Looking for a Cool Motorcycle Helmet? No worries you are at the right place.
The main aim of a motorcycle helmet is to protect the riders head against any impact during an accident, hence preventing or reducing head injury and saving the rider’s life. Thus, helmets are must when riding a bike.
Having said that, it doesn’t mean you have to stick with the same boring old fashioned kind of helmets, because the markets have more to offer. These days you can easily find the helmets which are not only designed with the aim to provide comfort and safety but also with the eye catching designs giving you something extra to turn the heads and get noticed.
In this article, I have worked hard and gathered some useful information that will help you out in selecting a unique/cool motorcycle helmet for you.
We have reviewed a variety of cool and custom motorcycle helmets and interviewed the people using them; in our quest to find the coolest motorcycle helmet and believe me every person came up with different helmets as their definition of cool was something different.
There is no bike helmet which is 100% perfect, but based on various users’ experience and feedback; here are the suggested top 10 products with a quick comparison:
The phrase ‘cool’ is wide open for interpretation; your definition of cool might be different from mine. Some people relate the word ‘cool’ with ‘being funky’ while few others relate it with ‘being eye-catching’ while rest may have their own definition for the word.
Attitudes and personalities change and so do the styles over time, and even bike helmets. There is no single definition of the word ‘cool helmets’ but they have one thing in common i.e. – ‘Being different from the crowd’.
So, with that in mind let’s have a look at the coolest motorcycle helmets according to us.
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Below are the brief reviews of our top 6 unique motorcycle helmets:
Below is a list of few things that you must take into consideration before buying a motorcycle helmet:
1. Look for Certifications: Fortunately there are certain standards that can tell you whether a helmet is safe to use or not. The first and most important of these standards is DOT; DOT defines the minimum levels of performance that helmets sold in the US must meet. If your helmet meets this standard then it will have a DOT sticker on it.
The second most important standard is ‘SNELL’, SNELL is a privately administered body that defines standards to be followed by protective headgear. ‘SNELL’ standards are stricter than ‘DOT’ standards. SNELL approved helmets have a “SNELL Approved” sticker on them.
2. Helmet Material: Helmet material is something that gets covered under both DOT and SNELL standards, but knowing it would not hurt you. Helmet should be made up of such a material which is sturdy and lightweight. The best materials for a helmet can be Kevlar, Carbon fiber, lightweight plastic or fiberglass.
Helmet interiors should be made from a material that is soft, comfortable and which can easy absorb shocks or impacts. “EPS” Expanded Polystyrene foam is the best material for this purpose.
3. Comfort and Fit: Comfort is again a very important thing when it comes to helmets. You should buy a helmet which allows you to enjoy long rides rather than making them a hell. If you are buying an helmet online then my advice would be to stick with the most popular brands as they are the once which take user comfort more seriously than the their lesser known counterparts.
Apart from the comfort a helmet should also fit tightly enough for it to not move when you shake your head from side-to-side, front-to-back and up and down. Loosely fitted helmets have the risk of coming off upon impact. Below is the size table which will help you to choose helmet as per your head shape and size.
4. Ventilation and Visors: Ventilation plays an important role in helmets. Good helmets are nicely ventilated which allows the air to circulate inside them and hence reduces the sweat and itch to the rider. Few high end helmets also allow the user to adjust the vent opening so as to regular the air flow inside as per the riders wish.
Clear Visors allow the rider to see more clearly where as tinted or colored visors reduce the rider’s vision. Clear Visors with anti-fogging and anti-scratch capabilities are the best choice for in my onion.
5. Helmet Type: As a general thumb rule it is better to have a helmet that provides you much coverage. Full-face helmets are hence better than half face helmets. Apart from this you should also check how much area is covered by the EPS liner coverage.
Generally, you will see that cheaper helmets cover only the minimal reads with the EPS Liner where as bigger brands cover the most of the interiors inside the helmet this the EPS liner.
Let’s first understand the various types of helmets that are available in markets:
1. Full Face Motor Cycle Helmets:
Full Face Helmets provide high protection although they are not pretty much comfortable. It provides you a full protection as it covers the entire face including eyes, ears, nose and ears. It also covers full head and base skull. As it’s completely closed it shields you from wind noise, dust, rain, hail, rock, and insects.
Pros: As mentioned above they provide a full face and head protection hence these helmets are suggested for riding at high speeds, or for a beginner, or a stunt performer.
Cons: These helmets are not well ventilated and you would not be able to eat or drink while keeping them on.
2. Flip Up or Modular Motor Cycle Helmets:
Flip up Helmets cover the full face however the front portion of these helmets can be easily flipped up. This type of helmet protects you from wind, noise, dirt, rock, rain and insects when completely closed.
Pros: These helmets are best to use if you are on tour, as you could easily flip them while reading a map or at refilling station. There is no need to take them out while eating or drinking as you can easily flip it up.
Cons: When the helmet is flipped, face and jaw are prone to injury. Also these helmets produce more wind drag due to the independent face shield.
3. Open Face Helmets:
Open face helmets are pretty much cool as they resemble retro style. These helmets cover only the skull and back of head.
Pros: Open Face Helmets are light weight and well ventilated. You could also eat and drink while keeping them on. They are advisable if you are just loitering around your neighbourhood in defined speed limits.
Cons: These helmets do not have a front shield and hence face, nose, jaw, and chin of rider are prone to injury. Also in absence of front shield it does not protect rider from wind, hail, rain, dust, dirt, and insects. Thereby you might need to buy additional stuff like goggles or ear safety gear.
4. Half Helmets:
Half Helmets are suggested if you are a military lover as their appearance is similar to military accessory.
Pros: Half Helmets are light weight and you could also eat and drink by keeping them on. These are also useful for you if you sweat a lot as these are very well ventilated.
Cons: They cover only top and back of head, leaving part of skull, face, eyes, nose, ears and chin exposed to injury. These are highly un-protective and are not permitted at higher speeds.
As you can see, choosing a good looking and a cool motorcycle helmet relies on a range of factors. Depending on how you want to use it and where you want to use it can make all the difference in the world in which model is right for you. Once you’ve decided what type you want to go with, make sure to read helmet reviews online and see what other people are saying.