Five of the best… adventure helmets
Five of the best... adventure helmets
Adventure helmets are designed, like the bikes, to combine off-road looks with road practicality.
Here are the top five choices for adventuring touring bikes based on customer reviews on the Sportsbikeshop website.
Bell MX-9 Adventure Mips£129.99-£189.99
Achieving a 4.59-star average from the first 39 reviews, the Bell MX-9 Adventure MIPS helmet impresses customers with its true-to-size fit and the wide field of vision offered through the visor. Some reviewers say that earplugs are needed as the helmet can be quite noisy at higher speeds, and most are in agreement that it would benefit from an internal sunvisor and a Pinlock outer visor, rather than just an anti-mist coating.
Arai Tour X4£399.99-£463.99
There’s a price premium when you buy an Arai, but Sportsbikeshop customers are convinced the price tag is worth it. They say the Tour X4 is comfortable straight out of the box and gave it an impressive average of 4.92 stars from the first 135 reviews. The quality of the lining is sumptuous and combines with three shell-size options to boost comfort. Large vents on the top, chin and brow of the visor allow maximum airflow.
Adventure doesn’t have to be expensive, though for under £100 you might have to compromise in places. The Intrepid comes in one shell size so an accurate fit may be harder to achieve. But it does have a dropdown sun visor, which more expensive adventure lids lack. It also has a removable interior and the visor is ready for an optional Pinlock insert. Sportsbikeshop customers say it’s great value and gave an average of 4.69 stars from the first 42 reviews.
Nexx X.WED 2£296.99-£379.99
Many of the Sportsbikeshop customers who have purchased the X.WED 2 are buying it as an upgrade to its predecessor – the XD1, and say it’s even better than the first. The Nexx’s 4.83-star average from its first 29 reviews comes from customers who were pleased with the amount of cool air sucked in through the forehead vents, the ease of integration with an intercom and the amount of extras that are included (camera mounts, different chin curtains etc).
Shoei Hornet ADV£359.99-£431.99
The Hornet ADV is packed with features to improve it over the previous DS model. It has emergency-release cheekpads and an improved visor mechanism, which allows for quick and tool-less removal and replacement. It comes in four shell sizes for a more tailored fit and has channels for added spectacle-friendliness. Sportsbikeshop customers praised the Shoei’s fit, and gave it 4.64 stars from the first 36 reviews.