First of all, what is important in the best safest motorcycle helmet? The more physical head coverage the better, as described above. Check. That means when you hit the pavement, your jaw is covered, your cheeks are covered, your eyes are covered. Good. Now, are all helmets built the same? NO.

As mentioned, helmets need to meet certain certifications, and sometimes are tested to or certified to meet multiple standards. There’s DOT (in the U.S. at least), then there’s SNELL, ECE, and the slightly-lesser known SHARP, and you can read about them in German Helmets. We’re not going to merely regurgitate what is already available. We’re here to tell you what else to look for.
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Top 10 Best Safest Motorcycle Helmets Review

Bestseller No. 1
Bell Qualifier Full-Face Motorcycle Helmet (Solid Matte Black, Medium)
Helmet shown with optional tinted shield. Ships with clear shield only; LIGHTWEIGHT POLYCARBONATE/ABS COMPOSITE SHELL – Lightweight construction
$114.95
Bestseller No. 2
Bell Qualifier DLX Blackout Street Motorcycle Helmet (Blackout Matte Black, Large)
2 SHEILDS - Clear shield on the helmet and a dark smoke shield in the box; COMMUNICATION READY – Accommodates Bluetooth systems, sold separately
$157.95
Bestseller No. 4
HJC 824-614 CL-17 Full-Face Motorcycle Helmet (Matte Black, Large)
Aerodynamic shell shape reduces turbulence,Impact absorbing, multi-density EPS liner
$139.99
Bestseller No. 5
ILM Full Face Motorcycle Street Bike Helmet with Removable Winter Neck Scarf + 2 Visors DOT (L, White)
2 Visors Included: Clear + Smoked and 1 Neck Scarf for Winter Use; Streamlined Aerodynamic Design Reduces Wind Noise and Drag
$59.99
Bestseller No. 6
BELL Qualifier DLX Blackout Street Motorcycle Helmet (Blackout Matte Black, Medium)
2 SHEILDS - Clear shield on the helmet and a dark smoke shield in the box; COMMUNICATION READY – Accommodates Bluetooth systems, sold separately
$157.95
SaleBestseller No. 7
Motorcycle Full Face Helmet DOT Approved - YEMA YM-831 Motorbike Moped Street Bike Racing Casco Moto Helmet with Bluetooth Space for Adult,Youth Men and Women - Matte Black,Medium
Full Face helmet.Outstanding Aerodynamic Abs Shell and Multi-density EPS.; Sun Visor System:Easy-use Switch and Tool-free to Remove and Install.
$89.99
Bestseller No. 8
Bell Rogue Half-Size Motorcycle Helmet (Solid Matte Black, Large)
Lightweight composite shell. 3 shell and EPS sizes for a personalized fit; Stainless steel D-rings and metal badges. Industry-leading Five-year warranty
$259.95
Bestseller No. 9
Bell Custom 500 Open-Face Motorcycle Helmet (Solid Matte Black, Large)
Anti-bacterial interior. Multi Density EPS liner; Integrated 5 snap pattern for aftermarket shields and visors
$125.95
Bestseller No. 10
ScorpionEXO Unisex-Adult Modular/Flip Up Adventure Touring Motorcycle Helmet (Anthracite, XXX-Large) (EXO-AT950 Solid)
Advanced LG Polycarbonate Shell; Dual Density EPS; Aero-Tuned Ventilation System; Ever Clear  No Fog Face shield
$269.95

1.Arai Corsair V

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The structural integrity of the Corsair V is Snell approved and reinforced by its peripheral belting which extends across the forehead. This feature does not increase the size of the shell and maintains flexibility while still remaining lightweight. This means that the force from impacts will be distributed more evenly causing less injury. The Corsair also features an Emergency Release Tab for cheek pads creating access for medical technicians in the event of an accident. The cost of this helmet comes close to $1,000.

2.HJC IS-17

The HJC IS-17 packs in a ton of value. Not only do you get creature comforts like a drop-down sun visor, but you get the highest SHARP rating and can buy it in a large number of colors (like Hi-Vis yellow) and themes (like Iron Man and Star Wars). It also comes with a Pinlock shield system for adding anti-fog lenses, which is really important for those of us living in humid environments.

The HJC IS-17 is also certified to meet ECE REG 22.05 and DOT standards and comes with a Double-D ring chin strap clasp, although they appear to only label the helmet with the standard most applicable to each country or region that it’s sold in.

