MODULAR HELMETS, also known as FLIPS UPS have become an exceptionally popular helmet for the rider who likes versatility. The best modular helmets have a chin bar that can be raised upwards allowing the rider the sensation of an open face helmet with similar protection to a full face helmet. It’s not identical protection as the modular helmets’ chinbar is not made with EPS and the fact that the chinbar is hinged, does give way to more vulnerabilities than a full face helmet. Modular helmets have the ability to adapt to variable weather conditions, such as rain or cold fronts. They provide protection against unforeseen elements such as rocks, dust, bugs and wind. They’re easy to slip on and off the head, and allow for removal or replacement of glasses. A quick bite or drink at the traffic lights is possible without having to take the helmet off. A popular choice amongst tourers, dual sport, adventure off-road rides and cruisers.
Here are the reviews for the Top 8 x Modular Helmets
The Bell Revolver EVO is a improved version from the 2011 model. It comes in matte black, gloss black, silver, white and has new graphics version with scratched stripes (red, black and white), high-viz and a rally graphic. It now has a new eye port gasket, is much quieter, and there is a chin curtain built into the bottom – keeping cooler air out in colder temps and warmer air out in the heat. It has a new sun shield which contours much better to the inside of the helmet and is retractable with the simple click of a lever just underneath the side of the helmet with a glove on or off. The Bell Revolver features most of Bells signature designs carried over from other it’s predecessors such as the front shield (easy to remove and replace – with Bell’s iconic ‘double snap and down’ process). The shield also has the anti-fog system on the shield keeping it fog free. Also the vent configuration is typical Bell with the standard 3 vent intakes – 2 chimney vents up the top – with 2 optional positions for ventilation and 1 on the chin with optional positions again. The modular release mechanism is directly under the chin, and aluminium mechanisms for the locking system on the hinge with a nice solid seal. DOT certified on a polycarbonate shell (strong and basic material).
The exhaust system has the big venturi vents at the back of the helmet with cowls around them to disturb the vacuum of wind coming over the helmet sphere and minimize pressure. There are also smaller winglet exhausts lower at the back base which pulls warm moist air out making for a cooler and more comfortable ride. Inside, the end of the strap has a magnet which means it can be neatly tucked away so it does not flap around. Bell has this small neat design in most of its helmets now. Cheek pads are fully removable (and washable) which allows for a full Bluetooth unit to be tucked away neatly inside a speaker pocket with no pressure placed on the inside of your head. The comfort liner can be fully removed and the click in snaps are no longer at the forehead – which means no longer is there pressure points formed at the top of the head. Another quality helmet from Bell, the Bell Revolver will not disappoint.
- internal ‘sun visor’ that can be instantly clicked into use whilst riding
- internal wicking material including cheeks and strap
- removable and washable interiors
- FlowAdjust system for great ventilation with 3 vents – ease of temperature control
- light composite polycarbonate shell
- Cut out recess areas for integrated audio speaker units
- ClickRelease system – super easy to remove and replace front shield
- Nutrafog – anti fog and UV shield
- D-ring closure with padding for comfort that is also washable
- Rating 4/5
- Small fit, can be tight until warn in. Still snug on cheeks
- Still has he noise factor of a modular helmet
- Despite the 3 vents and back exhausts, there is still not enough air flow in the helmet – as a consequence the visor fogs up at times
- Only comes with a clear faceshield, not tinted
- Can be a squeeze getting a mic inside this helmet, and very difficult to put headsets in – space is slightly limited
The Scorpion EXO-300 helmet is called a 3 in 1 because it can be worn as a full face helmet, a flip up front modular and a ¾ helmet. Another big bonus – it is significantly cheaper than a lot of other modulars of similar quality (think Shoei). It is also a lot lighter – 50grams to be precise. The exterior profile – has a much more aggressive profile and more streamlined, previously it was rounder in shape. Now it is intermediate and oval- so it’s longer front to back and allows for a narrower fit. When using the full face, it is a distinct advantage to be able to flip up the whole chin bar and eat or drink or have a talk with no need to take off the helmet. It is good for the road or street, and the overall ventilation scheme on the chin makes it a more comfortable especially on warmer days.
At the back, the EOX-300 has a more streamlined shape with the back vent pulling out moist air from the helmet, enhancing air flow from the front to the back, and it is of no disadvantage the back vent can no longer be opened or shut because the clunkiness where the vent opening was once mounted, is now gone. At the front, the top chimney vent can orient for any riding position. At the front – the visor system has a nice double walled seal.
