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Comfort meets safety: a guide to buying the best motorcycle helmets

The motorcycle helmet, in addition to composing the motorcyclist's clothing, protects his safety in a decisive way. In a market that offers so much in terms of aesthetics and color variations, our guide wants to shed light, first of all, on the build quality. Full-face helmet, jet helmet (like Nolan N21 Visor), modular helmet (like Shoei Neotec) and off-road helmet: these are the main types on the market. We will see how motorcycle helmets are made and what are the parts that compose them. All without losing sight of the economic aspect, through a rich selection of the best offers divided into price ranges.

How to choose a motorcycle helmet?

Types - It is very important to identify the type of motorcycle helmet that best meets your needs. The jet motorcycle helmet is the coolest, as it does not have a chin guard. On the contrary, the full-face motorcycle helmet, which offers a very high level of protection, induces sweating more easily. Halfway, we find the modular motorcycle helmet, with a chin guard that lifts up leaving the lower part of the face uncovered.
Materials - The choice of materials affects lightness and comfort. Analyzing the shell, polycarbonate is the heaviest material while carbon, fiberglass and kevlar are felt less on the neck. Speaking of internal padding, however, it is good to make sure that it is soft, breathable and made with anti-allergic materials.
Homologation - What certifies the safety of the helmet is the homologation label, placed inside the product, generally on the strap. It should be noted that there are currently two regulations in force: ECE 22-05 and ECE 22-06, the second of which will completely replace the first from 2023.
Size - Finding the right size ensures maximum comfort and safety. To do this, it is necessary to measure the circumference of the skull well. Within the guide, you will find a specific section dedicated to this topic.
How to determine the value of a helmet
How to determine the value of a helmet

How much does a motorcycle helmet cost?

Given that all approved motorcycle helmets ensure the rider a high level of safety, there are many other factors that come into play to make the price fluctuate. First of all, the type chosen. A full-face helmet, such as the Arai Tour-X4, in fact, will tend to cost more than a jet model built with the same care. The issue is closely linked to the shape and size of the helmet, as well as to the quantity of raw materials used. But it is also the quality of the latter that affects the cost of motorcycle helmets. In particular, we refer to the materials chosen for the shell, the cheapest of which is polycarbonate. Carbon, Kevlar and fiberglass, while being equally resistant, have their strong point in their superior lightness. In addition to being characterized by a higher price. To make it oscillate significantly, then, the quality of the interiors can intervene, especially if embellished with leather finishes or precious fabrics. Type of visor, presence of the sun visor and Bluetooth intercom are additional variables to be evaluated at the time of purchase. Not to mention the aesthetic component that differentiates vintage motorcycle helmets from more modern models. In our guide, we have collected the most interesting helmets and divided them into price ranges. Within 30,000LKR we are talking about cheap helmets while, from 30,000 to 65,000LKR, of mid-range models. Finally, beyond this figure, the high end of the market opens up.

Economic range (within 30,000LKR)

Within the economic range, there are motorcycle helmets with an excellent quality-price ratio. We are talking about models that do not envy the most expensive in terms of safety, as they are all approved according to the legislation in force. Simple but robust, they are well suited for everyday use. Let's start with one of the most aesthetically appealing models. The Premier Vintage motorcycle jet helmet is available in numerous retro-style color variations, including the iconic checkered livery. Equipped with a removable anti-scratch visor, it is among the lightest in circulation. The carbon tri-composite shell allows the helmet to weigh about one kilo. For those looking for a demi-jet motorcycle helmet with base, Nolan N21 Visor is the perfect choice, especially with a view to saving. Built in polycarbonate, it is a comfortable model dedicated to the city. Equipped with removable interiors in antibacterial material, it has its strong point in the double integrated sun visor. Moving on to the terrain of modular motorcycle helmets, we have selected two products with an excellent quality-price ratio. Givi X.21 Challenger offers the rider the versatility of double homologation, as well as integrating a detachable nose guard. Prepared for the addition of a Pinlock lens, it offers good front ventilation even with closed chin guard. For those who want an even lighter motorcycle helmet, the answer is Origine Delta BL, a model that weighs a pound less than the previous one. “All-in-one” helmet with a very sober design, it excels in terms of comfort thanks to very soft padding. And the interiors, of course, are removable and washable.

