Flip-up helmets divide opinion among many motorcyclists, but virtually every rider would agree on one thing – they’re very convenient. They bring an end to the age-old petrol station rows about helmet on or off, and some of the latest versions let you ride with chinbar either up or down, so you can get the breeze of an open-face or the protection of a full-face at any time. Our choices here all cost less than £150 so this is the budget end of a growing section of helmets.
MT Flux, £89.99
Spanish brand MT makes budget crash helmets that perform better than the pricetag snobs would have you believe. The Flux is a thermoplastic-shelled helmet with a dropdown sun visor and a removable and washable comfort lining. It comes in matt or gloss black, dark grey, white or fluro yellow and comes in sizes XS-XXL.
MDS MD200, £89.99
MDS helmets are made by Italian company AGV as a more-budget sub-brand and this utilises AGV technology like the visor change mechanism, so it’s a recognised brand. The MD200 has a plastic shell with a dropdown sun visor, removable and washable comfort lining and a micrometric click-style strap fastener. It comes in sizes XS-XL and in a simple choice of white, matt black or gloss black.
Box SZ-1, £94.99
Box is the helmet brand of luggage people Oxford products and the SZ-1 is a plastic-shelled helmet with a quick-release visor and a dropdown internal sun visor. The cheekpads are removable for washing and the helmet secures with a click-style buckle strap fastener. It comes in sizes XS-XL and colours are gloss or matt black, white or fluro yellow. It scores three stars in the UK Government’s Sharp impact tests.
HJC IS-Max, £142.49
The jump up in price to the HJC brings a jump up in spec, with a removable liner that wicks away sweat to stay comfortable and pong-free for longer, pre-formed channels for an optional Bluetooth communications system and an anti-fog outer visor. The IS-Max also has a plastic shell, dropdown sun visor and a micrometric strap fastener. It scores three stars in Sharp testing.
Caberg Duke, £144.99
Being at the top end of our price range here brings benefits for the Italian-made Caberg, which benefits from a Pinlock anti-mist visor and dual-homologation, which means it passes the open-faced helmet test in its raised position and the full-face test when it’s dropped. It’s also a five-star helmet in Sharp and has removable liner, dropdown sun visor and a micrometric strap fastener.
Check out our full range of flip up lids under £150 here at the MCNshop.com