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Best Dirt Bike Helmets 2019 – The Ultimate Guide

Throughout my motocross career, I’ve used many different kind of dirt bike helmets. Buying a new motocross helmet is one of those things you will do on a fairly regular basis.  There are many reasons for buying a new helmet. Maybe your current lid has suffered a big impact. Replacing a motocross bike often leads to buying new kit. Perhaps you are taking your first steps into motocross riding?

Best Dirt Bike Helmet Brands 2019

 HelmetBrand
Best dirt bike helmets - Fox Racing V3 MotifFox Racing V3 Dirt bike helmets 2019FOX Racing
Bell moto-9 carbon flex 2019Bell Moto-9 Carbon FlexBell
Shoei VFX-W 2019 Shoei
Best dirt bike helmets 2019 TLD SE4 Carbon 2019Troy Lee SE4 Factory Carbon 2019Troy Lee
6D ATR 1_Blade - Best dirt bike helmets 20196D Helmets ATR-16D Helmets
71mA7P4+WzL._SL1200_Arai VX-Pro 4Arai

Whatever your motivation, choosing the right helmet is one of the most important decisions you will make. Your helmet will need to keep you safe. It will need to be comfortable and light. Let’s be honest, it will also need to look amazing!

When I started riding I was just 4-years-old. One of my first dirt bike helmets was an Arai. It was an old school design, with removable chin guard. This allowed you to ride “open-faced” if you wanted to. This reduced weight and increased airflow. Of course, it was far more dangerous to ride without the chin guard. It wasn’t long before my face was covered in cuts and bruises!

Thankfully things have come on quite a way since those days. In Motocross, a removable chin guard is pretty much unheard of nowadays. Advances in technology have seen a flurry of new materials, composites and safety features.

The choice of motocross helmets is bigger than ever before. The variety of trademarked designs for airflow, impact absorption and visor clip systems, has increased. Each manufacturer has their own take on how to make motocross helmets safer, lighter and easier to ride in. When shopping for the right helmet, things can get really confusing

In this review, we are looking at the Best Dirt Bike Helmets available today. I have researched and considered a wide range of products. I have taken into account safety, comfort and key design features. That has left me with a list of top 5 Motocross helmetsfor you to consider. I have also added a bonus choice at the end of the reviews.

I hope this helps you to cut through the confusion and that you find the best off road helmet for you!

TOP 5 Best Dirt Bike Helmets – Ultimate Guide

1. Fox Racing V3. (Kila, Motif, Baz, Matte Carbon) Best Dirt bike helmets

Best dirt bike helmets - Fox Racing V3 MotifFox has been producing quality motocross gear since 1974. They have over 40 years of experience in designing great products. Ken Roczen and Ryan Dungey are just two world-class motocross riders who put their trust in Fox gear. As one of the brands that have invested heavily in their marketing and brand image, Fox dirt bike helmets look as incredible as they perform. The current range has 4 design options.

With the V3 helmet series, you get a premium quality helmet. Fox has achieved the perfect balance of lightweight materials and high spec V value for money. The V3 is loaded with features, which is why we have referred to it as best dirt bike helmet for the money in previous articles.

What makes Fox motocross helmets stand out?

Fox Helmets Main technologies:

One of the really notable things about Fox V3 motocross helmets is their Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (MIPS)

Many manufacturers of cheaper motocross helmets test impact resistance with a vertical force only. This will replicate what happens to a helmet when it is dropped straight down onto the ground. The issue here is, when you have an unplanned dismount, rarely do you fall straight down head first. This makes vertical testing redundant for a motocross helmet. At very least, it makes vertical testing a low priority.

In a real-life crash, a rider will make contact with the ground at an angle. A motocross crash will often result in the rider’s helmet twisting on a sideways plane. It is this sideways force that can lead to a serious concussion or worse.

MIPSis a scientifically developed system fitted to each V3 helmet. Think of it as a kind of shock absorber designed to counteract sideways force. It does this by absorbing rotational energy. With sideways force soaked up, there is less head movement. This equates to less disruption of the fluid surrounding the brain and reduced chances of concussion.

