The Best Motocross Helmets of 2019

The Best Motocross Helmets of 2019

By Wesley Pestana | Updated Mar 22, 2019

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Motorcycle helmet companies over the last few years have been big making big leaps when it comes to helmet technology making them safer for riders so if that's what you're in the market for this article should give you a really good starting point. First I'm gonna briefly cover some of the key features and the highlights that each one of these helmets has and what makes them unique and when you find one that you're interested in you want to learn more about – jump down to the in depth section where I break each helmet down in a full detail.

We'll start off with our 2019 best premium off-road motorcycle helmet summary. Then we'll move on to the next best options that are bit more pocket friendly. I’ll be highlighting my top picks and the best-selling offers of motocross helmets. There's a lot of great options out there so it can be difficult choosing which one's going to be best for you but the good news is that they're all really good options and honestly I don't think you could go wrong with any one of the helmets that I’ve chosen.

Best Motocross Helmet Quick Review

Product Best For Our Rating
1. Alpinestars Super Tech M10 All Round
2. Fox V3 MVRS Style
3. 6D ATR-2 6D Safety Technology
4. Bell Moto 9 Carbon Flex Comfort & Fit
5. SHOEI VFX EVO Simplicity
6. Troy Lee Designs SE4 Carbon Sizing, Ventilation, Weight

Top Choice: Alpinestars Super Tech M10

At the outset of the MX helmet project, Alpinestars product philosophy was applied and a set of specific objectives set: - Create the most advanced, protective and performance enhancing helmet possible. - Primary objective: protection – to create the most high performance protection possible. - Secondary objective: to give excellent ventilation, comfort and reduced weight.

1. Alpinestars Super Tech M10
Best For

All Round

Our Rating
2. Fox V3 MVRS
Best For

Style

Our Rating
3. 6D ATR-2
Best For

6D Safety Technology

Our Rating
4. Bell Moto 9 Carbon Flex
Best For

Comfort & Fit

Our Rating
5. SHOEI VFX EVO
Best For

Simplicity

Our Rating
6. Troy Lee Designs SE4 Carbon
Best For

Sizing, Ventilation, Weight

Our Rating

The Best Premium Motocross Helmets

Summary: Alpinestars Super Tech M10

The first motocross helmet in our lineup is the super tech m10 coming from Alpinestars. Alpinestars debut this helmet in 2018. It's their first go at a premium helmet and I think they did a fantastic job. It’s a very comfortable helmet and it fits true to size with the size Large coming in at three pounds on the dot.This is just one of two helmets in our premium lineup that comes in three pounds or less. If you're looking for a lightweight helmet, this one will not disappoint. It will be DOT and ECE certified. It’s got a carbon fiber composite shell that's what's keeping it so lightweight but what is unique and one thing I love that Alpinestars did with this helmet - they did a lot of research and a lot of development that even the shape of the shell has a very unique shell shape in my opinion is designed to help absorb and disperse as much impact as possible. You have a breakaway visor that's gonna break away regardless of the angle as long as enough force is applied which is a big safety feature there but internally there's a lot of great features you're gonna have. A four piece EPS liner so there's four separate pieces inside this shell and they're different densities and they put those different densities in the areas that are gonna help protect the head the most. Also what I like is the built in MIPS liner system which stands for a Multi-directional Impact Protection System. So the MIPS liner is a feature that we see in a lot of premium helmets but what is unique to Alpinestars is that they actually have an exclusive MIPS liner system that's two pieces instead of one which is just gonna help get a little bit more airflow throughout the helmet. With that MIPS liner you're also going to be eject helmet ready so if you want to run the helmet eject removable system it does come ready for that, however, it doesn't come included. The last feature that I like about this Alpinestars is that they’ve thought about all riding disciplines, not just motocross and off-road riders. They actually have pockets cut out into the liner on the inside if you want to run a Bluetooth communication headset. So if that's something you like to use so maybe you're doing some adventure riding from dual-sport you want to run that bluetooth comms device, this helmet will allow you to run those speakers inside the helmet. That is the super tech m10 coming from Alpinestars.

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Summary: Fox V3 MVRS Motocross Helmet

Next up we've got the Fox V3 Motocross helmet coming from Fox Racing. If you're a rider that likes to match his gear sets with his helmet well, fox is gonna be a really good brand to choose because they always have really good riding gear and they always have color styles in their helmets to match the rest of the gear. Now with this Fox V3 dirt bike helmet, size large comes in at 3.2 pounds, so it’s a very lightweight helmet. Keep in mind with fitment with the v3 I feel it runs just a little bit small so if you're right between sizes I would recommend going up one size with the helmet but the liner on the inside in my opinion is very, very comfortable. Now the way they keep the helmet lightweight and also very strong is through their multi-composite shell technology. The Fox V3 helmet has four different shell sizes of four different EPS liners which I like. On the inside you have dual density EPS liner, the MIPS liner system comes with the helmet. What I like about the MIPS liner again, is that it's got a slip zone between the riders head and the shell to help mitigate those rotational forces. Another really cool feature that Fox is using in their V3 with MIPS and the MVRS that MVRS stands for Magnetic Visor Release System - they've designed the visor on the V3 with a magnetic clip on system which enables it to breakaway - so when enough force is applied it's not going to add any additional forces to the riders head or to the neck when the visor breaks off, and the way they do that is actually with a magnetic system which i think is pretty cool. That way, if you do have a crash and the visor pops off, you can take the visor and actually just pop it back on. It's a really cool system. Again a lot of cool safety features built in with really cool color scheme’s to match the gear. That is the summary for the Fox V3 motocross helmet with MIPS and MVRS from Fox Racing.

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Summary: Bell Moto 9 Carbon Flex Motocross Helmet

Next up we've got the Bell Moto 9 carbon flex motocross helmet. Bell have been making helmets since the 1950s so it's easy to say that these guys definitely know what they're doing. They know how to make a premium helmet with some really cool features built in. Size large comes in at three and a half pounds. The Bell Moto 9 dirt bike helmet is both DOT and Snell certified. This is one of three helmets in the lineup that is Snell certified. For those not familiar with that well Snell, they are a nonprofit organization known for having some of the most rigorous standards when it comes to helmet safety and is not cheap to get your helmet Snell certified. The helmet manufacturer like Bell has to send their helmet off to them and ask that they run their helmet through their tests to make sure that it meets their standards and that's what a lot of riders look for in a helmet is that Snell certification. With the Bell Moto 9 you get a carbon fiber composite shell, it keeps a light weight and keeps it strong. I like the aggressive look of the Moto 9 Carbon Flex. There's a lot of cool features on the inside that I really like too, I love the magnetic cheek pads called MERS very easy to take in and out just a convenience thing that I'm a big fan of but what's unique about Bell is that they are the only company doing this, they have a three layer liner impact protection system, so on the inside of the helmet you have three separate liners and the reason for those is they're different densities and they help absorb impacts that your low, medium and high speeds. For example, you can still have a bad brain injury or head injury at a lower impact or a lower speed and that's why they have those three different densities, to help absorb shocks at different speeds. The other feature I like is they have their slip zone which means it's kind of like the MIPS liner system - in other words it's just gonna help that liner or slip just a little bit to help mitigate those rotational forces and just like we see with some of the other helmets, this is going to be eject helmet removal ready. This feature does not come included. That’s the summary of the Bell Moto 9 carbon flex motocross helmet.

