Top 5 AGV Helmets of 2021

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AGV Helmets has been a leader in the motorcycle helmet industry since its inception in 1947. Thanks to their ability to innovate in many areas, such as comfort, aerodynamics, and protection, AGV is renowned worldwide and trusted by some of the top MotoGP riders. Most famous, however, is Valentino Rossi’s helmet of choice, the Pista GP RR, which is in this list of the top 5 AGV helmets of 2021. Although there are several excellent racing tracks in Australia, we’ve made sure to cover both Street and Track helmets to make sure you’ll have the right protection, no matter how you ride.

Top 5 AGV Helmets of 2021

  • K5 S
  • Pista GP RR
  • K6
  • K3 SV
  • K1

1AGV K5 S

Pictured: AGV K5 S (Top 5 AGV Helmets of 2021)
Specs

Helmet Style: Full-Face

Certifications: SHARP 4 stars | DOT | ECE 22.05

Shell: Carbon-Fibreglass Composite

Sizes: XS-XL

Shell Sizes: 2

Weight: 1.39kg

Pinlock Compatible: Yes | Included

Included Visor: Clear Visor | Internal Sun-Visor

Liner: Removable | Washable | Anti-Microbial

Intercoms Compatible: Yes

Eyewear Compatible: Yes

Pros

+ Incredibly Safe Helmet

+ Extremely comfortable

+ Amazing Ventilation

+ Brilliant field of vision

+ AGV ARK system ready

Cons

Brow and chin vents are hard to operate

Can be difficult to wear glasses

With two shell sizes and four densities of internal polystyrene lining to choose from, the AGV K5 S is one of the most comfortable helmets on the market. In addition, the air ventilation is incredible, which significantly adds to comfort. Not many other designs can live up to the K5 S in this regard. Although the brow and chin vents are tricky to operate with gloves, so it may take some practice before you can use them on the road. However, in due time with enough practice, the difficulty of doing so is non-existent.

The only other downside of this helmet is that it might be difficult to wear with glasses. This is due to the channels that the glasses stem feed into being slightly narrow. Plus, when wearing this helmet, your glasses might also get pushed up slightly, which could be uncomfortable over time.

The AGV K5 S is an incredibly safe helmet, especially for the price range. The field of vision is brilliant thanks to the wide visor, but if you are tucked in, expect some of your vertical vision to be obscured. So unless you are racing with this helmet, safety is greatly increased. The helmet also has an improved bottom profile which also acts as a collarbone guard. The K5 S also utilises a carbon fibreglass composite which helps with weight and protection. This helps the helmet score an impressive 4 out of 5 stars with SHARP. It also comes ready for use with the AGV ARK Communication System – an aerodynamically designed Bluetooth intercoms system, so you can easily listen to music or use your GPS.

The inclusion of all these features contributes to the AGV K5 S being one of the most feature-packed, versatile and comfortable mid-tier helmets.

2AGV Pista GP RR

Pictured: AGV Pista GP RR (Top 5 AGV Helmets of 2021)
Specs

Helmet Style: Full-face

Certifications: FIM | ECE 22.05 | DOT

Shell: Carbon Fibre

Sizes: XS – XXL

Shell Sizes: 4

Weight: 1.55kg

Pinlock Compatible: Yes | Included

Included Visor: Clear Visor

Liner: Removable | Washable | Anti-bacterial

Intercoms Compatible: No

Eyewear Compatible: Yes

Pros

+ Top tier safety

+ FIM Racing Homologation

+ Phenomenal Aerodynamics

+ Valentino Rossi’s helmet of choice

Cons

No speaker pockets

Very noisy

Extremely Expensive

The AGV Pista GP RR has incredible aerodynamics and safety. Purpose-built for racing, not only is the helmet ECE 22.05 and DOT certified, but it also has FIM Racing Homologation. This means it’s racing approved and has passed arguably the strictest testing conditions for commercial and racing helmets. In fact, it’s this exact helmet that Valentino Rossi uses in the MotoGP. It’s also one of the only FIM Homologated helmets available to purchase for everyday riders. Unfortunately, the helmet doesn’t come with speaker cut-outs and isn’t intercoms compatible. It is, after all, designed for the race track, so having cut out sections could compromise safety.