The EverClear no-fog faceshield with state of the art anti-fogging technology. The drop down and retractable sun visor system saves you from the need to wear sunglasses and it changes positions with an easy switch. Note there has been some commentary that the visor does not lock into place, but we have not read about it moving whilst riding at speed as yet. It can be adjusted with gloves on. As for the modular mechanism, an easy lever under the chin pops the chin up and can be done again with the gloves on. You can take the chin component off effectively turning it into an ¾ – open face helmet. Fitment – it uses the Airfit system – where you can inflate the side cheeks through a soft air pump button- get a custom tuned cheekpad fit. Once you remove the interior, you can see the inflation system in the neck roll. The Scorpion Exo is made from polycarbon and has a DOT rating.
- Drop down sun visor system
- Less expensive than predecessors – which makes it more competitive in the sports market
- Profile look is more aggressive and streamlined
- Speaker cut outs included
- Inner liner has 3D types of foam, for better ventilation and support – with no obtrusive connection points affecting pressure points
- Big channels of air created with the vents from the front to the back- good degree of air circulation
- Metal locking hooks on the hinge
- Rating 4.5/5
- No longer get a free removable modular visor, need to pay extra for it (whereas once it was included)
- Neck roll – clunky to remove and reinsert
- Scorpion have kitted out the inner part of the shell with a thick foam, makes it slightly awkward to attach a Communications system with ease. Best option is the sticky mount
- Dropped an ECE rating
- The size chart runs one size smaller
The GMAX GM54S is a lighter and smaller helmet – but has a profile with all the bells and whistles you would expect from a good modular helmet. It continues to be one of the most popular sellers for street, cruisers, open road and sports riding. It is similar to that of a Nolan helmet with its sun shield that retracts, and a lever on the outside of the helmet to flip up the inner shield, all possible with gloves on. The helmet sits quite low on the head and has a chin bar that is simple to use with one hand. In terms of ventilation, the chin air vents allows air to flow through to the back where once again any warm, moist air is sucked out by the back vent. Fogging is subsequently reduced due to the smooth air flow from front to back.
The large eye port has improved the vision scope which is further complimented by a distortion free clear lens. Noise is reduced because of the high quality seal on the GM54S shield, and if you want, you can purchase the optional red brake light kit which comes with a red LED red light which has numerous flashing light possibilities.
- DOT standard approved
- Shell is thermo-plastic alloy
- GMAX D.E.V.S adjustable dual exhaust venting system on the top, side and rear – pulls hot air from mouth and head region maintaining a comfortable inner temperature
- Speakers built in for communication systems
- CoolMax comfort liner
- Removable and washable cheek pads moves moisture out and maintains long term comfort
- Built in sun visor
- Rating 4.5/5
- Anti-fogging function could be vastly improved on cold rides
- Part of helmet head space is used for battery for rear L.E.D light
- Small size helmet – be sure to test helmet size before buying it
The Shoei Neotec is the successor to the original Shoei Multi-tec helmet, which has been a staple modular helmet in the Shoei helmets lineup. Fortunately, Shoei have listened to their customers suggestions and criticisms of the Shoei Multi-tec and have set about incorporating as many improved features as possible in this newer version. The Neotec shape is more of a neutral intermediate oval, a bit taller and longer from front to back. The profile is less pronounced from previous models and more streamlined. It has a composite shell, with 3 different shell sizes. The improved ventilation is as a result of smarter placed and larger vents which feed into larger channels inside the helmet. The chin vent is a new style which flows a greater amount of air through front to back. The top vent, which is a larger style ram 3 position vent is adjustable and can scoop more air in and enhance the air flow throughout the helmet. The back exhaust venturi vacuum vent sucks out the moist warm air, making for a more comfortable ride. A really cool addition underneath the helmet and towards the back, if you lift up the lining, you will see a vent like opening. The air will flow in through the other vents, and will flow over the head and back to this vent which provides another exhaust mechanism.
The hinge is still stainless steel, and is an all-encompassing hinge. To explain further, a new smart design feature is that the new shield is using the same hinge as the chin bar. This one hinge feature results in a lighter and more evenly balanced helmet. The visor which now provides a greater view both up and down and left to right, is an anti-fog, anti scratch. This fundamentally means for better overall coverage. To further reduce noise, the Shoei Neotec has a neat lock to the front side of the visor which creates a better seal. Speaking of seals, there is another in the form of a double wall gasket all around the faceshield (framing the inside top and down along the bottom) which creates a great seal from the wind and bad weather.
- The internal comfort liner is a new 3D for fit and is completely removable. Neck roll has padding, and they snap in and out with the snaps removed from the forehead area to avoid pressure points.
