The Best Dirt Bike Helmets

Just because you’ve taken on a high-intensity hobby like riding a dirt bike doesn’t mean you should forget about safety while you’re on the trail. In fact, wearing a helmet makes something potentially dangerous much less so. A helmet can make the difference between a brain injury and a couple of bruises. You need a dirt bike helmet that meets DOT standards. With excellent engineering and design, a helmet can not only look good but can also help keep the sun out of your eyes, keep you cool while it’s hot out, and most importantly protect you in case of impact. Made out of durable materials that are designed to have just the right amount of give, a quality helmet enhances safety while protecting you in case of a fall. Here are some of the best dirt bike helmets available.

The Bell MX-9 Motorcycle Helmet is one of the best overall dirt bike helmets on the market when you consider its excellent design and superior safety features. Made of an ABS shell with MIPS energy system, this helmet is safe and DOT approved, meeting the FMVSS 218 Standard as well as those required by California Air Resources Board (CARB). The bridge visor is completely adjustable, so it works in many weather conditions including direct sun as well as cloudy days. The helmet uses what’s called a Velocity Flow Ventilation system, with air intake vents that deliver one of the best cooling experiences. The inner liner is removable and washable so you can easily keep your helmet in great condition for a long time.

If you’re looking for a value-driven dirt bike helmet, the GLX Dirt Bike Off-Road Motocross Motorcycle Helmet fits the bill. This affordable helmet meets DOT standards and includes an EPS liner around the chin bar for superior impact absorption. The shell of the helmet is designed to be aerodynamic and includes a cooling system made up of 14 intake and exhaust vents. With airflow like this, you’ll be able to ride for longer periods without overheating. The visor is adjustable and shatter-resistant and has demonstrated secure mounting positioning through extensive testing. The mouth guard, protective screens, quick-release chin strap, and removable microfiber inner material all work together to protect you while dirt biking. The fit is also universal.

The LS2 MX-Off Road Subverter Helmet is a premium dirt bike helmet with in-mold technology that helps during an impact with rotational energies. The shell is constructed with a proprietary Kinetic Polymer Alloy (KPA) material, which has a little bit of flexibility to help with impact absorption. The shell has three layers in order to make the helmet lightweight and less bulky. The eye port is large enough to cover nearly every popular brand of goggles. The liner is removable and washable, but it also wicks moisture as you wear it for a superior cooling effect. This helmet also has 35 air vents. That’s right.  It is DOT approved and meets FMWSS 218 standard as well as requirements specific to the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

The O’Neal 2Series Adult Helmet is one of the most durable bike helmets on the market, and it meets DOT and ECE 22-07 standards. It looks like it’s more expensive than it actually is with its O’Neal name brand and attractive design. This helmet is lightweight, weighing just over three pounds. The inner padded liner is both removable and washable, which makes this helmet easy to keep clean and sanitary. It also includes a rubber roost nose guard for added protection. With multiple air vents, this helmet is designed for your comfort as well as your protection. The visor’s height can be adjusted and there is a double-D chin release strap. This helmet can run small, so size up if you’re at all concerned about it fitting.

The YEMA Motorbike Helmet is one of the best dirt bike helmets. With its ABS shell, multi-density EPS and reinforced, quick release buckle, this helmet has great safety features. In particular, this helmet has one feature that is often overlooked, which is its aerodynamic design reduces wind noise and drag. This helmet is suitable for riding dirt bikes, motorcycles, mountain bikes, and other outdoor riding activities. The removable and washable inner lining both encourages breathability and comfort. The air vents help keep you feeling good while you are riding. With its all black matte shell, it is a classic helmet that will go with any of your gear and bike. It does run small, so the manufacturer recommends sizing up.