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Summary: SHOEI VFX EVO

Next up making its way into our premium helmet guide for the first time is is the VFX Evo coming from SHOEI. SHOEI is a Japanese company and like Bell Helmets, they've been making quality helmets since the 1950s. SHOE first had the VFX Dubby which was a premium home for a lot of years but they updated the styling of the shell as well as the visor for the VFX Evo and now a big new safety feature is their M.E.D.S. liner system that I'll talk more about below. The VFX EVO motocross helmet fits true to size, it’s a very comfortable helmet which is both DOT and Snell certified. Now my only nitpick with the VFX Evo is that a size large comes in at three point seven pounds so it is the heaviest helmet that we have in our premium lineup. For me, three point seven pounds just a little bit heavy for a premium helmet but there's some cool safety features built in you're gonna get, like their AIM plush technology when it comes to their shell which is a six ply matrix shell, which they say keeps the helmet rigid but also does a very good job of absorbing impact. The other big feature that I like so much about it is that M.E.D.S liner system and what it is, is a separate insert inside the helmet at the top of the riders head which is strategically connected to the helmet by four columns and the purpose for that is to allow it to absorb both impacts, but also because it can move freely inside the helmet it helps mitigate those rotational forces and those impacts. I think it's a really cool system also I just have to say with the VFX Evo one of my favorite looking helmets, very aggressive lines and really cool colors to choose.

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Summary: Troy Lee Designs SE 4 Carbon

Moving on we've got the Troy Lee designs SE 4 Carbon motocross helmet. Just like with the Alpinestars helmet, if you're looking for a superlight helmet this would be another one that I would consider. Size large weighs three pounds exactly, so very lightweight and very comfortable on the head. What's impressive about that weight in a size large is that it's gonna be DOT and Snell certified. Typically with Snell certified helmets they tend to be a little bit heavier because they have to meet those rigorous standards from Snell, so the fact that Troy Lee Designs kept this at three pounds in a size large and it's Snell certified, to me that's really impressive. You've got a carbon fiber Kevlar shell which is what makes it lightweight and rigid. On the inside I really like the comfort liner, it’s a very comfortable helmet, but some of the other safety features about this I'm gonna really like. You're gonna get the MIPS liner system on the inside, so we've already covered that great safety feature built in but what's unique about the SE 4 Carbon, is you have a three-piece EPS liner system and each piece is a different density and they strategically put those in the areas to help protect the riders head the most. Troy Lee Designs say that compared to all the other helmets in the market that they've added 13% more EPS liner up in the front in the headband area to help with impacts as well as 8% percent more in the back of the helmet up at the top as well as the bottom in the back as well, so that added extra EPS liner helps to absorb as much impact as possible. So again, a very lightweight helmet with MIPS liner system to gain that multi piece EPS liner included.

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Summary: 6D ATR 2

Next we've got the ATR 2 motocross helmet - coming from 6D. Now a few years back when 6D came out, the ATR one in my opinion, really changed the game, and how helmet manufactures we were looking at helmet safety and how they were building their helmets. I'll explain why but it has to do their ODS or Omni Directional Suspension technology, but the ATR 2 I found to be a very comfortable helmet. Fitment is true to size and size large comes in at 3.1 pounds so a very lightweight helmet. It’s also DOT and ECE certified with a tri-composite shell. This helmet in my opinion does vent very well, but the big standout features that make this helmet so awesome is there ODS technology on the inside which stands for Omni Directional Suspension. On the inside of the ATR - you have two separate liners. You have an outer liner connected to the shell that is a PP which is expanded polypropylene and then you have a separate liner which is EPS - Expanded Polystyrene and those 2 EPS liners are separated by 11 isolation dampeners and the reason for those dampeners is they compress - so they absorb impact but they also can move in six degrees of motion hence the name 6D. By allowing those to move in those six degrees of motion it helps mitigate and limit those rotational forces so it was very innovative from 6D when they came out with those isolation dampeners and on top of that you've got their low friction discs between those two liners that act similar to a MIPS liner system where it's allowing those two liner systems to move freely of each other and to mitigate and help reduce those rotational forces. So there's just a lot of cool technology that's built into the ATR dirt bike helmet from 6D. So overall, a very cool helmet, again very lightweight, very comfortable and I love that Omnidirectional Suspension Technology that is built within.

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Alpinestars Super Tech M10

Best motocross helmet Best dirt bike helmet

At the outset of the MX helmet project, Alpinestars product philosophy was applied and a set of specific objectives set: - Create the most advanced, protective and performance enhancing helmet possible. - Primary objective: protection – to create the most high performance protection possible. - Secondary objective: to give excellent ventilation, comfort and reduced weight.

Let's take a closer look at the Alpinestars Super Tech M10 motocross helmet. This helmet is over five years in the making, they debuted it in the 2018 Supercross season and I have to admit the Alpinestars guys came out swinging. This helmet is packed full of features so hunker down, we've got a lot to go over. There's a lot of rigorous testing in their own race development center. They want to make obviously the most protective advanced helmet on the market but also keep it very lightweight, comfortable and have a very good venting design. So we're gonna go through all those features, but before we do that, let's talk about fitment real quick. It's a very comfortable helmet, I've tried it on and it fits true to size so make sure you use the sizing guide on the product page that'll ensure that you know what size you are going to need. This helmet has something that is very unique that only Alpinestars is doing right now, they have what they call their A-Head fitment system and I'll take you through that more in-depth in just a little bit. But what it allows you to do as the rider, is actually chang the location of where the upper part of the comfort liner sits inside the helmet to adjust the angle of the helmet. Every rider's head is gonna be shaped a little bit different so if you put this helmet on initially you have a hot spot on the front of the head you can adjust that liner to get the fitment exactly how you want. So it's a very cool system that Alpinestars is doing. So again, very comfortable helmet. You have four different shell sizes so what's nice about those different shell sizes is that allows you to have a better fit for each sized rider or each riders head. Also what's cool is that with those different shell sizes, is that the EPS liner and the comfort liner is going to be the same in all the different helmets so it doesn't matter if you have a large, extra large or small the EPS liner is going to be the same thickness and that goes for the cheek pads and the comfort liner as well. They're trying to optimize the fit and make it as good as possible.

