The 10 Best Adventure Motorcycle Helmets of 2020

Welcome to the Top 10 Best Adventure Bike Helmets of 2020 Guide! You’ll find info, features, pros, cons and links to the best adv lids on the market as well as handy helmet buying advice.

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You know the drill… the helmet is the most important bit of kit you can buy because your brain is priceless and that’s all there is to it. So, instead of boring you with reams of bike safety statistics, let’s get down to business. 

This article specifically looks at the best adventure bike helmets on the market today. We’re concentrating on adventure motorcycle helmets because they’re an excellent blend of road and off-road helmets with wider view openings, peaks, more ventilation and extra features all geared towards dual-purpose riding.

However, there are different types of motorcycle helmets that can be used for adventure bike travelling – each with their own pros and cons. You’ve got road helmets, dirt bike helmets and flip-front modular helmets to choose from as well. Interested in the differences and what’s right for you? Check out the helmet section of our super comprehensive Choosing Your Adventure Riding Gear guide. You’ll also find out top tips for buying a motorcycle helmet in there too. 

Top 10 Best Adventure motorcycle helmets on the market in 2020

Klim Krios Karbon Adventure Helmet

The Klim Krios is a full face, peaked adventure helmet with a visor. It’s made from carbon fibre and Klim claim that the Krios is the lightest adventure helmet ever made. You can switch the Krios between street (remove the peak), adventure (use the peak and the visor) and off-road (leave the peak, remove the visor and use goggles instead).

Shoei Hornet ADV Helmet

The Shoei Hornet comes with three vents (chin, forehead and rear exhausts). The visor and peak are both removable (although not as quickly removable as its competitors), however, the peak is not adjustable but still works brilliantly regardless. The helmet’s interior is plush and all day comfortable and the helmet sits on the lighter end of this list.

Arai Tour X4 Helmet

The Arai Tour X4 is the daddy of adventure bike helmets. It’s well known, has been around for a long time and hugely popular. The Tour X4 comes with a new, tougher outer shell, a five-year warranty and Arai premium quality.

The peak and visor are both removable (although time consuming and not as easy as the competition) and the X4 is goggle friendly. There are three vents in the chin, two for the forehead and two scoops on the top and exhausts at the rear.

AGV AX-9 (replaced AGV AX-8) Helmet

The AGV AX-9, which replaced the AX-8 Dual Evo, is a carbon fibreglass lid with a super wide visor opening. It comes with a pin-lock anti-fog insert included and both the visor and peak can be removed. As with most of the helmets in this list, the AGV has a removable and washable interior. The AX-9, like the Klim Krios, is also an extremely light helmet and feels more like a motocross lid when compared to its competition. The chin bar is far more pronounced too allowing for way more air circulation.

LS2 Pioneer Helmet

LS2 say that their Pioneer helmet was originally made for professional enduro and off-roading and this version is for road users. The visor can be removed and it is also goggle friendly with the visor left on if needed. The LS2 Pioneer comes with plenty of vents and exhausts but only the chinbar can be closed. Overall, the LS2 is a fantastic entry level adventure motorcycle helmet.

Bell MX-9 Adventure Helmet

The Bell MX-9 is an entry level adventure bike helmet that comes with a five-year warranty. The peak and visor are both removable, which makes for street, adventure or off-road use. It has what you’d expect: a moisture wicking, removable washable liner and chin, forehead and rear vents.

NEXX X.WED 2 Helmet

The X.WED helmet from Nexx is a mid-range adventure motorcycle helmet. It has a three-position upper vent, dual side intakes and a large chin intake. The Nexx is packed with features for a middle-weight lid. The peak and visor are removable and while the visor opening can take goggles, it’s not as wide a fit as some of the competition.

Schuberth E1 Helmet

The Schuberth E1 is the adventure version of the Schuberth C3 Pro road going helmet. Just like the C3, the E1 is a modular flip-front helmet. The front face is lifted using an easy to reach button under the front chin. It has an easily removable peak and sun visor and an internal sun visor. There’s a large chin vent, visor vent and vent on the top of the head but no rear exhaust ports. The visor opening is just about wide enough to take a pair of small goggles. The E1 sits further towards the touring than off-roading side of lids, but is still an excellent choice. If you’re interested in the E1, check out our Schuberth E1 45,000-mile review.

Shark Explore R Helmet

The Shark Explore R helmet is the most road orientated helmet of this list. So if your riding is 80% road with the odd off-road track then veer more towards the Explore R or the Schuberth E1. The Explore comes with a pair of helmet specific goggles, which is great, but they latch onto two points on either side of the helmet instead of wrapping round the back, so you can’t just hang the goggles down. The visor and peak are both removable and the peak is also adjustable.

MT Synchrony DS SV Helmet

The MT Synchrony DS SV is an entry level adventure motorcycle helmet with a removable peak and visor. It comes with an internal sun visor and a removable and washable interior liner. It’s the cheapest helmet in this 10 adventure bike helmet round-up at £50 and performs surprisingly well for the price tag.

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Let us know what you think of this Top 10 Adventure Bike Helmet Guide for 2020 in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you if you ride with any of these lids or reckon we’ve missed a great helmet. 

6 thoughts on “The 10 Best Adventure Motorcycle Helmets of 2020”

  1. Thanks for this! Looking at the AGV AX-9. Used to have the Dual Sport Evo AX-8 and think i’m going to go with the upgrade. Nice one.

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    • Hey Billy, the AX-8 is a great helmet, I used to own one about three years ago and loved it. Certainly the more off-road focused of this bunch. Let us know how you get on with the AX-9, it’s a nice improvement over an already excellent lid. Cheers

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  2. This is awesome! Thank you for putting time to write all of this, so detailed! I’m just getting into adventure riding, just put in an order for the new BMW R1250GS Adventure. Planning to do long trips, sticking to trails and scenic routes rather than highways. I’m stuck between the Schuberth E1, Klim Krios, or the Arai XD4. A lot of great choices to be honest.

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    • Hi Hicham, thanks very much for your comment, really appreciate that! That’s brilliant you’re getting into adventure riding! And what a bike to start on too! Excellent! Please do let me know where you end up going on your long trips, I love hearing about people’s adventures.
      Yeah, three very good helmets. The E1 is geared more towards comfort and I prefer it for travel because it has the flip up and that’s always been important for me (stopping to ask directions, drink, read a map, get some air etc etc) but that may not be as important for you. The Klim is lighter than the Arai, but the Arai is a very well tried and tested and dependable lid. I guess you’d need to weigh up if you like the idea of a flip up first and if not, then take that one out and whittle the Arai and Klim down by trying them on because they’re both similar.
      Hope this helps mate, all the best,
      Andy

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      • Hello Andy,

        Hope you’re well! I’m currently in Morocco and planning to do local trips here! I ended up going with the Arai, as you said it’s tried and tested by a lot of people so hopefully I’m not going wrong here. I initially was sold on the Schubert but many stores warned me that a lot of clients were returning them with issues plus the flip up helmets compromise safety. Thank you for your awesome review once again!

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  3. Oh wow, Morocco! What a beautiful country, you’re going to have a great time!
    Excellent choice with the Arai – you really can’t go wrong with them. And that’s fair enough regarding the Schuberth – i’m surprised to hear that as i’ve owned Schuberth flip ups for eight years and gone through a number of them with no issues. But, it comes down to what you feel comfortable with, and of course, a full face lid is going to be safer than a flip up! Enjoy your Moroccan adventures (and your Arai), all the best mate,
    Andy

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