Top 10 motorcycle crash helmets – 2021

We take a balanced and totally independent view of each helmet based on what owners and riders think, because it’s only when you use a helmet day-in day-out you get to find any problems.

Here’s our current top 10 crash helmets list for 2021 – in no particular order and including all helmet types, based on what we think are the best performers after assessment of a wide range of helmet features; including safety, comfort, noise levels, value for money and feature levels as covered in our full reviews. Buy one of these and we think you’ll be getting a great helmet.

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Shark Race-R Pro Carbon Fibre Full Face Helmet Review

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SHARP 5 Star Rated (maximum safety score) DOT/ECE certified Carbon Fibre Shell 2.9lbs/1.3Kg (light) and aerodynamic Good for glasses wearers Double-D ring fastener ...

Shark Skwal 2 Motorcycle Helmet: a great all rounder with built-in...

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Shark Skwal 2 review: a mid-priced polycarbonate street helmet with LEDs The original Skwal helmet has only been with us a couple of years but...

One of the best value Snell rated helmets on the market?

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Scorpion EXO-R420 budget full face motorcycle crash helmet review. The Scorpion EXO-R410 we reviewed a few years ago has now been replaced by... the imaginatively...

Shoei RF-1400 review: a fantastic all-rounder Snell certified helmet.

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Review of the Shoei RF-1400 sports touring motorcycle helmet. First up, there was the RF-1000 (great helmet). That was replaced in 2014 by the RF-1200...

Full review of the Shoei X Fourteen sportsbike crash helmet

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Top of the range racing helmet - the Shoei X-Fourteen (X-Spirit III outside the US) New for 2016, Shoei have finally replaced the X-Twelve, their...

Shoei GT Air II: long-awaited successor to one of the best...

Shoei GT Air II touring helmet review. The GT Air II is Shoei's replacement for the original GT Air helmet that was launched around 2012. That...

Nolan N100-5 flip up modular motorcycle helmet review

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The Nolan N100-5 flip-up. The perfect modular helmet? The N100-5 is Nolan's top of the range flip-up/modular helmet, designed to be all things to all...

The Shoei RF-SR full face helmet review

Review of the Shoei RF-SR full face crash helmet (Shoei RYD in the UK/EU) The RF-SR is Shoei's full face street helmet, designed to look both sleek...

HJC i10 Review: an excellent budget full face with Snell approval.

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HJC i10 full face motorcycle helmet review. The i10 is the replacement for HJC's top selling all-rounder helmet, the CL-17. That helmet was loved by many...

X-Lite X-903: a great performing, innovative touring helmet.

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Review of the X-Lite X-903 touring crash helmet. The X-903 is Italian helmet maker X-Lite's top-dog touring helmet. X-Lite set out to make it a compact...