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The Best 10 Half Helmets As Rated By Riders

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The HALF HELMET IS EXACTLY AS THE TERM IMPLIES – half of a helmet covering the top part of the head. They are a great option for someone who does not want to feel constrained by having a helmet on their head. The best half helmets offer a degree of rider protection without placing strain on the neck or shoulders. A light alternative for riders on the go with a lot of removable options and add ons, depending on the season and the amount of comfort a rider may require. This helmet protects only a portion of the facial area around the ears and near the top portion of your head. With vision, there isn’t an obstruction with the large visual frame. Most of the half-helmets offer ear flaps although the face portion is exposed. These help riders by preventing skull injuries. They are built well and DOT approved – efficient, but not as guarded as a full-face or open-face helmet.

Here are the Top 10 x Half Helmet Reviews

1. Bell Rogue Half Helmet

Bell Rogue Half Helmetbest half helmetsBell Rogue Half Helmet

The Bell Rogue Half Helmet is the new Bell half helmet and it flirts between being a half helmet and having the comfort of a 3/4 helmet. A muzzle that is adjustable, extendable and removable is purely for comfort. In Winter this muzzle acts as a shield from cool air and in Summer, part of the inner lining can be removed, offer micro fiber protection whilst allowing more air to flow through. Note that this muzzle is purely for comfort and it does not add any extra protection. The main protection lies in the shell itself which is made from a lightweight composite matrix (made up of kevlar, fiberglass, resin) high end material stronger than polycarb helmets. The fit itself is for oval and intermediate head shapes which means it will cater for most riders head-shapes. The interior, which is removable, is ultra comfortable allowing for smooth air flow. The Bell Rogues’ EPS comes down below the rim for added protection, comfort and support. Two ways that this helmet can be worn – one is with wearing riding goggles with leaving the strap around the outside of the shell (becoming very popular) OR, there is a specific space at each side of the helmet cheek guards which accommodate for sunglasses – with the arms neatly slotting in between the EPS and the cheek guards.

4 colors available army green, matte black, gloss black and gun metal green.

Pros:

  • FidLock magnetic connection makes the muzzle easy to remove and connect
  • DOT standards approved for open face/half helmet
  • Removable neck roll for comfort around base of skull
  • A lot of cut-aways and add ins for extra support
  • The EPS + shrouding provides for greater head comfort
  • Main comfort liner – fully removable and washable
  • Premium stainless steel D-rings
  • Weight is approx. 900g.
  • Rating 4.4/5

Cons:

Although it has convenient speaker pockets, they may be a little tight to fit a speaker system

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2. Bell Pit Boss Half Helmet
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Bell Pit Boss Half Helmetbest half helmetsBell Pit Boss Half Helmet

The Bell Pit Boss Half Helmet is an newer helmet from Bell, a renowned motorcycle helmet brand. This helmet is extremely light weight TriMatrix construction which keeps weight to a minimum, suiting both male and female riders.

The helmet material is Bell’s high end lightweight product.  Bell has been quite innovative with this helmet in that they have developed an Speed Dial adjustable fit system which makes for a very comfortable fit whilst still remaining firm on the head. This is also adjustable, so you can move this support further down the back of your head to a craddle type position which has the added advantage of reducing any tendency for the helmet to easily come off.

The intermediate and oval head shape of the Bell Pitt Boss means that it is gong to fit most riders. The inside has a thick, comfortably padded interior which cushions the head and minimizes the helmet from slipping around. Added advantages includes a removable neck curtain and drop down sun shield. The look is distinctly classical and cool, and it is the sort of helmet that rings back to the days of James Dean, Marlon Brando and Steve McQueen where helmets were more of a suggestion that a must. The Bell Pit Boss Half Helmet comes in black, white and graphics.

Pros:

  • The frame allows for greater visibility at the side of the helmet
  • Sun protection provided via the internal polycarbonate Sun Shade which you can easily flip down (The Shield provides 100% UVA and UVB protection)
  • Removable neck curtain which you can add for cold weather riding
  • Convenient speaker pockets caters for speaker and audio systems
  • They are cool to wear in Summer with air easily circulating through the open faced front
  • DOT standards approved.
  • Weight is approx. 900g.
  • Rating 4.6/5

Cons:

There is an ongoing debate about the safety of half helmets due to this helmet only covering half of the head. In an accident, they do not provide as much protection as a full face helmet and some motorcycle rider education centers do not allow their students to wear half-helmets whilst participating in their course. Be sure to check with your instructor before-hand if you are looking to complete your license wearing a half-helmet.