Another great safety feature is the magnetic visor release system. Most visors are fitted to a helmet with screws. Slam the helmet into the ground visor first and you create a rapid twist motion. The result for a rider can be pretty nasty whiplash injury. Fox has developed a visor system that is robust enough to perform when you are shiny side up but will detach easily with any kind of impact.

This drastically reduces the chances of the helmet “grabbing” the ground on impact. It is features like these that made the V3 one of the safest dirt bike helmets in previous tests.

Fox V3 Description and product details

• MVRS Magnetic Visor Release System
• New specific medium shell size for improved scaling and fit
• 4 shell and 4 EPS sizes for a precise fit
• Reduced weight over the previous generation V3 dirt bike helmets
• Muti-Directional Impact Protection System®
• Multiple-composite technology construction
• DriLex® comfort liner & cheek pads
• 14 intake and 4 exhaust vents for optimum airflow
• Certification – Exceeds ECE22.05 and DOT certifications

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See the Fox V3 2018 Dirt Bike helmet review here: Fox V3 2018 helmet review

2. Bell Moto-9 Carboflex. Best Dirt Bike Helmets

Bell moto-9 carbon flex 2019Bell is a name synonymous with motorcycling. A trusted brand since 1954, they have produced a real contender for the best dirt bike helmets available today. Bell’s Moto-9 Carboflex is a carbon composite, lightweight lid, with a whole host of benefits. Many of the outstanding features are centred around their unique interior layer design.

With the Moto-9, Bell set a goal of creating a dirt bike helmet with a longer life span. High-quality materials, unique design features and attention to detail, place this helmet firmly amongst the industry leaders.  From beginner to a pro rider, the Bell helmet inspires confidence and provides high levels of comfort.

One of the secrets of Bell’s success is the highly technical interior lining system. With the Moto-9 Flex dirt bike helmets, Bell has approached the issues of sideways force and impact absorption with their own technology.  A first-of-its-kind, three-layer impact liner utilizes 3 densities of material. This hi-tech approach comprehensively disperses impact energy and works to reduce rotational energy transfer. The three-layer system is designed to cope with low, medium and high impacts, each in their own specific way.

The added benefits of this system are a more personalised fit due to the flexibility of the lining system and increased airflow.  When I tested the Moto-9, I found it to be a really clever design and one of the most comfortable dirt bike helmets I’ve ever worn.

Whilst many cheaper manufacturers focus just on impact itself, Bell has gone one step further. In the event of a spill, safe helmet removal is one of the main challenges faced by marshals and medical staff. A neat magnetic clip in system ensures the safe removal of the Bell Moto-9 with the minimum of head movement.

Bell helmets – Main technologies

Progressive layering

A revolutionary three-core progressive layering system for absorbing kinetic energy at three different speed levels: low, mid and high-speed impacts are all dealt with by their own layer within the helmet.

Adaptive fit

The Moto-9 features segmented construction, automatically conforming to the riders head for a better fit and more predictable energy management.

Rotational energy management

A “Slip zone” within the impact liner allows for subtle movement between the inner layers and works to lessen rotational energy from angular impacts.

Ventilation

With the new segmented and flexible liner in the Moto-9 Flex, Bell dirt bike & ATV helmets were able to improve upon the already effective Velocity Flow Ventilation system to provide unparalleled airflow within the helmet.

Here are some things I really liked about the helmet when I was tested it:

  • It fits perfectly

It feels like the helmet has been specifically made just for my head shape, the new lining also does an excellent job of supporting my head and neck. This makes the riding experience far more comfortable. Buy this helmet from Rocky Mountain and you get the extra comfort of a size guarantee. If the ordered helmet does not fit, you can exchange it for free!

  • Easy to wash lining

The harder you ride the hotter you get. The inside of a helmet can become a very sweaty place. The Bell’s magnetic cheek pad system takes far less effort when removing, washing and replacing cheek pads.

  • Excellent ventilation

The highly impressive cooling system sends a flow of air onto the chin and forehead. This effective intake system coupled with well designed rear vents maintains fantastic airflow at all speeds.

