Caberg Tourmax Modular Crash Helmet Review

caberg tourmax sonic

The Caberg Tourmax is a modular dual-sports helmet (modular meaning the chin guard flips up and dual-sports referring to the mix between full face and motocross style). It has a good range of useful features, is well built and comfortable. It’s also dual-homologated to work as both a full face helmet or with the chin guard in the open position as a jet-style helmet. The one major downside is that it’s quite noisy, though that goes for pretty well all flip-up helmets. However, given its low price point, it’s a great value helmet and well worth a look.

  • NOT DOT certified for sale in the US
  • Flip-up dual-sports helmet
  • 1.8Kg
  • SHARP 5 star rated (maximum)
  • Not Snell certified
  • Good ventilation
  • Micrometric fastener
  • Comfortable and well-built
  • Sizes XS-XL
  • Typical price range: £150-£215 GBP (Not distributed in the US)


Thinking of buying a Caberg?

Cabergs are not DOT certified for use in the US so these retailers are all based in the UK. We recommend SportsBikeShop (UK) are based in the UK and offer really outstanding service (9.8/10 on Trustpilot) including 365 day refunds. Or GetGeared (UK) is another recommended UK retailer, with a no-quibble 365 day returns policy and scoring 4.8/5 on eKomi.


Like all helmets on sale in the EU, it’s been ECE 2205 approved so it’s passed a basic set of safety tests – including being dual-homologated for use in both open face and full face modes. It hasn’t been DOT certified so isn’t for sale in the US, but when it was tested by SHARP in March 15 and scored the maximum 5/5 score meaning it’s in the top 15% of all tested helmets. That’s an excellent score for a modular/system helmet.

It’s worth noting that in the SHARP tests, the chin guard stayed closed and locked in 87% of their tests. That’s actually a respectable figure for a modular helmet, but if you’d rather have the chin guard stay down 100% of the time (wouldn’t we all!) then you’re probably best opting for a full faced helmet. Having said that, folks who buy flip-front helmets presumably like riding with the front up and open some of the time (I know i do) and understand that they’re potentially exposing their good looks to danger while they do so. If that’s the case, that 13% failure rate is probably acceptable for the freedom a flip-up helmet offers.

caberg tourmax in metal white
Tourmax in Metal White colorscheme

Wind Noise

Several owners reckon it’s about average for quietness, commenting it’s pretty much like most other modular helmets they’ve owned. Modulars have to accommodate the moving chin guard and that usually compromises noise-suppression compared to a full face helmet. A couple of guys reckoned it was slightly noisier than a Schuberth they’ve previously been using. Of course, if you’re going any distance, most of us use ear plugs so if you’re a regular ear plug user, then you should be fine with the Tourmax. If you don’t, it’s probably going to be OK for lower speeds but noise will get a bit too much at anything above 60.


The Tourmax is produced in just one shell size. This means if you buy one of the smaller sizes – say XS and below – the helmet shell may look a bit large on your head. It may also slightly compromise safety a little too. There’s also an issue with the size of the chin guard, with many people finding that the chin guard is set a bit further back than most, meaning some people complained their chins were rubbing on the inside. So if that may be a problem for you, it might be worth trying first before you buy.


Ventilation is widely reported as very good. The Tourmax only has one chin and one forehead vent but they’re enough to pull in lots of air. The chin guard vent is always open but the forehead vent is opened with a slider – and that’s pretty simple to operate, even with gloves. There haven’t been any complaints about the always-open nature of the chin vent so we reckon you should be fine – even in cold weather. The air is channeled through the top of the helmet in channels in the polystyrene and there are ventilation holes in the top of the liner to keep your head cool – and they do a good job. In colder weather and rain, the vents, in combination with the Pinlock, manage to keep the visor clear so all good there.


The Tourmax has a single anti-scratch clear outer shield and comes with a Pinlock anti-fog insert out of the box. It’s also got an integral anti-scratch sun visor that operates from a single big slider on the top of the helmet. The sun visor is simple to use and uses friction to keep the visor open/closed so it can be set for any position you want. The outer shield has a single tab in the bottom center to open the shield and owners reckon everything with the shield system is fine and dandy and works well. Only issue that one or two people have reported is that it’s possibly a slightly narrow aperture – restricting peripheral vision a little compared to helmets they’ve previously owned. Other than that, it’s all good.

caberg tourmax in matt black paint
Tourmax in matt black showing sun visor and chin guard.

