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Adventure / Dual Sport Helmet Buyers Guide

Adventure Motorcycle Helmets

Adventure motorcycle helmets are designed to fit the needs of extensive dirt and street riding – sort of like adventure bikes themselves. That’s why you’ll see features like the visor and extended chin bar combined with a face shield. This style has been around long enough that the design has been refined and adventure helmets are now more comfortable than ever. If you find that sometimes you stray off the road into dirt paths, you might want to consider making one your next helmet.

Naturally, safety is always most important. The helmets we carry all incorporate modern helmet safety technology. These helmets meet (or exceed) DOT standards, and some of them are also Snell approved. Of course, an important part of safety is fitment. Make sure the helmet fits. If it’s too big, it may not stay attached during a crash, or it may shift and limit your vision while you’re riding. If it doesn’t fit just right, please take advantage of our fitment guarantee.

So why should you consider an adventure helmet over a regular helmet? Airflow is a big reason. Adventure motorcycle helmets utilize enhanced ventilation features. All you have to do is open the vents when you’re riding, and the speed will help keep you cool and get rid of sweat. However, that’s not all. Many adventure helmets also allow increased airflow, making it easier to breathe. Off-road riding is typically more strenuous than street riding, so this is an important feature if you ever ride on dirt.

Another nice feature that comes on many adventure helmets is the visor. This can help shield your eyes from the sun. Traditional dirt bike visors catch air and make for an uncomfortable ride, but the visors on adventure helmets often include vents to reduce this problem. Make sure to read the product description and customer reviews to get informed if you’re interested in a particular helmet.

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  • AFX FX-41 Dual Sport Motorcycle Helmet

    AFX FX-41 Dual Sport Motorcycle Helmet

    RON in AZ

    Good Looking Helmet

    I really like this helmet it fits perfect and feels a lot lighter than my old one, my neck muscles are relived.

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  • HJC DS-X1 Helmet

    HJC DS-X1 Helmet

    Dave in CO

    Eyeglass Friendly

    I am very impressed with this helmet. I especially love how it fits with my eyeglasses. I’ve even worn sunglasses OVER my eyeglasses and still fits great

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  • AFX FX-39 Dual Sport Motorcycle Helmet

    AFX FX-39 Dual Sport Motorcycle Helmet

    Paul in NM

    Good buy

    Great helmet, dual propose and comfortable.

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  • Scorpion EXO-AT950 NeoCon Helmet

    Scorpion EXO-AT950 NeoCon Helmet

    walter in FL

    Love it but you may want to order up on size.

    Love this helmet. You may want to order a size or two larger. I have a big head and when I went off of the sizing chart it said I needed a Large. Against my better judgment I ordered the large. Upon arrival I could barely get it on and it was way too tight. I contacted Rocky Mountain, they arranged for a pickup return and I reordered a XXL and it fit perfect. Great helmet. Easy return policy too.

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  • Arai XD4 Motorcycle Helmet

    Arai XD4 Motorcycle Helmet

    Todd in CO

    Arai XD4

    Sizing chart was good - had to remove 5mm cheek pads until helmet packs out a bit which is a nice feature (tightening up fit at later date). Love the face shield flexibility in that you can crack it in cold weather (stay warm yet not fog), ride wide open with sun glasses on and be able to drop the shield quickly when landscape holds flying insects. Just overall highly acclaimed and tested helmet so worthy of cost. All my friends take note of it and say it's one they'd like to have

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  • Suomy MX Tourer Helmet

    Suomy MX Tourer Helmet

    Michael in NC

    Not that big of improvement over my street helmet

    Let me first preface this review with the fact that this is my first adventure/dual-sport helmet, so this is somewhat of a review on ADV helmets in general. Nothing was wrong with my street helmet but I read about how the adventure helmets were supposed to offer a wider field of view, allow you to use goggles, be more lightweight, have a sun visor, etc. Well, after wearing this for about a month and at least 600 miles, I'm not impressed. Sure it's a little lighter, that's why I got this one. But the visor catches the wind something fierce at highway speeds. My neck was sore after riding for a while. On long rides I have to take off the visor, which is time consuming because you have to use a little tool and remove 4 screws. Another problem with using an ADV helmet in general is that when you turn your head sideways at highway speeds it catches the wind more than a street helmet. And the shield is not as round so it's not quite as optically perfect. Also there are not very many choices for aftermarket shields with this helmet. I removed the shield and tried to use some goggles I bought and they barely fit in there, squished my nose so much I couldn't breath out my nose. When removing the shield on this helmet, I noticed the pivot corners were already gouging into the helmet and removed paint and left nasty scratch marks on the shield. This is hidden from view but it seems like a defect. The built-in shades work okay but it's hard getting used to because the lower side of the lens is always in view, unlike the smoke lens I put on my street helmet.

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