  • The helmet weighs 3.4 pounds.

While not the lightest helmet on the market, it definitely isn’t the heaviest either. Its safety features and ventilation system inevitably add to its overall weight. As somebody who has a vast experience of dirt bike helmets, I can say with confidence that the Bell Moto-9 carboflex falls in the class of lightweight dirt bike helmets.

I firmly believe that the Moto-9 Flex dirt bike helmets will set a new benchmark in the dirt bike helmet industry. Bell claims that the Moto-9 is the best off road helmet that they have ever made. It has certainly won a place amongst our Best Dirt Bike Helmets available.

 Bell Moto-9 Carboflex description and product details

• 3K Carbon Shell
• Flex Energy Management interior liner
• Fully adjustable Flying Bridge Visor™ with air intake vents
• Industry-Leading Five-Year Warranty
• Integrated Vented Roost Guard
• Lightweight Carbon Composite shell construction
• Magnefusion Emergency Release System (MERS)
• Magnefusion Magnetic Strap Keeper
• Magnefusion™ Removable Magnetic Cheekpads
• Padded Chin-Strap with D-Ring Closure
• Padded, Lined Helmet Bag Included
• Velocity Flow Ventilation™ system for maximum cooling
• X-Static® and XT-2® Padding

Weight 1450
Certification DOT. ECE Snell M2015

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3. Shoei VFX-W – EVO.  Best Dirt Bike Helmet

Best dirt bike helmets 2019 vfx-evo_white

No ultimate guide of best off road helmets would be complete without Shoei.


One of the Best Dirt Bike Helmet Brands, Shoei is a company famous for its uncompromising safety standards. Their world-class motocross helmets are amongst the lightest on the market.


Creating lightweight, industry-leading helmets, is not possible without using the very best materials available. Shoei’s Premium class helmets utilise their very own
AIM technology.  If you are willing to pay slightly more, then this could be the helmet for you.

Shoei Dirt Bike Helmets – Main technology achievements

The latest evolution of Shoei’s leading helmet may have taken a while to arrive, but the development of world-class technologies takes time.  Completely reimagined and re-engineered without sacrificing an ounce of the quality and performance, these are some of the new features that have kept Shoei at the front of the race.

Safety


Few characteristics of a motocross helmet are as critical as its first-layer of defence. This is precisely why the all-new VFX-EVO features the SHOEI-exclusive Multi-Ply Matrix AIM+Shell construction. Combine this with the proprietary, SHOEI-exclusive Motion Energy Distribution System [M.E.D.S.], and the all-new VFX-EVO sets a new standard for safety and performance.

Shoei’s proprietary AIM+ is a technology which combines fibreglass with organic fibres. This composite produces a helmet so hard, it can only be cut with a laser.

Every Shoei helmet is designed to absorb and distribute the force of an impact in a safe and efficient way. The brief for the VFX range was to make a helmet that combined strength, with the minimum amount of weight possible.

The all-new EVO uses the MEDS system. MEDS enhances and increases the performance of the helmet in the event of an impact.

Emergency Quick-Release System (EQRS).


This safety feature is one of my favourite things about this helmet. When you crash, you sometimes crash hard.  You may require immediate track side medical attention and your helmet has to be removed. Helmet removal is a tricky process, especially with the possibility of a serious neck or head injury. Too much head movement or jolting can make injuries even worse.

Shoei dirt bike helmets have a really cool system (EQRS), that lets you remove the cheek pads as well as the lining really easily. This means that the helmet can be quickly and safely removed and you can be attended to right away. This simple feature could minimise the result of a neck or back injury. It might even end up saving your life.


Ventilation System.


Shoei is renowned for high-performance ventilation systems. With the VFX-W, there are several well placed ventilation channels inside the helmet that bring in streams of airflow. These channels are part of a system which works with the dual-density EPS liner. (The EPS inner liner features air channels for efficient cooling). This complex network of venting channels is fed by the front vents. Air then passes through the helmet and exits via the rear venting system.

