Adventure Motorcycle Helmets Guide

Best Adventure Motorcycle Helmets

protection and Visibility for Staying ahead

AFX - FX-41 DS helmet

AFX - FX-41 DS helmet

Price:  $170 – £125

Construction: polycarbonate

Ventilation: 17 vents

weight: 1.8 kg / 4 LbS

Shape: Intermediate Oval

AFX - FX-41 DS helmet

Ventilation
80%
Lightweight
30%
Features
80%

About

AFX is a North American company with headquarters in Ontario and California that specializes in producing helmets that are great value for money and packed with features. The AFX FX -41 DS adventure motorcycle helmet falls right into that category, providing a full-spec adventure motorcycle helmet at a bargain price.

The shape of the AFX FX 41 helmet is intermediate oval, which is the most common fit, sitting between round and narrow, and will suit a wide variety of riders. The main construction of the AFX-41 is polycarbonate, a value offering, which is to be expected at this price point, the main compromise in this choice of material is weight. Polycarbonate will be heavier than carbon kevlar or composite material but still be suitably protective. The helmet meets both the USA’s DOT and Europe’s CE safety standard. 

The AFX FX 41 incorporates a fully removable peak, with aeration cutouts for stability at speed, a windshield for rain and road protection as well as a whole host of vents for temperature control on hot days. A total of 17 vents provide a range of intake and exhaust points for air to breeze through, in addition, the large front mouth guard vent is adjustable using a simple tab to block or allow airflow according to riding condition.

The AFX-41 features a full UV and scratch-resistant front windshield with several levels of adjustability between open and closure. A bevel on the windshield is used to create a flattened surface to ensure the lens is optically correct and does not distort features. The screws at the side of the windshield can be removed and replaced with side plates to turn the AFX-41 into a full enduro helmet and the eye-port is wide enough to fit goggles for use in off-road riding conditions. A nice addition is the tinted, drop-down visor which can be operated single-handed with a slider latch at the side of the helmet, to fend off incoming sunrays as needed. 

Inside the helmet, you will find a padded nylon liner and cheek pads which can easily be removed for washing. The AFX-41 features an adjustable quick-release ratchet strap instead of more conventional double D ring fastener for securing the helmet to the wearer. 

Angular in design and aggressive in looks, the AFX-41 come fully equipped for dual-sport riding, the only concessions lies in the materials used and the numerous features which make this helmet rather heavy at 1.8 kg (4 pounds), which is about 200 grams heavier than a comparable adventure motorcycle helmet with a more premium construction and a heftier price tag. But for riders on a budget or as a spare helmet the AFX-41 delivers unmatched value and leaves nothing to be desired in an adventure helmet. 

The AFX-41 shares the same shell and many of the same features as the FLY Trekker helmet, if one isn’t available, consider the other, they are almost identical.

NEXX - X.WED 2

Ventilation
80%
Lightweight
60%
Features
90%

About

Set against the giants of Japanese motorcycle helmet manufacturing Arai and Shoei, Portugal based Nexx is a relative newcomer onto the adventure motorcycle helmet segment. In 2015 their first adventure helmet the X.D1 launched them into the market, and was very well received by the industry and riders alike. The X.WED 2 is the successor to the X.D1 having received small incremental improvements over the original design. 

Strange nomenclature aside, the X.WED 2 is a serious multi-season adventure motorcycle helmet with a host of premium features and accessories. The construction is a composite of fibreglass, aramid fibres and carbon reinforcement, creating a shell that is both lightweight and impact resistant. Inside the helmet, you will find EPS foam for impact absorption and a full suite of 3D contoured pads made of anti-microbial, wicking material, which are easily removable for cleaning. An added design element are the red tabs on the outside of the cheek pads which allow the easy removal of the helmet by emergency personnel in case of a crash.

The peak has been refined over the X.D1 to reduce lift and improve airflow, as well as being slightly lighter than the original model. The X.WED 2 has four intake vents and two exhaust vents. The chin vent is adjustable to block or allow air-flow and can even be replaced with a secondary option which is fully vented, for use on extreme hot days or serious offroad riding. The intake vents at the top of the helmet are also adjustable and can be closed or opened as required.

The X.WED incorporates a fully adjustable, optically correct face-shield, which is ideal for riding on highways and can then be kept up and away as soon as you hit dirt. Included as standard with the helmet is a Pinlock anti-fog lens insert which is easily installed thanks to small posts on the inside of the face-shield and provides absolute clarity in wet and cold conditions where condensation risk obscuring your vision. The eyeport, face-shield and rear contour of the helmet easily allow the use of goggles for dusty conditions offroad. An internal sun visor provides on-the-go protection against sun glare and is easily actioned using gloves by a slider at the top-left side of the helmet.

Also coming as standard with the helmet is a removable shin curtain to deflect wind, a peak extender for more sun protection on the road, removable side plates for the mounting of Go-Pro style action cameras and an integrated slot for the installation of a Nexx X-COM Bluetooth intercom system built in conjunction with Sena. 

All in the X.WED 2 is an amazingly well thought out and complete package. All of Nexx’s helmets are built in Europe, at their Portugal factory with excellent build quality. The Nexx X.WED 2 is a supremely competent adventure motorcycle helmet capable of taking on hot and cold weather with ease thanks to its numerous accessories and range of adjustability.

 

NEXX - X.WED 2

NEXX - X.WED 2

Price:  $480 – £330

Construction: Composite fibreglass & Kevlar

Ventilation: 6 vents

weight: 1.6 kg / 3.5 LbS

Shape: Intermediate Oval

Klim - Krios

Klim - Krios

Price:  $499 – £375

Construction: Carbon Fibre

Ventilation: 8 vents

weight: 1.35 kg / 3.25 LbS

Shape: Intermediate Oval

Klim - Krios

Ventilation
60%
Lightweight
90%
Features
60%

About

Klim are well known for pushing the boundaries with their adventure gear. Using high tech materials and following their inspired design philosophy, Klim delivers gear with performance at their core. The Krios is Klim’s first iteration of an adventure motorcycle helmet, straddling the line between a full offroad helmet and a road-biased one. 

