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Latest Carbon fiber Helmet Reviews

In this section, you'll find all our latest carbon fiber helmet reviews and previews listed with the most recent review first. Click the load more buttons below each section to load more and more helmets.
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LS2 MX701 Explorer adventure motorcycle helmet review.

LS2 MX701 Explorer Adventure Helmet: modern, great value & versatile. LS2 are a funny bunch. Historically,...
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Fly Racing Formula range of Carbon, Composite and Polycarb dirt helmets.

Fly Racing Formula dirt motorcycle helmet review. Fly Racing was known for their range of lower...

Nexx X.R3R: FIM certified motorcycle helmet with great ventilation.

Nexx X-R3R sportsbike/track motorcycle helmet review. The X.R3R is a full-on sportsbike/track helmet made by composite...
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Bell Moto 10 Review: Bell’s Top of the Range Dirt Helmet

Bell Moto-10 Review: Amazing ventilation. Bit heavy. It's pretty safe to say that Bell Helmets have...

Icon Variant dual-sport motorcycle helmet review

Review of the Icon Variant Adventure Helmet The Variant is Icon's dual-sport or adventure helmet. That means...

Best/Highest Rated Carbon Fiber Helmets

We add our own star rating to every helmet review - rating helmets out of five stars for Safety, Comfort, Noise, Features and Value. So, in this section you'll find all helmets that are available in carbon fiber versions ranked in order of best score

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Shark Race-R Pro Carbon Fibre Full Face Helmet Review

FIM Tested/Homologated racing helmet SHARP 5 Star Rated (ECE helmet only) DOT/ECE certified Carbon...

Bell Moto-9 flex and carbon motorcycle helmet review

Bell Moto-9 and Moto-9 Flex Motocross helmet review Along with the cheaper Bell MX-9, the Bell...
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Arai Corsair X – Review of Arai’s top of the range helmet

Arai Corsair X (RX-7V in Europe) - Arai's top of the range sportsbike helmet Arai have...

Shark Spartan motorcycle helmet review

Review of Shark's full face streetbike motorcycle helmet, the Shark Spartan The Spartan is Shark's aggressive...
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Bell Moto 10 Review: Bell’s Top of the Range Dirt Helmet

Bell Moto-10 Review: Amazing ventilation. Bit heavy. It's pretty safe to say that Bell Helmets have...

Are Carbon Fiber Helmets Better and Safer than other Helmets?

Carbon fiber helmets are not intrinsically better than composite or thermoplastic helmets, but overall, if we look at the data (below) they do tend to be a bit lighter and score better for helmet safety in SHARP safety tests (ECE helmets tested). But then, they are more difficult and costly to fabricate which means most helmet brands will put them in their higher end helmets which you'd hope would offer more of the good stuff we look for in a helmet - i.e. comfort, features, safety and so on.

Across all carbon fiber helmets tested by SHARP, carbon lids were around 0.7 of a single star better protecting than an average polycarbonate helmet (remember SHARP scores helmets out of five stars) and they're about 200g (7Oz) lighter. But then they're an average of three times the price so you really have to pay for that extra performance. Are they worth it? That's entirely up to you...

Motorcycle helmet material, type, safety and weight 2023
Motorcycle helmet material, type, safety and weight. Copyright Billyscrashhelmets.

Carbon Helmets for a Bluetooth Headset

65% of US riders use some form of bluetooth headset while riding; listening to music or podcasts, using their GPS, making a call or talking to other riders. It's no surprise then that most carbon fiber helmets these days come with some way for you to mount a bluetooth headset on them.

It might just be some speaker pockets inside or there might be a compartment for the battery, controller and routing for the wiring. Either way, all these carbon helmets can take a bluetooth headset if you're wanting to fit one.

Review of the Bell Eliminator retro motorcycle helmet

Review of the Bell Eliminator retro motorcycle helmet. Because Bell helmets began making automobile racing helmets,...
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Sedici Strada II Review: well liked fiberglass and carbon helmets.

Sedici Strada II full face motorcycle helmet review. If you thought a brand like Sedici is...
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Klim Krios Pro review: a hugely innovative Adventure Helmet.

Klim Krios Pro: Koroid dual sport adventure helmet review. The Klim Krios Pro is an uprated...
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LS2 MX701 Explorer adventure motorcycle helmet review.

LS2 MX701 Explorer Adventure Helmet: modern, great value & versatile. LS2 are a funny bunch. Historically,...
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X-Lite X-1004 Composite/Carbon Fiber modular helmet

X-Lite's X-1004 composite fiber flip-up/modular helmet review The X-Lite X-1004 is the replacement of the old...

Are Carbon Fiber Helmets Worth it? Why use Carbon?

Carbon fiber is a composite material usually made up of a carbon fibre strands woven into a fabric and set in a resin - usually plastic.

The great thing about carbon fibre, as far as we're concerned, is that it looks cool when you make a crash helmet out of it. Oh, and it's very strong for its weight!

This last part is why helmet manufacturers have been keen to use carbon fiber in the construction of their top-end crash helmets for the last ten years. But it does have a downside.

That's because crash helmet shells need to have a certain amount of flex in them to try and absorb energy and stop it passing through to the brain. And carbon fiber is very strong and stiff so very resistant to flexing. Which can present a challenge to helmet makers.

Having said that, they mostly seem to have overcome this problem because, as you can see from our comparison of helmet shell material versus SHARP helmet safety score in the table further up the page, carbon fiber helmets overall perform very well. They seem to manage to be lighter, stronger and offer excellent shock-absorption qualities all at the same time.