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3. Scorpion EXO – C110 Helmet

top half helmetsbest half helmetsScorpion EXO - C110 Helmet

The EXO helmet is Scorpion’s new version of a classic helmet. With an advanced ventilation system, a dual EPS liner, and an improved SpeedView sun visor mechanism (which is retractable), this is a premium helmet with the added benefit of classic cool lines and a red feature on the chin strap. The anti-fog shield makes this helmet ideal for cooler Winter conditions and is complimented in the warmer months by the low peak visor. This is an extremely popular choice for helmet as it sits low on the head whilst providing excellent support and protection. Reviews have come back from riders saying that the Scorpions EXO helmet’s sizing was not exactly standard, so best to try a few sizes on prior to buying one.

Pros:

  • EverClear anti-fog faceshield
  • Low profile peak visor enabling good visibility with sun protection
  • Pockets for speakers and comms system
  • DOT standards approved
  • Advanced polycarbonate shell
  • Anti-bacterial fabric liner
  • Rating 4.5/5

Cons:

  • The helmet size can be a little narrow for larger heads.
  • The strapping is closer to the neck that other helmet straps

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4.HJC IS-Cruiser

HJC IS Cruiser half helmetbest half helmetsHJC IS-Cruiser

A lightweight advanced polycarbonate composite shell, the HJC IS Cruiser is ultra comfortable with a superior fit. Using advanced CAD technology, the fit caters for an intermediate oval shaped head with a plush moisture-wicking Nylex interior. Specifically, the fit has a longer front in terms of its shape and sits a little higher on the head in comparison to other HJC helmets. The anti-bacterial lining is removable and washable. Other features include a nylon strap D-Ring retention system and a retractable 3D tinted drop down sun visor. The shape of the helmets enables high speed air to suck out the warm moist air from the inside, pulling sweat and moisture away from the top and side of the head.

Most riders like the HJC IS Cruisers‘ clear graphics and clean lines, with it being a half helmet that covers the basic requirements for the modern cruiser driver.

Available in black and matte black.

Pros:

  • Dot standard approved
  • Integrated smoked sun shield deploys easily
  • Wide range of view
  • Rating 4.0/5

Cons:

Some reviews have stated that it allows more wind in the face than similar helmets, but a very decent helmet for the price range

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5. Z1R Nomad Solid Helmet
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This helmet is constructed from advanced abs-polycarbonate blend, with the shell exceeding DOT standards. The Z1R Nomad helmet has a sleek short visor for a clean look. The complementary matte vent and visor allow for air flow and sun protection respectively. The forehead vents are adjustable for increasing air or decreasing flow on cooler days.

Thick comfortable padding allows for heat absorption and a Nylex comfort liner draws perspiration away from the head. D-Ring chin strap for comfort and security.

Pros:

  • Removable neck curtain
  • Interior made from comfortable brushed nylon
  • Don’t get a mushroom head look as the shell sits nice and low
  • DOT standard certified
  • Rating 4.6/5

best half helmetsCons:

  • The Z1R Nomad helmet is smaller, which makes for lesser facial protection
  • The visor is shorter than most visors, so riders face may not always be protected by the sun at varying angles.

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6. Fly 9MM Helmet – Solid

Fly 9MM Half Helmetbest half helmetsFly 9MM half helmet

This helmet has a German World War II style to it with a thermoplastic alloy shell. The Fly 9MM stands out with its instantly recognizable shape. Design wise this half helmet features a dual density EPS liner and a removable moisture wiking liner. Although the full shape of the helmet looks smaller, it is still important to get the sizing right on this type of helmet as many owners reviews have suggested that with this particular helmet, they went up 1 size for the perfect fit. Some reviewers have also noted that it fits a larger head better as on a smaller head, it can look a bit like a mushroom and may sit high. A lighter helmet to wear providing no strain on the neck or shoulders, the Fly 9MM‘s only complaint being that the the headliner front and back should be stuck down with velcro so that it does not come off when removing the helmet.

