Protect your head without breaking the bank
A helmet is the single most important thing you must have to go riding an ATV, or driving a UTV. Sure, 99.9% of the time, you don’t need it. But that one time you do, it’ll save your life. Trust me – I know. I’ve said this before that I would not be here today if not for my helmet. But I also understand that helmets cost money. While yes, there are some sweet features you’re not going to find below a certain price point, the fact remains that you can find some really great helmets that won’t but a major hurting on your wallet. Here are 10 of the best affordable helmets you can get.
Fly Racing Kinetic
I’ll start off with the very helmet I trust with my kids’ lives. That should tell you a lot about how much I like these helmets. They are DOT approved and have a dual-density EPS liner. This means there are two layers of EPS, one softer, one slightly harder, that combine to provide better impact protection. There are multiple colors and designs available and sizing from youth all the way up through 4XL. The best thing is that these quality skid lids are available for around $100. You can pick up one for yourself here.
Bell Helmets SX-1
The SX-1 is Bell Helmets’ most budget-friendly helmet. It has a Polycarbonate/ABS composite shell and is ventilated for comfort on hot days. It carries a five-year warranty against defects and best of all – comes in under $100. Shop for a Bell SX-1 helmet here.
Fox V1 Race Helmet
These awesome helmets have an injection-molded shell and nine intake vents. They exceed ECE 22.05 and DOT certifications for safety and are very lightweight. The V1 has all the style and coolness you’d expect from Fox Racing starting around $170. You can by a Fox V1 helmet here.
The CL-X7 helmet is not the cheapest in the HJC lineup, but it has more features packed into it than most in its price range of less than $150. It is a fiberglass/Kevlar shell, full multi-density liner and is DOT and SNELL certified. It comes in a wide range of styles and colors and is a great buy. Click here to shop for an HJC CL-X7 helmet.
Thor Sector Helmet
Besides the fact that these new helmets from Thor just look sweet, the Sector helmets provide a great deal of safety and design for just over $100. Dual-density EPS lining, multiple air vents and an injection-molded outer shell, make these helmets a great buy. Pick one up for your favorite rider here.
Troy Lee Designs Air Helmet
Troy Lee knows helmets and the new Air line is pretty special. With a pre-preg carbon / composite shell and a forced-air ventilation system, these helmets are one of the most advanced skid lids you can get for around $175. Plus, being from TLD, you know they are going to look sweet! Go shopping for a Troy Lee Designs Air helmet here.
Answer Racing SNX 2 Helmet
This is Answer’s lowest-priced helmet, yet it still meets or exceeds DOT FMVSS 218 safety standards. It has a full ABS shell and multiple intake and exhaust ports for air flow. Plus it looks pretty cool too, especially for a helmet around $115! You can check out a variety of colors of the Answer Racing SNX 2 helmet here.
G-Max MX86 Helmet
G-Max makes a good, high quality helmet that won’t hurt your wallet. The MX86 looks great and retails for less than $130. The best feature for riding on hot days is the ventilation. The MX86 has 16 vents to help cool you down with a Coolmax liner. You can find a G-Max MX86 helmet here.
Fly Racing Trekker Helmet
The Trekker helmet from Fly is a great choice for those of us that wear glasses and don’t always want to deal with an OTG goggle. The flip-down shield helps keep your eyes safe and the fit and ventilation make this a comfortable and stylish helmet. For around $150, you can’t go wrong with the Trekker. Check out the Fly Trekker helmets for yourself here.
O’Neal 3 Series Helmet
O’Neal has been in the game for a long time and the new 3 Series helmet is a great, budget-friendly option for a brain bucket. These helmets meet DOT, ECE 22-05 and AS/NZS safety standards and can be had for around $100. Shop for an O’Neal 3 Series helmet here.