The Best Dual Sport ADV Helmet With Bluetooth
It’s important to note that not all dual sport helmets are Bluetooth-ready out of the box. Some of them are not Bluetooth-compatible at all. While most of them require you to buy an additional Bluetooth set that fits neatly in the cutout areas of the check pads inside the helmet.
In this review of the best Bluetooth dual sport helmets, I’ve included a couple of helmets that are 100% Bluetooth-ready right out of the box. I’ve also included well as a few cheaper helmets that would need to be fitted with an external Bluetooth device. In this case, I’ll provide you with my suggestions for each helmet as we go.
Check out this post If you’re looking for a full-face Bluetooth helmet.
5 Best Bluetooth Dual Sport Helmets
There are not many modular dual sports helmets on the market. The modular nature allows the chin bar to rise up converting the helmet into an open face helmet. When we think of adventure helmets we think of a peak and a slide down face visor. Combining the modular and adventure styles is really rare in motorcycle helmets which makes the Scorpion EXO-AT950 quite the specimen.
What makes this helmet extra special is the low price point for a modular bluetooth capable adventure helmet. I would consider this a mid range helmet and it weighs in at 3.14lbs or 1.4kg.
Typical fit from Scorpion is the intermediate oval head shape which is a comfortable fit for most people. A few things I don’t particularly like is the venting on the helmet. While it does have the top venting through a single vent under the peak, and a two-position chin vent for defogging. The visors are also chemically treated to help with any fogging. Back to the vents – it would have been nice to see a few more top vents or possibly some wider exhaust vents. Other than that, I really can’t complain about this helmet at this price point.
Just to smooth out my nitpicking of the ventilation, the few external vents are supported by a well ventilated inner shell which will allow the air to flow around inside the helmet.
Now, on the bluetooth front, the Scorpion EXO-AT950 dual sport helmet has extra space for bluetooth communication speakers through the use of cutouts around the ear pockets. The cutouts are large enough to accommodate just about any bluetooth speaker system while maintaining comfort for the rider. I’ve seen a lot of guys mount the Sena 20s on one side and a sena camera on the other side which fits perfectly with speakers on the inside.
All in all, you’re not going to find another helmet with all this functionality for a better price. In fact, in my review of the best ADV bike helmets, the EXO AT 950 claimed the title of best value for money.
The Arai XD-4 helmet has to be one of the most popular dual sports helmets available. One common misconception is that the XD-4 is not bluetooth compatible. Well, I’m here to tell you that it is. You won’t find this mentioned on any product description on any website but it’s been tried and tested, and guess what, it works!
I’m not going to go into a full review of the XD-4 helmet as there are tons of reviews on the internet. What I will tell you is that this helmet sits right up on the top shelf with the many other great helmets you’ll find at this price range.
The XD-4 is increasingly become the go to helmet of choice for most hardcore adventure riding enthusiasts as it sets the industry standard when it comes to comfort, quality and safety.
- Comfort headliner, with micro fitting peel away temple pads
- Fully removable Interior: Comfort headliner, Cheek pads, Chinstrap covers
- Dry-Cool technology
- Facial Contour Support cheek pads
- Improved aerodynamic stability at higher speeds
- Large exhaust ports
- Ample chin vents with intake ports
- Snell M2020 approved
Arai are well known in the world of motorcycles for their outstanding quality, safety and comfort. A few of the Arai helmets have featured in my review of the quietest motorcycle helmets of all time. The XD4 has also been rated as one of the quietest dual sport helmets.
Let’s talk about the bluetooth readiness of the dual sport helmet. Now, I’m not saying this helmet is completely ready to simply slide in a set of speakers and you’re off to the hills. It’s going to take a little bit of manipulation, but nothing that a sixth grader couldn’t do.
It seems like the Cardo Packtalk system was the most complex for riders to install, but at the end of the day it is possible to use this system with the helmet.
In one particular review section I found the commnet: “I installed a Cardo Packtalk bold and it went well. I know you were asking about the Sena.” Another reviewer with the same comms system left the following review: “Great looking and fitting helmet. Multiple vents are great! Fits Cardo Packtall Bold really nicely.”
