Best Open Face Helmets – Reviews & Buying Guide

Saviors.

Yeah, one word that sums it all up.

A helmet is a headgear which provides safety to the driver’s head in case of an accident or any unfortunate event.

When we buy a bike we dream about getting all the top-end merchandise along with it (At least I do!). Not because we want it but because it gives us an adrenaline rush. And among all the merchandise that we wish to buy the one of utmost importance but also the one we give the least priority to is a helmet. If I had to put it in simpler words, it can save your life on any given day.

Wearing helmets can really be annoying at times and nothing can be more irritating than wearing a helmet on a hot summer day. The struggle indeed is real.

But, what if I told you that life; being the grateful thing that it is; gave you a hell lot of options like every other thing in this world? Would you still not like wearing a helmet? I would!

A wise man once said, “If life gives you options, always choose the one you read articles about.” *JK!*

There are tons of things that you need to think about before you start weighing your options and finalize on any product.

So, in this article, we are going to narrow down your bucket full of “what’s, why’s and how’s” and help you choose the helmet which would potentially be a perfect fit for you and also something you could only dream of.

Open Face Helmets Buyer’s Guide

Before you start spending your money on finding “the right one” for yourself; these are the important things you need to consider to have a worthy purchase:

  • Type:

Let’s talk about a few helmets that are available in the market before we go ahead and choose an open face motorcycle helmet and let me tell you that this is going to be a tough choice.

A full face helmet, basically as simple and as safer, they can get. It is a complete round helmet which covers your chin to the back of your head. Like many other helmets, it comes with a visor, vents for ventilation and also a good see-through. Mostly preferred by people who are into sports riding.

An open face helmet, like the name, suggests, it leaves your face unprotected. Most of these come without a visor or a vent since it doesn’t require any of it. According to stats, more than 34% of the accidental impact is in the chin area which is left exposed which also makes an open face helmet a risky purchase. But it also has its own benefits wherein the rider can have fresh air which makes the ride enjoyable too. So this helmet is probably a risk worth taking. Mostly preferred by cruisers/old schoolers.

A modular helmet, it is a hybrid of a full faced helmet and an open face helmet. It comes with a flip-up part which covers the facial part of the rider providing safety like a full face helmet when in its original position and gives the benefits of an open face helmet when lifted. Not specific to any set of riders.

  • Usage:

If you are a novice who is new to riding then a high-end helmet with a lot of features won’t be a good choice since it would just make it more complex. A helmet that is comfortable and fits you well with basic features will do as a beginner and once you get used to riding with a helmet on will be your time to go and get yourself a high-end, customizable helmet.

  • How Often?

How many times do you plan on using this helmet? This wouldn’t seem important but it surely is. If you plan on going for highway rides once a year or something of that sort then spending huge sums of money on a helmet won’t really make any sense, but if you plan on riding a lot, commute to work on your bike daily or something similar then a good quality, high-end helmet with good dynamics, and a better visor would really make your ride more fun.

  • Built quality:

Now, there are many brands in the market that sell helmets made of cheap quality which is really easy to break in case of an unfortunate event.

Polycarbonate, fiberglass composite are few of the important building material of a helmet which makes the outer layer hard and strong enough to survive an impact. Before you make your purchase be sure to check the material the helmet is made of with the dealer.

  • Weight, Size, Fit:

The build material also plays a vital role in the weight of the helmet. The weight of the helmet should be equally distributed between your head and shoulders. If the weight isn’t even on all the sides this might end up straining your neck which in the longer run can be more harmful. A perfect fit for your head is what you need; considering all the three attributes mentioned here.

Before you buy a helmet you need to measure the size of your head and then go through the sizing chart since every brand has their own sizes, though, a few of them follow the default sizes. Before choosing the size of your helmet and measuring the size of your head you need to consider the shape of your head. Two people can possibly have the same head size but completely different head shape which can make a helmet comfortable for a person and completely loose, unfit for another.

  • Long Oval – It generally refers to a head which is long front-to-back but narrow on both the sides.
  • Intermediate Oval – This is basically a round head which is short front-to-back and wider side-to-side when compared to the previous shape. Most helmets that are found in the market are of this shape.

Measuring the size of your head:

You’ll need a soft measuring tape to measure the size which is generally from the front of your forehead to the back of your head. Like previously mentioned, every brand has their own size charts, so it is suggested to check the available sizes before choosing any random helmet.

Try the helmet on multiple times before finalizing one. As per basic buying guide, a proper fit helmet should sit squarely on your head with the top of the helmet’s eye port just above your eyebrows. Initially, it’ll be hard to get the helmet on and off but after usage, it shall be easy to get a hang of it.

Top 10 Best Open Face Helmets

  1. Vega Old Skool Monochrome Adult X-380 Open Face Motorcycle Helmet – Gloss

Vega has always been a pioneer when it comes to helmets. Safety, design, style, following the policies; you name it, they excel at it. Along with being the best at what they do, they are also light on the pocket and don’t leave you broken. With their excellence in all types of helmets, open face helmet is also one of their strongholds.

