While your helmet may still look good, every few years you should invest in a new one. Here are some of the best ATV helmets for 2019.
A helmet is a funny piece of safety equipment. It’s one of those things that we often take for granted until we end up needing it, and then we’re more than happy it was there. We write about this all the time, but they are vitally important. You should never – ever – ride without one. For 2019, there are some great new helmets on the market with an emphasis on increased safety, lowered weight and stylish appearance. Here are some of the best ATV helmets for 2019 to help you pick out your new skid lid.
One of the acronyms you’ll see associated with the best ATV helmets for 2019 is MIPS. In a helmet, the MIPS system adds protection against the rotational motion transmitted to the brain from angled impacts to the head. The rotational motion is a combination of rotational energy and rotational forces from angular acceleration that both affect the brain and increases the risk for minor and severe brain injuries. MIPS’ added protection system has been proven to reduce the rotational motion when implemented in a helmet by absorbing and redirecting energies and forces otherwise transmitted to the brain. MIPS started as research from a Swedish neurosurgeon looking for ways to increase safety and reduce the chances of brain damage in accidents. Over the past couple of years, MIPS technology has become the industry standard for ATV helmets. Not every helmet is MIPS equipped, but more and more are.
The best helmet is the one you will wear all the time. To get one that you’ll want to wear, it has to fit right. An ATV helmet should fit snug, but not be so tight as to be uncomfortable. You start by measuring two inches above your eyebrows and around the thickest part of your head. This will give you the diameter of your head and help you select the proper size. Not all helmets are sized the same, so be aware of that. Many helmet companies make 2-3 different sizes of outer shell, and then adjust the size with the liner and inner shell of the helmet. It is important to check each manufacturer to see all of the interior dimensions before ordering a helmet online. One brand’s XL may not be very close to another brand’s helmet of the same size.
One simple test to see if your helmet fits right is to put it on and sharply turn your head from side to side. If the helmet continues to move after you stop your head, it’s too loose. And parents, please do not get a bigger helmet to let your child “grow into it.” This is inviting disaster. The best ATV helmets for 2019 will fit right and become a part of your riding ritual.
Bell Qualifier DLX Forced Air
This new helmet from Bell Helmets is one of the first helmets designed for UTV drivers. It has a polycarbonate shell with integrated communications ports to let you add radios. It has a dust skirt that attaches to the bottom to seal out dust and debris, and there is a large air intake on the helmet for a forced air system. This is the same sort of system the dessert racers use and it creates a steady, dust-free air supply for you as you ride. The shield seals tight and is made with Transitions Lens material, auto-darkening when the sun is out. Easily one of the best ATV helmets for 2019.
Fly Racing F2 Carbon
Fly redesigned the popular F2 helmet for 2019, making it lighter and adding more ventilation. This helmet is a carbon-fiber, Kevlar weave for strength and light weight. The added vents make it cooler to wear even on hot days. It has the MIPS system for protection. What is really appealing about this helmet for ATV riders is the price. It is one of the most advanced helmets on the market, yet can be had for around $300.
Fox Racing V1
Fox racing is one of the most recognizable brands in off-road, and they make some of the best gear. Fox ATV helmets are very popular for being light weight and very cool looking, while being very safe to wear and use. The V1 is its lower-end helmet with a polycarbonate shell and is DOT approved. It comes with Fox’s magnetic visor release that allows the visor to pop off in an accident and not add additional forces to your head and neck.
Troy Lee Designs SE4 Composite 2019
If you’re after cutting edge style, you have to look at Troy Lee Designs helmets. These are always some of the most stylish ATV helmets year after year. The SE4 is a lightweight composite material helmets with over 20 vents and the MIPS system. The cheek pads are made with a 3D anatomically corrected design to make this a very comfortable helmet too. All of this adds up to being one of the best ATV helmets for 2019.
When Shoei decided to redesign the popular VFX helmet, a helmet that was widely known as being one of the best available for over 10 years, you would expect something really good. The VFX-EVO doesn’t disappoint. This is made with layers of hand-laid fiberglass and organic composites. It uses Shoei’s own version of the MIPS system, called Motion Energy Distribution. It has been wind-tunnel tested for aerodynamics and for the functionality of its 16 vents and ports. Not the cheapest option, but this is undoubtedly one of the best ATV helmets for 2019 you will find anywhere.