Helmets

  • Helmet review: Arai Rebel

    02 May 2013 by Andy Davidson

    Helmet review: Arai Rebel

    Arai Rebel: £439.99 Time tested: 3900 miles/ six weeks What’s good? I took ownership of a Rebel helmet five days before I left the UK for a 10-day, 2600-mile trip to Slovenia in deepest winter. I wore...

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  • Helmet review: Arai RX7 GP

    19 October 2012 by Richard Newland

    Helmet review: Arai RX7 GP

    Arai RX7 GP helmet, £699.99 Miles covered/time: 40,000/three years What's good? Helmets are a very personal choice, but I’ve been wearing Arai for 19 years – not for any irrational brand-loyalty...

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  • Umbro Sports Sock

    29 August 2012 by Alison Silcox

    Umbro Sports Sock

    Umbro Sports Sock, £4.99 for 10 pairs Miles covered/time: 3000/five months (plus about three years of normal wear) What’s good: Yes, it’s a grubby old white sports sock, not the most fashionable...

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  • Helmet review: Schuberth S2

    30 July 2012 by Andy Downes

    Helmet review: Schuberth S2

    Schuberth S2, £499.99 Miles covered/time: 2500/two months What’s good: I have ridden with Arai helmets for many years but this new Schuberth S2 is the best road lid I have ever used thanks to a...

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  • Helmet review: Scorpion VX15 Air

    06 July 2012 by Liam Marsden

    Helmet review: Scorpion VX15 Air

    Scorpion VX15 Air, £119.99 Miles covered/time: 400/five months What's good? This is the first off-road helmet I’ve owned and so far it’s proven to be excellent. The lining wicks moisture away easily –...

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  • Helmet review: Shoei Neotec

    16 May 2012 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Helmet review: Shoei Neotec

    Shoei Neotec helmet, £469.99 Time used: Two months What I like: The new Neotec had a huge reputation to live up to, as the replacement for Shoei’s hugely popular Multitec II. With an integrated sun...

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  • Schuberth S2 review

    01 May 2012 by Glasdrum

    Having ridden only 100 miles so far here are my initial thoughts on my new Schuberth S2 Size/Fit Normally I'm a small when it comes to helmets. I tried on both the small and medium sizes (same size outer shell on both) and found the medium to be more comfortable. The padding (which is fully washable and removable) does appear to hold its shape well, and is certainly far better than my old Nitro...

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  • Helmet review: Arai RX-7 GP

    30 April 2012 by Michael Neeves

    Helmet review: Arai RX-7 GP

    Arai RX-7 GP. £649.99 Time used: Three years What’s good: This is my everyday lid – the classic white with a black visor combo. I save my Rich Art painted Arai for road testing duties, but this is...

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  • Helmet review: Shoei XR1000

    24 April 2012 by Alison Silcox

    Helmet review: Shoei XR1000

    Shoei XR1000 (superseded by the XR1100, from £329.99) Miles covered/time: 4500/4 years (didn’t ride for 2 of these years) What’s good: This is the second Shoei that I’ve owned and, as with the first,...

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  • Helmet review: Davida Jet

    15 February 2012 by Marc Abbott

    Helmet review: Davida Jet

    Davida Jet helmet, £235 Miles covered/time: 9100/one year, nine months What’s good: So often in the course of writing these reviews our opinions and findings are tempered by a caveat along the lines...

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  • Helmet review: Arai Tour-X3

    02 February 2012 by Steve Farrell

    Helmet review: Arai Tour-X3

    Arai Tour-X3, £354.99 (£299 on MCN Shop; superseded by Arai Tour-X4) Miles covered/time: 3500/one year What’s good: It’s an off- and on-road lid in one.  Detach the peak and you have a normal...