Mid-range (from 30,000 to 65,000LKR)

The mid-range motorcycle helmets, in addition to maintaining the high safety standards of all the products in our selection, strongly focus on comfort and style. An example of this approach is the Blauer Pilot, a jet motorcycle helmet with a timeless design. Minimal and elegant, it is proposed in plain or two-tone variants. Extremely light and comfortable, it features a retractable internal visor with smoked treatment. Fastest coupling thanks to the precise strap with micrometric retention system. Moving on to the terrain of modular motorcycle helmets, the LS2 FF900 Valiant II struck us for aesthetics and functionality. With a more aggressive and modern profile, it is a helmet suitable for long distances. P / J approved, it goes from one configuration to another in an instant. In fact, a pressure on the lock located under the chin guard is enough to make it rise upwards. Equally convincing is the auto-up and auto-down system that allows simultaneous unlocking of the screen and chin guard. Structurally similar, Scorpion Exo-Tech, however, is aimed at the most demanding motorcyclist. Sold with Pinlock MaxVision lens in box, it offers maximum freshness through three independently adjustable air intakes. Comfortable and breathable, it integrates a retractable sunscreen with EverClear anti-fog treatment. Last but not least, here is the first full off-road motorcycle helmet of our selection. Nolan N70-2 X is the perfect companion for any adventure, both on asphalt and dirt. But it is also the first model in the world to boast a removable chin guard that transforms it, in an instant, from full face to jet. And in fact, it is P / J approved.

High-end (over 65,000LKR)

Over 65,000LKR, you enter the field of the best motorcycle helmets in circulation. some of which are designed for competition on the track or dirt. To characterize all the high-end models is the composition of the shell, made of carbon fiber, glass fiber or a mix of the two materials. Let's think, for example, of Arai Urban-V, an ultralight open face helmet with an immediately recognizable design. Without a visor, it goes perfectly with a mask with a vintage flavor. Also the colors, then, outline the retro profile. Fresh and with great attention to detail, it shows elegant eco-leather finishes with visible stitching. Definitely changing genre, we meet Nolan N100, a modular motorcycle helmet that puts versatility at the service of driving comfort. And not surprisingly, it is also designed to take advantage of the N-com Bluetooth communication system. Robust and lightweight, it excels in terms of safety thanks to the ultrawide visor that offers wide-angle visibility. With a sportier approach, the Shoei GT Air full-face motorcycle helmet is the protagonist on the track as well as on demanding tourist routes. Aerodynamic and aggressive, it integrates an advanced ventilation system that distributes the air over the entire internal surface. Equally convincing is the bright scratch-resistant visor which is at its best paired with the dark UV-proof screen. And we conclude in a big way with another integral model, dedicated however to the more adventurous routes. Airoh Commander gives the rider three different configurations: on-off with term paper and visor; cross without visor and naked without thesis. In addition, it stands out for its very secure double D ring closure.
Brief history of the helmet

Brief history of the helmet

The spread of the first motorcycle and car helmets, mainly used for official competitions, dates back to the 1900s. Equipped with a soft leather shell, they are not particularly effective in absorbing blows. The models with a rigid leather bowl, introduced shortly after, perform better, thanks to the padding in cork, canvas or wood pulp. However, we must wait until the 1950s to see the appearance of the first motorcycle helmets with a fiberglass shell and really resistant side protectors. The most significant step in the evolution of the helmet takes place in the 70s and coincides with the introduction of the full-face helmet. While it has undergone further transformation over the past 50 years, this model shares many structural aspects with today's helmets.