3.Shoei X-12

The Shoei X-12’s shell is both DOT and Snell approved. The construction technology used by this company to produce the shell combines fibers to create material for the shell. It requires a laser to cut and evenly distributes force from impacts. The Shoei X-12 features the Emergency Quick Release System for cheek pads. In the event that the helmet must be removed by medical personnel, the process is rapid while eliminating as much further injury as possible to the rider. The Shoei X-12 helmet pricing begins just after $600.

4.Shoei Qwest

Shoei helmets have a reputation for being expensive, and most are. But as we keep saying, expensive /= safe. Luckily, the Qwest model has been around for a long time, which means that it has not only been tested by Sharp and scores top ratings for impact resistance but you can also get it for a great price!

Online shops are thinning their inventory, sure, but we still find them on the shelves of local motorcycle dealers everywhere, and these days, who doesn’t price-match?! They even come in an array of female-oriented color schemes like the one shown.

Like the Shark Race R Pro helmet described below, Shoei loves to promote the distortion-free visor and wind tunnel tested design, but what’s even more interesting is their focus on protection from UVA and UVB rays, which can reduce the longevity of the shell. Ok with us, whatever helps the rider to focus on the ride and the helmet to last.

Unlike the Shark Race R Pro, the matrix or composite of the Qwest is not carbon and aramid (Kevlar) but fiberglass. Be sure to understand the materials used before jumping to conclusions. In this case, fiberglass is plenty strong and safe.

Shoei exclusively uses Double-D ring chin straps to ensure that the helmet stays securely on and, unlike most other helmets made for global markets, it’s certified to the Snell M2015 standard. It’s also of course DOT-Approved.

5.Schuberth SR1

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The Schuberth SR1 helmet is both Dot and ECE approved. The aerodynamic design prevents uplift in accelerated speed and high winds. The duroplast matrix is created with a superior glass fiber reinforcement which includes a carbon layer thereby reducing the helmet’s overall weight. The A.R.O.S. is a safety feature of all Schuberth helmets which ensures the chinstrap is adjusted and secured properly. The Schuberth SR1 helmet features an aero acoustically designed wind deflector to improve noise levels. It is offered for around $900.

6.AGV Veloce (GT or S)

AGV has a ton of helmets that rate highly by SHARP, in fact, of all the AGV helmets tested by them, none score less than a 4 out of 5 stars. Both the AGV Veloce GT and Stop the charts with 5 stars, and since they’ve been on the market for a while, can be found in select sizes and themes as low as ~$250.

DOT-Approved in the U.S. and certified to ECE REG 22.05 elsewhere, and with a strong Double-D ring chin strap clasp, it has proven itself to be a stylish, affordable, and safe option for those looking for those sweet, sexy Italian curves.

7.Shoei RF-1200

The Shoei RF-1200 liner features a double layer possessing two different impact density levels. It is also designed with a wide base for quick, easy removal. It has been constructed with a Quick Release Self-Adjusting face shield base plate which is spring-loaded. Both the Quick Emergency Release shield and the wider base provides simple accessibility to medical technicians in the event of an accident. It is priced between $420 and $450.

8.Shark Race R Pro / Carbon

The Shark SHARK Helmets RACE-R PRO Replica GuintoliRace R Pro is a top of the line racing helmet made for speed and comfort. As a composite shell composed of carbon and aramid fiber, you can expect it to be extremely abrasion and heat resistant, and luckily Sharp has proven that it also scores top in impact resistance as well. Read all about aramid’s material properties INSERT HERE.

It’s both ECE 22.05 and DOT-Approved and comes with a Double-D ring chin strap clasp. Shark is proud to tout its optical distortion-free windshield and its wind tunnel-tested design—features that add a little extra safety when it’s needed most, on the track at high speed.

9.AGV Veloce (GT or S)

AGV has a ton of helmets that rate highly by SHARP, in fact, of all the AGV helmets tested by them, none score less than a 4 out of 5 stars. Both the AGV Veloce GT and Stop the charts with 5 stars, and since they’ve been on the market for a while, can be found in select sizes and themes as low as ~$250.

DOT-Approved in the U.S. and certified to ECE REG 22.05 elsewhere, and with a strong Double-D ring chin strap clasp, it has proven itself to be a stylish, affordable, and safe option for those looking for those sweet, sexy Italian curves.

10.Shark Evoline

The Shark Evoline has been designed with a Lexan Polycarbonate shell which effectively provides high impact protection. The helmet is DOT and ECE 2205 approved. The chin bar Auto-Up System offers easy manipulation and is ECE 2205 certified in the closed and open positions.

