No one needs to tell you that the helmet is the most important piece of equipment when it comes to riding a motorcycle. However, with all of the information out there from the different styles and brands, to materials and new technologies it can be a lot to take in. That’s why we have compiled an unbiased list and reviews of the best motorcycle helmets. We took all of the important factors into consideration, from fit and design to technology and price, to help you filter out all of the useless information and find the best motorcycle helmet for you. Check out the chart below of our top rated helmets of 2014.
Top Rated Helmets Guide
Model / Head Shape
|Arai Corsair V / Intermediate Oval||$700||
(5 / 5)
|Shoei Solid RF-1200 / Imtermediate Oval||$450||
(4.8 / 5)
|HJC RPHA-10 / Intermediate-Round Oval||$300||
(4.6 / 5)
|Arai Signet-Q / Long Oval||$560||
(4.6 / 5)
|Arai XD4 Motocross / Intermediate-Round Oval||$550||
(4.6 / 5)
|HJC FG-17 / Intermediate Oval||$170||
(4.6 / 5)
|Bell RS-1 / Intermediate Oval||$350||
(4.5 / 5)
|Bell Revolver Evo Modular / Intermediate Oval||$200||
(4.5 / 5)
|Shoei Solid Neotec Modular / Intermediate - Round Oval||$580||
(4.5 / 5)
Check out the full comparison chart with even more helmets here.
Popular Motorcycle Helmets 2014
Some of those great features include the simple but strong design of the outer shell. This helmet won’t wow you with looks like some other cooler helmets, but that’s not for lack of creativity. The smooth and simple design helps maintain the integrity of the shell strength and energy dispersion. Inside, the multi density EPS liner does a great job of absorbing impact while keeping the overall size and weight to a minimum. The Signet Q is set with an exceptional ventilation system, along with an extra 10mm of eyeport opening for better visibility.
So if you are someone who is struggling to find a helmet that is designed for a long-oval shape head, then the Arai Signet Q should be at the top of your list.
Inside, the multi-density EPS foam keeps you safe by absorbing high energy impact. A new liner was added improving comfort and fit as well as reducing noise. The AGV Horizon is set with an anti-scratch, anti-fog and full UV protection face shield. It also features an internal drop down sun shield for those sunny days. So if you are looking for an all around high quality racing helmet at a low to mid range price, look no further than the AGV Horizon.
Inside, the RS-1 features a Velocity Flow Ventilation system that allows cool air to flow through the helmet and can be easily adjusted to fit the rider’s preference. The 3 mode shield makes swapping shields easier and faster than ever. The RS-1 also features their patented magnetic strap that’s easy to find and allows for quick adjustments. Overall, the Bell RS-1 is a solid racing helmet with a good amount of features and is set at a reasonable price.
Hopefully these tips give you a better idea of the motorcycle helmet you’re looking for. It might be tough to find the perfect one, but we did our best to narrow it down for you with our list and reviews of the best motorcycle helmets on the market today. Remember you don’t want to cut corners when it comes to protecting your head, it could be the difference between life and death.
How To Choose a Motorcycle Helmet
When choosing a motorcycle helmet there are many factors to consider. At times it can get overwhelming because there are so many things to look for. That’s why we have done broken it down to help give you a better understanding of the most important factors to check before buying a helmet.
You should always make sure the helmet is DOT “Department of Transportation” certified with the DOT sticker on it. This is the standard safety certification in the US. Another certification that’s good to look for the ECE 22.05 which is the European safety standards certificate. Finally there is the Snell approval. This is an independent organization that goes above and beyond governmental standards. It’s good to look for these approvals on helmets. They should at least have to DOT approval.
Fit and Comfort
First you need to figure out your head size. Check out our sizing chart below for more information on that. After you know your head size and shape, you need to make sure the helmet it is nice and snug. Not too tight to where it is uncomfortable but also not too loose. Test this by moving your helmet around, the skin on your head should move with it. The inner padding will get worked in and loosen up over time as well. Remember, you want it to be comfortable but you also want to make sure that it will properly protect you.
