10 top open face hel­mets

An open-face lid means see­ing much more of the world, if you can ac­cept the ob­vi­ous com­pro­mise

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Bell Cus­tom 500 RSD Check It £159.99

Bell were in right at the be­gin­ning of jet hel­mets and that gives this hel­met in­stant cred­i­bil­ity. The shell has a top-qual­ity feel and the chrome edg­ing, faux leather frontage and gold/car­bon-ef­fect de­sign are all im­pres­sive. The in­te­rior is plush and ac­cu­rate to the pe­riod and the gog­gle strap re­tainer feels like qual­ity. Shame about the D-ring strap, which has the test cer­tifi­cate la­bel stitched to the outer sur­face for un­nec­es­sary vis­i­bil­ity.

Sizes XS-XXL Colours Matt or gloss black, white, blue, brown, nine mul­ti­colour de­signs Start­ing price £139.99 More info www.bell­hel­mets.co.uk

Scor­pion Belfast £129.99

One of the best-value op­tions here, with a light com­pos­ite fi­bre shell and plenty of qual­ity de­tail­ing, as well as a half-vi­sor – and it still ends up to­wards the bot­tom of the price range. The in­te­rior has a qual­ity feel, though it isn’t re­mov­able, and the lead­ing edge is made from faux leather for an ex­tra touch of class. The vi­sor has a smooth op­er­a­tion and the screws that hold the mech­a­nism in place are nicely de­tailed. The strap is se­cured with a mi­cro­met­ric buckle rather than D-rings. Sizes XS-XL Colours Matt black, black/green/white/red, white/ pur­ple/black/pink Start­ing price £119.99 More info www.tranam.co.uk

Arai Free­way Clas­sic Freerider £274.99

Has the qual­ity feel (and cost) you’d ex­pect from a pre­mium brand like Arai. The lin­ing is plush and well fit­ted, with a par­tial faux leather sec­tion on its lead­ing edge, and both the strap and se­cur­ing D-rings have a re­as­sur­ing qual­ity to them. There’s a gog­gle re­tain­ing strap at the rear and the hel­met comes with a peak. Sizes XS-XL Colours Matt or gloss black, four dif­fer­ent graph­ics Start­ing

price £219.99 More info www.wh­yarai.co.uk

AGV RP60 Black­board £169.99

No bells, no whis­tles. The de­sign is just how AGV’S open-face lids were back in the 1960s and 70s, but with the faux leather lead­ing edge to the in­te­rior and a softer lin­ing than there would have been back in the day. There’s an Agv-branded gog­gle strap re­tainer and the stitch­ing through the edg­ing trim adds a neat piece of au­then­tic­ity. It comes with a push-on peak. Sizes XS-XL Colours Black, white/red/ black, white/black, white/che­quered Start­ing

price £149.99 More info www.agv.co.uk

HJC FG-70S Her­itage £119.99

HJC are known for value and they’re among the most af­ford­able lids in this gath­er­ing, with a com­pos­ite-fi­bre shell, mois­ture-wick­ing re­mov­able lin­ing and an in­te­grated half vi­sor. The vi­sor ac­tion is quite sud­den but this is a de­cent, ba­sic hel­met with the right look. The lead­ing edge of the lin­ing is fabric not faux leather. Sizes XS-XL Colours Black, black/ white, black/or­ange, black/white, white/black, red/white/green Start­ing price £99.99

More info www.ox­ford­prod­ucts.com

Davida Jet £298

Davida have to take the credit for be­ing the first peo­ple to this party – clas­sic-styled open-face hel­mets were their sta­ple while other man­u­fac­tur­ers had dropped them. The Bri­tish-made hel­mets show the love that’s been put into them, with classy leather lin­ing and stitch­ing de­tail, rub­ber vi­sor seal, vel­cro gog­gle strap re­tainer and lus­trous paint fin­ish. Not cheap. Sizes XS-XL Colours 13 plain colours and 84 com­bi­na­tions Start­ing price £259.99 More info www.davida-hel­mets.com

X-lite X-201 Ul­tra Car­bon Wil­low Springs £259.99

Has a classy and very light­weight feel that few hel­mets here can match, the car­bon­fi­bre in the shell is real and con­trib­utes to the strength. The lin­ing, D-rings, strap, la­belling and all riv­ets add to the class feel. The sub­tle brand­ing is for X-lite’s par­ent com­pany Nolan (be­cause it has more 1970s her­itage). Sizes XS-XL Colours Plain black, plain car­bon, car­bon/che­quered Start­ing price £179.99

More info www.mo­to­gear.co.uk

Nexx XG10 Garage Muddy Hog £179.99

The lid from Por­tuguese peo­ple Nexx has a com­pos­ite-fi­bre shell and re­mov­able, wash­able, anti-al­ler­genic lin­ing. The edg­ing is faux leather and the rivet that holds the strap has im­pres­sive de­tail­ing. Where oth­ers have faux leather on the lead­ing edge of the lin­ing, this one is fabric so it will be harder to clean.

Sizes XS-XXXL Colours White, black or seven multi-colour de­signs Start­ing price £159.99

More info www.fac­to­rya­gen­cies.co.uk

Shoei J- O £299.99

Aimed squarely at the pop­u­lar ur­ban clas­sic rider, it lives up to the qual­ity as­so­ci­ated with Shoei with im­pres­sive touches like the sub­tle redesign of the logo, and Shoei-em­bossed pop stud on the gog­gle re­tainer. The slide ac­tion on the in­te­grated vi­sor is very slick. It’s among the most ex­pen­sive hel­mets in this gath­er­ing, but the class is ev­i­dent. Sizes XS-XL Colours Matt or gloss black, grey, white, red/black/ white, grey/black/white Start­ing price £259.99 More info www.shoeias­sured.co.uk

Roof Cooper £129.99

French lid firm Roof pride them­selves on in­no­va­tion and their Cooper is quintessen­tially quirky. It stands out for its rounded shape and twin vi­sor – the clear base vi­sor is con­ven­tional while the tinted vi­sor slides over the top. The strap fas­tens with a mi­cro­met­ric buckle. It’s also un­like other lids here in that it has slide-open vents at the fore­head and rear.

Sizes XS-XL Colours Matt black, white/black, red/black Start­ing price £124.99 More info www.neodis­tri­bu­tion.co.uk

Gog­gle strap re­tainer Most lids here have one to stop gog­gle straps slip­ping off, even though most straps now have sil­i­cone grip-strips. Press studs These al­low ei­ther a peak or sep­a­rate vi­sor to be at­tached to the lid. Leather front Hav­ing this made from gen­uine or faux leather gives the right look and makes it eas­ier to clean off bugs. Trim Plenty here have a tra­di­tional look to the trim around the shell edge – ei­ther stitched faux leather or chrome-ef­fect.

Vi­sor If hel­mets have an in­te­gral vi­sor, we’ve pic­tured it with the vi­sor down. No vi­sor in the pic­ture = no vi­sor on the lid.

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