The Shark Evoline has been constructed to weigh around a half of a pound or 200 grams. Its streamlined design effectively cuts buffeting and noise levels. This helmet is available on the market for about $450.

Safest Motorcycle Helmet Type

There are numerous styles of helmets, but the three main designs are the full face, ¾, and the ½ helmet. In Best Safest Motorcycle Helmet, the full-face helmet is the safest choice of the three.

The full-face helmet offers the most coverage surrounding your head and neck. A full-face helmet protects you from the environment you’re riding in, whether it be inclement weather or debris and bugs hitting your visor. One of the distinguishing features of a full-face helmet is a chin bar, which ¾ and ½ helmets lack. According to an Australian study, the chin encounters fifty percent of severe impacts during an accident. Only a full-face helmet will offer you the protection to keep your chin and jaw safe.

“Whenever you go out to get yourself a new helmet, always look for shell-built design,” says motorcycle blogger, Motorcyclist Lifestyle. “It is the first line of defense that protects your head to avoid direct contact with the road. [Choose] another helmet if the helmet you picked doesn’t have thermoplastic or reinforced composite shell-like polycarbonate. The second feature to look for is the impact-absorbing liner. As the name suggests, it is the inner liner of the helmet, which not only gives comfort to your top head but absorbs impact in crashes. It is the second line of defense that protects you from severe head injuries. The third feature is the chin strap. A helmet can only do its job if it’s properly strapped.”

One sticking point that you see a lot of banter on is the cost of a full-face helmet and why the higher price is a result of more or better safety. The truth is that cost doesn’t necessarily equate to more safety. Helmet manufacturers have standards like the Snell Foundation requirements, DOT (Department of Transportation), and the current European Safety Standard 22/05. These requirements help to ensure a quality product is released to the public. Beyond those criteria, the cost is more driven by materials used to make the helmet, features available, and the visual aesthetics of the helmet.

Motorcycle Helmet Safety Standards

There are several safety standards for motorcycle helmets, and knowing what they cover can be confusing. They can overlap in requirements, and have different criteria in other respects.

According to popular blogger, Motorbike Writer, “The most important feature in a helmet is its safety rating, so I’d check official ratings such as the German Helmets” (which will be discussed below). Here are the main safety standards and what you need to know about each:

Snell Memorial Foundation (M-95 / M2000)

The Snell Foundation certification is not a requirement by law in the United States (or around the world). Still, they go above and beyond the minimum criteria to thoroughly test helmets in many respects. Beyond motorcycle helmets, they test for bicycling, karting, and professional motorsports. Below are the safety features they test for:

  • Impact Testing:He impact test uses controlled impacts to simulate different impact surfaces. The object is to measure gravitational (G) force or acceleration. If the peak acceleration in any test exceeds a value, the helmet is rejected.
  • Positional Stability (Roll-Off) Test:A head form is mounted so that it points face downward at an angle of 135 degrees. The helmet is placed on the head form and the straps and buckles adjusted to obtain the best fit condition. Weight is connected via wire rope and dropped from a determined height. The helmet is turned 180 degrees, and the test conducted again. The helmet may shift, but must not roll off the head form to pass the test.
  • Dynamic Retention Test:The helmet is placed on a head form with the chin strap fastened under a device representing the jaw. The jaw piece has a 23 kg weight applied for around one minute. The retention system is tested by simultaneously removing the 23 kg weight and applying a 38 kg mass in an abrupt guided fall. The retention system fails if it cannot support the mechanical loads or if the maximum instantaneous deflection (stretch) exceeds 30 mm (1.18 inches).
  • Chin Bar Test:The test helmet is attached to a base with the chin bar facing upward. A 5 kg weight is dropped to hit the central portion of the chin bar. The maximum downward deflection of the chin bar must not exceed the stated distance.
  • Shell Penetration Test:The test helmet is attached to a base. A sharp-pointed 3-kg object is dropped from a prescribed height. The test striker must not penetrate the helmet or even achieve momentary contact with the head from inside the helmet.
  • Faceshield Penetration Test:The face shield (also called a visor) is attached to a test helmet and shot along the centerline in three separate places with an air rifle. The rifle shoots sharp, soft lead pellets at speeds approximately at 500 kph (310 miles per hour). The pellets must not penetrate the visor for it to pass the test.

Conclusion:

Finding a good helmet is absolutely essential, our review has introduced the best hats available today at a reasonable price for you to choose. When traveling on the road, the most important thing is the safety of yourself and the people around you, so why buy an unknown helmet but not a helmet in the top Best Safest Motorcycle Helmet. Thanks and see you soon.