Shoei’s 3D Max-Dryworks with the air flow to pull sweat away from the head and face 2X faster than conventional nylon.


Large Eye port:


When you are riding flat out in the dirt, things can change quickly. With mud, spray dust and other riders all vying for the space in front of you, it can get quite hectic! In these situations, or even when riding the dirt with friends, clear vision is a distinct advantage. Shoei has ticked that box with the new design EVO range. Their large eye port design;

  • Provides a massive peripheral field of vision
  • Facilitates oversized goggles

More awesome things about this helmet

Shoei is so confident in its dirt bike helmets, they provide an extraordinarily long guarantee.

You can opt for a 7-year guarantee that starts on the date the helmet was manufactured or a 5-year guarantee starting from the moment you bought your helmet. That level of confidence in the product is very cool! I have known many riders who swear by Shoei helmets. Once they have worn Shoei, many have stayed with them throughout their careers. I cannot think of a single example where the guarantee has been used.

The Shoei is a badass looking helmet.

Shoei set the benchmark with the Josh Grant model in 2018. The VFX-W EVO range is now 17 strong, with a whole host of variations and colour schemes.

I really like how this thing fits on my head.

Shoei has managed to design their dirt bike helmets in a way that allows for a lot of natural variation in head shape. Finding a helmet that fits, can be a challenge for me. The Shoei is one of the few helmets that fits beautifully, straight out of the box. I would recommend trying it to anyone, irrespective of your head size or shape. Sure, the Shoei is one of the more expensive choices. When it comes down to it though, what sacrifices are you willing to make when it comes to riding in comfort and safety?

Shoei VFX- EVO Product details and description

Motion Energy Distribution System [M.E.D.S.]

A strategically engineered system to reduce rotational acceleration energy to the head in the event of an accident. This feature places Shoei right up with it’s fiercest competitors when it comes to impact management.

SHELL DESIGN + AERODYNAMICS

  • Exclusive, state-of-the-art shell forming technology
  • Incorporates the aerodynamic advantages of a spoiler into the shell
  • Consistent shell thickness guarantees proper strength and weight
  • Shell-integrated goggle channel forms a perfect goggle retention system

V-470 VISOR

  • Fine-tuned by SHOEI’s professional motocross and off-road racing team
  • Specially designed for a seamless connection with the shell
  • Provides superior roost protection and channels cooling air into the helmet
  • Utilizes the highest point of adjustment as its standard “home” position
  • New flange mechanism to easily find the home position and prevent unexpected movement
  • High-grade polycarbonate screws will shear off on impact, reducing forces to the rider’s head

ADVANCED MOUTHPIECE

  • Equal parts style, functionality and safety
  • Wind tunnel-refined for optimal cooling
  • Reinforced by a strategically-placed strip of AIM+ shell material
  • Aluminium mesh screen & washable foam filter prevents ingress of roost, rocks, mud, and dust

VENTILATION PERFORMANCE

  • Boasting sixteen (16) intake and exhaust vents in total
  • Wind-tunnel-tested for optimal vent port shapes, sizes and locations
  • Improved negative air pressure suction for enhanced cool-air intake and hot-air expulsion
  • Cooling air channels in the dual-layer EPS liner further enhance airflow
  • Optimized to excel in the demanding confines of off-road and motocross environments

EMERGENCY QUICK RELEASE SYSTEM [E.Q.R.S.]

  • Allows emergency medical personnel to easily and safely remove the cheek pads from an injured rider’s helmet
  • The helmet can be gently removed from an injured rider’s head with the minimal load placed on his/her neck

3D MAX-DRY INTERIOR SYSTEM

  • Fully removable, washable, replaceable, and adjustable
  • Max-Dry liner material absorbs and dissipates sweat 2X faster than traditional nylon interiors
  • Soft yet durable lower cheek pad fabric for a plush fit and feel
  • Multi-layer cheek pads for maximum comfort and superior helmet stabilization
  • Three-dimensionally shaped to match the contours of a rider’s head

The Shoei VFX-EVO is easily one of the ones to beat when it comes to the Best dirt bike helmets ultimate guide

Read more about Shoei helmets from 2019 TOP tier helmet VFX EVO!

