Plenty of choices to protect your head
This is the first in a series of ATV Buyer’s Guide articles. This series will look at everything from riding gear to performance modifications and everything in between. We will look at products and services from a wide variety of companies to help you see what your options are when it comes to spending your hard-earned money on ATV-related goodies.
When coming up with ideas for the Buyer’s Guide series, helmets seemed like the most logical place to start. Outside of your ATV itself, it’s the most crucial piece of equipment you need to ride. Simply put, everybody who rides ATVs needs to wear a helmet.
Even if you already own a helmet, you may want to think about replacing it. Helmets don’t last forever and if yours is getting on in years a new one might be in order.
When it actually comes time to purchase a helmet, make sure it fits properly. A helmet should fit snugly, but it shouldn’t be so snug that it it’s painful. Be sure to try on multiple sizes from more than one manufacturer because helmet sizes vary from brand to brand.
Dozens of helmet brands are out there for your perusal, each with different styles, materials, and graphics to choose from. We can’t possibly list them all here, but we’ll try to give you a wide variety to look at from the bottom of the price scale to the top.
AFX makes lower-priced helmets with plenty of features. The AFX helmet line includes five youth models and six adult models with prices ranging from $54.95 to $134.95.
Answer Racing Official Web Site
Answer is a big name in off-road racing and produces low to mid-priced helmets. The Answer Racing helmet line includes one youth model and three adult models with prices ranging from $79.95 to $249.95.
Arai Official Web Site
Arai only produces top-of-the-line adult helmets. Two off-road models are available with prices ranging from $529.95 to $699.95. You’ll pay a premium for graphics with Arai as prices vary by more than $100 depending on the paint. Those prices might give you a case of sticker shock, but these helmets have a proven track record and all the creature comforts you could want.
Bell Official Web Site
Bell is one of the world’s largest helmet makers with a large following in cycling and auto sports. Bell makes one youth ATV helmet and three adult models, each in a variety of colors. Prices range from $89.95 to $399.95.
Fly Racing Official Web Site
Fly Racing is well known in the motocross world and the company’s helmets cover a wide price spectrum with prices ranging from $99.95 to $439.95. Fly Racing’s helmet lineup includes one youth model and four adult models, each with a variety of colors and graphics.
Fox Racing Official Web Site
Fox has made a name for itself in everything from surfing to mountain bike riding, but off-road powersports is its bread and butter. Fox makes youth and adult helmets ranging in price from $109.95 to $375.00.
HJC has been manufacturing helmets, and only helmets, since 1971. With prices ranging from $69.99 to $419.99, HJC has a helmet for just about any budget. HJC lays claim to being the top helmet brand in North America since 1992.
Rockhard Official Web Site
Rockhard helmets are just plain fun. With off-road helmets featuring exclusive graphics from bands line AC/DC, SlipKnot, Slayer, and Motorhead, you can wear what you listen to. All Rockhard helmets retail for $249.99, but you can find some really good deals out there well below the sticker price.
Shoei Official Web Site
Shoei has been manufacturing helmets since 1959. Best known for producing a wide variety of high-quality motorcycle helmets, Shoei does produce a very good ATV helmet with prices ranging from $399.99 to $559.99.
Thor Motocross Official Web Site
Thor is a big name is ATV and off-road motorcycle racing. Beyond helmets, Thor can outfit you from head to toe with boots, goggles, apparel and body armor. Thor helmets range in price from $94.95 to $429.95.
Zamp Racing Official Web Site
If you’re new to ATV riding or just don’t want to spend a lot of money, Zamp Racing helmets are a good place to start. With helmets starting at $52.95 and topping out at $119.95, Zamp Racing helmets are easy on your wallet.
If you’re looking for a new helmet, check out the ATV.com Buyer’s Guide.