Top 5 Motocross Helmets in 2021

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Whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned rider, motocross helmets are an essential piece of gear. Choosing a dirt bike helmet is never an easy decision. With so many options on the market, it’s hard to know which helmet will best suit you. Here at MotoReview, we gathered information, researched, and compiled a list of the top 5 motocross helmets of 2021 across Australia. These feature-packed helmets are some of the safest on the market and will ensure that you’re protected when you hit the track.

Motocross helmets are quite different from on-road full-face helmets. They come with a peak designed to protect the rider from rocks flicked up from the wheels. They also lack a visor because off-road riding tends to be at a lower speed than on-road. This means more air flow is needed. This also reduces the weight of the helmet, which makes it more practical for off-road use.

Top 5 Motocross Helmets in Australia 2021

  • Alpinestars Supertech M10
  • Bell Moto-9 Flex
  • Fox V3 RS 2021
  • Shoei VFX-Evo
  • Arai VX-Pro 4

Alpinestars Supertech M10

Top 5 Motocross Helmets in 2021 Alpinestars SM10
Specs

Helmet Style: MX

Certifications: DOT | ECE 22.05

Shell: Composite Carbon Fibre

Sizes: XS-XXL

Shell Sizes: 4

Weight: 1.26kg

Liner: Removable | Washable | Anti-Microbial

Intercoms Compatible: No

Eyewear Compatible: Yes

Pros

+ Helmet angle can be adjusted.

+ MIPS included

+ Intelligent placement of absorption pads

Cons

Top vents on chin bar have no screen

The Alpinestars Supertech M10 is an extremely lightweight helmet. It comes equipped with a Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (MIPS). This allows the top of the helmet to move independently of your head, minimising rotational forces. The Supertech M10 also has a visor release system that allows the visor to detach from the helmet in the event of a crash. The four different densities of EPS in different parts of the helmet significantly increases energy absorption. There are also energy absorption pads where the helmet would meet the collarbone and six shell sizes, ensuring maximum comfort and safety.

This helmet also features an “A-head Fitment System”, which is a separated, adjustable, dual-comfort liner. This allows you to fine-tune the angle that the helmet sits on your head. Additionally, there’s a channel on either side of the chin bar behind the cheek pads to run a tube from a Camelbak or similar system. It’s easy to fit and makes staying hydrated on the go quick and simple.

An emergency cheek pad release system is in place if emergency services need to remove your helmet in the event of a crash. You can also add an Eject Helmet System to your helmet for an extra cost. This system is a tube connected to an airbag located on the inside of the helmet. When the airbag is filled, it slowly and safely pushes the helmet off your head. Sporting a sleek, unique and aggressive looking shell, this helmet is bound to turn heads on track days, especially with the composite carbon fibre patterns visible on the surface.

The Supertech M10 shell is made from an extremely durable composition. The flattened profile at the top and sides are also designed to mitigate impact forces by spreading them over a greater surface area. There are also plenty of air intakes and exhaust on this helmet. The peak assists in directing the air into the vents and distributes it to maximise efficiency. The only downside is that the top vent on the chin bar hasn’t got a screen, leaving it susceptible to being filled with mud.

Bell Moto-9 Flex

Top 5 Motocross Helmets in 2021 Bell Moto-9 Flex
Specs

Helmet Style: MX

Certifications: Snell | ECE 22.05 | DOT

Shell: Carbon Composite

Sizes: XS-XXL

Shell Sizes: 3

Weight: 1.45kg

Liner: Removable | Washable | Antibacterial

Intercoms Compatible: No

Eyewear Compatible: Yes

Pros

+ 5 year warranty.

+ Bell’s best MX helmet

+ Eject Helmet Removal System

Cons

Only two visor screws, causing visor to move

The top-of-the-line Bell MX helmet comes packed with a five-year warranty, plenty of innovative safety features and a carbon composite shell. This is one of Bell’s best MX helmets and one of the best off-road helmets on the market. The Bell Moto-9 Flex offers a high degree of impact mitigation, incredible quality and amazing comfort. It is easily one of the best looking, sleek and aggressive MX helmets on the market.

The helmet features Bell’s Flex technology, a first-of-its-kind, three-layer impact liner. Flex utilises multiple densities of material to disperse impact energy and reduce rotational energy transfer. Each layer of the lining is separated and designed to rotate independently of both the head and the other liner layers. This minimizes brain movement and lowers the chances of head and neck damage. The liner is also segmented, allowing for an adaptive, more personalized fit for a wider variety of head shapes. This segmentation, as well as the multitude of vents, help deliver unmatched ventilation throughout the helmet.

This helmet also comes with Bell’s Magnefusion quick cheek pad removal system. These magnetic cheek pads can be easily removed for cleaning or by paramedics in the event of a crash. The Moto-9 also includes the Eject Helmet Removal System. This is a plastic insert fitted inside the crown, linked to a rubber tube. Emergency services can use the tube to pump air into the bag, slowly pushing the helmet off your head. It also comes with a magnetic tip on the D-ring fastening strap, making it easy to secure even with gloves on. The Moto-9 Flex also comes with expanded polystyrene (EPS) behind the chin guard for impact mitigation.