See which dirt bike features are the most important from here: How To Buy a Dirt Bike Helmet in 2019?

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4. Troy Lee SE4 Factory Carbon – Best Motocross Helmet

Best dirt bike helmet 2019 TLD SE4 Carbon 2019

Troy Lee Davis is an artist, designer and Motocross rider. Innovative design is in his DNA. He first started designing custom helmets way back in the ’60s. Troy Lees designs have continued to refine and perfect their helmet technology

The SE3, was for a long time, their flagship helmet. Back in 2016 Troy Lee’s designers went back to the drawing board. Making use of new materials, they rebuilt this helmet from the ground up. The result was the truly astonishing SE4 Factory Carbon.

Troy Lee is focussed on producing the safest products possible. With premium motocross helmet manufacturers investing so much into impact technologies, Troy Lee was always going to stay in contention. The SE4 is a Premium class full face helmet. The external shell is made from carbon kevlar which makes it both light and durable. And it really is extremely light. The SE4 comes close to the 3-pound mark (depending on the size). It is the lightest helmet that TLD has ever made.

One of the features I really like about the SE4 is the oversized voids for the rider’s ears. This is one of the first things you notice when trying one on.  This increased space not only enhances your hearing when riding but also contributes to the lightweight feel of the helmet. The ability to hear more when riding is a great safety feature. Greater awareness of what is going on around you can help you react quicker than you would.

The makeover also saw the SE4 blessed with a brand new ventilation system. By completely rethinking the placements for the air intakes and internal venting, the SE4 performs way over and above its predecessor. Major changes were made in the chin guard and forehead venting. Now the air is driven straight to the area around your goggles. This helps in drying any sweat that could potentially start dripping into your eyes. On the back of the helmet, there are several vents that pump out moist and hot air, all resulting in a helmet that breathes perfectly.

TLD SE4 Main technology features


MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System)


As with the FOX helmet (above), TDL’s MIPS technology is put into the Carbon and Kevlar composite shell.  At  2.9 pounds / 1.3 kg, the shell is extremely light for its class.
The idea of the MIPS technology is to deflect energy from different angled impacts, ensuring protection from side impacts AND from rotational energy. The lightness of the MIP system makes riding a joy while maintaining superior protection.


Three-layer EPS liner


Inside the helmet, the EPS liner is designed to handle low, mid and high-speed impacts. On top of that, it keeps you from straining your neck and eliminates pressure points, preventing pain or discomfort. The TLD SE4 boasts an impressive 21 ventilation ports. It is no wonder it is one of the coolest performing motocross helmets on the market.


Anatomical cheek pads with an emergency release system

This is the same system as Shoei’s (above). As we mentioned in the review of Shoei’s helmet, this reduces the risk of further injury in the event of a bad crash. It’s easy to release system will free your head from the helmet with the minimum of movement.


Simple removal of interior padding


After a heavy weekend riding, you want your helmet to be easy to dismantle and wash. The TLD comes with a comfort liner composed of CoolMax and Dri-Lex moisture wicking materials. I’ve tested this helmet thoroughly on its launch and I have to say that it really does absorb sweat well. The ability to clean padding and reassemble a helmet quickly is not to be underrated. The SE4 does not disappoint.

In conclusion

World class motocross riders like Cole Seely have said that riding in such a safe helmet gives you confidence. There is no doubt that when you are confident and relaxed, you can ride your bike to its fullest potential. I have to agree on this one. When you wear one of the safest helmets on the market and you trust the technology put into it, you seem to be able to access extra horsepower! That is never a bad thing.

TLD has the aesthetic design of their helmets totally nailed. Troy’s artistic skills flow through his products. The SE4 Factory is another great example of that. A range of stunning colours and designs really grab the eye. When it comes to good looks, these helmets will be at the front of the pack for years to come. Buying the Troy Lee SE4 dirt bike helmet is most definitely one of the best choices you can make.  If you are looking for a Premium class motocross or off-road helmet, you are not going to go far wrong with the TLD SE4.