Nevertheless, it has the best aerodynamics I have witnessed on any helmet. There is no buffeting or bobbing of any sort, even when travelling at incredibly high speeds. This is a notable feature and an important inclusion to this helmet when every millisecond is vital on the track.

AGV Pista GP RR has excellent, near-perfect ventilation. With only three forehead intakes, two chin intakes and two passive exhaust vents, the helmet evenly distributes air throughout the helmet flawlessly. Unfortunately, there are no sliders on the helmet to control the air intake, so customising the airflow on the go is impossible. It does, however, come with little rubber vent covers for the top three forehead intakes. So even though the ventilation on this helmet is already amazing, you can also open up the visor slightly to allow more airflow.

Having this level of ventilation does, however, come with some downsides. Unfortunately, despite the addition of a pre-installed chin curtain, it’s still quite a noisy helmet. In fact, it’s noisy enough that AGV has included a pair of earplugs with the helmet. Closing off the forehead vents does help with noise reduction, but it comes at the cost of less efficient ventilation.

Unfortunately, the inclusion of all these features and the FIM Homologation makes the AGV Pista GP RR one of the most expensive helmets on the market. That being said, you won’t find a safer helmet than this one, especially if you’re racing on the track. If you want unparalleled protection, this is the helmet for you, and who wouldn’t want a helmet trusted by the worlds best MotoGP racers?

3AGV K6

Pictured: AGV K6 (Top 5 AGV Helmets of 2021)
Specs

Helmet Style: Full-Face

Certifications: DOT | ECE 22.05

Shell: Carbon Fibre & Kevlar

Sizes: XS-XXL

Shell Sizes: 4

Weight: 1.25kg

Pinlock Compatible: Yes | Included

Included Visor: Clear Visor

Liner: Removable | Washable

Intercoms Compatible: Yes

Eyewear Compatible: Yes

Pros

+ Fitted with Emergency Quick Release System

+ Five-density EPS shock-absorbing liner

+ Amazing field of vision

Cons

Air-vents need to be opened separately

No SHARP rating yet

The AGV K6 is an extremely lightweight sports/touring helmet coming in at only 1.25kg with a shell composed of carbon fibre and Kevlar. The K6 is ECE 22.05, and DOT certified but is yet to receive a SHARP rating. This helmet also features an emergency quick-release system (EQRS). This allows the cheek pads to be removed by emergency services with minimal head and neck movement, which can potentially be the difference between life as you know it and paralysis, or worse.

Inside, you will find a five-density EPS shock-absorbing liner, enabling the helmet lining to absorb forces at different impact speeds. This greatly adds to the versatility of the helmet, plus low-speed impacts are still deadly. The visor also has an incredible field of vision. This makes shoulder checks much easier and minimises blind spots. Another bonus that isn’t usually mentioned is that you get a better view of the environment in general, making the ride more enjoyable.

All of this ensures excellent usability and a high standard of safety. Additionally, the air circulation is top-notch, with plenty of easy to operate vents, although they need to be opened separately. This can be rather distracting. Unless you are a skilful rider, it is recommended that you operate these when you come to a stop.

4AGV K3 SV

Pictured: AGV K3 SV (Top 5 AGV Helmets of 2021)
Specs

Helmet Style: Full-Face

Certifications: SHARP 4 Stars | DOT | ECE 22.05

Shell: Polycarbonate

Sizes: XS-XXL

Shell Sizes: 2

Weight: 1.5kg

Pinlock Compatible: Yes | Included

Included Visor: Clear Visor | Internal Sun-Visor

Liner: Removable | Washable

Intercoms Compatible: Yes

Eyewear Compatible: Yes

Pros

+ Comes with pinlock

+ Quick Release Visor & Integrated Sun Visor

+ Removable & washable liner

Cons

Integrated Sun-Visor doesn’t go all the way up

Very noisy helmet

Looking to stay cool on long rides? The AGV K3 SV is packed full of features. It has excellent ventilation, plenty of room for intercoms systems, an anti-scratch/anti-fog visor with a micro-slider, a washable liner and an integrated sun-visor. Unfortunately, however, when not in use, the sun-visor still obscures vision slightly, as it doesn’t retract all the way up. This gets rather annoying when in a racing tuck, as it obscures some vertical vision. The inclusion of the sun-visor is excellent, regardless. This helmet also comes with a Pinlock, which is an excellent inclusion for a helmet of this price range. Inexpensive helmets don’t always come with Pinlocks, so it’s always a pleasant surprise when it happens.

