Caberg XTrace: a massively versatile, great value dual sport helmet

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Review of the Caberg X-Trace dual sport motorcycle helmet.

Note – Caberg helmets are not DOT certified for use in mandatory helmet law states

The XTrace is Caberg’s ultra-flexible dual sports helmet. I say ultra flexible because, like the Bell MX-9 Adventure or the Shoei Hornet ADV, it’s been designed to work well whether you’re riding on or off road, touring or trail riding.

Which in practice means that Caberg’s designed an adventure style helmet with sun peak/roost guard, which you can easily pull off to convert it into a street helmet when you need to put in some serious road miles.

All of which sounds very interesting – especially when it looks this nice and is available for not very much money. But note, Caberg helmets are only ECE certified (Europe) and aren’t DOT approved for the US.

But if you’re still interested and looking for a dual sport that’s a bit different, read on to find out what owners and reviewers alike think of the Caberg XTrace – and maybe check out a few more reviews in our Adventure helmets section – or find some recommended alternatives to look at towards the bottom of the review.

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.

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Sun peak, clear shield, drop down sun visor. All present and correct…

Safety

(more about helmet safety)

The shell of the Caberg X-Trace is made from ABS plastic. That’s a thermoplastic shell to you and me and while they’re at the cheaper end of the market, they can make for really tough shells with excellent impact resistance.

The ECE only XTrace hasn’t been independently safety tested by the UKs SHARP yet, but what we can tell you is that a stack of Caberg helmets have been SHARP tested in the past.

Most of those tested by SHARP are actually polycarbonate helmets (slightly different from ABS but still thermoplastics) and Caberg has built a fantastic reputation for making mega safe helmets.

In fact, over the years, the average score of their plastic helmets has been 4.3 stars out of a maximum 5 when SHARP tested them. And while, their average has dropped a little recently, that’s still a massive score and puts them into the top ten in our safest helmets brand list.

The XTrace is of course ECE tested/approved (though not DOT) so there’s no reason to suspect it’ll offer anything other than great protection.

It’s made in 2 shell sizes, which is OK for a helmet in this price range, and it’s been noted by a couple of owners that it looks particularly compact.

And like quite a few other dual sports helmets, there’s a nice wide face shield to give excellent all-round vision and with a Pinlock ready shield (insert not included) and drop down sun visor, you’ve every tool available to ensure your vision’s never impared.

It’s all kept on your head with a super easy to use micrometric fastener.

3 Configurations

One of the great selling points about a helmet like the X-Trace is how it can be used for both on or off road riding.

Take off the peak and you’ve got a regular full face helmet. Take off the main shield and refit the peak and you’ve got a dirt helmet. You can also drop down the anti-scratch sun visor or, I guess, stick in some goggles.

caberg-x-trace-helmet-configurationsOn that, there’s no word about which goggles will fit either from owners or from Caberg themselves.

Helmet Noise

(more about helmet noise)

There’s some decent padding inside the Caberg X-Trace plus the helmet comes with a chin curtain to help cut out a bit of road noise and unwanted draft from below.

But all in all the XTrace seems to be about average for noise suppression. A couple of owners said it’s quite quiet and another said it was too noisy; while the testing guys at WebBikeWorld reckoned it was a smidge better than average. And from the reviews we’ve seen from owners, that seems to be about right.

So don’t expect it to be particularly quiet – and stick in a decent set of ear plugs when you’re riding any sort of distance and you should be OK.

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Narrow aerodynamic profile from the front

It’s tricky to find a really quiet helmet, but if that’s your goal, you should check out some of the lids on our quietest helmets pages.

Ventilation

(more about helmet ventilation)

There’s a single large slider on the chin bar and two separate 3 position sliders on the crown.

That single central vent has both half and fully open positions and directs air towards the back of the shield to help with de-fogging as well as towards the chin area.

The top vents are sliders and have to be operated separately. They pull air through the helmet shell and around the internal air channels cut into the internal shock absorbing lining and through to your scalp.

Most folks seem to find the sliders reasonably easy to find and use. And while the chin vent is especially good, top vents are only seen as about average. So if you’re planning to use the X-Trace for a load of dirt riding, you’re either going to get pretty sweaty or you’ll have to open the visor for some extra cooling.

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Hi Viz XTrace Lux (see video below for a closer look)

While a decent amount of air gets to the rear of the visor, it’s not enough to keep things fog free. So if you do find things misting up, you should invest in a Pinlock antifog insert.

Shield

(more about shields)

Caberg advertises the XTrace as having double-shield tech. That just means it’s got a main clear shield and an internal sun visor.

The main clear shield on the X-Trace is nice and wide and because there’s a huge shield aperture, it gives excellent all-round vision.

It’s Pinlock-ready too – meaning it’s prepared to take an antifog insert if you decide to buy one (they’re about $30ish) and has an opening tab on both sides, which is great for maximum flexibility.

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This one’s the Lux in red/white/blue

Note – the Xtrace doesn’t come with a Pinlock in the box, but many helmets do these days. Check our Pinlock helmets pages to find helmets that are either Pinlock ready or come with a Pinlock in the box (we’ll put it in the bullets at the top of each page if they do).

The shield works on a ratchet and has four opening positions. But note, it’s not a quick release shield because if you need to remove the shield, there’s a sun peak in the way that needs taking off first.

