Nobody needs to be told twice when it comes to how important wearing a helmet is in motocross. One tumble on your vehicle without a helmet and you’d be kissing your pearly whites goodbye.
Considering even well-trained professionals are at constant risk of injury, your motocross helmet is by far the most important piece of equipment you’ll end up getting for this high-risk sport. With that being said, here are our 5 best motocross helmets.
- 1 Fuel Motocross Helmet SH-OR3016
- 2 O’Neal 0817-504 Sierra II Mens Full-Face Motocross Helmet
- 3 Fox Racing Race Adult V1 Motocross Helmets
- 4 Bell Servo Adult Full Face Motocross Helmet
- 5 O’Neal 2SERIES Men’s Off-Road SPYDE Motocross Helmet
- 6 How to Make Sure Your Motocross Helmet Fits
- 7 Factors to Consider When Buying
- 8 Conclusion
Fuel Motocross Helmet SH-OR3016
- Sculpted shell shape
- Adult helmet with unique graphics
- Extra large eye port and dual rubber grips for goggles
- Adjustable visor angle
- DOT FMVSS N.218 approved
The SH-OR3016 made by Fuel Helmets is a low-cost, motocross-specific helmet. It has a sculpted shell shape, giving it an aerodynamic look along with some unique graphics
The eye port comes equipped with dual rubber grips designed to keep your goggles securely placed. The visor angle is also adjustable along with being DOT approved.
• It has adjustable visor angles
• Comes at a low price, making it affordable
• The eye port is large
• It has a built-in goggle holder
• It seems to be made of cheap material
• It has a relatively plain design
O’Neal 0817-504 Sierra II Mens Full-Face Motocross Helmet
- Shell is constructed with ABS
- Weight: 1590G ( 50G)
- Moisture wicking, removable/washable air channeled comfort liner
- Integrated face shield
- Padded chin strap with double-d safety lock
O’Neal’s 0817-504 Sierra II Mens Full-Face Helmet has got a futuristic look to it, with an advanced design to back it up. This full-face helmet comes equipped with a multitude of features, such as an integrated face shield, ventilation holes and moisture-reducing technology.
It’s also an added bonus that it has a replaceable inner comfort liner, a padded chin strap with a Double-d safety lock and a shell made from lightweight ABS. It also has adjustable features, ranging from the shielding to the chin strap.
• Shell is made from a lightweight ABS material
• Helps reduce any possibilities of moisture
• The inner comfort liner is removable and washable
• It has a built-in integrated face shield
• Quite expensive
• May be heavier than the average helmet
• Not GoPro friendly
Fox Racing Race Adult V1 Motocross Helmets
- Shell weight (size L): 1450grams (±50)
- Ultra-plush removable/washable padded liner
- Rubber roost nose guard. Lightweight
- Multiple air vents ventilation and cooling
- Meets standards: DOT, ECE 22-07
In terms of design, Fox Racing’s 2017 Race Adult V1 helmet is great for when you’re just starting out in motocross. Overall, it’s a fun helmet made to ensure that you have a blast out on the course.
The helmet comes equipped with a phenomenal ventilation system, preventing your joy rides from becoming sweaty messes. With the helmet’s extra-soft padding, enjoy comfort every time you wear it.
You can also purchase a wide variety of sizes to fit your head dimensions perfectly. Not only that, the helmet has exceeded the ECE 22.5 and DOT regulations by large margins.
• The shell is made out of a lightweight and strong injection molded polycarbonate material
• Offers a wide variety of different sizes, all for the same price
• Comfortable to wear
• Available in multiple colors
• Doesn’t come with shielding
• No added accessories
Bell Servo Adult Full Face Motocross Helmet
If you’re looking for big and lightweight, then consider getting the Servo Helmet from Bell. This unique-looking helmet stands out with its design that focuses on being comfortable. This includes fit interior padding and less neck mass for a comfortable neck roll. Bell is also a top helmet brand with years of testing and safety under their belt.
The cheek pads are replaceable/washable and the helmet is equipped with a built-in ventilation system so you can keep your helmet feeling fresh. It also provides an entire full-face coverage in order to keep your face protected.
Another bonus is the fact that the price is also half of most other motocross helmets.
