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).

  • Under 1500g
  • Large view opening
  • Ventilation ports on the chin, forehead and back of helmet
  • Design emphasis on making it quiet
  • Includes pinlock insert and two visors (clear and tinted)
  • Posh and removable interior liner
  • Double D chin strap
  • Super lightweight
  • Removable peak
  • Able to take goggles
  • Good ventilation
  • Wide opening
  • Comfortable
  • No internal sun visor
  • Hi-Viz, Orange, Grey, Black, White, Red, Yellow, Carbon, Blue, Camo, Silver

Price: from £299 – £540 dependent on colour options

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.

  • Weighs 1610g
  • Very wide visor opening
  • Shoei Emergency Quick Release System (EQRS) system allows the cheek pads to be safely removed in case of a crash.
  • Plush ineterior liner
  • Double D ring fastner
  • Goggle friendly
  • Fixed but excellent peak
  • Comfortable liner
  • Small chin vent
  • Must remove the peak to take the visor out
  • No internal sun visor
  • White, black, red white and blue, black and white
  • £449 – £539 dependent on colour options

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.

  • Weighs 1620g
  • Double D lock
  • Pinlock visor insert included
  • Emergency tab to release the cheek pads
  • Fully washable and removable
  • Premium quality
  • High level of comfort
  • Very good ventilation
  • Excellent fit with removable 5mm surface foam liners
  • Probably the trickiest of the bunch to remove the visor and peak as it still requires screws.
  • White, black, yellow, Africa Twin colours, blue, orange, red, UK, gun,
  • £399-£579 dependent on colours

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.

  • Weighs 1540g
  • Grooves for glasses
  • Bluetooth communication system grooves
  • Double D strap
  • Removable front chin vent
  • Comfortable design and soft cheek pads
  • Extra wide opening
  • One of the lightest of the bunch
  • Solid peak isn’t as aerodynamic as competition.
  • The visor and peak are removed by undoing plastic screws with either a coin or flat head. This can wear way the screw head grooves away over time.
  • No internal sun visor.
  • Fluo, black and white, carbon, blue, white, blue white and red, orange,
  • £332 – £439 based on colours

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.

  • Weighs 1300g
  • Internal sun visor
  • Ratchet chin strap
  • Fully removable and washable liner
  • Quick release cheek pads
  • Internal sun visor
  • Very affordable price tag
  • Extremely light
  • Not known to be a quiet helmet
  • Non removable peak and only small adjustments
  • Can only close chin vent so can get cold/ let water in
  • Yellow, white, black, blue, white and black, orange
  • £79 – £94 based on colour options         

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.

  • Weighs 1450g
  • Double D ring chin strap
  • Fully removable and washable liner
  • 3 shell sizes
  • Can easily take goggles
  • Very affordable price tag
  • Five-year warranty
  • Only two peak positions and not quick and easy to adjust
  • Visor isn’t quick to remove either
  • Noisey
  • Can only close the chin vent
  • Yellow, black, white blue and yellow, red white and black, black and orange, red, grey, orange, blue and pink.

  • £74 – £149 dependent on colour options

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.

  • Weighs 1500g
  • Double D ring chin strap
  • Internal sun visor
  • Nexx X-COM comms system ready
  • Action camera supports and straps
  • Emergency straps to remove cheek pads
  • Adjustable peak
  • Action cam supports
  • Quiet helmet
  • Excellent ventilation
  • Loads of features
  • Emergency cheek pads
  • Visor opening isn’t as wide as competition
  • Vents are tricky to operate with a gloved hand
  • Pinlock not included
  • White, black, white and blue, blue and red, sand, titanium, desert, white and orange, white and red, black and red, grey, orange, fluo
  • £284 – £379 dependent on colours

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.

  • Weighs 1803g
  • Easily removable peak and visor
  • Comms ready
  • Flip front
  • Sun visor
  • Ratchet chin strap
  • Quiet
  • Easy to fit Schuberth comms system
  • Easy to use flip-front
  • Plush interior
  • Heavy
  • Lacks rear exhausts and can feel hot
  • Hard to open top vent with peak
  • Pricey
  • Grey, white, yellow, black, red and white
  • £341 – £499 dependent on colours

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.

  • Weighs 1350g
  • Comes with goggles, visor and peak
  • Internal sun visor
  • Removable and washable interior pads
  • Shark comms ready
  • Ratchet chin strap
  • Comes with goggles
  • Comfortable fit
  • Quiet
  • Soft interior pads
  • Anti-scratch and anti-fog liner
  • Not necessarily a con, but the chin bar and vents are more suited to road going helmets so if you’re after a more off-road focused adventure lid, this isn’t it
  • White, black, orange, red and white, black and blue
  •  £219 – £299 dependent on colours

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.

  • Weighs 1450g
  • Removable peak and visor
  • Removable and washable pads
  • Internal sun visor
  • Anti-scratch visor
  • Very low-price tag
  • Decent for the price
  • Noisy
  • Can’t open the top vents
  • Visor isn’t pinlock ready
  • Orange, white, black, green
  • £49 – £109 dependent on colour options

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2 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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