Top 10 flip-front helmets

By Marc Abbott -

Helmets

 06 May 2009 10:37

Flip-front helmets offer the looks of a full-face with the flexibility of an open-face.

Need to open your visor to slip a cigarette in or pay for petrol? You’ll be wanting one of these…

All helmets featured here have a SHARP rating of at least three stars, so they’re just as protective (if not more so) as a number of full-face lids.

BMW SYSTEM 5 £255-£280
SHARP RATING: *****

We say:
The BMW System 5 lid has a washable and removable liner and a chin strap with an integrated neck strap for a closer fit. The flip-front helmet comes fitted with an anti-scratch visor that’s been treated to be anti-fog, too. The visor is ventilated, as is the shell.

Specs:
Sizes: XXS-XXL
Colours: Five plain (blue, black, silver, magnesium and red), and two multi-coloured options
Shell: Composite fibre

CABERG JUSTISSIMO GT £149.99-£169.99
SHARP rating: ****

We say:
Can have Caberg’s Bluetooth system built in. It has a sanitised liner that is removable, a scratch resistant visor and a quick-release chin strap. The lid is wind-tunnel tested and comes with an open-face conversion kit. It’s got a double-visor system like the Trip.

Specs:
Sizes: XS-XXL
Colours: Seven plain ( inc blue, gloss/matt black and graphite) and one multi (the Mirage, above)
Shell: Thermoplastic

CABERG TRIP £89.99-£119.99
SHARP rating: *****

We say:
Comes with an anti-turbulence neck curtain and a flip-down sun visor. The main visor is scratch- resistant, the lining is sanitised and the chin strap is quick-release. The Coolmax liner can be removed, as can the quick release visor and the nose shield.

Specs:
Sizes: XS-XXL
Colours: Seven plain colours (inc gloss and matt black) and one multi (the Tova, above)
Shell: Thermoplastic

LAZER REVOLUTION £169.99
SHARP RATING: ****

We say:
The shell is Impact Modified Alloy Composite making this a high-end flip-front lid in shell spec. There is an integrated sun visor, an quick release chin-strap and a visor that has a double-lens, is anti-fog and anti-scratch. The rear of the lid has a reflective zone and the liner is fully removable and washable.

Specs:
Sizes: XS-XXL
Colours: Metallic black only
Shell: Composite fibre

NOLAN N103 £264.99-£279.99
SHARP rating: ****

We say:
The result of the experience gained with the N100, N101 and N102. Has a flip-down sunscreen and full ventilation system. It comes with Nolan’s Microlock push-button chinstrap. The helmet has a five-year warranty.

Specs:
Sizes: XS-XXL
Colours: Six plain (gloss and matt black, white, grey, red, pink), and four multi-coloured options
Shell: Composite fibre

SCHUBERTH C2 £370-£430
SHARP RATING: ****

We say:
The lining and cheek pads are removable and washable, the chin strap uses a quick-release buckle and for added comfort there is a double-thickness panel in the back of the neck padding. The visor is scratch and fog resistant.

Specs:
Sizes: XS-XXL
Colours: Five plain (white, titanium, anthracite, gloss/matt black), and two multis
Shell: Composite fibre

SHARK EVOLINE £249.99-£259.99
SHARP rating: ****

We say:
The Evoline has an internal shock absorber like the full-face Shark lids, an internal anti-scratch sun shield and an external anti-scratch, anti-mist visor. The ‘Tech-Move’ chinstrap fits neatly into the helmet’s liner when not in use. The liner is removable and washable and you get a five-year warranty.

Specs:
Sizes: XS-XL
Colours: Eight plain (bronze, silver, white, metallic and matt silver, gloss and matt black
Shell: Thermoplastic

SHARK OPENLINE £189.99-£199.99
SHARP rating: ***

We say:
There’s a side operated integrated anti-scratch sunshield and a coated anti-scratch and anti-fog visor. The flip-front chinbar has a metal locking system, the chinstrap is quick release and you get a fully removable and washable interior in micro-fibre fabric liner.

Specs:
Sizes: XS-XL
Colours: Six plain (metallic, gloss and matt silver, white, gloss and matt black) and two multis
Shell: Thermoplastic

SHOEI MULTITEC £430-£506
SHARP RATING: ***

We say:
The visor is Pinlock-ready and the chin strap is a double D-ring fastener. It’s an ACU Gold approved helmet for track use, and has a special groove so anyone who wears glasses shouldn’t feel any discomfort. There’s a recess at the ear for the ease of using an intercom system.

Specs:
Sizes: XS-XXL
Colours: Seven plain colours (pearl grey, gloss and matt black, anthracite, silver, white and red)
Shell: Composite fibre

VIPER RS-V121 £129.99
SHARP rating: ****

We say:
The V121 has an integrated Bluetooth headset with an internal two-speaker system. There’s a flip-down sun visor, a seat-belt style chin-strap fastener, multi-point ventilation and a removable soft liner. It also carries an ACU Gold stamp so you can use it on the track, too.

Specs:
Sizes: XS-XL
Colours: Four plain colours (gloss and matt black, silver and white).
Shell: Thermoplastic