Vega Old Skool Monochrome Adult X-380 Open Face Motorcycle Helmet – Gloss

Features:

  • First off, like the name says, it is a classic old school helmet. Perfect choice and also mostly chosen for cruising.
  • It meets the helmet policy US DOT standard FMVSS 218.
  • An advanced thermoplastic shell which has the capability to take intense impact in case of an accident.
  • 2014 model; still going strong with different variants and sizes.
  • With completely perfect product dimensions, it weighs close to 3.2 pounds which shouldn’t weigh much and strain the driver’s neck.

Pros:

  • The liners are interchangeable within the shell size.
  • It is lightweight and fits on the driver’s head perfectly while covering the ears and keeping the wind noise to a minimum.
  • It also has a fleece bag to keep the helmet gloss protected.

Cons:

  • Since an old model, it can be difficult to find the one which is a perfect fit for your head.
  • As per different online sources, the helmet doesn’t come with a warranty which can be a negative indicator.

 

  1. Studds Marshall Open Face Helmet ( Editor’s Choice )

One of the leading helmet exporter and importers in India, Studds comes up with the most trending and top notch designs which are not only good to look at but completely trustworthy when it comes to protecting the most important part of your body.

Studds Marshall Open Face Helmet

Features:

  • It is an ISI approved helmet.
  • The outer shell is injected with special high impact grade of engineering thermoplastic to give you an over the edge protection.
  • The visor is injected with polycarbonate which provides scratch resistance properties.
  • It is also provided with an anti-allergic interior which is soft and makes the driver comfortable.
  • It comes with a quick release chinstrap mechanism which makes it easy to put it on and off.

Pros:

  • It comes with replaceable or removable liners.
  • Also available in multiple variants.
  • The visors are detachable and also come in multiple variants which can be changed whenever required.

Cons:

  • Since it is matte in color it can be prone to scratches which aren’t easy to fade.
  • Doesn’t come with a lock and doesn’t really fit in the scooters storage space which demands you to take it along with you wherever you go.

 

  1. Bell Custom 500 Unisex-Adult Open face Street Helmet

Commonly famous and known for its sportswear helmets. It is one of the leading helmet manufacturers in the world which enhances driver’s ability to ride comfortably with completely perfect ventilation vents and high-end quality material built.

Bell Custom 500 Unisex-Adult Open face Street Helmet

Features:

  • It is D.O.T certified.
  • It comes with a padded chin strap and a D-ring closure.
  • The anti-bacterial interior which is soft and as comfortable as it can get.
  • A low-profile hard shell which can take a hard impact and still keep the driver safe.

Pros:

  • Comes with the good warranty period.
  • Multiple variants and different sizes which can be found easily without any hassle.
  • Stylish to look at which can completely go with the cruise look.

Cons:

  • Heavier when compared to many other helmets available in stores.
  • A little heavier on the pocket but completely worth the purchase.

 

  1. Bell Rogue Solid Open Face Motorcycle Helmet

Bell Rogue Solid Open Face Motorcycle Helmet

Features:

  • Like the previous helmet, all of the Bell helmets are D.O.T certified.
  • It is lightweight when it comes to this range of helmets.
  • It has a removable interior which can be washed or replaced easily.
  • It has three shell and EPS sizes which provide efficient comfort.
  • The helmet has a five year warranty period by default like all the other products.

Pros:

  • It has a durable muzzle which is a creative approach towards a helmet. It provides optimal comfort and can protect the driver from the dust particles. The magnetic connection makes the attachment or detachment of the muzzle easy.
  • It also features a removable liner.
  • It is available in multiple variants and sizes.

Cons:

  • The muzzle is used to cover your nose and the helmet should be bought only if it fits perfectly or else the muzzle would be hanging around your mouth making your ride uncomfortable.
  • There is no in-between for the muzzle, it should be either be worn completely on your nose or detached.
  • The muzzle is what makes the helmet stand out which is also easy to break. If broke, you’ll own just another normal helmet.

 

  1. LS2 Helmets 569 Track Solid Open Face Motorcycle Helmet with Sun-shield

LS2, a brand from US which is one of the leading helmet manufacturers across the globe failed to win hearts in India because of its very high prices.  The underdog in India is one that is also famous for its really hard shell which is responsible for protecting the rider.

LS2 Helmets 569 Track Solid Open Face Motorcycle Helmet with Sun-shield

Features:

  • It is made of a lightweight Kinetic Polymer Alloy (KPA) shell which meets and exceeds both DOT and ECE standards.
  • Open face 3/4 design shell which offers maximum protection. It is difficult to find a comfortable fit in this model.
  • The huge visor makes it easy to keep a check on the nearby surroundings and won’t surprise the driver suddenly with a nearby vehicle.
  • It also comes with a built-in Twin Shield System Sun Shield which makes it easy to control how much air and light you want at the push of a button.

Pros:

  • A quick release button which makes it easier to wear and remove.
  • Fully adjustable vents which give you control of the ventilation and let you take the charge of your comfort.
  • Available in multiple variants and easy to find.
  • Comes with a 5-year warranty.