Now with the helmet shell sizes and construction, The Alpinestars Supertech M10 motocross helmet is both DOT and ECE certified. You're getting a multi composite carbon fiber shell, so it's actually a three layer shell construction and like I mentioned earlier they want to make this helmet very lightweight which they have done. A size large comes in at three pounds right on the dot - that is a very lightweight helmet for a size large. So if you have even a medium or a small obviously that's gonna be even lighter so props to Alpinestars for making this helmet extremely lightweight.

With the shell design it's a very unique shell design, I will admit when I first saw this helmet I was kind of on the fence. I couldn't decide if I liked it or if I didn't like it, but after seeing it in person I'm actually a big fan of the lines and the curves of this helmet has. It has a nice sleek, aggressive look to it. What is also cool that Alpinestars has done, is that with the shape of the helmet you're gonna notice that the sides of the helmet are pretty flat, when you look at the top it's pretty flat on the top as well. So everything has been optimized to help mitigate and reduce forces as much as possible. We've seen a big emphasis over the years on angular rotation and mitigating those with helmets so by having these flatter surfaces on the helmet. Alpinestars say that's going help to get more surface area to help absorb and dissipate more energy that's also going to help slow down those rotational forces so everything that the way this helmet is constructed is just to help make it more safe for the rider.

The visor sits right here flush with the top of the helmet, but what's cool is that the visor is designed to break off when enough force is applied. So if needed with enough force this will break off, that way you're not adding any additional forces or any additional twisting to the riders head or to the riders neck.

Now with venting, this was a big emphasis that Alpinestars put on this helmet. They have a lot of it, on the chin bar you've got these vents on the side of the chin and lots of vents on the mouth guard itself. I really like the giant vents that you have in the front and get a lot of airflow through. At the top of the helmet, just above the eye port, you've got multiple vents and you've got a couple more underneath the visor. At the top you've got a coupling, on here in the top couple here on these sides and then when you flip it on look at the back you can see you've got a lot of exhaust vents that are going to take that warm air through the EPS liner which has a lot of different cutouts and a lot of channels to get that air through and then it comes out the back of the helmet. Also with that venting, you're going to notice that all the cutouts in the visor are working in conjunction with those vents, so it's going to channel that air through the visor, you will find that they go directly into those vents so needless to say you're gonna get a lot of airflow with this helmet.

The Alpinestars Supertech M10 helmet comes hydration ready. In other words, If you wear a hydration pack, or camelbak, there is a channel that when you take the comfort liner out allows your sip tube to slide inside with a route inside the helmet to help hold it secure so you don't have to drill or modify your helmet. On the inside of the chin bar on that expanded polypropylene liner or for simplicity sake let's call it padding, is a groove that is built-in inside the helmet on both sides, so you can run the sip tube on either side of the helmet. So what you do is basically, you just take your sip tube, route it up through the helmet and then the sip tube will just sit right in the groove. What's really cool about this is that when you look at the cheek pads, they also have a groove that is built-in. So essentially what it does it just sandwiches that sip tube between the cheek pad and the helmet and that's going to hold it in place so if you have a sip tube they've giving you that channel to help keep that in place - very cool.

Another interesting feature I'd like to mention is that on the sides they actually have a kind of collar bone cutout which gives you a lot of space underneath the helmet. This comes in handy for riders that are wearing neck braces. Allowing to optimize the fit with the neck brace so it's not going to mitigate your range of motion as much as some other helmets would. You will also notice that the shell of the helmet actually stops a little short of the edges of the helmet. There is actually a type of lining along the bottom of the shell of the helmet which is called expanded polypropylene. It's a different material than EPS, it's a soft material and by having it there along the edge of the helmet, if it were to come in contact with the rider's collarbone it's just gonna be softer so it's gonna be more absorbent and much less likely to injure the rider's collarbone. You can just see Alpinestars have thought just about everything when it comes to construction.

Now let's take a look inside. There's a lot of features to mention. One of the first things you are going to notice is that you've got an “eject” inflatable helmet removal system and emergency response cheek pads. I'm a big fan of these. So in the event of a crash it makes it much easier to get these cheek pads out without removing the helmet and the way you do it is really simple. You simply have to pull on the padding tabs and they just pop right out of the helmet. So very simple to do. As far as your chinstrap goes, you get a pretty typical chinstrap you're going to have that standard D-ring.

Opening the helmet up you're going to see you've got your comfort liner in there, but now this is where you're getting a lot of crazy features, a lot of cool sets of technology and safety built in. It is a two-piece comfort liner, so if you remove the first part of the comfort liner you will see you got a big cutout, inside there that is your second piece of the comfort liner that fits at the top of the helmet around the crown area, and like I said that is adjustable to get a more customized fit. So the way it works, you've got the four corners, each corner has little tabs and these just pop right in and out, so what you can do is actually take this comfort liner move it around and each corner has three different locations that you can snap it in. If you adjust that it will allow you to adjust the tilt of the helmet where the comfort liner is making contact with the riders head. You can also even adjust the height of the helmet if you want to. So make sure to utilize that, and take advantage of that system - move it around to see where it's changing the fitment for you - find what's going to be best for you, and you are good to go.

What I also want to emphasize on the inside of this helmet is that you have a four piece EPS liner system. So inside this helmet you have four different pieces of EPS liner made of four different densities and they have put those there to optimize the amount of absorption that you're going to need in different parts of the helmet. Alpinestars along with the development of this helmet, are using the MIPS liner system, if you've never heard of that, it stands for a Multi-directional Impact Protection System, and what it essentially is, is a slip liner between the riders head of the comfort liner and the actual EPS liner of the helmet. Like I mentioned earlier, rotational forces are a big emphasis with helmets nowadays because you want to mitigate how much the riders head rotates. So what the MIPS liner system is, is essentially a slip zone that allows the riders head to slip a little bit inside the helmet to help mitigate those rotational forces, but it's actually an exclusive MIPS liner system that alpinestars is using so you're not going to see this in any other helmet and the way it works is pretty slick. You've got this A-HEAD adjustment system that we just talked about but you will see on the top of it you've got a hard plastic, kind of the skeleton for that whole liner system but in between that and the comfort liner you've got what they call a lycra sock and inside there is actually where that MIPS liner is going to be. So when that MIPS liner contacts the hard plastic skeleton on the outside, that's what's allowing to have that slip zone there. So it's very cool that Alpinestars is doing that, it's very innovative and also they're one of the reasons behind this lycra sock. A lot of riders have talked about with the MIPS liner system from other helmets saying that when it starts to get moisture or sweat built up it starts to squeak a little bit. So the lycra sock helps to mitigate that - so you don't have that squeaky noise.

