Your head is your greatest asset and you need to protect it, but it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Here are our 10 favorite cheap ATV helmets.
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 cheap ATV 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 $110.
Bell Helmets MX-9
The MX-9 from Bell helmets is a polycarbonate and ABS outer shell helmet with a full EPS liner with the Multi-Impact Protection System (MIPS) for optimal safety. You usually pay a lot more for a MIPS-equipped helmet, which makes this great-fitting skid lid a true bargain. The helmet is heavily ventilated too, making it even more comfortable. Bell has also seen to it that this is a stylish lid, with some of the best-looking graphics around. All for less that $160!
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.
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.
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 among the best cheap ATV helmets you can buy.
Troy Lee Designs SE4 Helmet
The SE4 helmet from Troy Lee Designs is very interesting. It is basically the same helmet at their higher cost versions. They take the liner and the internal parts of their award-winning helmets and have created a durable, but less expensive to produce poly-acrylic shell that lowers the cost. You still get all the style that you’d expect from a TLD lid, especially with their awesome Factory motif. You also get the MIPS protection system to help keep you safe. What you don’t get is the high price tag. The SE4 can be yours for around $250.
Answer Racing AR1 Edge 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 $120!
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. The best cheap ATV helmets are also comfortable to wear and with all that ventilation, the MX86 fits the bill.
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.
O’Neal 3 Series Helmet
O’Neal has been in the game for a long time and the new 3 Series helmet is among the best cheap ATV helmets around. These helmets meet DOT, ECE 22-05 and AS/NZS safety standards and can be had for around $100.
What makes a good but cheap helmet good?
All helmets sold today have to meet minimum requirements for safety. But just because a helmet meets those standards and doesn’t cost much, does that make it a good, but cheap helmet? No, not really. What makes a cheap helmet good is quality of construction. One of the ways manufacturers are making good, cheap helmets is to use the same, or similar EPS liners – the interior part of the helmet that actually absorbs the impact – with a polymer shell. Many of the top helmets use carbon fiber, or other composite materials which lower weight and add great strength. The poly shells are decently light, but are molded and much cheaper to produce. The result is a great helmet at a great price.
How long is a helmet good for?
One of the thing that makes these good, but cheap helmets popular is that a helmet, and yes, we mean EVERY helmet, is basically one-and-done. You get into one accident and it’s done. Once that EPS liner takes a hit, it is done and you need a new helmet. That can really sting with a $600 helmet, but $150 helmet doesn’t hurt as bad. As long as you’re taking care of your helmet, and you don’t have a bad impact to that helmet, an ATV helmet can last for a long time. If you have any question about the quality or condition of your ATV helmet, replace it. There are good but cheap ATV helmets that can be had in just about any color or style you want. Better to replace than to ever take a chance that your helmet might fail at a critical moment.