Cons:

  • The only con that this helmet comes with is – really expensive when compared to other helmets.

 

  1. GLX Copter Style Open Face Motorcycle Helmet

GLX helmets, also known as the street helmets were found in Southern California and there was no looking back since the start. The cruise look they came up with was loved and adored by everyone which really got them pumped up. They also are one of the safest helmet manufacturers in the world.

GLX Copter Style Open Face Motorcycle Helmet

Features:

  • The outer shell consists of thermoplastic which can take a huge impact and leave scratches on the helmet without harming the rider.
  • It has a soft and comfortable interior which can be removed or exchanged whenever required.
  • The liner is removable and washable too.
  • Like its competition Bell Custom 500, it has a low profile design.

Pros:

  • It has a double D-ring retention system.
  • The liners are anti-bacterial which are also odour resistant.
  • The visor is far and straight enough which can accommodate glasses or goggles giving the rider a cruise feeling.

Cons:

  • This helmet doesn’t really have any cons except for the fact that it is costly.
  • As per the reviews, it makes the rider look like a mushroom head because of its structure.

 

  1. Steelbird SB-27 Style Open Face Helmet

Steelbird SB-27 Style Open Face Helmet

Features:

  • The outer shell is injected with special high impact grade of engineering thermoplastic for extra protection.
  • Just like the other helmets, it comes with a quick release chinstrap mechanism which helps in taking it off easily.
  • It is aesthetically enhanced by using high-quality UV resistant polyurethane paint.
  • The dynamic ventilation system is used for increased air flow providing better air circulation while driving.
  • It has anti-allergic padding which looks like an extremely good finished interior.

Pros:

  • This helmet gives a cruise look which most people can only dream of.
  • The ventilation system prevents the rider from suffocating while riding at top speeds and also on hot summer days.

Cons:

  • It is made up of plastic which makes it super light and doesn’t necessarily give someone a completely safe feeling.
  • Hard to find this model in different sizes and variants.

 

  1. Studds Troy Sporting Chase Wind Open Face Helmet

Studds Troy Sporting Chase Wind Open Face Helmet

Features:

  • The outer shell is injected with special high impact grade of engineering thermoplastic for extra protection.
  • Just like the other helmets, it comes with a quick release chinstrap mechanism which helps in taking it off easily.
  • It is aesthetically enhanced by using high-quality UV resistant polyurethane paint.

Pros:

  • It looks like an old school helmet which suits better for scooters too.
  • It has multiple different colors and graphic options.

Cons:

  • It is very light weight and not completely safe.
  • It is not ISI certified.
  • It covers only the upper part of the head and leaves the sides exposed.

 

  1. Studds Downtown Open Face Helmet

Studds Downtown Open Face Helmet

Features:

  • It is an ISI approved helmet.
  • The outer shell is injected with a special high impact grade of engineering thermoplastic for protection just like the other Studds helmets.
  • Just like the other helmets, it comes with a quick release chinstrap mechanism which helps in taking it off easily.
  • It is aesthetically enhanced by using high-quality UV resistant polyurethane paint and the visors are scratch resistant too.
  • The helmet is equipped with a second sun visor which is made from tinted polycarbonate and hard coated with silicon to keep it scratch resistant.

Pros:

  • It has an EPS padding which keeps the interior soft and anti-allergic to provide the driver with a comfortable ride.
  • The helmet comes with replaceable and removable liners.

Cons:

  • Not easy to find in all sizes and variants.
  • The dual visors can be messy at times.

 

  1. Fuel Helmets SH-WS0015 Open Face Helmet with Shield

Born in Wisconsin, the mission of Fuel Helmets is pretty simple “Design and bring to market reliable, safe helmets and accessories.” They have pretty much stuck to the same mission for a while now and keep on challenging themselves to create better and better along with the safest helmets.

Fuel Helmets SH-WS0017 Open Face Helmet with Shield

Features:

  • It is D.O.T certified.
  • The helmet comes with a clear paint which is UV protected.
  • It comes with a hard visor which protects the rider from the gush of wind while riding on a highway.
  • The vents on the top of the helmet are designed in such a way that the air circulation is even inside the helmet giving the rider a comfortable experience.

Pros:

  • Because of the visor, the rider can experience both the perks of an open face helmet and also a closed face helmet.
  • It is light weight.
  • Cheap and easy to find in all sizes and colors.

Cons:

  • Simple and won’t stand out if you are looking for a stylish helmet.
  • Not long-lasting.

 

Conclusion:

If you are a general cruiser and have an HD or a bulky body then Vega Old Skool Monochrome is the perfect helmet for you since it will go with the body type and the bike.

Studds Marshall Open Face Helmet is very stylish and worth every buck spent.

However, If budget is not a factor and you want something high-end which is also highly customizable then LS2 Helmets 569 Track Solid is what will end your search. Hence, if you want to buy something to stay ahead of all the bikers, you surely need to get yourself a helmet listed here.

 

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