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In another post titled, “Choosing the Safest Motorcycle Helmet” we took an in-depth look at the features for the safest motorcycle helmets. Now its time to reveal my Top 3 Safest Motorcycle Helmets and setting cost aside, the following brands have loyal long-time customers. If you’d like a more technical post on choosing a safe helmet try this: choosing the safest motorcycle helmets
Arai has long been the first choice for professional and recreational riders. They’re known for making comfortable helmets with different head shapes, they also offer replaceable cheek pads in different thicknesses. Arai had an issue in the Safety Helmet Assessment Rating Programme (SHARP) ratings relating to the manner in which the face shields attach, which SHARP saw as a weakness. Arai, not surprisingly, disagrees. I do not hesitate to purchase Arai helmets, and they are my personal favorite.
The helmet retails with an MSRP of $800 to $929 depending on design choices.
Shoei is seen by many as a less expensive alternative to Arai. They’re an innovative company that pioneered some of the industries current standards, such as being the first to implement kevlar and carbon fiber into their helmets. These helmets meet basic safety standards as well, qualifying for certification with Snell 2010, DOT, and ECE. As for the comfort and fit, I’d recommend trying them on first as they tend to run smaller than other helmet brands. I noticed that there was some space between my cheeks, but they do sell optional cheek pads if you experience the same issues I had.
So in summary, this is often the first choice and recommendation from many attorneys who do helmet litigation, given the other higher priced alternatives that meet the same safety certifications.
The helmet retails with an MSRP of $680 to $800 depending on design choices.
Shark has a unique finned EPS liner that they advertise as doing a better job of spreading the force of an impact. SHARP seems to agree, as they have given high ratings to many Shark helmets.
When choosing the safest motorcycle helmets for myself and my family, I prefer outer shell materials that are not comprised of polycarbonate. This is because polycarbonate should never be re-used. Periodically, a helmet cracks and fails, because someone in the manufacturing process re-used the polycarbonate.
Even the safest motorcycle helmets deteriorate with age and use, and should be regularly replaced. Motorcycle helmets are designed for only one impact, and must be replaced after even a single significant impact.
The MSRP on these helmets is between $650 and $800.
Online reviews are always a good source for information about the quality of finish, comfort, and noise levels. They are not a substitute for personal investigation. All thoughts and opinions in this post are my own, and I was not compensated in any form for posting this review.