I was young, screaming around the trails by my house on my Yamaha Banshee. I was sporting some sweet gear and the crown jewel was my Bell Helmets Moto 4 Ricky Johnson signature helmet – the coolest helmet ever (yes, I’m that old). I was riding along a trail that was converted rail line, so the ground was crushed rock. I didn’t see the washout until it was too late.

The accident was pretty bad. I had been pulled under the machine in the air and it landed on me, slamming me both into the ground and crushing me under the machine. I was bloodied, mangled and with parts of me that weren’t where they we supposed to be – BUT – I was alive. The helmet had done what it was supposed to do and took the brunt of the impacts to my head. My sweet skid lid was toast, but I lived to buy a new one.

Wear a helmet, plain and simple. It’ll save your life. The helmets available today are so advanced that you really can’t go wrong. Find one that fits right, is in your budget and have at it. Any helmet is better than no helmet, but here are the 10 best helmets money can buy.

6D – ATR-1

6D AT1 Carbon

6D burst onto the scene and made an impact with some of the most technologically advanced helmets ever. A unique gel dampening system and a carbon shell mean ultimate protection and light weight. The ATR-1 is our favorite. Shop for a 6D helmet right here.

Arai Helmets VX-Pro 4

Arai VX-4 Pro

Arai has been around for a long time and makes some of the best and most comfortable helmets going. The latest one, the VX-Pro 4, has more venting than any previous model. Many pro motocrossers trust Arai. You can buy one yourself here.

Shoei VFX-W

Shoei VFX W

Shoei is well known for lightweight, well-vented and comfortable helmets that fit great. The VFX-W is no exception. Here’s where you can get one.

Bell Moto-9 Carbon Flex

Bell Moto 9 Carbon Flex

The latest Bell Helmet, the Moto-9 Carbon Flex, is a great-fitting, lightweight masterpiece of safety gear technology. A carbon fiber matrix shell reduces weight and offers outstanding protection. Learn more here.

Troy Lee Designs SE4

Troy Lee Designs SE4

Troy lee started off painting the helmets of the stars back in the 1980s. He went on to design his own line of gear and produce some of the best helmets available. The fact that each lid is decked in an original TLD paintjob ups the cool factor. Pick one up for yourself here.

Fox Racing 2017 V3

Fox Racing V3

Fox Racing, a storied brand of moto gear, started making helmets that matched its legendary gear in both style and quality. Many riders swear by them for fit and protection and the 2017 V3 looks like a winner. Learn more about it here.

Leatt Helmet

Leatt Helmet

Created by the same doctor that developed the neck brace that has become standard equipment for motocrossers, Leatt Helmets have tons of protection in a package that weighs less than 4 pounds! Get one for your favorite ATV rider here.

Fly Racing F2 Carbon MIPS

Fly Racing F2 Carbon

Fly Racing makes a great helmet that is comfortable, stylish and affordable. The new Carbon F2 MIPS is one of the best available in its price range. You can shop for one right here.

Thor Racing Verge

Thor Tracer

Thor is another apparel company that branched into making a great and affordable helmet that closely matches the gear it produces. The Verge is Thor’s latest and it is constructed out of fiberglass for strength and durability. Thor helmets are available here.

AGV AX-8 Evo Carbotech Helmet

AGV AX-8 Evo Carbotech Helmet

AGV used fiberglass, carbon fiber and Kevlar to create a helmet that protects your head and weighs just 3.2 lbs – the AX-8 EXO Carbotech. An increased chin area adds additional protection and better fit. Shop for AGV helmets here.

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