Best Full Face Helmet 2019 [Buying Guide]

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If you are a motorcyclist or are about to become one, the helmet is your best friend. Knowing how to choose the best full-face helmet for your needs is essential. Even more important is knowing how to distinguish a quality full-face helmet from a poor one.

With this guide we will teach you how to recognize a great helmet on the fly. We will also teach you how to choose the right full-face helmet size and the perfect fit. The best full-face helmet is the one that protects you adequately without straining your cervical

Beware of lists that propose full-face helmets that cost 75 dollars, they try to profit at the expense of your safety. A truly safe full-face helmet can not cost less than 150 dollars. You can save money on looks, soundproofing, comfort, but not on quality materials, so be careful!

All parameters related to the safety level indicated in this guide are extrapolated from a careful analysis of the Helmet Safety Scheme provided by the tests carried out by SHARP.

Importance of the helmet

I want to emphasize once more the importance of always using a helmet. Even for very short trips, a helmet must be worn and fastened properly. The risk of serious injury as a result of an accident is reduced by 72% if you wear a helmet. It can literally save your life!

How to choose the best helmet for your needs

Motorcycle helmets are divided into jet helmets, full-face helmets and modular helmets. Let’s see briefly how these three types of motorcycle helmet differ from one another:

Jet helmet

Jet helmets are models typically used in the city on small displacement scooters and motorcycles. They do not have the classic chin guard of full-face helmets. What are the advantages of this type of helmet? Comfort and lightness. However, it should be emphasized that the absence of a chin guard offer a much worse protection in case of accident. In addition, you will be cooler in summer but more exposed during winter. Sincerely as a motorcyclist I do not recommend this type of helmet unless you make a really sporadic use of your bike. It may be an option only if you have particular cervical problems and need maximum lightness.

Full-Face Helmet

It offers the maximum safety. In addition, it has the best weather protection and soundproofing. If you make intensive use of your bike the best choice is a full-face helmet.

Modular helmet

It’s a helmet that combines the positive aspects of a jet helmet with the safety similar to that of the full-face helmet. The chin guard can be lifted and you can decide whether to travel with an open or closed helmet.

Best full face helmets 2019

Best budget full face helmets: AGV K3 SV

AGV K3 SV

  • Sharp Test safety score: 4 stars out of 5

The AGV K3 SV () is the best budget full-face helmet in the market. It’s an excellent helmet that provides 4 star safety in the Sharp Test. Its outer shell is made out of polycarbonate. It weighs 1.49kg which is absolutely acceptable for those looking for a good helmet to use for medium to short distances.

It sports micrometric lacing. The visor has an excellent anti-fog and anti-scratch coating plus an integrated sunvisor. The inner padding has room for an intercom and is completely removable and washable. The are lower pads are also removable. This product is the best budget full-face helmet you can buy.

HJC FG-17

HJC FG-17

  • Sharp Test safety score: 4 out of 5 stars

This great model from HJC () is also the first fiberglass helmet in this list. It is not very light (it weighs 1.5kg) but it is very sturdy.

It got 4 out of 5 stars in the Sharp Test and is equipped with a double D ring strap, an anti-fog visor and removable and washable inner pads. You can also remove the lower pads in case of an accident.

This is undoubtedly a great helmet. Compared to the AGV it is slightly safer even though it doesn’t have room for an intercom.

Nolan N87

Nolan N87

  • Sharp Test safety score: 4 out of 5 stars

A great mid-range model from Nolan ($258.00), with some great features, such as the adjustable inner sun visor, and the contoured padding for those who have to wear glasses while driving.

This helmet is made out of polycarbonate, and weighs 1.5kg. The pads are removable and washable, and the lower ones can be removed in case of an accident. The lacing mechanism is micrometric, and the internal ventilation system is very effective, so effective that it doesn’t need an anti-fog visor.

The helmet also has room for a Bluetooth intercom. This is the best bang for your bucks.

Best price/quality full face helmets: HJC IS-17 Iron-Man

HJC IS-17 Iron-Man

  • Sharp Test safety score: 5 stars out of 5

This helmet (Out of stock) boasts a 5 star rating in the Sharp Test! The colors are as you can see inspired by Iron Man.

This model offers a very sturdy polycarbonate shell, and weighs 1.55kg. The lacing is an excellent double D-ring and the visor sports an anti-fog, and anti-scratch coating plus and integrated sun visor.

Ventilation is well distributed and functional. It has room for a Bluetooth intercom and the internal padding is contoured for those that need glasses. The padding is both removable and washable and the lower pads are removable in case of accident.

AGV K-5

AGV K-5

  • Sharp Test safety score: 4 stars out of 5

The outer shell is made of composite fiber (glass-carbon) and the whole helmet weighs only 1.39kg. At the Sharp Tests this helmet scored 4 out of 5 stars. The lacing uses an excellent double D-ring.

The visor is both anti-scratch and anti-fog and has a removable inner sun visor. As always the inner pads are removable and washable and the lower pads are removable if need be.

It’s Bluetooth ready and equipped with a micro opening system for the visor. This is a great purchase for those looking for comfort, versatility and an affordable price ($329.95) for a quality helmet.

Shoei Qwest

Shoei Qwest

  • Sharp Test safety score: 5 stars out of 5

One of the most comfortable and robust helmets you can find. A model that focuses on safety (5 stars Sharp rating) giving up on the looks in order to keep the price (Out of stock) contained.

