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Best Value Motorcycle Helmets – Adventure

Hi to all my fellow bikers.

In the below post I am going to discuss the best value motorcycle helmets on the market today, with specific emphasis on the Adventure or Dual Sport helmets. I chose these helmets based on my own experience, rider reviews and the fact that their popularity among fellow riders has been growing. I also used and compared the safety ratings, comfort, ease of use and noise control to compile this list of 10.

I will be highlighting my top 10 adventure motorcycle helmets in no specific order and price range.

Will also be listing the 5 best value adventure helmets for under U$250, and lastly will share my choice of helmet and why.

Top 10 Adventure Helmets

As I mentioned above, while researching for this list, I considered a few important “must-haves”, which are safety ratings (the most important consideration), how comfortable it is, how practical or easy to use and how well the helmet manages noise.

Now I realize that the points mentioned above, especially the comfort and noise management, is relative. I also am aware that some riders are more conscious about them than others and that things like the shape of our heads differ, and all this plays a role while wearing your helmet. My list was compiled from data and interviews with everyday riders and how they experienced these helmets.

Let’s get started.

SCHUBERTH E1 ADVENTURE HELMET

Around the U$350 up to U$650 range

The Schuberth E1 adventure helmet is a wonderful helmet. It is part of the “hybrid” type modular adventure helmets configuration and is not just designed for off-road use and touring but has the added advantage of being modular in design. That is right, its chin bar can be raised up, exposing your face for ease of communication when stopped. Worth mentioning is the chin bar locking mechanism which is of the best I’ve seen, works superbly, very durable and is made from metal.

Other features include the “Coolmax” fabric used inside the helmet which is very efficient in moisture removal and cooling properties, the flip-down sun visor, the ant-fog lens already installed, Bluetooth and FM antennas integrated inside the helmet, quick change visor mechanism which needs no tools and the helmet comes standard with AROS (Anti Roll Off System) which helps keep the helmet secure in place.

SCORPION EXO AT950 HELMET

Around the U$280 range

Another fantastic helmet within the modular adventure helmets configuration. Like the Schubert E1 model, the Scorpion has a flip up chin-bar. The peak visor is removable, changing this helmet into an aerodynamic cruising helmet.

This helmet comes with an internal drop down sun visor and “KwikWick II” helmet liner as standard. This liner has proven to be incredibly comfortable and keeps you warm in cold conditions but also cool in hot environments.

The “Kwikfit” cheek pads make it very easy to remove should you need to for riders wearing prescription glasses. The helmet also comes ready for Bluetooth helmet communication accessories.

Added to the above, the Scorpion EXO AT950 helmet comes standard with a 5-year warranty.

LS2 PIONEER EVO ADV HELMET

Around the U$200 mark

The best adventure helmet to come out of the LS2 factory and designed around their very successful rally experience.

This is a serious dirt-focussed adventure helmet with a ECE certification and 3 shell sizes, making certain to accommodate any head size and shape.

The LS2 Pioneer, comes with a twin shield visor system, with “Pinlock Max Vision” ready as standard. The comfort on this helmet is tops and the steel release buckle with emergency release system ensures good fit and protection.

Ventilation on this helmet is great and enhances the overall comfort. A really great helmet option.

SHOEI HORNET X2 REVIEW

From U$600 to U$800 mark


The Shoei adventure helmet is synonymous with adventure riders across the world. They have an excellent reputation for designing a true all-road and all weather adventure helmet. The Shoei Hornet X2 is known for its durability and functional design. If it wasn’t for its premium price tag (starting around U$600), I would assume all adventure riders would want to own one.

Known as the helmet “For Every Road”, it is designed for optimum functionality, ventilation, aerodynamics, performance and comfort. With a DOT approval and Snell certification and the added safety of its EQRS system (Emergency Quick Release System) which allows emergency personnel to remove the cheek pads in the event of an accident.

This helmet comes with a 5-year warranty.

This is really an excellent all round adventure helmet.

AGV AX9 DUAL SPORT HELMET

Between the U$290 up to U$650 (wide range to choose from)

The AX9 fits amongst the AGV dual sport helmet range. This is AGV’s latest incarnation of their adventure helmet range and I am happy to say, addresses most of the short comings of the AX8 model. The AX9 is configured as an 80/20, road to off road helmet and is more comfortable with better front venting than the previous model. Worth mentioning is the foam mesh pad that forms part of the front chin ventilation. This pad can be removed and washed in very dusty conditions.