There's a few more things on the inside I want to highlight. First you will notice in the top of the liner you've got the eject helmet removal system ready to go. That generally does not come included with the helmet but you can buy it separately. But if you're not familiar with that, it is a little baggie called a balloon but in the event of a crash the rider needs to get the helmet off safely you'd actually just pump that balloon up with air and it will help push the helmet off the riders head safely. So a very good safety feature that is built in.

last thing I want to mention and you can tell that with this feature, Alpinestars has really thought this through. They thought about all different riding applications. You now have speaker pockets that are cut into this helmet which is ideal If you run a Bluetooth communication setup and you have speakers that you want to run in your motocross helmet. Perhaps even for touring and enduro riders or maybe even side by side riding. I know a lot of riders nowadays like to utilize those. The helmet has pockets that are pre-cut so all you'd have to do is just take remove the little foam insert and put your Bluetooth communication speakers snugly inside.

So again like I said, a lot of features built into this helmet. That wraps up my analysis of the Alpinestars M10 or the Super Tech M10 motocross helmet. I know I just gave you a lot of information and it might be a lot to digest so make sure if you have any other questions about this helmet leave your comments below. I'll help get those answered.

  • Advanced Liner System
  • Advanced Safety Functions
  • Built-in Camelbak tube route
  • Built-in Bluetooth Comms area
  • Good Ventilation
  • Not Snell Certified

6D ATR-2

6D ATR-2 6D ATR-2

"While there is still no concussion proof helmet, and very likely never will be, the reduction of energy transfer to the brain is everyone’s goal; and nothing does that more comprehensively than our advanced Omni-Directional Suspension system"

Taking a closer look at the ATR 2 off-road helmet from 6D, I'm rather excited to talk about this helmet. A few years ago 6D came out with the ATR 1 which in my opinion, kind of revolutionized the helmet market. I think it changed the way how helmets were being built and they did that by using their 27 isolation dampers inside their helmets, and they're really the first company I saw using 2 separate EPS liners to really help mitigate those angular and rotational forces. That was an awesome helmet from 6D and now it's new and improved. Looking at the new ATR 2 helmet it has a new aggressive look to it, a new styling. I think they did a really good job. It looks a little bit smaller than the ATR one. For a lot of guys they thought that the ATR 1 just looked a little, big in my opinion it kind of made you feel like you are a bobble head. They've also brought the chin bar or the mouth guard in just a little bit, so overall it's got a compact design with very aggressive good lines.

I think they did a killer job when it comes to the new design of the helmet itself so we'll talk about the construction and then we'll talk about the exterior and about the inner liner and then we'll jump into what really makes this stand out and separates it from the rest - which is going to be with their liner system - the ODS technology.

So first let's talk about fit. The helmet is very comfortable with very soft moisture wicking antimicrobial liner. It's gonna fit true to size. So as I mentioned earlier it's got an all new design with a nice aggressive look to it. Now the shell of the helmet is going to be made from a tri composite construction so it makes it lightweight and also very strong. You're also find on the back of the helmet is the DOT and ECE certified sticker. What I like is that they shaved about a hundred grams off the weight from the ATR one, so it's about three and a half ounces. So it doesn't sound like a lot but what they did, and the reason it feels so light (because in my opinion I think this helmet does feel a lot lighter than ATR one) is they lowered the center of gravity. So anytime you can take that mass and make it closer to the riders body it's gonna make the helmet feel lighter so even though they didn't shave off say a half pound it still feels much lighter when you're wearing this helmet - so good job. Then you're gonna find a lot of cool features, lots of good venting. You're gonna have nine intakes on the helmet which means you're going to get a lot of air flow through. You have multiple cutouts in the EPS liner which I'll touch on in a bit. There are also plenty of vents on the mouth guard along the chin bar. It has multiple multiple vents in the eye port and a few underneath the visor. At the back you're gonna have six exhaust ports so plenty of rear vents for that warm air to go through and then make its way out the back of the helmet.

The visor system - It has an adjustable visor with your typical adjustable bolts on the side and underneath the visor. Those are designed to shear away so in the event of a crash those are gonna break away so that the visor is not gonna add any of those additional angular or rotational forces to the riders head.

Now another cool feature I want to point out is if we look at the mouth guard, underneath it, they have what they call their sternum pad. So they're thinking of just about every possible scenario in the event of a crash. So you have this shock absorbing padding so if you were to go down, you know your chin goes down to your chest that's going to help protect the sternum of the rider. On the side of the chin bar they have their clavicular cutouts for your collarbone area. These are gonna help add some protection for your collarbones and also in the back. What I really like along the bottom of the shell of the helmet, it almost ends a bit short with a bit of softer padding at the bottom that's gonna contact your cervical spine. So we've all heard of the Scorpion when your legs come up over your head or maybe your head comes back well this contact point with the back of your neck and the spine has just been made a little bit softer so again they're just thinking of every crash scenario that could possibly happen - they're saying how can we make this better - how can we make it safer for the rider so props to you 6D.

Now the last thing we need to talk about before moving to the inside is along the eye port. Just above the intakes they actually placed a rib along the entire eye port. The reason they did that was to strengthen this part of the helmet. Think about it, anytime you have any round shape (your helmet) with an entrance cut out (the goggle slot), the weakest point is gonna be where it's cut out. So 6D realize that obviously if you come up short maybe you over jump something, you can smash your face or your helmet on your handlebars or maybe even on the ground. So they said, you know what, how can we strengthen this part of the helmet as well? So this rib above the goggle hole is just to add some strength and rigidity to that part of the helmet.

Moving to the inside of the helmet. As I mentioned earlier, you are gonna have antimicrobial removable washable liner on the inside which is very comfortable. You are gonna have titanium D-ring chin strap so that helps with the weight of the helmet. Also you're gonna have an emergency cheek pad removal system - so with these cheek pads, in the event of a crash, if you need to get the helmet off the riders head you want to be able to get these cheek pads out first, it helps the helmet slide off a whole lot easier. So with these you would just grab the tab's on the side and you're gonna pull towards the chin bar or away from the riders head and those cheek pad's just pop out nice and easy. Then the rest of the liner is just gonna have some snaps that hold it in place. If you remove the washable material liner you will find the EPS liner on the inside, where you can see channels or grooves cut away and that's for ventilation. So as the air comes in it moves through those channels and then work this way out the back.