This is a 1.4kg fiberglass helmet with double D-ring lacing. Ventilation is top of the range, but the soundproofing isn’t that great. The anti-scratch and anti-fog visor is also excellent. The interiors are only partially removable but still compatible with cleaning foams.

The lower pads are removable if necessary. This is the best helmet for those that prefer safety and comfort to aesthetics.

Best full face helmets: Arai RX-7V

Arai RX-7V

  • Sharp Test safety score: 5 stars out of 5

This helmet ($650.00) offers the highest degree of safety, with its composite fiber outer shell and the strap with double D-ring lacing system. It weighs 1.56kg.

The inner padding is made of hypoallergenic and antibacterial material. It is fully removable and washable, with the lower pads removable in case of need. The ventilation is well distributed.

Personally this is the kind of helmet I prefer: few bells and whistles and maximum safety. Are there any better full-face helmets than this? Yes, but they cost way more and the difference in quality is really minimal.

Best full face helmet for the track: AGV Pista GP

AGV Pista GP

  • Sharp Test safety score: 5 stars out of 5

Finally this is the best full face helmet on the market (Out of stock). It sports a carbon fiber shell, that weighs only 1.28kg and is equipped with the classic double D-ring racing lacing system and an anti-slip racing visor which is both fog and scratch resistant.

The ventilation system is really exceptional, and even the most minute component has been designed in order to minimize any discomfort to the rider. For example, the position of the inner seams has been adapted to be imperceptible. The pads are of course both removable and washable, and the bottom ones are also removable in case of accident.

This is the closest helmet to those worn by MotoGP riders.

Important features in a full-face helmet

Choosing a full-face helmet is not a trivial operation and it requires knowledge of some key elements, so if you are not a new buyer read this part of the article very carefully so you’ll be able to distinguish a good helmet from a poor one.

Safety

Choosing a quality helmet can make the difference between life and death. My advice is to always check the safety classification of a helmet before you buy it. The simplest method is to verify through a certified testing site such as SHARP.

Size

The comfort is also a determining factor. The helmet must be tight enough not to move during normal head movements, but at the same time it should not be extremely tight around the temples. If you are wearing glasses know that there are models that provide a molding of the inner padding that leaves enough space for them.

Fit

The fit of a helmet varies from brand to brand and based on its inner shape. The ideal way to find the perfect fit would be to try many different brands.

Materials

The outer shell of a helmet can be made of different materials, each with characteristics that determine a different level of strength and weight. The cheapest material is polycarbonate, a thermoplastic material that has a good level of strength but also decent weight. A fiber helmet is more durable and lighter than polycarbonate but also more expensive.

Weight

The weight of a helmet depends mostly on the construction materials. If you use your bike for short trips, 100-200 grams of extra weight will not be a problem. If you travel for long stretches, then I recommend a fiber helmet.

Strap lacing

The lacing of the helmet is an aspect that must be carefully considered. You will have to choose between a double D-ring and a micrometric strap. The first is undoubtedly the safest but requires a small amount of experience and patience in properly fastening and adjusting the helmet. The micrometric one is also very safe and more suitable for beginners because it is very easy to adjust.

Padding

A good helmet must have plenty of internal padding, which makes the helmet more comfortable and that can be easily removed for washing. High-end helmets also give the possibility to remove the lower pads even while the helmet is on, in order to facilitate the removal in the event of an accident.

Ventilation

The ventilation is very important since it keeps your visor free from fogging and helps you cope with the heat.

Visor

My advice here is to buy a helmet with an anti-fog visor. The closure of the visor must be solid and shouldn’t open in case of an accident. At the same time try purchasing a model with an inner sunvisor.

Compatibility with other accessories

If you use to travel in pairs, the best helmet leave room for the installation of an intercom.

Duration of a helmet

Helmets do not have a real expiration date but It is good practice to change it at least every 5 years. Also a good rule is to always change it after an accident.

Care and maintenance

Careful maintenance of your helmet will allow you to make it last longer and to maintain a tight fit.

Interior cleaning

Internal cleaning of the helmet is a very important factor that prolongs its longevity. If you have fixed inner pads, the only thing you can do in order to clean it is to use a cleaning spray foam. If you have a removable padding then you can wash it periodically using warm water (maximum 30 degrees) and neutral soap. Let it air dry without exposing it to direct sunlight and put it back in only when it is perfectly dry.

External cleaning

The outer shell of the helmet can be safely cleaned with a cloth, a mild soap and water. You can also use specific products if you are afraid of scratching the shell.

Visor cleaning

For everyday cleaning, use a slightly moistened cloth and be delicate.

Temperature

Avoid storing your helmet in your bikes top case for long stretches of time, especially in the summer. At home, store your helmet in a dry and not too cold place. Helmets that suffer too many thermal fluctuations should be replaced more frequently than the standard 5 years.

Helpful tips

  • Always wear a helmet
  • Fasten it tight
  • Avoid dropping it
  • If it is damaged change it
  • If the pads get thin change it
  • Always check the Sharp Test before buying
  • Replace the helmet at least every 5 years
  • Store it with the visor slightly open
  • If it costs too little, it is not a good helmet
  • Avoid intense or frequent temperature changes
  • Do not buy/use second-hand helmets especially if they are not your size and if you are not sure how they have been treated
  • Avoid fastening the helmet hastily, much of your safety depends on this in the event of an accident

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