The peak visor is more refined and aerodynamic and a little larger. Driving this helmet at speed, proved that the aerodynamics have improved remarkably.

Unfortunately the clear visor does not lift high enough so you can use motorcycle helmet goggles and the open-close mechanism is still very stiff to use. The visor does come standard with “Pinlock” ready.

Unlike the AX9’s predecessor, this helmet comes ready for proper fitting Bluetooth helmet communication accessories and the inner lining has been updated for better comfort.

Overall a much improved and good quality adventure helmet.

ARAI TOUR XD4 REVIEW

Between $U500 to U$650 mark


Another great helmet from the Japanese manufacturer and still as versatile a helmet as its predecessors.

With its ease of use, detachable visor and peak, this helmet truly is the best for both on road and off-road riding conditions. Comfort is enhanced by the three position chin vent and efficient neck exhaust vent. The inner lining is made from “Dry-Cool” material which adds to the overall comfort and both the temple pads and cheek pads are “Peel Away” type, making extra room with a 5mm layer that can be removed when you need.

Worth mentioning is Arais FCS system (Facial Contour System) which allows the cheek pad area to compress and rebound, allowing for the perfect fit.

The XD4 comes with a 5-year limited warranty which only applies for the first user or owner of the helmet.

The Arai Tour XD4 range has proven itself as a real “Ready for Anything” type of helmet. A popular choice for many and will remain an all round go-to helmet for years to come.

NENKI NK-310 DUAL SPORT

Around U$100 mark

Not a very well-known Chinese manufacturer and probably more known for its ski helmets, Nenki has developed the NK-310 Dual Sport Helmet.

This is a real budget friendly helmet and I discuss that a little more under the “Best Value for under U$200” topic.

What you get is a DOT approved helmet that looks incredible. It comes standard with the “mirror-look” visor as well as a clear visor. The visibility is great although the visor does not lift all the way to the top and can be in the way and does not come with “PinLock” ready.

The air ventilation is sufficient with both front vents and back exhaust openings. Please note that the front vents cannot be closed and resembles those of a proper motocross helmet.

The helmet is more of an oval form and may not fit all head shapes and it is recommended that you try it on, if you can, before purchasing.

Other than the above, I think the Nenki is a name to watch and their helmets good value for money. An excellent helmet to get on a budget.

BELL MX 9 adventure review

From U$150 -U$250 mark

Another great helmet from the Bell stable. It is DOT and ECE certified, has moisture wicking inner liner, a lot of ventilation front and back (exhaust airflow) and a 5-year warranty. It has a removable peak cap for when you are just street riding and the clear standard visor is interchangeable with an optional dark or smoky visor.

With an oval shape, Bell has done a lot of work around the fitment of their helmets and this one should fit most head shapes.

The peak cannot be adjusted forwards or backwards and as a result, you may feel some buffeting at speeds. The front top ventilation openings cannot be closed and when riding in the rain, it might leak.

This is a lot of helmet for the price you pay and you have the added confidence for the Bell name.

VOSS 600 DUALLY DUAL SPORT HELMET

Around the U$150 range

This American helmet manufacturer, prides themselves with their attention to detail and design. This is evident in their latest Voss 600 dually dual sport helmet.

This helmet is DOT certified with a round shape and a built-in, drop-down sun visor. It is aerodynamically designed for reducing any buffeting and the main visor can be changed. Visibility is excellent. Ventilation is sufficient and the inner lining is removable.

The main draw point for this helmet is its handsome looks and affordable price.

O’NEAL RACING SIERRA II ADV HELMET

Around the U$150 mark

A great entry level adventure dual sport touring helmet with DOT certification. Peak visor is not adjustable but ventilation throughout the inside is excellent. When the main face shield is lifted, there is enough room to wear motorcycle helmet goggles. The Sierra II comes with a drop-down tinted shield.

Inner lining is removable (although with quite a bit of effort) and the chin strap has the traditional D-ring fastening mechanism. No speaker pockets are catered for.

Best Value for under U$250

If you are looking for the best value motorcycle helmet of the adventure or dual-sport class, then I would like to assist you with my list of 5 helmets.

They are all great helmets, comfortable, meet one or more of the standard safety ratings (DOT, Snell or ECE) and very practical. Best of all, they are under 250 dollars. Please note that these are the prices when researched and might have changed slightly, but still relevant as a very good value for money helmet.