Outer Shell Construction
Lower end helmets are made of a poly carbonate plastic based material. This is less expensive and will protect your head just fine. However it is a bit heavier and will not disperse impact quite as well as higher end models made of fiber glass and Kevlar. The highest end and most expensive models are usually made of carbon fiber which is stronger and lighter than the other materials.
Almost all motorcycle helmets use EPS foam for interior protection. This is a strong dense foam that does a great job of absorbing the majority of the force of high impacts. Other softer cloth materials are added on top of that to make it more comfortable on your face. It’s a good idea to look for helmets that allow easy removal of padding. This comes in handy for washing and keeping the inside liner clean. Some even have cool features like quick release padding. This allows for single hand removal for easier access to your face, which is especially important in emergencies.
This will differ on each model. A lower end model made of poly carbonate will be a bit heavier compared to higher end models made of fiber glass or carbon fiber. Having a lighter helmet will reduce fatigue and allow you to enjoy riding for a longer period of time.
Pick a motorcycle helmet with a good visor that has nice features like anti fogging, anti scratching and UV protection. Some helmets come with a quick release feature that is useful for switching visors. For example, you may want to use a tinted visor during the day and a clear visor at night.
Some motorcycle helmets have more vents, allowing for better airflow and temperature control to keep you cool.
However this also has a downside. More vents create more wind noise and buffeting which can get annoying especially for long distance riders. If you are doing more hard riding and racing then having better ventilation to keep you cool is probably the way to go. Some even allow you to adjust the vents at the top which can come in handy. Also, consider the amount of padding at the bottom of the helmet. A tighter seal at the base will help a lot when it comes to reducing wind noise.
Many riders enjoy listening to music or GPS instructions or sometimes will need talk on the phone while riding. Some helmets have built in speakers and a microphone that use Bluetooth technology and allows you to do all of this wirelessly.
Once you have an idea of which helmet is right for you, it’s also a good idea to check out reviews on the helmets too. If you follow these steps you will be well on your way to finding a helmet that fits your riding needs which will allow you to have a more enjoyable and safe riding experience.
More Things To Consider Before Buying a Helmet
What Type of Rider Are You?
Knowing what type of riding you will be doing is important. Will you be doing more hard riding and racing ? Or more long distance and touring type riding? Things like ventilation and design are factors that you will need to consider when choosing a helmet.
What’s Your Budget?
Figuring out your budget is obviously a huge factor in your decision. If you are just a casual rider, then a slightly less expensive poly carbonate helmet should be just fine for you. If you are a more serious rider then you might want to consider a higher end helmet made of fiberglass or carbon fiber which are stronger and lighter materials. Just remember you can’t put a price on safety of your head.
Pick a Style
Flip up or full face? There are benefits and downsides to both. Full face helmets offer the best protection but flip up helmets make it easier to talk to someone or have a drink. However some lower end flip up helmets are known to rattle a bit which can get annoying. You will want to take this into consideration when making your decision.
How To Measure Your Head Size
Finding a motorcycle helmet that fits properly will allow it to protect your head the way it was designed to. So we have put together an easy to follow guide to to help you find your head and helmet size.
Start by measuring your head. Do this by using a cloth measuring tape and wrapping it around the widest part of your head. This is usually right above your eyebrows and to the thickest point on the back of your head. It can be in inches or centimeters, just use the conversion chart below to figure out what size will best fit you. Hat size can also be used if you happen to know it.
Figuring Out Your Head Shape
Figuring out your head shape is a little trickier. First of all there are 3 main head shape categories. Long-oval, intermediate-oval and round-oval. These categories are referring to the shape of your head from a top view looking down. You can get a good idea of this by bending your head down and looking in the mirror. It may be easier to get a friend to look at it for you.
Long-oval means your head is a slimmer and longer oval shape from front to back. Round-oval means that your head is wider, a more round shaped oval. Intermediate-oval means your somewhere in between. If you are not sure then you are probably an intermediate-oval like most people are. This is also the most common shape for motorcycle helmets. Take note that the shape of your face and cheeks are not taken into consideration for your head shape as the padding around these areas can be adjusted.
All of our helmet reviews and ratings will tell you which head shape the helmet is best suited for. You can then use that information to help you decide which helmet is right for you. The guide above will help you determine your head shape. Check out the video below for more information of finding the right fit.