MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 most comfortable helmets

Published: 20 August 2009

More than 12,000 of you have given us your opinions on the kit you use and the bikes you ride in the MCN Biking Britain survey. 

This week, we’re focusing on how comfortable your helmets are.

Here's the top ten most comfortable helmets, as rated by you:      

 

1. Shoei X-Spirit, £475-£530
SHARP rating: 4
The X-Spirit is the choice of helmet for quite a few top level racers. The visor is quick release and can be locked into place, the chin strap is a double D-ring, it has a full ventilation system and removable and washable liner. The shell is a fibreglass and carbon mix.

 

2. Arai RX-7 GP, £524.99-£589.99
The GP is Arai’s latest helmet, only launched at the end of last year. But already MCN readers have rated the lid worn by the likes of Dani Pedrosa and Nicky Hayden to a high standard. Changes from the RX7 Corsair include a strengthened chin bar, larger opening to make removing and putting the helmet on easier and a drag-reducing five-position airwing.

 

3. Arai Viper GT, £349.99-£429.99
SHARP rating: 3
The Viper GT is a favourite amongst many, notably because the colour range is huge. The lid features a breath deflector, a Pinlock ready visor, removable and washable cheek pads and lining and a recently revamped ventilation system with a three-way extractor system on the back.

 

4. Arai Chaser, £309.99-£359.99
The Chaser has had a slight update recently and now has the new ‘Air Conductor’ ego-duct venting system. It comes in a number of race replicas like Nori Haga, Dean Thomas a new Schwantz rep and just this week it was announced that the St George flag design will now be available on the Chaser, too. The shell is a super fibre construction.

 

5. Shark RSR2, £319.99-£349.99
SHARP rating: 5
This is the helmet of choice for Brit WSB hopeful, Tom Sykes. It features five different sizes of interior polystyrene absorbers and comes in two shell sizes for optimum fit. The French manufactures top-of-the-range helmet has a quick release chin strap and visor release system as well as a full ventilation system in a composite fibre shell.

 

6. Schuberth S1 Pro, £449.99-£499.99
SHARP rating: 2
Schuberth is well established on the bike market as producing some of the quietest helmets around. The S1 Pro is no different thanks to wind-tunnel testing by Schuberth. The helmet comes as standard with Pinlock visor tabs to keep the visor free from condensation along with a double-glazed visor. The shell is also available in two different sizes in fibreglass.

 

7. Schuberth C2, £369.99-£429.99
SHARP rating: 4
The lining and cheek pads in Schuberth’s flip-front are removable and washable, the chin strap uses a traditional push-button quick-release buckle and for added comfort there is a reflex panel embedded in the back of the neck padding. The visor is a 3D visor and is scratch and fog resistant and the shell is made of composite fibres.

 

8. Shoei Multitec, £370-£432
SHARP rating: 3
The visor is ready to install a Pinlock, there is a 360 degree pivot locking system on the flip-up and the chin strap is a double D-ring fastener. It’s an ACU Gold Star approved helmet for track use, has a special grove so anyone who wears glasses won’t have any pressuring discomfort and there’s a recess at the ear for an intercom. The shell is a composite fibre construction.

 

9. Shoei XR-1000, £295-£273.95
SHARP rating: 3
The XR-1000 is available in three different shell sizes so you can find the optimum fit. The perforated lining is removable and washable as well as being anti-allergenic. The spoiler is there to reduce neck fatigue and the pinlock-campatible visor can be locked into place. The chin strap is double D-ring and there are the shell is composite fibres. It’s soon to be replaced by the XR-1100 so you should be able to pick one up cheap.

 

10. AGV GP Tech, £399.99-£479.99
The GP-Tech is constructed from carbon Kevlar and is the same helmet as worn by Valentino Rossi. There is a new venting system hollowed directly in the shell and it has a Cool Max removable and washable interior with hygienic treatment. It has a double D retention system and a clear, flat, anti-scratch, anti-fog race visor with tear-off.

 

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