, it …

We have reviewed hundreds of helmets over the year at WBW so we know a thing or two about which helmet brands our editors love. We also see the analytics on the site so we know which brands get the more views and attention from our readers. Between consumer interest, our editors opinions and generally who we think is really innovating in the helmet space, here are the most popular brands at the moment.

Bell Motorcycle Helmets

Bell Helmets

Founded in 1954 by Roy Richter in California, Bell Helmets started with drag racing and motorcycle helmets, releasing its first helmet in 1968 for racing and in 1971 launched the first full face motorcycle helmet and the first full face off-road motorcycle helmet for dirt bike racing.

With investments in proprietary technology and safety Bell Helmets are some of our favorites here at WBW. Design-wise, Bell Helmets knows how to create amazing helmets from vintage and historical shapes to modern design and colors, often working with famous artists to create unique designs.

We love the retro throwback models such as the Custom 500 and the Moto-3 vintage motocross helmet. Other lines are equally impressive like the Bell Star line, the Street Star, Race Star, and the top of the line Pro Star helmet range.

Helpful Links: Read Our Bell Helmet Reviews.

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If you’re looking for a specific range, RevZilla has things nicely organized into models like Moto 3 HelmetsMoto 9 HelmetsMoto 9 Flex HelmetsMX-9 Adventure HelmetsPro Star HelmetsQualifier DLX Helmets and Riot Helmets.

LS2

LS2 Helmets

Based in Barcelona in Spain, LS2 is all about function over features, with well engineered motorcycle helmets that we love here at WBW.

LS2 has a very wide assortment of helmets, covering just about every type of riding and style, including competition inspired off-road and track helmets to classic cruiser and even scooter helmets.

We love the affordability and quality of materials used by LS2 on their helmets. From professional racing to day to day rider, LS2 has a hard won reputation for producing helmets that exceed expectation, maximizing comfort, protection and style.

Helpful Links: Read Our LS2 Helmet Reviews.

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Schuberth

SCHUBERTH Helmets

SCHUBERTH is a German helmet manufacturer that is focused on the high end.

Their almost 90 years of history and engineering leadership has many pundits list them at the very top the helmet world with their unrivaled accolades and proprietary products.

Unique among manufacturers they own the end to end process and operate in many industries so their R&D is second to none (they have their own in-house labs and wind tunnels). When is comes to safety, comfort and superior helmets it is tough to beat SCHUBERTH who does in fact sit at the top of the premium brands category.

The downside to that of course is that SCHUBERTH aren’t cheap so they may not be a good fit for all budgets.

Helpful Links:  Read Our SCHUBERTH Helmet Reviews.

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If you’re looking for a specific range, RevZilla has things nicely organized into models like C3 Pro HelmetsE1 HelmetsM1 HelmetsR2 HelmetsS2 Helmet and SR2 Helmets.

Shoei

Since 1959 Shoei has been innovating, winning awards and providing riders around the world with some of the highest quality helmets on the road. With a broad range of helmets for street and off-road riding we’ve been huge fans of the company for a long time.

The modular Neotec Helmet is a WBW editor favorite as is the Shoei RF-1200. We love everything about Shoei helmets from their shell construction, ventilation, comfort and modern designs. Shoei helmets aren’t the cheapest helmets on the market but they are tremendous value for money given the technology and safety so we highly recommend them to our readers.

Helpful Links: Read Our Shoei Helmet Reviews.

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RevZilla makes life a little easier by sorting the helmets into easy to find categories like Dual Sport HelmetsModular HelmetsMotocross HelmetsOpen Face HelmetsSolid Color HelmetsX-12 Helmets and Shoei Neotec 2 Helmet.

Arai

Shoei Helmets

Want race-inspired designed with serious safety and technology chops, then Arai Motorcycle Helmets are the brand for you.

Arai has been producing 100% hand-made motorcycle helmets since 1926 with its focus squarely on the evolution of comfort, quality and safety without exception. These are some seriously high-end and amazing helmets so it is no surprise that editors at WBW and our readers are huge fans of Arai.

With a full line of both street and off-road helmets some of their more popular lides are the Corsair V, RX-Q, Signet-Q, Vector 2, Defiant, CT-Z, XC and XD-4 helmets. The Arai Corsair X helmet is the most premium race helmet in the world. The Signet-Q and Arai RX-Q helmets are for serious street riders and track guys. The Arai Vector 2 helmet is perfect for street riding.

