The 10 Best Adventure Motorcycle Helmets

Welcome to the 10 Best Adventure Bike Helmets Guide of 2024. You’ll find info, features, pros, cons and links to the best adventure motorcycle helmets on the market as well as handy helmet buying advice.

Motorcycle Helmet in Cappadocia, Turkey
Sporting the Schuberth E1 adventure helmet while overlooking Cappadocia, Turkey.

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Adventure Bike Helmets

You know the drill… your helmet is the most important bit of protective motorcycle gear you can buy because your brain is priceless. So, picking the right helmet for the job, making sure it fits, is comfortable and safe are incredibly important. 

We’ll explain the different types of lids you can go for, offer further reading, discuss adventure bike helmets and then get to our top ten. This article will be updated yearly to reflect the best helmets on the market. Let’s get to it!   

The different types of motorcycle helmets

You don’t have to go for an adventure bike helmet, you can use whatever type of motorcycle helmet for adventure bike travelling you like. Popular options include road helmets, touring helmets, enduro helmets, open face and flip-front modular helmets.

If you’re interested in any of the above and want to know more about their pros and cons, then check out the helmet section in comprehensive guide Choosing your adventure bike riding gear – it also includes our top tips for buying a motorcycle helmet. And if you’re looking for a more road focused helmet, then take a look at our touring helmets guide too. 

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Why adventure bike helmets?

But for this article, we’re specifically looking 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. They’re the best of both worlds, perfect for long distance motorcycle travel and adventure riders. Here’s the 10 best adventure bike helmets on the market today.

The 10 Best Adventure Motorcycle Helmets

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 is 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.

Note, the Arai Tour X4 has now been replaced by the Arai Tour X5 – listed below. But, we have decided to keep this helmet here because they’re very different helmets, the X4 is still being sold and is still a much loved adventure motorcycle helmet. 

Arai Tour X5 Helmet

The Arai Tour X5 is the successor to the hugely popular Arai Tour X4 (listed above). However, the X5 isn’t just a reshaped peak and new colours – it’s a completely new helmet. 

The Arai Tour X5 comes with a new VAS-A visor system, you can now easily (and without tools) switch between a peak and no visor, visor and no peak or peak and visor. There’s a completely new ventilation system, new chin and forehead vents, wider chin bar for improved comfort and a flat-spot on the side of the helmet to make it easy to install an intercom. 

There’s loads of additional little extras too, like new inserts for comfort and it’s now easier to use goggles with the lid. The Arai Tour X5 has proved extremely popular already and is no doubt a worthy successor to the much loved X4. 

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.

LS2 Explorer Helmet

While the LS2 Pioneer helmet listed above is a lightweight enduro styled lid, the Explorer variant is more geared towards adventure bike riders looking for more features and extra comfort on long rides. 

It comes with added protection, a more comfortable shape, drop down sun visor, emergency cheek pad release and extra large vents.

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 E2 Helmet

The flip front Schuberth E2 is the upgrade from its popular E1 predecessor. The E1 previously held this top spot and was a helmet I used for nearly 100,000 miles over 8 years. Needless to say, it’s a fantastic helmet – and now the E2 is even better. We recently swapped our E1s for E2s on our round the world trip and have been using them for the last 5 months. 

They’re more comfortable with better ventilation, a sleek integrated comms system, better ventilation and geared more towards off-roading than the previous E1 which tipped more in the favour of touring. 

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Nolan N70-2 X Helmet

The Nolan N70-2 is the latest addition to this list. We decided to add this new lid in because of its versatility. The chin bar can be completely removed to make it a jet helmet. You can also remove the peak and visor so it can be worn as an everyday helmet without the peak or as an off-road helmet with the peak and a pair of goggles. So, it can be worn in multiple configurations. It’s a stylish lid and comes in nine different colour options and is also prepared for Nolan’s N-com intercom system.

Scorpion ADF-9000 Air

Scorpion are making headway into the adventure bike helmet scene. Their lids have been steadily improving over the years and they’re now offering far more premium and well-made options. This is where the new Scorpion ADF-9000 Air comes in. 

It’s made with an ultralight composite shell construction, wide visor section (includes pinlock and insert), three different shell sizes, quick release cheek pads in case of emergency, plenty of well placed vents and a removable peak. Scorpion has also treated it to extra features like a drop down sun visor, customisable inserts, a plush interior, quick release strap and action camera mounting points. Scorpion are ticking all the boxes and that makes the ADF a worthy contender. 

The Best Adventure Bike Helmet Winners

The Best Budget Adventure Motorcycle Helmet:

Bell MX-9

5/5

The Bell MX-9 is one of the cheapest helmets in this list, but it still packs a punch. It has a five-year warranty, removable peak and visor, moisture wicking material, removable and washable liner, decent vents and it comes in three shell sizes for a good fit. That’s very good value for money. 

The Best Long Distance Motorcycle Helmet: 

Schuberth E2 

5/5

The Schuberth E2 takes the win here because it’s a brilliant modular helmet which takes its roots from the super comfortable C5 touring lid. The E2 is built ready for intercom and Bluetooth, has an internal visor, plush interior padding, very easy to remove and wash pinlock visor and can be worn easily in multiple configurations. When travelling long-distance and in foreign lands, a flip-up makes a world of difference too.

The Best Off-Road Focused Adventure Helmet:

Klim Krios

5/5

Made from carbon fibre, ultra light weight, packed with ventilation and specifically geared towards the more hard core adventure bike rider – no wonder the Klim Krios takes this win. The only thing letting this helmet down is the lack of an internal drop down sun visor, but to make up for it, it does come with both a clear and tinted visor.

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