This helmet features an Extra Quick Release System (XQRS) visor mechanism. This makes switching visors quick and easy, turning a 2-minute task into a 20-second convenience. This helmet also has excellent ventilation thanks to plenty of exhaust ports. However, having this level of ventilation and makes the helmet quite noisy, so it’s recommended to use earplugs. Noise can be quite distracting, especially when using intercoms or just trying to listen out for other vehicles. Thankfully, some earplugs are excellent at filtering out certain noises, and there are options in all price ranges.

It still scores an impressive 4 out of 5 stars on the Safety Helmet Assessment and Rating Programme (SHARP) test with a shell constructed from polycarbonate. As a result, this. This helmet takes place as an excellent entry-level option.

5AGV K1

Pictured: AGV K1 (Top 5 AGV Helmets of 2021)
Specs

Helmet Style: Full-Face

Certifications: ECE 22.05 | DOT

Shell: Polycarbonate

Sizes: XS-XXL

Shell Sizes: 2

Weight: 1.52kg

Pinlock Compatible: Yes | Included

Included Visor: Clear Visor

Liner: Dri-Lex | Removable | Washable

Intercoms Compatible: Yes

Eyewear Compatible: Yes

Pros

+ Great peripheral vision

+ Easy to adjust visor with XQRS

+ Removable, washable & antibacterial liner

Cons

Noisy helmet without ear protection

Doesn’t come with a Pinlock

Velcro that holds liner can be irritating

With an appearance similar to the AGV Pista at a fifth of the price, the AGV K1 is one of the best entry-level helmets on the market. The K1 is a sleek and aerodynamic helmet that features superb airflow and exhaust capabilities. Although, due to the racing design, it can be rather noisy. Earplugs are recommended. Not only will they minimise wind noise, but they will also allow you to hear everything else much easier.

The K1 is packed with a wide visor that minimizes blind spots. Plus, it doesn’t compromise your vertical field of view. As mentioned before, wide visors make the ride far more enjoyable. It allows you to feel more in touch with everything. This is also paired with an Extra Quick Release System (XQRS), making swapping visors a simple task rather than a chore. I can’t express how much this makes the process less frustrating, especially if you are in a hurry and notice a crack on the original visor. Unfortunately, however, although it is Pinlock compatible, it doesn’t come with one in the box.

The shell may be thermoplastic, but AGV has proven that they can regularly create helmets that rank 4 out of 5 stars on the SHARP test. This, paired with the washable and antibacterial Dri-Lex liner, ensures a safe and comfortable design. The inclusion of antibacterial liner greatly reduces the scent build up after a long day of riding. The fact that it’s both removable and washable means that you will never need to worry about bad smells again if you keep on top of it.

On the downside, the Velcro that holds the top-head liner above the eyebrows is oversized, making it poke and rub up against your forehead. This gets irritating after a while, especially since you can’t just move it out of the way while riding. But for this price, an issue like this is easy to dismiss.

Final Thoughts

The AGV K5 S takes first place due to its affordability, features and protection. If money were not a factor when ranking, I would easily rank the AGV Pista GP RR to anyone who spends time on the track. It is the most protective helmet available to the general public. The AGV K6 comes in third place. It is an incredibly lightweight sports-touring helmet. Although it is not yet SHARP rated, the protection and features on display make it an invaluable part of any long-distance riders’ collection. Finally, the AGV K3 SV is a slightly more affordable K5 S, while the AGV K1 is an excellent beginner helmet that won’t break the bank. All of these helmets are highly protective and excel in their own areas. However, for most riders, I highly recommend the AGV K5 S.

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