CHEAP LIDS

12 bril­liant hel­mets for un­der £150

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There was a time, not so long ago, when a low-price lid wasn’t a par­tic­u­larly nice place to put your head. Un­com­fort­able, noisy and lack­ing in spec, they were no match for higher priced hel­mets. For­tu­nately, things in 2017 are much bet­ter. These days, riders look­ing to spend sen­si­ble money on a lid don’t have to feel like they’re slum­ming it, be­cause today’s en­try-level lids now in­clude pre­mium fea­tures like re­mov­able lin­ings, a choice of shell sizes, ad­vanced ven­ti­la­tion sys­tems, drop-down sun shields, Pin­lock-ready vi­sors and even race-replica paint schemes. Here are 12 of this year’s best value head pro­tec­tors.

LS2 FF320 Stream Lu­nar £99

Huge in Spain, LS2 hel­mets are now mak­ing a mas­sive im­pres­sion on the UK mar­ket with an en­tire range of high-qual­ity well-priced lids. The Stream is one up from the firm’s en­try-level model and is beau­ti­fully made with nice fin­ish­ing touches like the rub­ber-coated neck roll at the rear. The Stream also packs the spec, too, with re­mov­able hy­poal­ler­genic lin­ing, Pin­lock Max Vi­sion vi­sor (not in­cluded), drop­down sun­vi­sor, and mi­cro­met­ric buckle. Avail­able in sizes XXS-XXL in one shell size. White, black, matt black, black/white, and five dif­fer­ent colour schemes.

Con­tact www.ls2hel­mets.com

Caberg Stunt Bl­iz­zard £149.99

Su­per-ag­gres­sive looks make the Stunt ideal for ur­ban riders and fans of the street­fighter style. Beau­ti­fully made with nice fin­ish­ing touches like a rub­ber neck roll at the rear for in­creased com­fort, the mid-priced Caberg also packs fea­tures such as a plush re­mov­able lin­ing, an anti-scratch drop-down sun­vi­sor, an ex­ter­nal vi­sor that’s ready to take a Pin­lock anti-fog in­sert, as well as a re­mov­able chin cur­tain to keep out draughts. The poly­car­bon­ate shell is avail­able in two sizes across the S-XXL range. Plain black or white cost just £129.99.

Con­tact www.cabergcares.co.uk

AGV K3 Guy Martin replica £149.99

The AGV K3 is bril­liant value and a huge seller for the Ital­ian brand. It is beau­ti­fully made and light­weight with an ag­gres­sive, sporty shell shape and plush, re­mov­able Dri-lex lin­ing, but this ver­sion is an ex­tremely faith­ful replica of the hel­met that Guy wore dur­ing his 2015 sea­son.

The Guy Martin K3 re­tails at £149.99 but is on sale now at Mc­n­shop.com for just £119.99. And it has a 4-star SHARP rat­ing too. The only down­side of this lid is that the vi­sor’s not Pin­lock ready, but AGV claim that it has been treated with an anti-mist coat­ing, and if you want a Pin­lock-ready vi­sor you can buy them – along with tinted and irid­ium coloured ones – for about £40.

Con­tact www.moto-di­rect.com

HJC CS-15 £89.99

Korean brand HJC has been grow­ing in re­cent years, thanks to its rep­u­ta­tion for cre­at­ing bril­liantly per­form­ing lids for not a lot of cash. And this is their lat­est en­try-level of­fer­ing, the £89.99 CS-15. It uses a poly­car­bon­ate shell that’s avail­able in two sizes – a smaller shell for sizes ex­tra small to medium, and a larger shell for sizes L-XXL. There are easy-to-op­er­ate slide vents at the brow and chin, and a built-in breath guard. The CS-15 ben­e­fits from a re­mov­able, wash­able in­ter­nal lin­ing, a de­cent-qual­ity Pin­lock-ready vi­sor, and an easy-to-use mi­cro­met­ric chin buckle. Avail­able in a choice of eight graphic de­signs for £89.99, or plain black and white for £79.99.

Con­tact www.ox­prod.com

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