If you bought a helmet with a full face these days, you may feel the shock of the sticker. Prices north of $ 500 are normal. This may be out of budget, especially for those who spent just $ 1807 on a Honda Navi. If you combine this with the many features, limitations and technical jargon about helmet certificates, finding the right helmet with a budget can be a headache. Welcome to our Buyer’s Helmets Guide for up to $ 150.
We looked at offers from nearly 30 well-known helmet manufacturers and sellers to see if they have full-face street helmets for $ 150 or less. We are thrilled with how many options there are. Many come with features and several performance certificates, while the price is $ 150 or more.
There was a time when a helmet at an economic price could well be discarded as “cheap” and probably not worth the risk in terms of quality and performance. This is no longer necessarily the case. Advances in materials, design and manufacturing techniques combined with fierce competition have improved quality and performance, even when the cost of finished products decreases.
First a little information about what we were looking for, our criteria and what we didn’t include. We have included stamps and store full street helmets with an MSRP of less than $ 150. Sales, special sales, promotions, youth and women’s sizes were not taken into account, although not every color or graphic scheme costs less than $ 150 for each helmet. Price data were obtained from each company’s websites when they were available. Other price data is obtained from the sites of outlets / distributors, if the brand website does not have MSRP.
Modular, adventure, off-road, half-helmets, 3/4-helmets or helmets with removable chin helmets are not included. This is not to say that there is nothing wrong with these types of helmets. However, this story focuses on full face models. Indeed, most of the criteria we mention and listed by manufacturers release models in a variety of configurations.
Helmets that do not have / do not qualify for DOT FMVSS 218 certification or are marked as such are not included. In addition, in the United States, helmets that do not comply with the DOT are prohibited from being sold as motorcycle helmets. However, if multiple certificates are claimed, such as the Snell Memory Foundation or ECE 22.05, this is noted in the summary.
We have not attempted to evaluate or rank the helmets we mention here. We have not done comprehensive reviews of any of these helmets, although we have tested more expensive models from some manufacturers and sellers. We have not verified any claims or specifications claimed on products by brands. When buying a helmet, keep in mind how much you trust the brand – you can’t assess the safety of the helmet on your own.
Remember that no helmet can protect you in every accident, and different helmets have different strengths and weaknesses. We drive for a living and we wear premium helmets. However, all have different standards and levels of risk acceptance.
Be sure to replace any helmet after five years of wearing or seven years after production, whichever comes first. If you fell and your helmet hit about something solid, replace it – helmets are disposable products in accidents. You better have a new helmet than one that was damaged in an accident, regardless of its original price. Finally, buy a professional helmet if you do not have the qualifications to judge the device yourself. Too tight or too loose a helmet endangers safety.
Here are some criteria by which to compare helmets for purchase:
- Shell: materials used, finishing elements (spoiler, etc.), finish, color options, etc.
- Weight: The total weight of the helmet in grams and / or pounds
- Warranty: warranty period, exceptions, if any
- Face shields: available materials, shades, coatings, inner sun shield, shield options
- Ventilation: if available, inlet and outlet vents, number, location, fixed and closed
- Comfortable liner: used fabric / material, antiperspirant, hypoallergenic removable for washing compared to non-removable, neck pad, noise function, chin curtain, chin adjustment function, removable breath guard, emergency, quick-release pads, etc.
- Holding system: belt fixing material, belt pad, buckle type (double D-ring against quick removal)
- Dimensions: XS – XXXL or metric and standard size information. Is there a size chart online?
- Special features: additional special features, carrying case, compatible connection, manual, tools, if applicable
- MSRP: Retail Price, plus the cost of any available options and shipping
- Links: manufacturer / distributor home page or link to a specific model, if applicable.
- Subjective: customer reviews that can give an idea of noise levels, landing, finish, comfort, ventilation efficiency, customer service, warranty.
Here’s what we learned online to help you get started. We included dozens of brands, of which more than a dozen had helmets that met our price criteria as of January 2022:
- 6D: Not in the retail price range.
- AFX: Not in the retail price range.
- AGV: Not in the retail price range.
- Arai: Not in the retail price range.
- bell: Qualifying; DOT, ECE; Advertising difference: $ 120
- Bilt: The top; DOT, ECE; Advertising difference: $ 100
- CKX: RR619 quantum; DOT, ECE; Advertising difference: $ 130
- Fly Racing: Revolt FS; DOT, ECE, MSRP: $ 150
- GLX: GX11; DOT; Advertising difference: $ 90
- GMax: FF-88 Commandment; DOT, ECE; Advertising difference: $ 135
- Harley-Davidson: Sun visor M05 with metal pattern; DOT; Advertising difference: $ 145
- HJC: CS-R3; DOT; Advertising difference: $ 100
- HJC; i10; DOT, Snell; Advertising difference: $ 150
- HJC C70; DOT; Advertising difference: $ 150
- Icon: Airform; DOT, ECE; Advertising difference: $ 139
- Klim: Not in the retail price range.
- LS2: Fast; DOT; Advertising difference: $ 110
- Nexx: Not in the retail price range.
- Nolan: Not in the retail price range.
- raider: Octane; DOT, ECE; Advertising difference: $ 110
- Schubert: Not in the retail price range.
- Scorpio: Exo-R320; DOT; Advertising difference: $ 110
- Sedici: Not in the retail price range.
- Shark: Not in the retail price range.
- Shoei: Not in the retail price range.
- Simpson: Not in the retail price range.
- Speed and power: SS900; DOT, ECE; Advertising difference: $ 100
- Tuesday: T-14; DOT, ECE; Advertising difference: $ 100
- Tuesday: T-15; DOT, ECE; Advertising difference: $ 140
- Typhoon: TH129; DOT; Advertising difference: $ 76.
- Vega: V-star; DOT; Advertising difference: $ 120
- Vega: Diracol; DOT; EEC; Advertising difference: $ 130
- X-Lite: Not in the retail price range.
- Z1R: Warrant; DOT, ECE; Advertising difference: $ 110
- Z1R: Jackal; DOT, ECE; Advertising difference: $ 140
There are many brands that we have not included that have products that meet our configuration, certification and pricing criteria. Amazon, for example, sells brands we’ve never heard of – caveat emptor. In any case, we strongly recommend that you always wear a helmet, and a helmet with a full face will be your best protection in the event of an accident. Our main recommendation, of course, is to stay on two wheels – you never want to discover the helmet on the hard way.