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  • Shark Vision-R helmet

    19 December 2011 by Tom Cambio

    Shark Vision-R helmet

    Shark Vision-R helmet, £239.99 Miles covered/time: Two months/2000 miles What’s good: Shark’s Vision-R is very hard to fault. It’s well built and exudes a premium feel, with a solid visor mechanism...

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  • Lazer Monaco carbon-fibre flip-up helmet

    15 December 2011 by Simon Brown

    Lazer Monaco carbon-fibre flip-up helmet

    Lazer Monaco flip-up, £324.95 Miles covered/time: 800/two months What’s good: Made from carbon-fibre, this helmet feels incredibly light. Lazer claim 1350g, which makes it substantially lighter than...

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  • Davida Jet

    05 December 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Davida Jet

    Davida Jet helmet, £235 Miles covered/time: 9000/One year, eight months 
 What’s good? Since I started wearing this helmet my enjoyment of motorcycling has doubled. The essence of riding, for me, is...

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  • Helmet review: Arai Chaser

    30 November 2011 by Guy Procter

    Helmet review: Arai Chaser

    Arai Chaser, £199 Miles covered/time: 7000/15 months What’s good: I never thought I’d be able to give my helmet a review beyond its comfort, quality and looks (all of which I liked a lot). Then I hit...

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  • Flip-front helmets on the MCN Shop

    14 October 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Flip-front helmets on the MCN Shop

    Wearing a flip-front lid gives you the flexibility to ride full-face when it suits and open-face for convenience (ideal at petrol stations, providing they don't make you take it off in the first...

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  • Scorpion Exo-1000

    12 October 2011 by Dan Aspel

    Scorpion Exo-1000

    Scorpion Exo-1000, £259.99 Miles covered/time: 600/two months What’s good: Surprisingly, the inflatable cheek pads inside the Scorpion EXO-1000 aren’t just a gimmick. The extra support they...

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  • Best-selling helmets in the MCN shop

    09 August 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Best-selling helmets in the MCN shop

    If you're looking for a hefty discount on a motorcycle helmet, get yourself along to the MCN Shop, at www.mcnshop.com. Here are our current top-five best-selling helmets. Arai RX7 GP,...

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  • Shark Vision R

    09 August 2011 by Simon Relph

    Shark Vision R

    Shark Vision R, £299.99 Miles covered/time: 2300/four months What’s good: This new Shark Vision R is a marked improvement on my old Shark RSR2 Carbon, It’s so much more refined without losing any of...

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  • Bell M5X Daytona

    03 August 2011 by Ped Baker

    Bell M5X Daytona

    Bell M5X Daytona helmet Miles covered/time: 1500/four months What’s good: If you’re over 40 years old the sight of a Bell Helmets logo will almost certainly spark a little interest. In the ’70s...

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  • Arai Quantum

    22 July 2011 by Andy Downes

    Arai Quantum

    Arai Quantum, £399 at www.mcnshop.com Miles covered/time: 15,000/one year What’s good: This Quantum lid replaced an older Arai Viper GT for one reason only; the Viper had basically worn out after...

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  • Shoei X-Spirit I Lawson replica

    22 July 2011 by John Westlake

    Shoei X-Spirit I Lawson replica

    Shoei X-Spirit I Lawson replica, £389 (other design from £299.99 at www.mcnshop.com) Miles covered: 50,000/five years What’s good: Comfort, fit and finish are all as you’d expect of a top-end Shoei –...

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  • Suomy Vandal helmet

    13 July 2011 by Liam Marsden

    Suomy Vandal helmet

    Suomy Vandal, £349.99 Time owned/miles covered: Two months/2500 miles What's good? Suomys are generally tighter fitting than other brand helmets of the same size, but it means they don’t get too loose...

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  • Nexx XR1R Carbon helmet

    13 July 2011 by Dan Aspel

    Nexx XR1R Carbon helmet

    Nexx XR1R Carbon helmet, £299.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/two months What’s good: This is the best road helmet I’ve worn. The visor is very tall and broad, giving you a fantastic view of the road,...