- Removable chin curtain
- Cheek and ear pads are removable and washable
- Multi-density EPS – the shock absorbing component which sits between the shell and the comfort liner, disperses the energy and protects the head
- EPS now on the back of the chin bar – greater absorption and facial shock protection
- A pinlock visor system with the lens
- Uses a double pane construction to create an anti-fogging function.
- Let’s just say – this is one good helmet
- Rating 4.5 / 5
- The internal sun shield can fog up in the cold.
- One reviewer commented that their silver Neotec’s paint chipped easily
- Slightly heavier than anticipated
- DOT rating helmet
- Changes to the locking system – there is a 360 degree seal created around the pin which results in the chin bar locked into a firmer position. Noise is reduced, making for a much quieter ride
- Changes to the chin bar with the addition of a rib, to quiet down any turbulence at speed
- 3D shape of the comfort wicking liner which now is removable, unlike previous model
- High quality, deep in its coverage sun visor, easy mechanism to adjust on side exterior with gloves on
- Streamlined ridge on exterior sides rising up to ears also deflect air making more of a streamlined profile
- Inside the helmet, there is an edge allowance for eye wear
- The interior has a complete cutout for communications system behind a comfort panel. There is in fact a complete cutout for the speaker, which will fit in nicely without any speaker pressuring your ear
The original Schuberth C3 was the most quiet aerodynamic helmet until Schuberth released the new Schuberth C3 Pro Modular helmet. With regard to this new model, it is great to see so many motorcycle helmet design teams and manufactures taking into account their customer feedback. You will see this newer C3 comes with many modifications and improvements to make this one of the best modular on the market today.The new Schuberth C3 has changed its profile, has a new spoiler, and has a more aggressive style of venting system especially in the chin and top vent. As for noise – Schuberth have created a 82 decibel helmet, down 2 from the previous model. Fit and comfort have dramatically improved – the forehead space is much more comfortable due to a more comfortable interior liner and space. This includes the eliminating of seams, adding more padding and heat welding the materials so that they come together and are much more compact. The neck roll is no longer uncomfortable or too tight. Schuberth have taken the mounting points of the chin straps and moved them forward, so more clearance for anyone with a larger neck and a pronounced Adams apple. The removable chin curtain creates calm with the wind going under the helmet. The C3 pro has a secondary type of cheek pad which can be purchased separately.
It is a narrower cheek pad – so if you have a wider face or cheeks, you can now get this option for better fit. The profile of the helmet is different from the original as it now has an obvious spoiler in the front. Spoilers along the chin sides, adds to the downforce that this helmet has at high speed which now looks even cooler in the tuck, ¾ and upright position for touring, and sports riders. Made from a composite shell, strong fiber, fiber glass, a mix of resins and Kevlar, it is bag molded and a proprietary process exclusive to Schuberth. Further to the ventilation – a large spoiler at the top has changed in terms of look and functionality. It now flows 9 liters of air per second (versus predecessor at 7) into the helmet. This style change has resulted in a quieter helmet with the air being disrupted due to the inner design of the wing within the front spoiler. The result – it slows the air going into the helmet, making for one of the quietest helmets available. The chin vent has been tuned so it is more on the shield and off the face. The shield is quite similar to the Multi-tec but the way it interfaces with the rest of the helmet has altered. There is a new gasket inside the helmet all the way around the helmet where the shield meets the helmet itself. This creates a better seal from both the air and the weather. There are turbulators at the top of the helmet which break up the air, so that the helmet does not need to work so hard to cut up the air. The helmet comes pin lock ready, so physics keeps the helmet fog free as opposed to coating which may wear off over time. A single hand operation easily moves the chin bar up with a spring loaded latch, easy to do with gloves. All in all, the Schuberth C3 is a premium modular helmet.