Now we're really gonna dive into the the special features the ODS technology that absolutely sets the ATR two apart. With the ATR 1 you had a similar design but a whole lot has changed at the same time. Now you're gonna have two liners on the inside. The outer liner which is contacting the shell of the helmet is made from EPP, it's expanded polypropylene. The properties of expanded polypropylene allow it to do a great job of absorbing impact, but it also retains its shape. So if you were to crush this - have a big impact - it will go back to its original form and it will be able to do that multiple times. Then you have a a gap between that and the second liner which is your EPS liner. Now EPS stands for expanded polystyrene and the property of this is it's a lower density. It's softer so it absorbs impact extremely well. That's what we've seen helmet manufacturers use for many many years and the reason being that they haven't gone away from that is because it does absorb energy extremely well. In the gap between the two liners, there is a lot going on. The 6D ODS technology - this is what we saw in the ATR one and it stands for Omni-Directional Suspension. The ATR 1 had 27 of these suspension points, they have reduced that now to 11. 6D say that each of these suspension points move in six degrees of motion hence the name 6D. So these are allowing the two liners to move freely and that's going to really help mitigate the rotational and angular forces in the event of a crash. So that's the reason for those isolation dampers. But now like I mentioned earlier they got rid of 16 of their dampers - well you're asking why would they do that? Well what they did is they're still getting the impact absorption from these as well as those liners moving freely but now they use what they call their low friction disks and what these are designed to do is work in conjunction with these isolation dampers. How they work is simple, they're just allowing the liners to basically just slip and move freely with each other.

On top of the EPS liner they have this hard plastic almost skeleton looking design which adds strength and rigidity to the EPS liner, but it's also adding a low friction surface for these discs to move on. Now along with these low friction discs you're gonna get what they call their EPP progressive damping towers. Which are designed to help with the shock absorption and disperse that energy so that's what they've done they've really just designed this helmet to disperse as much angular and rotational energy as possible and they say that by going to this design, having just 11 isolation dampers and also having these low friction discs that they have added up to 30% more movement with the liner. So they're helping mitigate those forces a tremendous amount.

Now last thing I want to talk about that I really like that 6D is doing - helmets are a big investment, you're gonna be in for around $700 (at the time of writing) but because they're using EPP as that outer liner which can remember and retains its shape - if you have a bad crash and if you damage the EPS liner (remember with any helmet if you damage the EPS liner - EPS does not retain its shape, it's going to stay compacted and degrade so if that were the case you'd want to get rid of that helmet because it loses those properties of absorbing that impact) so what 6D is able to do, because they have the two liners separated, well if you damage the inside of the EPS liner, you can send it back to them and they will inspect the helmet for you! They'll look at the shell to make sure that it's still intact and make sure the integrity is still good and if they're able to, for around $100 they will actually just replace the EPS liner. You're making a big investment, so if you have a bad crash send it in to them and you can get essentially a brand new helmet with a brand new EPS liner. You don't have to go out and buy an all new helmet. So I think is absolutely fantastic that 6D is doing that, they understand the investment you're making so I think it's really cool that they can just literally swap out one of the liners and give you essentially a brand new helmet. Plus they do have a three-year limited warranty on these helmets so even more peace of mind when you are making this investment.

That wraps it up for our review of the 6D ATR-2 motocross helmet - again a lot of Technology built into this helmet something that 6D is absolutely known for. To getting those isolation dampers with their ODS technology, their low friction discs and everything is built to just absorb and disperse energy especially those angular and rotational forces. If you have any questions about anything I've mentioned (because I know I just gave you a lot of knowledge) comment below and someone from our team will get your questions answered.

  • 6D Technology
  • Ventilation
  • Safety
  • Not Snell Certified
  • Weight

Fox V3 MVRS

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No more "screwing" about. Awesome screwless magnetic visor system

Time to dig a little deeper into the V3 helmet with MIPS and MVRS from Fox Racing. So you know what I really love? I love to see helmet companies really just continuously improving their helmets and making them better and making them safer for riders. I really feel like fox has done that with the new V3 so this is the same helmet that Chad Reed, Ryan Dungey, Ken Roczen - some of your best riders in the world have all worn. So with this helmet there's a couple big updates that you're going to see. It's going to be similar as far as construction goes to the previous V3, but the two big updates are going to be a fourth shell size that they've added to the lineup and the MVRS technology which stands for Magnetic Visor Release System.

First thing let's talk about fitment. So myself including a few of my riding buddies have all tried this helmet on. We used the sizing guide, we measured our heads with the tape measures and the conclusion is that this helmet does run small. If you're right at the bottom of the window for a specific size you might be okay but if you're anywhere in the middle or at the top of the window I highly recommend going up to a larger size. Speaking of size, that's one of the big updates that you're getting with the new V3. Fox added a fourth shell size so with the previous version the medium and the large both shared the same shell size. What Fox did is kept the large to stay the same, but now the medium has its own shell size being a little bit smaller along with that EPS liner as well. So you have four sizes as a small, medium, large and extra large. So for the medium, the nice thing that Fox did is lightened it up a little bit and provides that smaller head size so the helmets not going to look so big. The large helmet weighs in at around 3.2 pounds, so it a pretty lightweight helmet.

So a few nice features with the construction remain the same. You have a multi composite shell so you're going to have material like carbon fiber and Kevlar which is very strong and very lightweight. On the inside you have a dual density EPS liner. That's going to help absorb impacts and it's going to be DOT and ECE certified. With the venting, it's going to have 14 intake. So you have 14 intakes on the front at the top of the helmet and also a couple underneath the visor and multiple chin vents. At the back you have four exhaust vents, so it's going to take all that hot air and it's going to push it out to the back. Before taking a look inside, I will just say I really like the colorways the Fox does, I love the Matt to gloss finish that you have on these helmets. I think it just looks really really good.