Here’s another: “ This is my second XD-4, they have unbeatable protection for my head. Moved my Sena 10U to this helmet without any problems.”
Another reviewer using a Sena system left the following comment:”While installing the Sena, one very nice touch are all of the removable pads and customization that can be done. I left mine stock, as it fits really good out of the box…..Also the Sena is mounted further back because of the wide opening. This isn’t really a complaint about the helemt, but if you plan on using a Sena be aware of the expectations.”
And another, “I am using the Sena 10c Pro Bluetooth communications and camera set up, it was a tight fit for the speakers, but it is doable.”
So all in all, it’s definitely possibly and I would recommended this helmet as one of the best dual sport bluetooth helmets around. If you’re unsure of which bluetooth speakers would be the best option, check out this review on the best motorcycle helmet speakers
I recently had the opportunity to test out the LS2 Blaze Helmet. Designed specifically for adventure riders who crave versatility and connectivity, this helmet stands out as a top contender in the world of dual sport ADV helmets.
One of the standout features of the LS2 Blaze Helmet is its integrated Bluetooth technology. This helmet seamlessly pairs with your smartphone, allowing for hands-free communication, music streaming, and GPS navigation. The Bluetooth module is discreetly integrated into the helmet, ensuring a clean and clutter-free appearance. During my rides, I found the Bluetooth connectivity to be reliable, providing clear and uninterrupted communication and enhancing the overall riding experience.
The LS2 Blaze Helmet also boasts an impressive design that merges sleek aesthetics with rugged durability. Constructed with a lightweight yet robust polycarbonate shell, this helmet ensures excellent protection without compromising comfort. The advanced kinematic visor system provides seamless functionality, allowing for quick and effortless visor changes to adapt to different riding conditions. The attention to detail in the design is evident, and the matte finish gives the helmet a distinct, premium look.
When it comes to long rides, comfort is of paramount importance. The LS2 Blaze Helmet excels in this aspect, offering exceptional ventilation to keep you cool and comfortable even during extended journeys.
As safety is a non-negotiable aspect for any rider, the LS2 Blaze Helmet goes above and beyond to provide the utmost protection. The helmet is DOT and ECE-certified, assuring riders of its compliance with stringent safety standards. The quick-release strap system ensures a secure and snug fit, while the emergency release cheek pads facilitate easy removal in case of an accident. Additionally, the wide field of vision offers excellent peripheral visibility, enhancing situational awareness on the road.
At a first glance the E1 Adventure helmet looks just like the Schuberth C3 Pro helmet – which is the granddaddy of all modular helmets on the market. This just goes to show that Schuberth don’t mess around with their helmets and try to offer top quality at every stop.
The E1 takes pretty much all the technology and features of the C3 and adds a roost guard and adjustable sun guard as well as increasing the ventilation by 60% through the new chin vent. Looking at the E1 simply screams ADVENTURE!
- Interior liner has fewer seams and an improved universal fit
- Improved EPS with integrated antennas for SRC-System improving radio and Bluetooth range
- Simple and efficient micro-lock ratchet chin strap
- Large reflective panels on neckroll
- Improved face shield ratchet mechanism
- Fully integrated sun visor
The E1 is equipped to accommodate the SCHUBERTH SRC-System (sold separately). The E1 helmet is also able to boat the reception of both FM and Bluetooth signals through the use of two integrated antennas. This allows for optimal reception no matter where you are.
Although the system is ready to handle the SRC system, some riders have found the signal to drop when connected to the Schuberth SRC system but works better than any other helmet when connecting to a cell phone, bluetooth headphones, other helmets and even laptops.
I’ve covered a couple the best dual sport bluetooth helmets and I hope I’ve helped you find something that fits your needs. While I do admit I haven’t gone into full detail reviewing the specs of each helmet in this article, my goal was to help you find a dual sport helmet with bluetooth capabilities. If you’d like me to cover these helmets in great detail, drop a comment below and I’ll get to it. But if you’re simply here for my recommendation, I’d have to split my decision into two options based on price. The best budget option would have to be the Scorpion EXO-AT950, while my top pick would be the Klimb Krios Pro Helmet.