BELL MX-9

Excellent helmet for its price. It is DOT and ECE certified, has moisture wicking inner liner, a lot of ventilation front and back (exhaust airflow) and a 5-year warranty. It has a removable peak cap for when you are just street riding and the clear standard visor is interchangeable with an optional dark or smoky visor.

Minor gripe

The peak cannot be adjusted forwards or backwards and as a result, you may feel some buffeting at speeds. The front top ventilation openings cannot be closed and when riding in the rain, it might leak. This helmet also doesn’t come with cut-outs for Bluetooth helmet communication and you will need to improvise to fit them.

Still, a minor “price” to pay considering the cost and what you are getting.

NENKI MOTOCROSS NK-310

When it comes to the saying, “bang for the buck“, this helmet lives up to it. At around U$100, it is worth looking at this lid.

What you get is a DOT approved helmet that looks incredible. It comes standard with the “mirror-look” visor as well as a clear visor. The visibility is great although the visor does not lift all the way to the top and can be in the way and does not come with “PinLock” ready.

The air ventilation is sufficient with both front vents and back exhaust openings.

Minor gripe

Note that the front vents cannot be closed and resembles those of a proper motocross helmet. The helmet is more of an oval design and may not fit all head shapes and it is recommended that you try it on, before purchasing.

Other than that a great “uncommon” helmet.

VOSS 600 REACTION HELMET

An American “hero” in the making. Great budget helmet.

This helmet is DOT certified with a round shape and a built-in, drop-down sun visor. It is aerodynamically designed for reducing any buffeting and the main visor can be changed. Visibility is excellent. Ventilation is sufficient and the inner lining is removable.

The main draw point for this helmet is its handsome looks and affordable price.

Minor gripe

Because of its round design, it might be difficult to size it properly.

LS2 PIONEER EVO MX436 ADV HELMET

This is a budget friendly, motocross derived, adventure helmet.

This is a serious dirt-focussed adventure helmet with a ECE certification and 3 shell sizes, making certain to accommodate any head size and shape. Is also reasonable light at around 1350g.

The LS2 Pioneer, comes with a twin shield visor system, with “Pinlock Max Vision” ready as standard. The comfort on this helmet is tops and the steel release buckle with emergency release system ensures good fit and protection.

Ventilation on this helmet is great and enhances the overall comfort.

Minor gripe

The internal sun visor does not work well and is not of quality material. The main face shield is good for visibility but does not seal very well. Road noise is loud.

HJC DS X1 HELMET

Very affordable option from a renowned helmet manufacturer.

The HJC DS X1 is DOT certified. Comes with very good venting front and back, ensuring a comfortable cool ride. Noise levels are acceptable.

The peak visor is adjustable and the main face shield is big and causes no distortion when down. The shield comes “PinLock” ready. Inner lining is of very good quality material and comes prepared to fit Bluetooth motorcycle communication accessories.

Minor gripe

The main shield opening mechanism is very stiff to operate and feels cheap. Not the lightest helmet in the world. The peak visor can only be taken off with some minor tools.

My Choice and Why

I was stung by a scorpion! and it felt good.

Well, not by the “Arachnid” class but by the “hybrid” adventure helmet type. My choice is the Scorpion EXO AT-950 Tucson model.

Will not go into too much detail as I discussed this helmet above but I just love its versatility by being modular and the sturdy design and feel. The peak visor does a great job and can be removed, turning the helmet into a standard looking modular street helmet. The AT- 950 comes in a variety of colors and comes ready to fit Bluetooth communication sets.

A really good-looking and even better priced adventure helmet.

What is your choice and why?

I would love to hear from you to know which helmet you would choose (does not necessarily have to be from the above list) and why you chose it.

Please leave your comment at the bottom of this post.

Donn your helmet and Ride

I hope you found value from my research and rider opinions on the best value motorcycle helmets above and that it will help you with your choice of adventure helmet.

Now lets donn our helmets and go for a ride.

Kind regards

Vivian J Young

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2 thoughts on “Best Value Motorcycle Helmets – Adventure”

  1. Great post, well written, easy to read. I’m a bit old school when it comes to my helmet, have carbon fiber, D ring, ” Beanie Style “. The site will be very nice once you add some pictures. Good Job

    Take care

    Butch

    Reply
    • Thank you, Butch.
      Appreciate the feedback.
      Nothing wrong with old school. These items always seem to come back.
      Cafe Racers and vintage helmets and jacket styles are making a comeback.
      Will be reviewing those in an upcoming post.

      Did you send me your post to check for you?

      Rds
      Vivian

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