On the inside you're going to have the dry liner which is removable antimicrobial and it is washable so if you need to take it out after getting hot and sweaty you can do that and throw it through the washer and then you can simply clip it back in and you're going to be good to go. Two big features that I want to highlight with the V3 is going to be their MIPS liner system and that MVRS which is Magnetic Visor Release System. Over the years we've seen a lot of helmet companies making a big emphasis on rotational impacts and managing that rotational energy is absolutely critical when it comes to the riders safety. You need to remember, not all crashes are straight up and down. You're going to be moving either forward or side to side, so you want to manage that rotational impact and the way Fox does that is with two systems. Internally you're going to have the MIPS liner system, which stands for Multi-Directional Impact Protection System. That is it is a liner that goes between the EPS liner and the riders head and what that does is allows the riders head to slip or move just a little bit inside the helmet to help disperse some of that energy. What's new that Fox has just done is this MVRS, and I'm really excited to talk about this. Like I said, it stands for Magnetic Visor Release System. So the idea behind the MVRS is that in the event of a crash they want the visor to release from the helmet so that it does not add additional rotational forces to the riders head. The way they do that is by getting rid of the screws that normally would hold on the visor on the sides and under the visor. Instead, they've gone to magnets so that way if you do have a crash this visor is going to release easier and it's going to reduce any of those rotational forces. Now one question that riders will have is, well what if I just take roots to the visor is that going to be enough to pop it off? Well what Fox have made sure that doesn't happen. Underneath the visor there are supports, so as you're riding and your heads meet a downward angle so if you're taking roost or tree branches at the top of the visor, the supports will prevent it from popping off. But as soon as the same amount of force hit's the sides, the visor pops right off. So it's very simple and that's the safety feature you want. You want the visor to come off and give into the crash to reduce those rotational forces. To put it back on it's also very simple. Put the center magnet on first, pop it on, and then the two sides are going to pop into place. The magnets are actually really strong. Now one thing you do want to keep in mind with this is, with the magnets it's not an adjustable visor so you can't move this up or down it's going to stay in the position that it comes in so just keep that in mind, but if you ask me that is a very small sacrifice in the grand scheme of things because I really like the safety aspect and the innovation that Fox has put into the V3 motocross helmet.

I really like what fox is doing, I like that they're pushing the limits coming out with new innovation to make their helmets safer for us riders. Be sure to check out the different color styles, I think they're some of the best looking helmets on the market. If you have any questions comment below and we'll get them answered.

  • Style
  • Magnetic Visor System
  • Easy to clean
  • High quality
  • No Sip Tube channel
  • More basic safety tech
  • Non adjustable visor

Bell Moto 9 Carbon Flex

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"The Moto-9 Flex is the most advanced helmet we have ever made, and is setting the standard for rider protection in motocross and off-road racing"

Now let's talk about the Moto 9 carbon flex from Bell helmets. Bell took the already extremely popular and very awesome helmet the Moto 9 and they added some key safety updates to this helmet that are gonna make it one of the best and most protective helmets on the market.

First thing we're going to talk about is the all-new three layer impact liner from Bell helmets. When we look at a high-end helmet like this Moto 9 flex you want to think of it as something like an off-road trophy truck. You're gonna have a very very premium suspension that's gonna be built to absorb the small the medium and the large bumps. So taking that idea, they put that into this Bell helmet. What they have is a three layer liner that's going to be built to absorb the low impact the medium and the high-speed impacts. So you're gonna be protected in any range or any speed that you're riding at. Traditionally helmets or rather these days, lower tier helmets, just have one liner inside which is really only meant to absorb hard high impacts, but doing their research Bell know that you can sustain significant injury even at the lower speeds. So whether it's just a tip over just cruising around or if you're on the track going high speeds or in the desert, this helmets gonna protect you in a much wider variety.

When we look at the bottom of this helmet you can actually see the three layers that you have for the inside liner. The inside liner is going to be your EPP that's going to be your softest liner that's going to be meant for taking your lower speed impacts. All three liners are made from a different material and have a different density, so that's where you get that impact resistance. The middle liner is your EPO liner. So that's for your medium range impacts. The very most outer layer you're is your EPS liner, so that's gonna be for those high-speed impacts. Like I said, just like with the trophy truck you want to be able to have very good progression from the slow all the way up to the hardest impacts that you're gonna get in this helmet. One thing that I really like that Bell has done is they actually have what's called a segmented liner that's gonna allow this helmet to really fit to the contour of just about anybody's head. They wanted to make this thing adaptable. So depending on what size head you have or if you have a different shaped head this helmets going to still be able to fit very comfortably.

Another awesome thing that I really like that bell has incorporated with this helmet is they've actually made the liner help protect against rotational impact. So you know that not all your crashes are going to be vertical straight down the ground it's possible, but most of the time you are going to be traveling forward or to the side when you crash so you're gonna have that rotational impact as you're moving. Bell has designed the inner most liner to actually flex and move with your head which is going to help disperse a lot of that energy with that initial impact so you're gonna have better dispersion of energy it's gonna result in less impact and less trauma to the head. Now if you're unfortunate and you do have a hard impact and you are on the ground, it is very very important that a first responder is gonna be able to remove your helmet without causing any further damage to you. Bell has what I feel is one of the best ways to do that, with the what they call their MER (Magnetic Emergency Removal) system. So on the cheek pad, most of your cheek pads are actually snapped into place, what Bell have is actually magnetic cheek pads that make it very easy to pull these out. The cheeck pads are basically held in place by magnets in three locations so it's gonna snap in and it's gonna pull out extremely easy - it's gonna make for very easy removal for a first responder to easily slide the helmet off your head. Along with the MER system that Bell has, these helmets are actually made to be compatible with the eject helmet removal system. So if you pull these cheek pads out and pull the liner out, what you'll see on the bottom of the helmet is the eject helmet removal system. Keep in mind this system is sold separately. Basically what that does is, when the first responder is there it's gonna allow them to actually pump air into the helmet that's gonna loosen and widen the helmet so it slides off the riders head extremely easy. That's very important if you do have a bad head injury they want to make sure your head can stay as still as possible while still sliding the helmet off.

On the outside of the helmet you are gonna have a carbon fiber composite shell that's gonna make the helmet very strong but also help keep it light as well. One of the things I like to point out is Bell has made these things awesome to look at. You can actually see the carbon fiber weave underneath that shell so it's just a cool thing from Bell that they're doing to make the helmets that much better. On the back you are gonna get DOT and Snell approved ratings on these I mean you're gonna get the best possible safety rating with this helmet. It's one of the few helmets in our premium line up that is Snell certified. With the Moto 9 Carbon Flex you're still gonna have that great aggressive look that you're used to from the Moto 9. It's gonna be very aggressive and it's one of my favorite looking helmets. Along with that you are gonna have excellent ventilation with great intakes along the chin bar and you're also going to have excellent intakes along the eye port making sure you get plenty of air passing through this helmet. On the back you're gonna have seven exhaust ports and on the liner, like I mentioned, it's that segmented liner they've actually designed that so it's gonna suck air through the entire helmet extremely well. It's gonna make sure it breathes and it stays cool extremely well during your rides.