Troy Lee Davis SE4 Product Details and Features

  • MIPS brain protection system reduces rotational forces to the brain
  • 13% more force absorption than their closest competitor in the frontal headband area
  • 8% EPS increase to the top and rear parietal zones
  • Anatomical “3D” contoured cheek pads with emergency release system for EMS responders
  • Technologically advanced Carbon/Kevlar composite shell construction
  • Three separate EPS inserts with varying low and high-speed impact-specific densities
  • Expanded polypropylene, or EPP, chin bar liner for multi-impact performance
  • Removable snap-in, washable Comfort Liner with Cool Max and Dri-lex moisture wicking materials
  • AS/DOT/Snell model 1325 grams/ 2.9lbs (+-50grams) ECE model 1100 grams/2.4 lbs (+-50grams)
  • Comes with two matched visors, an additional set of visor hardware and a plush TLD SE4 helmet bag
  • Brow cover design channels air behind goggles directly to cool the forehead.
  • 6 top intakes feed 10 internal ports for maximum cool air induction
  • Exhaust ports are fed by 9 internal passages to provide excellent dissipation of heat
  • Massive airflow ducts utilize negative pressure to draw hot air away from riders head and promote massive cooling, a significant advantage in warm riding conditions

 

Exceeds certifications for Snell M2015, DOT FMVSS 218, ECE 22.05 and AS/NZS 1698

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5. 6D ATR1 Best MX Helmet – Ultimate Guide

6D ATR 1_Blade - Best Motocross helmets 2019

The 6D brand is a very interesting product. 6D is a totally helmet orientated brand. This means that all of their research and development is focused on helmet performance. Their company mission statement is to make truly safe and durable dirt bike helmets. This gives 6D a well-deserved place amongst the Best Dirt Bike Helmet Brands If a company only focuses on one type of product and combines that with great marketing and customer engagement, we do well to take note.

Even though 6D Helmets is quite a new company they have already established themselves as a force to be reckoned with. Their gear has been used by the Geico Honda team Every rider we have spoken to has praised the levels of comfort and protection.

6D Dirt Bike Helmets ATR1 – Key features

ODS TECHNOLOGY.

This is one of the standout features of this model.
The patented Omni-Directional Suspension (ODS), is comprised of the 100% active in-helmet suspension and the kinetic energy management setup. The function of this technology is to decrease energy transfer to the brain.


The system can handle a broad range of kinetic energy, like low, medium and high-speed impacts in both linear and angular accelerations. This is why 6D dirt bike helmets up there with the safest helmets available on the market right now.


ELASTOMERIC ISOLATION DAMPER


ODS technology is a system employing 27 dampers in the helmet. These dampers work in unison to isolate the impact energy and take it away from the human brain. The dampers are placed between two layers of EPS liners which keep the liners in motion. So if you happen to crash, the isolation dampers instantly absorb the energy. This system reduces the risk of concussion and serious head injury, even if you fall and create angular acceleration. This system gives you 6-degrees of freedom. It is also the inspiration for the name “6D”.


Watch more about the technology here:

Other Key features from my 6D ATR 1test:

Provides really good air flow when riding.

It has 8 intakes, 13 transfers and 4 effective exhaust ports making for a combination that does a reliably good job at keeping you feeling good and cool when riding in hot weather.


The visor has a great design.

Its design is based on recommendations from some of the greatest riders around. Its faceted shape blocks any dirt or rocks kicked up by riders in front of you. If you have ever been caught up in the pack and received a face full of dirt you will know just how important that is!