Pros:

  • Dual density EPS liner
  • Removable, washable Coolmax liner
  • DOT standard approved
  • Rating 5.0/5

Cons:

  • The inner lining comes out when removing the helmet at times
  • Sizing needs to be checked carefully

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7. Bell Drifter DLX Back Ops Half Helmet

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Bell Drifter DLX Back Ops Half Helmet

Anther fine product to come out of Bell, the Bell Drifter Deluxe Black Ops Half Helmet includes the innovative Speed Dial adjustable fit system to support and cradle your head. A perfect fit is gained by simply adjusting the Speed Dial system once the helmet is on the riders head. Once again, the Bell has enabled this system to reduce the tendency for a half helmet to lift off the head. This model is made from a lightweight composite shell and weighs only 900g.

The Bell Drifter Deluxe Black Ops comes in a matte black, with black OPS graphics, a center racing stripe and includes rivets for an slightly urban-industrial look with the blacked out Bell logo and star on the side. Can remove the ear pads on both sides, making it lighter. Intermediate oval head shaped to suit most head shapes. Rear goggle strap at the back of the helmet to keep goggle strap in place.

Pros:

  • Lightweight composite Fiberglass shell
  • Removable and washable interior for maximum comfort
  • Speed dial adjustable fit system
  • Removable ear pads for cold weather riding
  • Rear goggle strap
  • Dot standard approved
  • Rating 5.0/5

Cons:

May not be the warmest helmet on colder rides.

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8. GMax GM65 Naked Helmet (Also known as the GMax Naked Adult Harley Cruiser Helmet)
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The GMax GM65 Naked Half Helmet has been made with simplicity in mind. There is a new ‘no-tool required’ sun shield change system for quick removal and replacement, with this tinted shield UV rated for 100% UV protection. The added option is a clear shield which comes in the box. The dual density EPS styro allows for a lightweight shell design with the shell made from a thermo-plastic alloy shell. The Coolmax comfort liner is completely removable as is the snap-in rear neck curtain for the cooler rides. The GMAX GM65 helmet has great ventilation moving moisture away from the head.

Pros:

  • Premium ventilation
  • a easy no-spring design for raising and lowering the sun shield
  • Dual density EPS styro allows for a low profile fit
  • Removable snap-in rear neck curtain
  • The liner is very soft and comfortable keeping riders head cool
  • Rating 4.7/5

GMax GM65 Naked HelmetCons:

This visor could be reduced a bit in size for a more secure feel

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9. Speed and Strength SS400 Tough As Nails Helmet
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This sleek lined helmet exceeds DOT standards with its ATPA ADvanced Thermo-poly alloy shell. The Speed and Strength SS400 has a drop down 3-snap shorty makes it simple to avoid the suns glare. A retractable drop down shield is good for riding at night or when the sun glasses are not effective. The fit is oval and intermediate head shaped catering for most riders head shapes. The SS400 speed strap enables a quick release chin strap. Black and orange colors.

Pros:

  • Quick release chin strap
  • Ear protector with rigid back and dark smoke shield included
  • Comfortable fit, quick drop down visor
  • No pressure points and light on the head
  • DOT standard approved
  • Rating 4.5/5

Cons:half helmet speed and strength SS400

Logos may be over the top – with big logos on both the outside and inside (i.e.2 big TKO-Tough As Nails, Speed and Strength painted on each side and on the front)

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10. AFX FX-200 Dual Inner Lens Half-Style Beanie Helmet

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This aerodynamic shell has been designed and constructed using advanced fiberglass reinforced plastic for light weight and strength. The AFX FX-200 is the perfect combination of ground breaking high tech features with a cam buckle-style quick release retention system makes for easy exit. The inner lining is made from hypo-allergenic anti-microbial nylon.  A clear-coat finish has been applied to protect the graphics and paint which comes in pearl white. A patented dual inner lens is smoke color in daytime and clear for night time riding which is an additional bonus. Ultimately, this means there is no need to change the shield or ride without eye protection at any time wearing theAFX FX-200.

Pros:

Cons:

The inner lining is not removable or washable

General Comment on Half Helmets:

Frequent users of the half helmets are generally the casual urban city or scooter rider that ride at low speeds and in traffic with lots of stops due to traffic lights. They are chosen for their style and for that feeling of ‘riding with the wind in your face’. In saying that, it is important to check that the half helmet you may be considering buying is DOT and/or Snell approved. Even with this certification they offer limited facial protection, so for a bit more protection, check out our Full Face Helmets. 

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