For our full review on the Bell Moto-9 Flex click here.

Fox V3 RS 2021

Specs

Helmet Style: MX

Certifications: DOT | ECE 22.05

Shell: Composite Carbon/Kevlar

Sizes: XS-XXL

Shell Sizes: 4

Weight: 1.3kg

Liner: Removable | Washable | Anti-Microbial

Intercoms Compatible: No

Eyewear Compatible: Yes

Pros

+ Dual density “Varizorb” EPS liner

+ Anti-Microbial, removable & washable liner

+ EQRS

Cons

Very expensive

In the MX scene, Fox doesn’t cut any corners with this helmet’s design. This helmet features MIPS technology. As mentioned previously, this allows your head to move independently of the helmet, greatly reducing rotational forces. Additionally, the overall fit for this helmet is greatly improved compared to the previous generation. It’s also compatible with the Eject Helmet Removal System but unfortunately, it doesn’t come included in the box.

Varizorb dual-density liner technology improves protection by spreading the impact’s force over a larger liner’s surface area. The Fox V3 RS also includes a Magnetic Visor Release System (MVRS). Paired with shear-away screws on the side, the visor is designed to break away upon impact. The intakes also contain injection moulded mesh to assist in blocking dirt and debris whilst maintaining good ventilation. The intakes are massive, plus the helmet’s channels are huge and efficient, providing one of the best ventilation systems in MX helmets.

On top of that, this helmet also features an emergency cheek pad removal system. Plus the cheek pads are interchangeable with different sizes available. This can greatly increase comfort as it is far more accommodating and flexible for different head shapes.

Fox utilises a Multi Composite Technology (MCT) shell construction on this helmet, a combination of uni-direction and multi-directional weaves of aramid and carbon. The choice of materials greatly reduced the weight of the helmet whilst also maintaining a high level of durability. This, combined with four shell and EPS sizes, ensure that comfort is easily attainable, especially when paired with the included X-static anti-microbial liner.

Shoei VFX-Evo

Specs

Helmet Style: MX

Certifications: Snell | DOT | ECE 22.05

Shell: Composite Fibre

Sizes: XS-XXL

Shell Sizes: 4

Weight: 1.65kg

Liner: Removable | Washable | Anti-Microbial

Intercoms Compatible: No

Eyewear Compatible: Yes

Pros

+ MEDS equipped

+ Suitable for oversized goggles

+ One of the best helmets in regards to ventilation.

Cons

One of the noisiest helmets on the market

Neck brace can hit back lip of helmet

Water can potentially enter through chin bar

Featuring a system conceptually similar to MIPS, the Motion Energy Distribution System (MEDS) isolates the head’s movement from the lining using a skullcap placed at the top of the helmet. Being DOT, ECE & Snell certified, the Shoei VFX-Evo is incredibly safe, although when a neck brace is in use, it can hit the helmet’s back lip.

The VFX-Evo is a very comfortable helmet with goggle grooves that go all the way around the helmet, and space for oversized goggles on top. The helmet also comes equipped with a fully removable, washable, replaceable and adjustable comfort liner. It’s hard to fault this helmet for the quality of design.

This helmet is one of the most well-ventilated on the market. However, this is a double-edged sword as it is also one of the noisiest helmets out there. For a little more, you can buy a helmet with the same level of ventilation but with better noise reduction. If you’re looking to save some money and are willing to compromise on the noise reduction, then the VFX-Evo is perfect for you.

Arai VX-Pro 4

Specs

Helmet Style: MX

Certifications: DOT | ECE 22.05

Shell: Super Complex Laminate Construction

Sizes: XS-XXL

Shell Sizes: 4

Weight: 1.5kg

Liner: Removable | Washable

Intercoms Compatible: Yes

Eyewear Compatible: Yes

Pros

+ 5 year warranty

+ Extremely cool & comfortable

+ EQRS

Cons

Some accessory part quality control issues

Very expensive

Built with a “Super Complex Laminate” (SCLC) shell, Arai’s premium design philosophies shine the VX-Pro 4. This helmet is one of the coolest and most comfortable out there. Fitted with EQRS and a 5-year warranty, every part on this helmet is replaceable if an accessory snaps off. The VX-Pro 4 also utilizes the Arai R75 Shell. You can learn more about it here, but to summarise, the shape allows the helmet to “glance blows” and increases shock absorption by dispersing energy throughout the helmet, rather than in the one impact location.

Top 5 Motocross Helmets in 2021 Final Thoughts

Although these helmets are all on the more expensive side, Motocross is a hazardous sport, so getting adequate protection is a priority. There are many choices in this price range, however, these helmets definitely stand out above the others. They offer great protection and a good range of features. All of the helmets on the list come with EQRS and are ECE certified, making them some of the safest helmets on the market.

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