Ultimately, Arai is all about quality and safety. All their helmets have a lengthy 5-Year Warranty and are US DOT approved (many are also Snell M2005 or Snell M2010 approved).

Helpful Links: Read Our Arai Helmet Reviews

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RevZilla is an Arai authorized e-dealer and one of the largest Arai helmet dealers in the US so it is worth it to talk to them if you need an Arai helmet. RevZilla has Arai helmets organized well to make shopping easier, including Motocross HelmetsOpen Face HelmetsSolid Color HelmetsSport Bike HelmetsVector HelmetsXD Dual Sport Helmets and XD Arai Defiant X Helmet.

HJC

HJC Helmets

HJC Helmets has been a staple of the motorcycle world for almost 40 years.

The combination of its extensive, specialized manufacturing experience, quality made HJC Helmet Parts, innovative ideas, and reasonable pricing has resulted in HJC motorcycle helmets’ success in worldwide markets.

With a wide selection of helmets in the mid-to-high price range, HJC has also expanded consumers’ choices in Motorcycle Helmets as well as Snowmobile Helmets & Gear.

Helpful Links: Read Our HJC Helmet Reviews

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The long model list of HJCs helmets is easiest to navigate on RevZilla, just check out the specific model you want here: CL-17 HelmetsDS-X1 HelmetsFG-17 HelmetsFG-Jet HelmetsFG-MX HelmetsIS-17 HelmetsIS-5 HelmetsRPHA-11 PRO HelmetsRPHA-Max HelmetsStar Wars HelmetsMarvel Helmets and HJC RPHA 90 Helmet.

Nolan

Nolan Helmets

This Italian motorcycle helmet maker is like its sibling Italian supercar companies like Ferrari and Lamborghini, using advanced technology, sophisticated materials and modern Italian design to offer a top of the line motorcycle helmets at a very reasonable price point (ok, maybe Nolan isn’t that much like Ferrari then).

For over 30 years, Nolan Helmets has continued to manufacture each of their components in-house in Italy and they continue to knock it out of part, particularly in Europe where they are over 50% market share in helmets.

Nolan Motorcycle Helmets stay at the front of the pack through their innovation as well adaptation and invention of new designs, like their market- leading modular Nolan helmet series.

Helpful Links: Read Our Nolan Helmet Reviews

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Thanks RevZilla for organizing life a little for those helmet shoppers looking for specific for Nolan Helmets: N104 EVO HelmetsN21 HelmetsN86 Helmets and N91 Helmets.

AGV

AGV Helmets

Another Italian helmet maker is AGV, one of the high end helmet makers on the planet. Founded in 1948 they have a long racing heritage with some of the most famous riders wearing the iconic maker’s lids. AGV Helmets are known for superior safety and aerodynamics and are therefore well known and popular amongst both street and track riders.

The AGV PistaGP and Corsa are the top models, worn by world’s bests racers. The AGV Grid and GP-Tech Helmets bring up the mid-range category and the K4 Evo satisfies the “entry level” category for AGV helmets (entry level for AGV is like calling a Ferrari 488 entry level supercar, sure its an entry level supercar but it’s no ordinary car).

While AGV is known mainly for their full-face lids, they also have a modular offering with the Numo and an open-face product with the RP60 and AGV Diesel Hi-Jack Helmet. Moving from street to dirt, the AGV MT-X and AX-8 models fill out the rougher side of the sport.

Helpful Links:  Read Our AGV Helmet Reviews

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Shop AGV helmets by type at RevZilla here: Diesel HelmetsK3 HelmetsNuovo Modular HelmetsRP60 HelmetsSolid Color Helmets and Street Helmets.

Nexx

Nexx Helmets

Nexx Helmets blend innovative and distinctive design with cutting edge technology to deliver uncompromising safety and performance.

Known for their featherweight full-face helmets, Nexx uses the latest in composite fiber technology to create stylish lids that offer industry-leading weight savings while maintaining the latest safety standards.

From the track to touring to short trips to Target, Nexx makes light, comfortable and functional helmets for any ride and any rider.

Helpful Links: Read Our Nexx Helmet Reviews

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Shop by Nexx helmet category at RevZilla here: XD1 HelmetsXR2 HelmetsXT1 Helmets.

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