A size large that weighs in at 3.4 pounds, so it's not going to be your lightest helmet but for all the added safety benefits and features that they put into this helmet it's definitely not gonna be one of the heaviest helmets either. Generally Snell approved helmets do tend to weigh a little more, so at 3.4 pounds you're still getting a light and extremely durable helmet with some of the best safety features available today.

  • Snell Certified
  • Fit
  • Safety
  • Ventilation
  • Weight
  • Lacks the Tech in newer helmets
  • Price

SHOEI VFX EVO

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The world’s most evolved motocross helmet has evolved. Long overdue? Perhaps. But world-class engineering and quality take time.

For those of you that are unfamiliar the VFX EVO, it is a new premium dirt helmet from Shoei and this is going to replace its predecessor the VF X W. What I want to do is kind of break down the comparisons of what you're getting with this new evolution. There's two main changes that we're going to see in addition to some other small tweaks.

One of the things that I really want to start off with is just getting some of the items out of the way first so this is gonna be an AIM Plus shell. There are four different shell sizes available for this and it is gonna be Snell and DOT rated. One of the things to note when we're talking about the weight, it is 3.5 pounds or 1.6 KG in a large. That's a three ounce increase over the predecessor. Some of that's gonna have to do with the fact that we're gonna see some new changes to the EPS on this, but some of it just has to do with the fact that they've made the new one more aggressive looking. But because of that you're getting more plastic added to it, so the new helmet is going to be slightly heavier than the previous version.

It's still going to be that intermediate oval head shape so for those of you out there you know trying to figure out the fitment for this it is gonna be a little bit longer front to back and little narrower down the side of the head which is exactly what you'd expect of SHOEI. This is the first change we've seen to the VFX line since around 2010 so it's definitely going to be a change that we welcome but when you look at all the other helmets that are on the market now in this premium world of dirt, you know the SHOEI is gonna have a lot to keep up with and this is now going to be one of the most expensive dirt helmets in the market around the $530 price point for solid colors and then up past the $700 mark for graphics. So it's definitely going to be a more expensive premium buy and the question becomes - do you know what are you getting for this?

So let's take take it apart, the shell that we're gonna have on the new VFX EVO definitely has more aggressive lines with the new helmet it's gonna be more pronounced around the goggles. At the back you're gonna have just more of an aggressive look to it overall. One of the things that I actually really like about this is that the visor is gonna be a little bit firmer. One of the problems that I have on the older model is if I use it as a dual sport style helmet is that when I'm on the street the peak has a tendency to really pull aggressively. I'm interested to see how this new design plays out as far as a little bit more of a rigid design to this.The other thing you'll notice is that there's a little bit of an indentation around the top screw of the visor which the old one doesn't have. That little indentation really helps to hold the peak in place once you're in that full upright position.

You'll also notice some other changes to the way that the goggle surrounds are done. This is gonna be more of a rubberized feel to it so it has a little bit more stick than the old version. You'll also notice rubber that's gonna encompass the entire bottom of the helmet. There is a little bit more ventilation too, at the top you'll notice that the vents on the new one have three additional vents and at the back are four exhaust vents so better venting and especially when you're looking at a dirt helmet that's gonna be a key consideration. But the venting hasn't been drastically increased so we're not looking at something like the Leat 5.5 for example which has massive air vents - you're just looking at a slight refinement over the old one.

Touching on two significant changes that you're gonna find on the new SHOE VFX EVO. Now one is really gonna be the aggressive lines, so there's no getting around that this is gonna be slightly more aggressive and it's gonna be more aggressive in its look but like we said earlier that is gonna get you a little bit more weight. But the real story here is gonna be the changes that they've made to the internal parts of this helmet. So one of the things that we've seen from a lot of manufacturers is, whether we're talking about MIPS technology that Fox and Bell utilize or if we're looking at the turbine technology that Leatt uses, you you know one of the things that a lot of manufacturers are trying to do is trying to figure out how to slow rotational impact, especially when you're off-road because if you're off-road you know the main hit that you're going to take is low speed impact that tends to rotate your head. So everyone's taking a different approaches to how to fix this. So for the first time in as long as I can remember SHOEI's change their actual EPS liner makeup to help reduce rotational impact. What you'll find in the top outer liner is a kind of orange ring which is what they're calling their M.E.D.S technology - Motion Energy Distribution System. What this is supposed to do is, help to reduce rotational impact. SHOEI's claiming this helps to reduce rotational impact by up to 15%. I'm glad to see that they're innovating and they're bringing this technology forward. I'm excited to see how it works because lord knows I've crashed more times than not - usually at lower speeds sub 30 miles an hour and I tend to usually bounce my head off of something. So I'm excited to see how this works. The one thing that I would note is if you look at this compared to other manufacturers one of the things that you'll see if you're looking at MIPS where they have an entire slip liner design on the inside or you're looking at Leatt with its turbine technology which has those little turbines in there and they're gonna encompass the entire thing is that SHOEI's only sits in the very top of the head. It's backed by a rubberized gasket but I was kind of interested to see that SHOEI didn't actually create the entire plane on the inside. But again they're claiming 15% reduction in rotational forces.

One of the things to to note when we're looking at the liner on the cheek pads - of the claims that SHOEI makes for their liner is that it is a revised liner contour to the cheek pads, but it is going to be able to hold two times its weight in sweat. Which if you're anything like me, if you're riding off-road you tend to pour just a massive amount of sweat into these helmets so the fact that they're making the cheek pads more absorbent to absorb more sweat before it starts squishing down is going to be a big deal. I don't know if you're anything like me and the fact that after a full day's ride if you go to pull the helmet off and all of a sudden the sweat just kind of like squishes out of the foam and it's all over your goggles which never helps. So the fact that this can be a little bit more absorbent is another plus.

So while SHOEI has brought the new VFX EVO to the table, the real changes are gonna be the internals of this. So when you look at it from the outside yes it's slightly more aggressive there's a few little key components here with small revisions to the vent scheme, like I said that one vent up front and you do have those two new exhaust vents down at the bottom, but really the main changes I'm gonna see with this is the fact that they've included that new M.E.D System at the top. Like I said it's gonna be interesting to see how it plays out, I am excited to get my hands on this from the standpoint that the old version, the VFX W has been my go-to. I've used other helmets over the past couple years but that's the one that I really gravitate back to. It's gonna be interesting to get to ride with this and really kind of put it through its paces.