- The air flowing through the vents is channeled through the helmet and down to the base of the head where exhausts expel the air, making for a more comfortable ride
- The interior is the latest version of Coolmax (Thermacool) around the band of the head- it stays cool to the touch. When you ride through warmer temperatures, this material feature will help keep the crown of your head cool and compliment the excellent air flow
- The Anti Roll Off System (AROS) is a safety feature exclusively developed by Schuberth. This prevents the helmet from rolling off the head when the chin strap is closed and correctly fitted
- EasyChange visor mechanism – can change the visor very quickly by hand – no need for tools
- Rating 4.5 / 5
- It’s a Schuberth – so you know it is not going to be cheap. In fact, it is one of the most expensive modular helmets available
- DOT rating and ECE certified
- Polycarbonate drop visor shield maintaining the highest optical clarity standard in the world, operated by a switch under the side of the helmet
- Cut out for eye glasses inside the helmet
- The underneath of the helmet shows the attention placed on eliminating excess air and noise
- There is a 60% mesh increase to the padding at the rear of the helmet. This padding has a surface material which prevents it from slipping off a bike if you place it in a resting position on your bike seat. It has a grip-type fabric which is a very practical and a smart feature
The HJC RPHA MAX Modular is one of the lightest modular helmets HJC have produced. Revolutionary Performance Helmet Advantage (RPHA) are the new style of premium helmets coming out from HJC. A premium feature includes the composition of materials making up the shell which comes in 3 sizes. The highest quality carbon fiber, fiberglass epoxy, organic fibers and aramid epoxy have been combined together to create the Premium Integrated Matrix (PIM) which makes this helmet super light and one of a kind. The shell shape is neutral to intermediate – with more space on the sides. It is an extremely functional helmet with great ventilation coming through the adjustable vents- chin, chimney and passive back diffusers. The aggressive sporty physical profile lends itself to the aerodynamic design which goes through to the back spoilers which support the venturi affect – cool air sucked in through the front and warm moist humid air sucked out the back vents. There is a 2 stage spring loaded sunshield is operated by a lever at the top- and is glove friendly.
There is one single button to release the chin bar and face shield with a RapidFire II shield replacement system which can be removed without tools and with ease. Most of the levers, and mechanisms on the HJC RPHA MAX Modular are all easy to operate with a glove. For a middle to top end modular helmet, this comes highly recommended.
- One of the lightest modular helmets available for mid-range price
- 3 sizes of shell
- Integrated sunshield easily operated from top of helmet
- HJ-25 shield – fog resistant – includes Clear Pinlock insert
- Advanced ventilation channeling system – excellent air flow
- Centre shield lock – reduces shield flexibility
- Cool4ever interior
- Removable chin curtain, chin curtain extender and breath guard
- Rating 4.2 / 5
- More wind noise than expected
- Slight water issue in the wet – specifically at higher speed
- Sun visor – not that effective in minimizing glare
The Nolan N104 EVO modular helmet is a a step up from the Nolan 104 with new features incorporated to make it perform better in all conditions. The ventilation system has Airbooster technology which has resulted in extremely good airflow from the front through to and out the back. This ensures the inside temperature is always at the optimum level for rider comfort. The front section of the helmets’ profile has been reduced by the elliptical trajectory movement of the chin guard – so when the chin guard is open, the helmets profile sits low. The ultra-wide face shield provides the rider with the best visibility possible and is easily operated by a single push button. There is also a Vision Protection System – slider bar to lower and release the scratch and fog resistant sun shield. This helmet comes ready for a N-COM B4 Communications system with ample space inside for speakers. With regard to the inside, the neck roll provides extra comfort and the re-designed interior lining makes for a quieter ride. The Nolan N104 EVO modular helmet is not the lightest, but is a super comfortable and functional helmet.
- Well designed and improved helmet with Nolan’s best technical and design features included
- AirBooster ventilation system – great internal conditions no matter exterior temperature
- Pinlock shield
- Two Shell engineering allows for 2XS and 3XL sizes
- Injected polycarbonate Lexan shell
- Rating 4.7 / 5
- Sun visor – could be designed better to go down further on the face
- Need to lift the chin bar up to take the helmet off
The AFX FX-140 Modular is the helmet that has evolved from the FX-28 and continues to be an extremely popular staple helmet. With a neutral to oval shape, and is one of the few helmets that has a chin bar that, when released, can be taken all the way and over the top and to the back of the helmet. This means extra versatility to ride with an open face, and the internal sunshade visor can be lowered for sufficient cover. The downside is that with the chin bar pushed all the way to the back, after a longer ride, this will cause some drag and put pressure on the neck. The ventilation is good at the chin, front and 2 at the top chimneys and 1 main venturi vent which will pull cool air in to the front of the helmet and suck out warm humid air out the back. The eye ports are super large, providing more vision than a rider could possible need. The polycarbonate shield is well sealed and, along with the well padded interior lining, reduces overall noise. The inner cheek pads and head liner is made from a wicking material, fully removable and washable (except for the neck roll). There is good space to include speakers in the ear cavities. The AFX FX-140 Modular performs well for the money and is a good entry level modular helmet.
- Very affordable price point for a quality Modular helmet
- Retention system is quick release
- Flush-fit optically correct face shield – compound curve, scratch and UV resistant
- DOT and ECE rated helmet
- Flip down inner sun shade (smoke color)
- Rating 4.1 / 5
- On the heavier side
- The lower price point means that the EPS is not multi-density and the inner layers do not have as high a ECE rating as other modulars
- A lot of drag created if the helmet is positioned with the chin bar pushed to the back in open face style – creates neck pressure after a while
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