The most impressive thing about the Klim Krios, is the weight, at 1,350 grams/ 3 pounds 4 ounces it is the lightest helmet on the market featuring both a peak and windshield. To do this, Klim have used a carbon fibre construction for the shell using wide bands of carbon with minimal amounts of resin to keep weight low. Despite the minimal construction the Klim Krios still achieves a DOT and ECE certification. The inside of the helmet is fully lined with EPS foam and the padding uses Klim’s Klimatec material backed by memory foam, to ensure optimal fit, comfort and anti-bacterial protection.

The face-shield and peak have also been optimised to reduce weight, both have been slimmed down to almost nothingness, making them fully functional if somewhat flimsy to the touch. The face-shield and peak are fully removable without tools by a twist of the tabs on the side, allowing the helmet to be converted to a road, or enduro helmet dependant on riding conditions. As can be expected from Klim the eyeport will accommodate goggles, however these will also work even with the windshield down, thanks to a small gap at the rear of the windshield. The Krios comes standard with two polycarbonate face-shields, one clear and the other tinted, as we well as a Pinlock anti-fog lens insert which can be fitted to either for full condensation prevention. 

Except for the large vent underneath the peak which can be toggled to allow air to flow-though the venting scheme is non-adjustable. A compromise has been made here, the four chin vents feed to the bottom of the eyeport and not to the wearer, which is good for cooler temperatures, but no so much for warmer days or when exerting oneself offroad. The spoiler at the rear serves to stabilize the helmet at speed and on the highway, but also conveniently protects the exhaust vents from rain. The Klim Krios also has a chin curtain in place to prevent unwanted airflow, this is sadly non-removable, which might be an issue on warmer days. 

Boasting some impressive specification the Klim Krios, is top of the pack when it comes to weight-saving, some of its features are somewhat of a compromise, included most prominently the ventilation scheme which is slightly muffled for a helmet whose target is the hardcore dirt riding adventure market.

It is interesting to note that Klim most likely gets the Krios built under licence. The Carbon Enduro helmet from Nishua boasts the same shell configuration as the Krios, with a slightly different peak, and less padded internals, but for nearly half the price… It isn’t Klim though. – Anton

 

BEST Premium ADVENTURE Motorcycle Helmets

Arai - Tour X4 (XD4)

Ventilation
70%
Lightweight
50%
Features
70%

ABOUT

Founded by Hirotake Arai in 1950, Arai became the first motorcycle helmet manufacturing company in Japan, since then their emphasis on craftsmanship and protection has remained unchanged. All Arai helmets are still manufactured in Japan by hand, using minute attention to detail and rigorous quality testing. Arai manufactures and sells some of the most high-end and protective helmets on the market, used by top-end riders and drivers in Moto GP and Formula 1. The company remains a family business and is run by Michio and Akihito Arai, son and grandson of the original founder.

The Arai Tour X4 (also known as the XD4 in the USA), is the successor to the Tour X, which launched the concept on an adventure motorcycle helmet in the mid-2000s. The Tour X was the first helmet to feature the same design elements as an enduro helmet, an extended chin-bar and a peak but also included a faceshield for protection from the elements on the road. Since then the Tour X line of helmets has become the gold standard by which every other helmet on the market is judged by. 

The construction of the Tour X4 is fibreglass, making it lightweight and protective, however, Arai have taken this a step further by reinforcing the structure with “Superfibre” which is 30% stronger than fibreglass but much more expensive to make. To ensure each helmet is a perfect fit for the user, Arai has created five shell sizes for the Tour X4, ranging from XS to 2XL. To make the helmet more protective, Arai have used different densities of polystyrene foam inside the helmet to absorb different levels of impact. This process has paid off, as the Tour X4 achieves both ECE and DOT certification as well as Snell M2015 certification, which is one of the most rigorous certifications on the market and is often seen in racing. 

The ventilation scheme on the Arai Tour X4 is fully adjustable, both the chin vent and side vents can be opened or closed-off as required using tabs, and the same applies to the vents at the top and rear of the helmet. An additional feature are the vents present at brow level on the face shield, which allows further tuning of the ventilation scheme when riding, even with the visor fully closed. As a safety precaution Arai has made sure both the intake and exhaust scoops at the top of the helmet will come off in case of crash to avoid the helmet being snagged and cause further injury.

A premium feature used by Arai is the multi-density foam used in the padded lining of the helmet at the temple and cheeks which can be further tailored by the addition or removal of the 5mm foam pads within. This increases usability for slightly rounder or thinner head sizes to create the most comfortable fit possible for the user. The lining material also uses Dry-Cool technology to ensure efficient wicking of moisture during prolonged riding or warm conditions. The padded lining is fully removable and washable, but also includes emergency removal straps at the cheek pads for use by EMS personnel in case of crash. 

The Arai Tour X4 is considered by many to be one of the best adventure motorcycle helmets on the market, it has some of the best safety specs on the market, is supremely comfortable and works well offroad and on-road. The only downside, the price, which is further compounded if you want buy the more detailed graphic options, which are much more expensive than the standard ones. However, this is perhaps to be expected in a product made by hand in Japan to the exacting standards Arai has.

Arai - Tour X4 (XD4)

Arai - Tour X4 (XD4)

Price:  $550 – £499

Construction: fibreglass & Superfibre

Ventilation: 11 vents 

weight: 1.65 kg / 3.65 LbS

Shape: Intermediate Oval

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