That's probably because many helmets that use carbon fiber include it as part of a composite - often including layers of fiberglass, kevlar, plastic and other custom-designed materials working alongside carbon fiber. This allows helmet makers to tune the performance of the shell to give as close to the right set of characteristics they're looking for. Even many 'pure carbon' helmets on sale today are actually composites. Which is no surprise really because carbon fiber itself is a composite material.

Cheapest Carbon Fiber Helmets

Carbon fiber helmets do tend to be on the upper end of the scale when it comes to cost, but we've pulled through these helmets that are available at a more middling price point. These lids are mostly carbon versions of helmets that are also available in more regular composite or plastic versions but that extra hint of carbon fiber weave adds a touch of exotica along with a few grammes of saved weight and extra strength.
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Bell Custom 500 Review: a great quality, low profile 3/4 helmet.

Bell Custom 500 open face motorcycle helmet review. Bell's classic open face helmet has been around...

Carbon Fiber Helmets with Sun Visors

A pull down sun visor is an essential add-on for many of us these days. Whether you use it daily or to supplement a smoked shield and pair of shades, keeping the dazzling sun out of your eyes while riding is an important part of safe riding - and buying a helmet with an integrated sun visor means it's always there should you need it. So, if you're wanting a carbon helmet with a drop down sun visor, you'll find a good selection in this section.

Caberg Drift full face motorcycle helmet review

Caberg Drift full face motorcycle helmet review Note: Caberg helmets are not DOT certified for use...
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Schuberth’s C4 flip-front helmet: great for touring and sportsbike riders.

Schuberth C4 Basic, Pro and Pro Carbon Review. The Schuberth C4 Basic and Pro are fiberglass...

All you need to know about Nexx’s first composite fibre modular helmet: the Nexx X.Vilitur

Nexx X.Vilitur modular motorcycle crash helmet review. The X.Vilitur is the first modular helmet made by...
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Klim Krios Pro review: a hugely innovative Adventure Helmet.

Klim Krios Pro: Koroid dual sport adventure helmet review. The Klim Krios Pro is an uprated...
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A great value carbon fiber/composite sports touring helmet.

Scorpion Exo-ST1400 sports touring motorcycle helmet review. The Scorpion Exo-ST1400 is Scorpion's top flight sports touring...

Carbon Fiber Helmet Manufacture

The way carbon fiber is made is by creating a carbon thread then weaving it into a fabric. Doing this gives it strength in two planes. This is then set into a binder - usually a thermoplastic resin (the stuff that thermoplastic helmets are made out of) - which gives it three dimensional strength. Using multiple layers together multiplies that strength further.

It's not quite so straightforward though because there are lots of different grades of thread quality, weaves and binders, all offering a multitude of material characteristics and available at exotic and startling price points!

For example, the Bell Pro Star race helmet, uses a special flatter, stronger carbon fiber called TeXtreme which partly accounts for it's higher price. Its sister helmet, the slightly cheaper Bell Race Star uses a 3K carbon fiber weave which is slightly bulkier and has a different finish.

Carbon Fiber Helmets with Integrated Bluetooth

OK, we've had a section of carbon fiber helmets that'll take a bluetooth set. But if you're after a more integrated approach where a helmet's been designed with compartments and pockets to seamlessly integrate with a brand's own bluetooth headset, then that's what you'll find below.

Of course, that means you'll have to buy a specific bluetooth kit to work with that helmet (and we'll detail which you'll need in the review) but they're mostly developed by well known bluetooth system manufacturers so many are pretty cutting-edge systems.

All you need to know about Nexx’s first composite fibre modular helmet: the Nexx X.Vilitur

Nexx X.Vilitur modular motorcycle crash helmet review. The X.Vilitur is the first modular helmet made by...
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Nexx X.WED 2 and X.WST 2 composite dual sports and street helmets review

Review of the Nexx X.WED 2 and X.WST 2. We're looking at both the Nexx X.WED...
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Schuberth’s C4 flip-front helmet: great for touring and sportsbike riders.

Schuberth C4 Basic, Pro and Pro Carbon Review. The Schuberth C4 Basic and Pro are fiberglass...
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LS2 MX701 Explorer adventure motorcycle helmet review.

LS2 MX701 Explorer Adventure Helmet: modern, great value & versatile. LS2 are a funny bunch. Historically,...

Shark Spartan motorcycle helmet review

Review of Shark's full face streetbike motorcycle helmet, the Shark Spartan The Spartan is Shark's aggressive...

3K & 6K Carbon Fibers

You'll often hear terms like 3K and 6K carbon fiber. This refers to the number of carbon fiber filaments in each carbon thread (or 'tow'). So 3K carbon fiber has 3000 filaments and is the 'workhorse' good all rounder type of carbon fiber, whereas the 6000 filament 6K carbon fiber and is slightly cheaper and with a thicker tow. These are then woven into different pattern sheets with the plain and twill weaves being most common for motorcycle helmets.

So, Should I Buy a Carbon Fiber Helmet?

Because carbon fiber is expensive to buy and fabricate, helmet makers tend to use it mostly in their top of the range helmets. And those helmets tend to have more care and attention and better quality materials lavished on them anyways - hence their better overall performance.

However, the fact of the matter is that if you were wanting to buy a safe and high performing crash helmet and are going to base your buying decision on helmet shell material alone, then - as you can see in the table higher up the page - you're probably best going for a carbon fiber full face helmet.

So there you go. Carbon fiber isn't just pretty, it's strong (and pricey) too. And it allows helmet manufacturers to make some great looking, great performing and lightweight motorcycle helmets to keep our heads safely cossetted doing what we love most.

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