• Comfortable neck roll for increased padding and protection
• It has a full-face coverage
• The cheek pads are removable and washable
• It has an integrated ventilation system
• Comes at a low cost
• Only comes in one size
• The chin strap can be quite uncomfortable
• Tends to be fragile after multiple uses
O’Neal 2SERIES Men’s Off-Road SPYDE Motocross Helmet
- Comfortable neck roll for increased padding and protection
- CPSC bike compliant
- CPSC bike compliant
- For ages 14+ / Fits head sizes: 56-59 cm
Another helmet from O’Neal, the 2Series Men’s Off-Road SPYDE is perfect if you’re looking for heavy-duty protection along with a sleek aerodynamic feel.
Along with its unique graphics and all-around sick-looking design, the 2Series comes equipped with a rubber roost nose guard and multiple air vents for air circulation and cooling.
It doesn’t end there though, it also has ultra-plush removable/washable padded liner, a height adjustable visor and a Double-D release chin strap. All while having a shell made from durable ABS and meeting both the ETC 22-07 and the DOT standards.
• The pricing is reasonable, given all its features
• Available in varying sizes
• It has a rubber roost nose guard
• The ventilation and cooling systems are good
• Moisture-wicking technology
• Made from durable ABS material
• Limited variety of designs
How to Make Sure Your Motocross Helmet Fits
First, you’re going to have to measure your head. What makes motocross helmets different from your average helmet is all the extra space it contains, which is needed to protect your head at high speeds.
This, along with the chin portion and the comfort lining, are designed to absorb kinetic energy and keep your head screwed on. If these areas are damaged in any way, then either go see a specialist to fix it or replace the helmet entirely.
The problem with all these added features is that it makes calibrating helmet sizes a little more complicated. It also doesn’t help that each company has a different measuring system. One company’s medium size could be different from another company’s.
However, even if the sizes are the same, the different shapes can still make the helmet fitting more difficult. Before you do any measuring, it’s a good idea to do a little research and pull up the company’s measuring chart.
Use a Cloth Tape Measure
To start, use a cloth tape measure – the kind you see tailor’s use. Wrap it around your head horizontally about one inch above your eyebrows and ears. Make sure to measure the fullest part of your skull in this area and then measure your circumference.
Check Sizing Chart
Remember to compare your measurement to the sizing chart. The sizes can range from XS (extra-small) to XL (extra-large). However, even if you have the right size, you won’t really know for sure if it fits until you try it on.
Typically, you’ll want to look for three things when feeling if the helmet fits.
Do a Snug Test
First, you’ll need to do a “snug” test. Along with physically feeling if the helmet is snug, try putting your finger in-between the helmet and the back of your head. If the finger slips in with ease, then you’ll need to get a smaller size.
Make Sure It’s Secure
Second, your helmet needs to be secure. Try moving your head in every direction (left, right, up and down). If the helmet moves around a lot, then you’ll need a smaller size. If after tightening the chin strap you can take the helmet off with ease, then you’ll need a smaller size.
Finally, the helmet needs to allow for comfortable maneuverability. If you can twist your head side to side without much chafing or discomfort, then you’ve probably found yourself a good helmet.
Factors to Consider When Buying
On top of fit, there a number of other factors that contribute to both your safety and enjoyment out there on the course.
First off, you need to check if the helmet has passed safety regulations. The bare minimum for a helmet is surpassing DOT regulation, with being up-to-date and have the current ECE certification as an added bonus.
You might also want to look at the helmet’s SHARP rating, in which the helmet’s ability to absorb kinetic energy is measured. This goes from 1-5, with 5 being the most effective.
Durability is a big factor and arguably the most important. It’s entirely dependent on the type of material the helmet shell is made from. You definitely don’t want a helmet that’s made from cheap plastic, but also not made from something too heavy.
Your best materials are ABS and carbon fiber. Polycarbonates are typically the lightest materials you can use that surpass DOT regulations.
You’ll also be looking at a lot of helmets with neat features and advanced designs. Ventilation systems, adjustable features, moisture-wicking technology and replaceable/washable pads are all good signs you’re dealing with a Grade A helmet.
Finally, you’re going to need to consider what your budget looks like. Unfortunately, when it comes to helmets, buying cheap is not an option. Quality is a necessity and your protection needs to be a top priority.
Don’t be afraid to spend big. However, if you find an inexpensive helmet that follows close to what we previously mentioned, then by all means buy away.
Never settle for less when it comes to protecting your head. After all, motocross is a risky sport. This is fine so long as you take the precautions to make sure you can keep doing motocross even after an accident or two.
We hope that this comprehensive guide will help you make an informed decision before you buy a helmet. Keep in mind our fitting guide as well, since having the right size is extremely important.