6D Recently announced the relaunch of this superb helmet at a lower price point. Their spokesperson said; “We are re-launching “Game Changing” ATR-1 off-road motorcycle helmet for 2019. The new lower priced ATR-1 features the same award-winning Omni-Directional Suspension (ODS) technology as previous generation ATR-1 helmets and is available in 6 fresh new graphics”


 

6D Atr-1 Details and Features

  • Patented ODS (Omni-Directional Suspension) Technology
  • Shell – A proprietary blend of advanced aerospace carbon fibre, composite fibreglass, and Kevlar
  • New PC Halo – Improves durability of inner EPS liner and overall performance

plus

    • Genuine CoolMax™ anti-bacterial fabric comfort line
    • Emergency release cheek pads
    • Shear away visor screws
    • Roost Guard
    • Clavical cut-away
  • Sternum Pad – Provides added protection of the chin, jaw and sternum

Exceeds ECE, DOT, ASTM, AU and AC standards.

3-Year Limited Warranty

Conclusion:

This helmet proved itself admirably when I first tested it. Since then it has continued to grow in popularity. 6D has developed a great reputation amongst world class riders.

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6. BONUS HELMET: Arai VX-Pro 4

Arai VX Pro 4 best MX helmet 2019

I wanted to add this helmet as a bonus to the top 5 as it is such a good product. Of course, with Arai being the first helmet I ever used, they hold a special place in my heart.

If you are looking for a top quality full face helmet that will protect your head when riding enduro, cross country, and motocross tracks, take a look at the Arai VX-Pro 4 helmet. This is definitely one of the best dirt bike helmets out there.

Updates

The VX-Pro 4 by Arai is the successor of the very well-known VX-Pro 3. Updated a few years ago, it is now an even better choice for riders. One of the key changes made was a wider and longer peak. The newest version is 14mm longer and 5mm wider than it was previously. This larger shape helps reflect roost and other flying debris far more effectively than the previous version.

Arai also added larger air outlets to prevent lift. The Arai VX Pro 4 features a removable neck roll. This device supports the neck in the event of a crash. Making it removable was a great decision by Arai as it improves access for cleaning.

Fit

Arai has long been known as a pioneer when it comes to the shape of a helmet. In fact, their design is such that the helmet will displace force by flexing on impact. This creative approach is also true of their interior shapes. Many riders say Arai make the most comfortable dirt bike helmets. The intermediate oval shape used in the VX-Pro 4 offers supreme comfort and a superior fit. Head shape varies from person to person, so do try one for yourself before buying. If comfort is high on your list then give the VX-Pro 4 a look.

Aesthetics

Visually Arai has created a sleek, but aggressive look in the VX4-Pro. The concept was to keep the shell and chin bar smooth to prevent catching and dragging in the event of a crash. The large rear air ducts are what gives the helmet the aggressive look. As well as giving the helmet a mean look, they do a great job of directing airflow. This contributes to the cooling of the helmet when riding.
There is a wide range of colours and designs, with the 2019 range now available.

Other Features

A key safety feature with the VX-4 is the emergency release system. By pulling a tab to release the cheek pads you will allow the shell to be removed with minimum jarring of the neck. As we know from the other motocross helmets in this guide, this reduces the chance of further neck or spine injuries. A neat goggle strap locator will keep the goggle strap in the right position, preventing the strap from sliding even during aggressive rides.

Summary

If you are looking for the best dirt bike helmet, then consider the Arai VX-Pro 4
Arai spared no expense in the design of this helmet. The result is a safe, lightweight, comfortable helmet that you can enjoy riding in for years to come. Did you know that Arai also made one of the best Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmet called Arai Tour X4?

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Maintaining your dirt bike helmet is important even if it is brand new and from Premium class. Read how to clean and maintain your dirt bike helmet the right way.

Also see my review about TOP 8 Cheap Dirt Bike Helmets – under 200$

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Fox Racing Seca V3 2019 Dirt bike Helmets

9.7

Safety

9.7/10

Comfort

9.8/10

Weight

9.7/10

Life

9.6/10

Value for money

9.7/10

Pros

  • MIPS System
  • Comfortable
  • Light
  • Great price
  • Ventilation

Cons

  • Plastic screws (safety)
  • No spare visor

Martin

One Comment

  1. Man, I can’t understand why nobody puts the Airoh Aviator in their list of the lightest MX helmets! It’s the lightest of all these you show above…
    To mention, Cairoli wears one!
    Only my 2 cents.

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