Chin Guard

As mentioned before, there’s a possible issue with the chin guard for those of us with bigger chins – you may find your chin touches the back of the chin piece which might prove a bit uncomfortable. If that’s not an issue for you, then the chin guard works well. When you move the chin guard up, the peak rotates a little to get out of the way and bring the peak closer to the chin guard for aerodynamics. In the fully open position, you can lock the visor by using a little plastic slider to the left so you can ride off road and the chin guard won’t slam shut. It works well.

It’s worth noting that in the SHARP crash helmet testing, the chin guard remained locked and closed in 87% of the tests. That’s actually pretty decent for a modular helmet however we’ve subtracted half a star as it’s still compromised.


Apart from the issue with the slightly short chin-guard and the usual advice about making sure the helmet fits you properly, reports are that the Caberg Tourmax is a comfortable helmet. It has a fully removable and washable liner that’s hypoallergenic. It’s also reported as good for glasses wearers in terms of comfortable fit and good ventilation when it turns wet – with one owner saying it was the best he’d used even in cold and rainy weather! Surprisingly, users report that the peak doesn’t really catch the wind too much either so they don’t complain of much buffeting in comparison to even a full face helmet, though one user did mention that it can catch side winds a little when it gets really windy. But then you’re on a bike so no surprise there!

Looks & Graphics

It’s a pretty slick helmet with more than a hint of Halo about it. At the time of writing, it’s available in mostly plain colors – white, black and gun metal grey, with only the Tourmax Sonic having a bit of a sporty paint job (the one you can see in the video below).

Best places to buy a Caberg crash helmet?

Note: Caberg helmets are not DOT certified for sale or use in US mandatory helmet states - only ECE approved for use in Europe. So these links are to some of the best places to buy from in Europe - whether it's a Caberg or any other helmet/gear.

If you want piece of mind when you buy, SportsBikeShop are based in the UK and offer outstanding service (9.8/10 on Trustpilot at the time of writing) and 365 day refunds. They have some of the most competitive prices around and are our recommended retailer for quality of service too.

GetGeared are another recommended UK retailer, with a no-quibble 365 day returns policy and scoring (at the time of writing) 8.9/10 on Trustpilot.

Please click any picture below to visit their Caberg helmets page where you can see all the latest deals and designs. And if you buy from any, we get a small sum from the sale at no extra cost to you - a massive THANKS! (it's how we finance the site).

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Click to visit Caberg at SportsBikeShop
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Click to visit Caberg at Get Geared


Here’s a video of a guy using it on his bike. Skip to 1.20 to get to the meat of the review.

Other stuff – fasteners, audio, weight

The Tourmax is pretty light weight for a modular helmet, weighing in at a smidge under 1.8 kg. If you’re used to a full face, it’ll probably feel a little heavier but it’s well within what’s manageable. It also comes with a micrometric fastener. If you’re not used to micrometrics, they’re dead simple to use – slide in a small ratcheted bar to lock it and pull on a little red tab to unlock – fast and quick and I love em. As to audio, it’s equipped to integrate the Caberg ‘Just Speak Easy’ bluetooth system – but if you’ve got a 3rd party system, it has a small, slightly offset cut out in the padding of the chin guard for a microphone but only shallow recesses for earphones. Users reckon it generally works well with only the usual bit of fiddling for installation.


The Caberg Tourmax is available at a great price – that’s the first thing to be said. At this price point, you get a helmet that’s packed with features, looks good, is solidly built and has Caberg’s reputation for producing safe helmets. Users like them and there are no major flaws reported. All of which means we’d wholeheartedly recommend the Caberg Tourmax (especially now it’s SHARP 5 star tested!)

Thinking of buying a Caberg?

Cabergs are not DOT certified for use in the US so these retailers are all based in the UK. We recommend SportsBikeShop (UK) are based in the UK and offer really outstanding service (9.8/10 on Trustpilot) including 365 day refunds. Or GetGeared (UK) is another recommended UK retailer, with a no-quibble 365 day returns policy and scoring 4.8/5 on eKomi.

Definitely want a Caberg?

Here you'll find all our Caberg crash helmet reviews and previews including full face, flip-up and open face helmets.

Star Ratings

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