There’s no reported problems with the shield system on the XTrace; all works great according to owners.

Sun Visor

(more about sun visors)

The same goes for that drop down sun visor mechanism.

It operates using a slider just below the left hand shield pivot. That’s a convenient place for the sun visor controls and most owners reckon it quickly becomes second nature to find it.

It also means there’s space on the left side of the helmet if you intend fitting a bluetooth intercom.

The sun visor itself works on friction; so slide it one way and it’s fully down and you can set it at various points in between if you like to have just some coverage.

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Matt black XTrace

Word is that it’s nice and dark and it’s large so it covers all the space you need it to cover (some sun visors leave a bit of space at the bottom that can be annoying).

Peak

Of course, because it’s a dual sport helmet, there’s a large sun peak/roost guard on top of the helmet.

With the Caberg X-Trace it’s removable so you can turn the helmet into a full face if you want.

There’s a couple of thumb screws – one on each side – so you don’t need tools either. Just remove the screws, pull off the peak, shove the screws and washer back in and there you go – full face helmet.

But if you do like to ride with the peak in place, owners reckon it feels solid and sturdy (like the rest of the helmet does) and it doesn’t vibrate when riding.

In fact we only came across one person who had a problem with the peak on the road who said the turbulent air off the top of his fairing catches on the peak a bit. Most other owners said it doesn’t cause them problems.

caberg x-trace gloss solid white helmet front viewComfort and Sizing

(more about comfort and sizing)

The X-Trace is a medium oval fitment and owners are pretty universal in their praise, saying it’s a really comfortable lid.

It’s got a fully removable/washable lining that’s designed to be moisture/sweat wicking and owners say is made of nice comfortable material.

If you’re unsure of your helmet size, make sure you follow our helmet fitting guide. The XTrace is supposed to be true to size, so work out your head size then just order the correct size.

Note, one owner did say he felt the chin guard isn’t the longest so if you’re particularly big of chin, you might want to make sure you order from a store who’ll replace/return without a quibble.

Actually, you’ll want to be able to do that anyway, just in case the size (or anything else isn’t quite right) – which is why all our recommended stores do just that – and some will even pay return postage!

Looks & Graphics

The Caberg X-Trace is a good looking helmet – both as a dual sports or in its full face config.

At the time of writing there’s not a whole load of different designs/graphics available. There’s a gloss white and matt black plus a couple of different colors in Spark and Lux graphics.

To find out if any more are available, you might want to drop through to the Caberg helmets pages at our European recommended online retailers using the links below (note. except for Amazon where there’s a variety of sellers, we only provide links to places that get amazing online reviews).

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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Caberg X-Trace Video

Here’s a mega-quick 3m look around the Caberg XTrace Lux.

Other stuff – fastener, weight, aero, build quality, chin curtain, warranty

The X-trace comes with a quick-release micrometric fastener. They’re really simple to use and should be safe as long as you tighten the adjuster on the strap from time to time.

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Rear of the XTrace Spark in black/grey

The XTrace weighs around 3.5lbs (1.6Kg). That’s actually pretty light for a plastic shelled dual sport helmet and a couple of owners did say that it feels relatively light while riding, which is the most important factor I guess.

Several folks said that build quality is very good; the helmet feels sturdy and the materials feel decent quality, especially for a helmet at this price.

There’s both a removable chin curtain (what Caberg calls a wind stop) and removable breath guard (nose shield) in the box.

And finally, one downside is that you’ll only get a stingy one year warranty with Cabergs (find helmets that come with a 5 year warranty here).

Overall/Summary

The Caberg XTrace is a well loved helmet by the many satisfied owners out there.

Words like comfortable, fantastic value, and great build quality are widely used. And it’s no wonder when such a flexible and fully featured helmet can be had for not very much money.

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XTrace Spark in black/hi vix yellow

Ok, you can see where Caberg has cut costs – the Xtrace doesn’t use some of the fancier materials you might get from a Shoei or Schuberth. But if you’re after a mega flexible helmet – one that’ll works well as a full face, off-roader or anywhere in between; and if you’re looking for great value helmet to go with your adventure bike, then the Caberg X-Trace is well worth looking at.

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.

Crash Helmet Buying Guides

For (hopefully!) other useful information to help you when buying your next helmet, check our various guides - or have a look at our top helmet lists where we've got the top 10 rated helmets overall and best budget/safest/full face/flip-up helmets.

Good Alternatives to the Caberg X-Trace?

So you’re looking for a dual-sport/adventure bike helmet? You can always check out all our adventure helmet reviews here, but here’s our recommendations to take a look at first.

OK, there’s the Shoei Hornet ADV which is a fantastic dual sport or the Snell certified, Arai Tour X4 – though they’re both much more expensive than the Caberg.

You should check out the X-Lite X-551 which is a tiny bit pricier, but apart from being a bit noisy is a solid dual-sport helmet.

And you should take a look at this pair of Nexx helmets – there’s a whole lot of composite fiber adventure helmet for not much money.

Other Adventure/Dual-Sports helmets?

There are lots of other Adventure/Dual Sports crash helmets out there, so please check out our Adventure motorcycle helmets page to see all our other reviews and previews. Or, if you're looking for the safest tested helmets on the market, you might want to take a look at our safest motorcycle helmets pages where you'll only find helmets that are Snell certified or SHARP four or five star rated - so you'll know you're wearing the best protection out there.

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