KIT SHOWCASE Each of these great lids costs £200 or less Paint All these helmets are available in the design shown for £200 or less. We’ve also listed the base price for the model in plain colours.
Scorpion Exo 510 £169.99
Has a Pinlock Maxvision antimist insert and a removable anti-bacterial lining. The cheekpads have an emergency release system and there’s also an inflation lid, with a
AGV K3-SV £189.99
Decent sporty budget helmet from the company who protect Valentino Rossi and Guy Martin’s bonces. This is one of the few lids here available in race rep designs (including this Andrea Iannone replica) and the sharp lines give it an aggressive look. The spec isn’t the highest here, with a regular Pinlock insert interfering with outlook more than a Maxvision type, and the chin vent is fiddly to operate as the tab is on
Nolan N87 £159.99 LS2 FF324.21 Metro Rapid flipfront £169.99
The only flipfront here is at a disadvantage in the weight stakes because flips have weighty extra parts. The sun visor has a smooth operation but the visor change is a real fiddle. Vents on the chin can only be covered by push-in plastic inserts.
Caberg X-trace £159.99
There aren’t many budget-priced adventure helmets around so this new-for-2016 Caberg is a welcome arrival to the market. It’s a good-looking lid that impresses considering the price point. The vents are easy to operate with gloved hands thanks to chunky sliders and the lining has a soft, comfortable feel. Downsides are that the dropdown sun visor was difficult to retract on our example, visor removal is awkward and you have to pay an extra £24.99 for the Pinlock insert (though the visor is already prepared to take one).
MT Blade SV £119.99
Cheapest helmet here has an impressive spec that shows what’s possible for the money. It has a Maxvision Pinlock
Shark Skwal £199.99
At the top end of the price range here, but the quality matches the price with a high standard of finish. The most eye-catching assets are the LED lights at the forehead, chin and exhaust vents, which make the rider more visible at night. They charge via a micro USB port secreted away in the lining. The Skwal’s vents are chunky and easy to use, the sun visor operation is smooth and convenient and the visor is protected by a Pinlock Maxvision insert. It also comes in a vast array of colour options.
XS-XL Matt or gloss black, white or 31 different graphics 1560g (M)
HJC FG-ST £199.99
The only fibreglass-shelled helmet in this gathering is a good sports-touring lid with a decent finish, the Pinlock Maxvision visor insert you’d expect for the money and chunky easy-to-use vents. The strap secures with D-rings, the removable lining has a soft feel and it comes with a removable chin curtain. There’s a dropdown sun visor, which has a slightly jerky mechanism but that’s the only quibble on a smart helmet for the money.
XS-XL Gloss or matt black, white or 11 different graphics 1500g (S)
Held Strong Bullet £369.99
There’s an urban feel about Held’s jacket, which is constructed from soft cowhide and comes with CE shoulder and elbow armour.