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Buyers Guide - MX Helmets

Motorcycle Helmets for Dirt Bikes, Street Bikes and Adventure Motorcycles

The helmet is arguably the most important piece of gear that any motorcyclist owns. It plays a vital role in protecting the rider from impact or abrasion to the head in the event of a crash. Perhaps because it is so important, numerous types and styles of helmets have become available to meet the needs and preferences of a variety of riders. This page is the perfect starting point to find the right helmet for you.

We want your shopping experience to be as simple as possible. That’s why we’ve split our helmets into categories based on the type of motorcycle you ride: dirt bike, street bike and adventure motorcycle. All you have to do is pick a style that you like, and you’re ready to go. The product description of any particular helmet can fill you in on the finer details, and the customer reviews can give you real insight directly from other riders.

Types of Helmets

There are several types of helmets. Full face helmets provide the most protection, while open face and half helmets leave your face exposed. Safety is the primary advantage of full face helmets, while freedom and the open air are the primary draws of open face and half helmets. Modular helmets are also available. These appear like full face helmets and feature a chin bar and face shield, but they can convert to open face helmets when you are not riding – the chin bar flips up. Most modular helmets are not designed to be used in the open-face position while you are riding.

Off-road helmets borrow concepts from the full face helmet, but the design is modified for the needs of dirt bike riders. Goggles are designed to be used instead of a built-in face shield, helping to improve visibility in dusty environments. A long visor is included on top. The chin bar is long and pointed. This improves airflow, allowing the rider to exert more energy while riding without running out of breath. Adventure or dual sport helmets feature a hybrid concept, preserving the built-in face shield of traditional full face helmets while including the visor and pointed chin bar of off-road helmets. They’re a fantastic option if you think that your riding will take you anywhere from highways to forest roads.


In the simplest terms, motorcycle helmets are built with a durable outer shell (made out of materials like fiberglass or carbon fiber) and an inner layer of EPS foam which cradles the skull. In an impact, the outer shell protects the rider’s head from abrasion and punctures, while the inner shell cushions the head against the impact. As a result, some accidents can occur that leave the helmet looking perfectly fine even though the inner foam has been compromised from the impact. Because of this, you should not continue to use any helmet which has been in an accident. If you want to maintain impact protection, you need to get a new helmet.

Safety Certifications

One thing that you will notice as you research helmets is the safety certifications you will find. The DOT standard is the most common in the United States. DOT stands for Department of Transportation, and in order for a helmet to be street legal, it must meet the DOT standards. As such, you should never purchase a street bike helmet that doesn’t meet DOT standards. (Don’t worry – all of ours do.) Off-road helmets don’t always need to meet DOT standards because they don’t need to be street legal (unless you have a dual sport adventure bike).

The Snell safety certification is enforced by a private, non-profit organization. The two standards are not the same, though the Snell standard is generally accepted as being more rigorous on most of its testing requirements. Nearly all Snell-approved helmets also meet DOT requirements. A third safety certification is ECE. This is a European standard and is widely recognized internationally. It uses a relatively rigorous testing procedure and is regularly reviewed and updated.


A safety certification is one thing to watch out for when you are shopping for a new motorcycle helmet, but that’s only one piece of the puzzle. Your helmet also needs to fit well. An improperly fitted helmet will not protect you in the way it is designed to do. Because of this, proper fitment is essential. We have fitment details on all of our helmet product descriptions to ensure that you’re able to get the right fit for that specific helmet. If by chance you order a helmet that doesn’t fit quite right, please take advantage of our fit guarantee. It allows you to exchange your helmet for the right size – and on the first exchange, there is absolutely no cost for you (not even shipping). It’s important that you take safety seriously and get a helmet that fits correctly.

Keep in mind that a new helmet will generally fit a little tight when you first put it on. Through the normal course of wear, the material will loosen. If you get a new helmet that doesn’t fit tightly, after a few months, it might be too loose. If your helmet feels a little snug when you first get it, don’t worry – it’s intentional.

Other Considerations

Although safety should be your primary concern with any helmet, there are a number of additional features that might persuade you toward one helmet or another. For example, some helmets feature fog-resistant face shields. This can be important if you ride in cold weather. If you ride in warm weather, you might want to look for extra vents in the helmet for increased airflow. Removable liners can make cleaning your helmet easier. Remember, you’re going to be spending a lot of time with your head inside of your helmet. A little comfort and convenience can make a huge difference in how you feel about your helmet six months down the road.

If you’re ready for a new helmet, you can’t go wrong with Rocky Mountain ATV/MC. We’ve got a selection of many brands, designs and colors. Check out our options today and pick out your next helmet now.

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  • Fox Racing Youth V1 Halyn Helmet

    Fox Racing Youth V1 Halyn Helmet

    jacob in PA

    Peewee gold

    Got for my 4 yr old size large great value for sale price, seems to fit good but is snug. She loves it and insists it's comfortable. I measured 21" around head. This is a really nice helmate.

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  • Fox Racing V1 Matte Helmet

    Fox Racing V1 Matte Helmet

    Courtney in CO

    I like it!

    I like the V1 helmet! I’m just starting out and I’ve seen reviews that mention it being on the heavier side but I don’t notice it. The magnetic visor is a cool concept. I think it’s pretty well-ventilated. Not the most luxurious helmet out there but it gets the job done and I think it’s a good price for the value. Its pretty comfortable and I am super happy with my purchase.

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  • Scorpion EXO-AT950 Cold Weather Helmet

    Scorpion EXO-AT950 Cold Weather Helmet

    Jason in TN

    It surpassed my expectations

    I.was not expecting much at this price point. However, it fits my intermediate oval head perfect. The yellow internal sunshade is great for visibility without adding unnecessary darkness. I have also replaced the clear visor with a tinted one. Field of view is great as well. While using both visors I feel the yellow actually adds to the visual clarity. I do not believe it is polarized and I have not checked it for such. The breath box is a nice touch but I removed it for the summer. Being sold as a winter helmet. I was afraid this helmet was going to be hot but even with the lack of multiple vents I have been very comfortable in 80 degree weather on my DRZ without a windscreen. The.chin vent is very effective. The peak grabs the wind minimally but is noticeable at speed. The wind noise is low and I can easily hear my ear buds. The build quality surpasses an expensive carbon fiber helmet I own. The latches are solid. I am in agreement with Ryan at F9 and others who say this helmet is a great buy at this price and could compete with other more expensive helmets. The fact it's a flip face is icing on the.cake.

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  • Bell Moto-9 Carbon Flex Helmet 2018

    Bell Moto-9 Carbon Flex Helmet 2018

    Bryan in TX

    Amazing, fabulous and wonderful.

    The product is phenomenal. Especially considering the price at closeout; I would absolutely recommend the product and the use of Rocky mountain ATV. The helmet fits true to size. Cheers!

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  • Bell Moto-9 Carbon Flex Monster Showtime Replica Helmet

    Bell Moto-9 Carbon Flex Monster Showtime Replica Helmet

    Hannah in OH

    Great helmet!

    Bought for my 7-year old. Great fit, very comfortable, very light weight!

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  • Bell MX-9 w/MIPS Helmet

    Bell MX-9 w/MIPS Helmet


    Great Value

    Great helmet with good looks and solid safety features for the price. I have a large head so I went with the XXL and it's a bit tight but not uncomfortably so. It's a bit heavy but not noticable while riding.

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