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  • Shoei XR1000

    04 July 2011 by Ian Jubb

    Shoei XR1000

    Shoei XR1000, £300 Miles covered/time: 6500/three years What’s good: Comfy, quiet and looks cool in black. This Shoei XR1000 has been my everyday lid for a few years now, it’s super easy to keep clean...

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  • HelmetLok

    22 June 2011 by Dan Aspel

    HelmetLok

    HelmetLok, £12.45 Time used: Six months What’s good: HelmetLok is a carabiner designed to attach your helmet to your handlebars. Open it up, slip it through your D-ring, click it shut and twizzle the...

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  • Nuvo FX-1 Carbon

    01 June 2011 by Dan Aspel

    Nuvo FX-1 Carbon

    Nuvo FX-1 Carbon helmet, £209.99 Miles covered/time: 600/three weeks What’s good: It’s an affordable, uni-composite carbon lid. That means it’s very light – 1300g – and its sleek, flickering...

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  • Sub-£40 open-face helmets on the MCN shop

    27 May 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Sub-£40 open-face helmets on the MCN shop

    Whether you ride a scooter, a cruiser, a café racer or a naked street bike, open-face helmets have their uses. But if you’re only going to wear one on the sunniest days of the year, you won’t want to...

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  • HJC RPHA-10 helmet

    17 May 2011 by Steve Farrell

    HJC RPHA-10 helmet

    HJC RPHA-10 helmet, £249.99 (£229.99 on MCN shop) Steve Farrell Miles covered/time: 3000/three months What's good: For me, the best thing is the fit. I’m sure I’m not alone in having an oval-shaped...

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  • Arai SZ Ram Air III

    09 May 2011 by Simon Relph

    Arai SZ Ram Air III

    Arai SZ Ram Air lll, £324.99 (£299 on MCN shop) Miles covered/time: 3400/one year What's good: This type of motorcycle helmet is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I grew up with open face helmets and I...

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  • Product review: Tucano Urbano throat collar

    26 January 2011 by Steve Farrell

    Product review: Tucano Urbano throat collar

    Tucano Urbano throat collar, £29 Time owned: Two months What’s good: Balaclavas can be itchy and irritating and are insufferable if you get the sneezes. This alternative promises protection from the...

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  • Helmet review: Brembo B-Jet

    20 January 2011 by Liam Marsden

    Helmet review: Brembo B-Jet

    Brembo B-Jet helmet, 348 Euros (£295) Time owned/miles covered: Two months/470 miles What’s good: It looks like a spaceman’s helmet. The huge visor aperture provides excellent field of vision and the...

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  • Helmet review: HJC IS-MULTI

    06 January 2011 by Dan Aspel

    Helmet review: HJC IS-MULTI

    HJC IS-MULTI helmet, £169.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/three months What’s good? HJC claims this is “seven helmets in one”. It’s actually more like four in one (we don’t think adding the sun shield...

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  • MCN’s top 5 rated helmets

    17 December 2010 by Marc Abbott

    MCN’s top 5 rated helmets

    At MCN we pride ourselves on rigorous road testing of a wide range of motorcycling products, and helmets are no exception.  Save £££ on motorcycle helmets in the MCN Shop Yes, certain lids...

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  • Helmet review: Shark RSR2 Carbon

    26 November 2010 by Adam Child

    Helmet review: Shark RSR2 Carbon

    Shark RSR2 Carbon, £449.99 Miles covered: 20,000+/two years What’s good? I’ve worn these every time I’ve been on track over the last few years. Sadly, I fear I may have written it off during my...

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  • Helmet review: Arai Viper GT

    26 November 2010 by Andy Downes

    Helmet review: Arai Viper GT

    Arai Viper GT helmet, from £239 on www.mcnshop.com Miles covered/time: 40,000/three years What’s good? This is the lid I use every day but it’s about to be replaced because it has seen so many...

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