When you’re deciding on helmet to use off the road or on your next cycling adventure, you will need equipment that is both safe and functional. Finding a helmet that fits securely, keeps out dust, mud and weather while meeting the highest requirements of safety were the main areas we focused on when compiling our list. Here’s 5 of the best in no particular order:
The Arai Tour X-4 is a heavy duty, resilient off road helmet available in a selection of striking colourways. The Tour X-4 is coated in ultra tough ‘Super Fibre Laminate’ to ensure the optimum levels of safety. The interior is engineered with a ‘Facial Contour System’ (FCS) to mould comfortably onto the wearers face for added comfort and security.
Designed with absolute safety at the heart, the Arai Tour X-4 comes with an ‘Emergency Release System’ incorporated into the layout so that emergency services can easily remove cheek pads to remove the helmet quickly and safely, avoiding further injury to the rider. Top of the line for safety and engineered to withstand the most extreme conditions, the Aria Tour X-4 is available for £499.99.
The Shoei Hornet DX is innovatively designed and inlcudes a host of impressive features. This helmet features a dynamic interior ventilation system comprised of an integrated slide regulator to control air intake in the nose cover and system-independent air inlets at forehead to maintain a comfortable temperature for the wearer.
Keeping out all weather and environmental conditions is vital to any off road helmet, a factor Shoei excel at with the Hornet DX. This helmet features a visor with a sealed lip to lock out outside factors from entering the helmet, improving comfort and ultimately safety.
The Shoei Hornet DX has the potential to be changed in a variety of ways to create a bespoke interior shape to suit any rider. Different sized mesh cheek pads can be installed, and the helmet also features a groove to fit wearers eyewear in comfortably. The Shoei Hornet DX is available for £330.95 for a single colour or £370.95 for a multi-coloured helmet.
The AVG AX8 Evo is the next evolution of the on the original AX8, the helmet has been improved significantly following feedback from AGV sponsored from the European cross, enduro and Supermotard championships, such as David Philippaerts, Deny Philippaerts, Gautier Paulin, and American SuperCross championship, such as Travis Pastrana and Davi Millsaps.
Constructed in the signature AGV style, this helmet features an advanced ventilation system constructed from front vents and rear extractors, reminiscent of the MT-X.
Available in a number of different colours, including this striking Valentino Rossi Five Continents model. The AGV AX8 is available in single colour for £239.99 or a vibrant multi-colourway for £279.99.
Constructed in Europe, the Bell Moto 8 is modelled in the distinctive Bell motocross style. The classic silhouette comes complete with an adjustable peak and is constructed from the impact resistant fiberglass shell. Top of the range in for comfort, this helmet fits securely onto the wearer to avoid ‘roll outs’ and other issues with ill fitting off road helmets.
Not only a premium helmet for safety and performance, the Bell Moto is available with some truly stunning paint work. Pick up a Bell Moto 8 for just £200 in single colour and £220 for one of Bell’s exceptional graphical versions.
The BMW Enduro helmet is constructed to provide outstanding aerodynamics and top of the line safety for the rider. The BMW Enduro adheres to the high safety standards earning ECE 22-05 and ACU Gold compliance.
The BMW Enduro helmet features a DuPont Coolmax® interior that is removable for separate washing and a visor is scratch resistant and has been treated with anti-fog finishing to assist extended visibility for the wearer.
Available in a number of different colour combinations, including this Bullit model. Easy conversions allow riders to use the BMW Enduro with peak with visor; peak and goggles; and visor without peak. Purchase a single matt colour BMW Enduro for £380 or £400 for a graphical version.