Four Cool New 2018 Helmets
It seems like every year, the gear companies are working overtime to match what the ATV and UTV manufacturers are, and are releasing the 2018 gear earlier than ever. That’s a good thing if you’re looking for deals, because the 2017 lines are being discounted. It’s an even better thing if you’re looking for the latest cool features and colors because there are some very cool new 2018 helmets up for grabs.
Fly Racing F2 Carbon MIPS Forge Helmet
The newest Fly Racing F2 helmets have a carbon fiber/Kevlar composite shell, and have a Coolmax liner to help keep you from sweating as much. These have the MIPS Brain Protection System, which means the helmet has an integrated, low-friction layer designed to reduce rotational motion transferred to the brain from angled impacts to the head. Good stuff. You can easily find these helmets for under $400.
Klim Patriot F3 Helmet
Klim has been known for making seriously nice off-road, dual sport and snowmobile gear for some time now. Klim’s latest off-road lineup is making some waves and getting noticed and with good reason. The new Klim F3 helmet is extremely lightweight – the medium size weighs just over three pounds – and low profile. It meets or exceeds all DOT and ECE specifications for safety and it has the widest opening of anything in its class, meaning you have less obstruction to your field of view. But let’s get real – we had you with the paint job on this one. Even better? It retails for under $300!
Fox Racing V1 Helmet
Fox Racing went from being a small gear company started by a teenager in Southern California, to being a major lifestyle brand and an iconic force in powersports. For 2018, Fox keeps the fires lit with new designs, including the sweet new V1, a very good helmet for the money. These injection-molded polycarbonate helmets have nine intake scoops and four vents to keep air flowing. They exceed ECE 22.05 and DOT requirements and just look cool, too. These helmets are priced well under $200.
Troy Lee Designs Youth SE4 Polyacrylite
Troy Lee did something really cool by bringing its well-known style to a youth model so your kids will have the latest and greatest. TLD took its top-of-the-line SE4 helmet and created a molded poly-outer shell to reduce the costs. Now some helmet companies do this and replace the internals with cheaper stuff too. Not TLD. The SE4 Poly skid lid has all the same internal parts and protection as its high-end helmet. It has the MIPS system, and exceeds DOT FMVSS 218, ECE 22.05 and AS/NZS 1698 certifications. In other words – it’ll protect your kid. You can get one in your size too, so you can match! All for a little over $200.
Derrek's love for all things ATV started when he was a mere 11 years old, growing up on his family farm. His mom gave him and his sister a choice - get a horse, or a three-wheeler. The sister wanted the horse, and Derrek wanted the ATV. Luckily he won out, and was soon burning up the trails on a Yamaha Tri-Moto 200. By the time he was 14, he had saved enough of his own money by working on the farm and in his folks restaurant to buy a new 4-wheeler. That happened the day he and his mom were driving past the dealership and saw 1987 Banshee. His mom had no idea what he was buying, and he never looked back. He's been riding ever since, and been writing professionally for many years. He has ridden all over North America and been behind the controls of just about every machine out there. And yes, he still has his 1987 Yamaha Banshee.
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