Adventure helmets are an ideal option for ATV and UTV riders who wear glasses, thanks to their flip-down face shields.
We keep pounding you with information about helmets and buying and wearing them, but it’s only because we care. Wearing a helmet can save your life. Most of us here are only here today because we were wearing a helmet at the moment when things did not go as planned. Fear not, my friends. Helmets are comfortable, stylish and reasonably priced. One style gaining in popularity are adventure helmets. These look like a regular full-face dirt helmet, including the visor, but they offer a flip-down face shield to protect your eyes, too. That makes them a great choice if you wear glasses, or if you want to wear sunglasses on a bright, sunny day. Here are five great options you should look into if you’re in the market.
Okay, so maybe we’re not starting out with the most affordable option, but for those of you looking for the best, the Arai XD4 might be it. Arai already makes great helmets and it recently worked hard to improve its adventure offering, resulting in the XD4. It is heavily vented and offers you many options to adjust the fit with moveable padding inside the liner. Meeting SNELL 2010 and DOT approvals, this is a serious helmet for the serious rider. Each weighs around 4.8 pounds and it is backed by a five-year warranty.
Again, the Klim Krios is not a cheap helmet, but a worthy one for sure. The Krios is a carbon-fiber-based helmet that is lightweight, at around four pounds, and extremely sturdy, meaning you’ll be protected in case of the worst scenario. It is well ventilated, but those vents can be closed off for use in cold-weather applications. Klim is an adventure company with off-road roots that run deep. You’ll know your skid lid is going to work well for the type of life you lead.
Bell MX-9 Adventure
The Bell MX-9 Adventure is based on and has many of the features of Bell’s Moto-9 MX helmet packed into a polycarbonate shell for reduced costs. The MX-9 Adventure is a great helmet with various shield options, including a pricey one with an auto-darkening feature for when a clear morning turns into a bright day. You can also find these helmets with MIPS impact protection technology built in; an added bonus for the thrill seeker in us. Even better is the price. These are very reasonable adventure helmets.
HJC is one of the biggest helmet producers in the world and it sells a wide range of quality skid lids. The HJC DS-X1 is a lower-priced polycarbonate-shell helmet with decent ventilation and quality construction. The liner is moisture-wicking and anti-microbial to keep you cool, and reduce the risks of a stinky helmet. Plus you can remove it and wash it when it gets nasty.
I know, I’ve written about the Fly Trekker helmet before, but it’s hard to pass over. It’s a high-quality helmet that fits great, offers good ventilation and protection and the cost is very reasonable compared to other adventure helmets. It has a poly-alloy outer shell and a removable liner for cleaning. The eye-port is wide enough that you can flip up the shield and throw on a pair of goggles should the need arise, like if the trail gets muddy.