The MT Ventus is a helmet that’s designed with one thing in mind – convenience. That’s because MT created it to be as lightweight and unobtrusive as possible when you’re wearing it and to be as small as possible so it’s easy to stow away – probably under the seat of your scooter. They also made it so they could sell it as cheaply as possible. So can it be any good too?
- Not distributed in the US
- Polycarbonate shell
- Small helmet shell size
- Micrometric fastener
- Anti scratch shield
- Very low price
- Great entry-level open face helmet
- Price range – approx $50
The Ventus is an open face helmet (technically it’s a jet-style helmet because it has a shield – but I digress) and so it’s never going to be massively safe. It has been ECE 22-05 safety tested/approved for sale in the EU but, as with all open-face helmets, if you’re in an accident, you risk face-planting the floor so it’s impossible to give the Ventus a particularly high score for safety. We usually like to refer you to the SHARP safety rating too, but again, because it’s an open face helmet, SHARP won’t test them because if you want safe, you buy a full-face helmet.
Having said all that, and you really need the convenience of an open helmet – and you manage to avoid hitting your face/chin during an accident – then we’d expect the MT to perform reasonably well. It’s a polycarbonate helmet and comes only in one helmet shell size, but MT helmets that have been SHARP safety tested score an average of 4/5 stars making MT our 9th safest crash helmet brand at the time of writing. So we’d expect the shell of the Ventus to stand up reasonably well to an impact. It’s secured to your head using a trusty micrometric strap – which are tried, tested and very easy to use.
Overall though, because the Ventus doesn’t protect the face and chin, you’ll see in our star rating at the bottom of the article, we’ve had to score it a single star for safety.
The helmet shell of the Venus is produced in only one shell-size. MT’s reasoning for this is that their goal was to keep the Ventus as small as possible so it can be stowed away under the seat. And indeed they’ve succeeded in that because several owners have reported that the Ventus is practically the only helmet they’ve found that’s small enough to fit under the seat of their scooter (obviously, that’s dependent on the model of your bike).
While producing a helmet in a range of shell sizes (that’s different from a fitment size) is generally a good thing, it’s arguably less of an issue for an open or jet style helmet because the helmet doesn’t totally envelop the head. However, for those of you with very a small head, it may make the helmet look really big on you – the so called lollipop effect. The rest of us should be fine though.
Looking to buy an MT?
MT helmets don't seem to be sold in most US stores. So if you're interested in buying one, we recommend SportsBikeShop (UK) for outstanding service and good shipping rates. Or you can check out Amazon, though check each seller's reviews and shipping rates before ordering. Please click either link to drop to their MT helmets pages. Also see information about our recommended stores.
Ventilation isn’t such an issue on an open faced helmet for obvious reasons. That’s not to say you can’t buy open faced helmets with ventilation because they do exist (such as the Scorpion Exo 100 Padova). And while the Ventus does have a couple of exhaust vents on either side of the helmet, there’s no integral ventilation to the skull. If you ride in hot places, this may be a drawback for you.
The Ventus has an anti-scratch pull down shield which users find very convenient. It’s very handy to have a shield there to stop rain or dust and because it’s anti-scratch, it should stay nice and clear even after repeated cleaning.
One thing that most owners of the MT Ventus praise is the helmet’s comfort. It is a cheap helmet so many owners didn’t expect much from it in the first place, but most are very happy with the comfort. The occasional owner mentioned that MT had skimped a little on the liner and that it was a bit thinner than they were used to. And of course, most users of the Ventus probbly won’t wear it for very long because it’ll appeal mostly to commuters. But if you buy a Ventus and get the initial fitting right, you should find it a comfortable helmet to live with.
Looks & Graphics
The Ventus isn’t available in may designs or colors. The main colors available are the gloss and matt black ones pictured, though on MTs website, they do show a white and a stripy version (various colored stripes) though these don’t appear to be available in all countries.
There don’t seem to be many videos showing the Ventus – but here’s a non-English one we found that’ll give you a feel for the helmet – and features some of the most inappropriate music overdubbing a crash helmet video we’ve heard so far!
Other stuff – weight, glasses, noise
Some owners reported that it’s a great helmet for glasses-wearers; you can take the helmet on and off without removing your glasses and it’s fine for riding with them on. Most also think it’s light to wear and like the fact you can hear quite a bit around you – which can be a bonus provided you don’t go too fast.
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/sportsbike/track helmets.
If you’re after an open face helmet for your daily commute and that’s going to fit under your seat when you get there, the MT Ventus is a great bet. It’s not got the best build quality, but with such a low price, you can forgive the fact that MT have cut one or two corners. Overall, a very useful helmet with a nice and easy to use shield that’ll keep the worst of the road dirt and rain off your face and that’s comfortable for your daily commute and more.
Best place to buy an MT crash helmet?
Even though MT helmets are DOT certified, we're struggling to find US stores that stock them.
So you could try SportsBikeShop. They're based in the UK, have really competitive prices (they'll price match too) and offer outstanding service (9.8/10 on Trustpilot) including 365 day refunds. Don't forget you'll have to pay for shipping from the UK though.
Or you can jump through to the MT helmets pages at Amazon if you prefer to buy from there - but make sure you only buy from the most reputable sellers.
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We’ve not looked at many open face helmets because, well, they’re not the safest helmets around. But you might want to check out the Scorpion EXO 100 Padova, a well-built helmet with an in-built sun visor as well as a clear shield too – that’s highly rated by owners.