Top 5 open-face helmets

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An open-face helmet gives you a wider view of the world around you - with the obvious compromise on protection from the elements and in a spill.

AGV RP60 Royal (£149.99)

Authentic styling helps AGV’s open-facer stand out, as does the inclusion of a free pair of goggles and a press-stud transparent peak. The fibreglass shell has a ring at the back to secure the goggles in place and there’s a faux leather edge to the lining.

Bell Custom 500 (£139.99)

When it comes to jet lids, Bell are among the pioneers. This lid is based on the firm’s original fibreglass helmet from 1954, which was named the 500. Here in the present day the shell is made from a composite of fibres, there’s a suede lining and a multi-density EPS liner.

Roof Cooper (£129.99)

French kings of quirky lids Roof have been back in the UK for a few years now and the Cooper has a twin-visor system that combines the main visor with an external sun shield. The plastic shell has a vent on top and there are two blanking plates to be fitted when riding without a visor.

HJC FG-70S Herritage (£119.99)

Retro styling doesn’t mean throwback technology as the FG-70S has a shell made from a composite of Kevlar and glassfibre. The removable lining is made from moisture-wicking SilverCool material, there’s an internal sun visor and the EPS liner is dual-density.

Caberg Freeride Commander (£149.99)

Italian firm Caberg have aimed for a small shell on their Freeride helmet to help it fit under scooter seats or inside hard bike luggage. It’s made from Kevlar and carbon with leather detailing around the lining. It comes with a long, clear visor that can be removed.