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Adventure (ADV)/Dual Sport Helmets

Adventure helmets are designed to perform both on and off-road duty, and so they incorporate many features normally found on off-road helmets like extended sun-visors and extra-wide eyeports to accommodate protective goggles.

Features to Look For

Street Helmets

The centerpiece of any rider's gear, the helmet protects the rider's brain and face

Helmet Styles

Full-Face

Because they completely encompass the rider's head, a full-face helmet typically offers the strongest protection of any helmet type. The full-face design also offers better aerodynamic performance than other helmet types, reducing the effects of wind buffetting and noise at speed.

Modular

A modular helmet offers many of the benefits of a full-face helmet, but includes a hinged chin-bar that can be flipped up and out of the way. Modular helmets have become extremely popular among long-distance touring riders for their flexibility and convenience.

Three-Quarter Helmet

A three-quarter helmet protects the rider's head, but leaves the face exposed. Because the helmet lacks any eye protection, riders will need to have separate eye protection, like a snap on face shield or pair of goggles. Some three-quarter helmets are available with an attached face-shield.

Half-Helmet

Half-helmets offer the bare minimum head protection for the rider and no face protection. Like a three-quarter helmet, the rider will need separate eye protection if wearing a half-helmet.

Features to Look For

Track helmets

Track-oriented helmets often skip the convenience features found on street helmets in an effort to keep weight as low as possible. The outer shells frequently incorporate elaborate spoilers and diffusers to shape the flow of air around the helmet in the wind, improving the helmet's stability. Nearly all racing series specify that a full-face helmet must be used to compete, and many include more specific requirements for things like closure-systems and safety certifications.

Features to Look For

Off-Road Helmets

A dirt bike helmet looks different from a street bike helmet; it has extra chin protection, and a sun visor, or peak. Full face protection avoids injuries from rocks and branches. Additionally, dirt bike helmets utilize more ventilation to keep the rider cooler. Goggles protect your eyes and should fit comfortably under your helmet. Goggles have different lenses for dark and light conditions and tear-offs for rain and mud conditions.

Features to Look For