  • Snell Approved
  • 15% less rotational forces
  • Price
  • Weight
  • No magnetic visor
  • Ventilation

Troy Lee Designs SE4 Carbon

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Troy Lee Designs SE4 moto helmets were developed and competition tested by professional supercross racers like Cole Seely and Shane McElrath. TLD is out to create the lightest, most comfortable and visually striking helmets in motocross.

Another top contender for the spotlight as the best premium off road helmet is the Troy Lee Designs SE4. Troy Lee got started over 30 years ago. He actually started out painting his buddy's helmets out of his parents garage and now Troy Lee Designs has become one of the most recognizable names in the motorcycle industry.

So let's talk about the new and improved SE4. if I could describe this helmet in two words they would be safety and light-weight. But I'm not going to stop there, I'm going to dissect this helmet and describe all the new design and safety features that make this new and improved from the SE3 and why this helmet really is a front-runner as far as safety and innovation goes when it comes to the offroad helmet market.

The first thing we're talking about is sizing. In my opinion they do fit true to size and they are very comfortable, but you always want to make sure you check the sizing guide and measure your head so you know what size you are going to need. With this helmet you're going to have extra small all the way up to double XL and within those sizes there's actually three different shell sizes. With this helmet you can have a medium in a large shell size and the reason for that is it makes it easier to get a better fit for every rider no matter what size head you have.

Now with the construction of the helmet it's going to be a carbon fiber Kevlar composite mix. This helmet is going to be DOT and Snell rated and it is very light weight. The medium came in at 3.1 pounds and the small came in at 2.8 - so very light weight compared to some of the other high-end helmets that are on the market today.

With this helmet if we look at the profile of it, it's a very aggressive design but there are a couple differences between the SE4 that I do want to point out. The first is the old SE3 had a hood scoop up on the top to help vent air and push it through the helmet. They've done away with that and you no longer have that removable chin guard or mouth guard on the chin bar. Now with that hood scoop being gone it really adds functionality to the helmet, they've left it nice and flat up on the top and it's nice because it's very friendly for your action cameras. We know a lot of guys rock those and this makes it very easy to mount those. With the chin or the mouth guard being removed it's still going to vent plenty but not having that hood scoop or removable mouth guard comes from Troy's less is more approach, so now you just have less parts that could potentially break up if you did heavy crash. So a great design aspect, a lot of forward thinking with that new construction.

Next up let's talk about ventilation on this helmet. Now obviously you want the helmet to breathe well, Troy Lee I feel has really accomplished that here. You have over 20 vents. They're going to pull air through the helmet, you got multiple vents down along the chin bar and up along the eye port. What I like is that these vents up by the chimney eye port actually pull air through and it pushes it down into your goggle area so when it's hot if your goggles are fogging up that's going to help keep that to a minimum. Uderneath the visor we have more vents and also on the top of the helmet just behind the visor. Speaking of the visor, these screws are plastic and they will sheer away so if you did have a crash they're designed to break off. The SE4 helmet actually has nine internal channels built into the liner that are going to pull air through the helmet, it's going to take that hot air and push it through the six exhaust vents that you're going to have at the rear. So again, a great design of the helmet which is definitely going to breathe extremely well.

On the inside we're going to start out with the liner, now it's going to be a CoolMax and Dri-lex liner. It's moisture wicking, fully removable and you're going to be able to wash it easilly. On the cheek pads, first thing to point out are going to be emergency removal cheek pads. That is a huge safety benefit with this helmet if an EMT or a first responder needs to remove the helmet, these make it much easier and safer. To use them you're just going to take your finger, put it on the tab and you're going to pull up and out. I also like the neck strap, that they have titanium D loops, it just helps keep the helmet lightweight.

When you remove the inner liner you'll find a big yellow contraption going on in the inside. This is called MIPS. now MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System. We're seeing this system used in a lot of the high-end helmets now. It's for angular impacts, so we know that most crashes they don't go straight up and down you're usually going at a high speed and so you're going to crash at an angle so what that MIPS system does it allows the riders head to rotate just enough inside the helmet that's going to slow down that impact. It's going to help disperse energy better so it's a very good safety feature that you're getting with that MIPS system. If you look at the top at that MIPS liner you are going to see a sticker that says eject approved design. So this helmet is also built to take the eject helmet removal system. If you're not familiar with that it allows a first responder or an EMT to pump air into the helmet and that will expand the helmet making it easier to remove from the riders head. Now just keep in mind though that is sold separate. But I love the design that Troy Lee has done with that system. Normally you'll see a cutout in the EPS liner where you put that ejection removal system, but Troy Lee didn't want to take away any of the EPS liner because that's what absorbs the impact. Instead they took your comfort liner and instead of putting padding on the top they've left that and that is where that eject helmet removal system would go. So they've thought forward, they said - hey we don't want to take away any of the safety from the helmet let's do it to the liner so it just goes right on top your comfort liner, it still works great, you don't notice it when it's inside the helmet. So again, you're getting that MIPS system along with that eject helmet removal system.

Moving on with safety, we are going to talk about the EPS liner inside this helmet. Troy Lee Designs have put 13% more EPS liner in the frontal headband area here and then 8% more in the rear, in the bottom of the helmet that's going to help absorb impacts. They say those numbers are 13% and 8% percent more than the next closest competitor. Now, EPS if you don't know what that stands for it stands for expanded polystyrene. It's a very dense foam that absorbs impact extremely well. Now the EPS liner on this helmet is actually three pieces and those three pieces are two different densities. The upper region is going to be a softer density then you're going to have a harder density in the lower rear region that's going to be for your slow, your mid, and your high speed impact. They want to make sure that you're going to have great protection regardless of the speed that you're traveling. In the chin bar here this is another great design and safety aspect to the helmet. They've used EPP lining instead of EPS. EPP stands for expanded polypropylene which is a dense foam that's going to absorb impact and flex very well, but it actually has some memory to it, so it's going to retain its shape much better. So if you'd like to carry your helmet by your hand if you want to hang it on your handlebars you're not going to damage that foam and it's going to keep its shape extremely well.

So they've thought about just about everything when it comes to this helmet as far as safety and functionality. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments on this helmet so make sure you comment below.

  • Weight
  • Safety
  • Ventilation
  • Various sizes
  • No magnetic visor system
  • No internal camelback channel

The Best Premium Motocross Helmet

So that wraps up my in depth review of the best dirt bike helmets on the market that meet your requirements. It's really tough to decide on a clear winner as there's not much that separates these premium helmets apart. You're guaranteed great safety with all these helmets so for me, at the end of the day it comes down to rider preference. Whether that be based on look or feel, the choose is yours. I love the look of the Fox range of helmets but the Alpinestars Super Tech M10 just has a few more bell's and whistles that I really enjoy.

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