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Motorcycle Holiday Gift Guide: Helmets

Monday, November 29, 2010
VFX-W K-Dub Helmet
Look and feel like a pro with the VFX-W K-Dub Helmet, complete with a Dual-Layer EPS liner and a solid ventilation system.
Holiday shopping season is in full swing and the online rush is upon us with Cyber Monday. When it comes to motorcycle gear, what better way to top off the gift giving than with a new lid? Here's a handy list of our favorite motorcycle helmets tested by our editors this riding season:

Shoei VFX-W K-Dub Helmet
With the Shoei VFX-W K-Dub Helmet you can look just like AMA Motocross and Supercross racer, Kevin Windham, when you’re riding your dirt bike off-road. But rest assured, this helmet not only looks the part but performs with it offering superb fit and ventilation, making it the ultimate helmet for riders seeking the utmost in style and protection. - Adam

The Shoei VFX-W K-Dub Helmet is available at Motorcycle Superstore.
MSRP: $592.99

Shift Racing Double Bypass Helmet Review
With cool graphics at an affordable price, the Double Bypass Helmet is sure to stand out. 
Shift Racing Agent Double Bypass Helmet
Sometimes affordable helmets are a little light on the styling, but that’s not the case with the Shift Racing Agent Double Bypass Helmet. Aside from the pricetag it’s not light on anything, including mayo, mustard and pickles. Shift’s cheeseburger-themed lid passes Snell and DOT standards and it makes a great conversation piece on the starting line. Kids and adults alike get a kick out of the artery-clogging design and it makes for a great gift at under a hundred bucks. - JC

Read more in our Shift Agent Double Bypass Helmet Review.

The Shift Racing Agent Double Bypass Helmet is available at Motorcycle Superstore.
MSRP: $99.95

Fly Racing Formula MX Helmet
Meanwhile Fly Racing has stepped up its protection game and introduced the Fly Racing Formula MX Helmet to the high-end racing market. Riders like Andrew Short and Trey Canard sport this lid in the AMA Supercross and Motocross racing series. We love everything from the outer shell construction to the color and styling and internal padding and comfort. - JC

The Fly Racing Formula MX Helmet is available at Motorcycle Superstore.
MSRP: $399.95
Bell Custom 500
Although its look is old school, the technology sure isn't. The Bell Custom 500 has a fiberglass shell that is DOT certified with an EPS foam layer.

Bell Custom 500 Stunt Helmet
For those on the street old school is the new cool. Riders are rippin’ around on bobbers and choppers like it’s the ‘70s all over again. And there’s no better bucket that captures the essence of those good times than the Bell Custom 500 Stunt Helmet. The graphics on this thing are sick, a combination of slick pinstriping and Evel Kneivel-style stars coupled with just a touch of chrome trim. Thefirst helmet Bell founder Roy Richter molded out of fiberglass was named the “500,” and this modern interpretation is a fitting tribute to the design that helped spawn the modern motorsport helmet. The open-face Bell 500 features custom fiberglass construction, an EPS foam liner and is lightweight. It’s shaped narrow for a snug fit and the interior is comfy courtesy of a quilted liner. The Bell Custom 500 Stunt Helmet is equipped with snaps for the quick attachment of a Bell Retro 3 Snap Shield. A groovy-looking helmet with a solid fit that’s DOT-approved and won’t break the bank. -  Bryan

Read more in our Bell Custom 500 Helmet Review.

The Bell Custom 500 Stunt Helmet is available at Motorcycle Superstore.
MSRP: $139.95
 
C3 Flip-Up Helmet
Available in Europe since its 2008 premier  a DOT spec of the C3 helmet is slated for U.S. shores sometime this fall.
Despite its hefty pricetag, the Schuberth C3 helmet is a sophisticated lid capable of accommodating a Schuberth Rider Communication system.
Got some serious coin for a premium touring helmet this holiday season? Look no further than the Schuberth C3. The German brand returns to the States with this uber-trick modular design, and the C3 delivers with excellent ventilation and comfort. It also happens to be one of the quietest helmet we’ve ever sampled and boasts a Pinlock visor as standard fare. The new lid also accommodates a purpose-built Schuberth Rider Communication (SRC) system from Cardo. Of course, at $699 the C3 is far from cheap. But when the old man wears the C3 while riding his R1200GS to the MOA rally he’ll be more than satisfied. And don’t forget mom either, as a special W version of the C3 caters to the female headform. Schuberth is setting up its dealer distribution network with charter dealerships throughout the country, so visit www.schuberth.com/us for more details. - Bart

Read more in our Schuberth C3 First Impressions Review and our Schuberth Helmets Factory Tour.
MSRP: $699

Bell Vortex Apocalypse
For $30 more the Bell Vortex helmet is available with cool graphics by Roland Sands.
Bell Vortex Striker Helmet
Our riding season with the Bell Vortex Striker helmet has been trouble free and comfortable, and all with a relatively modest asking price at $169.95. While ventilation is average, there's little buffeting and wind noise more than tolerable. We also loved the quick- release visor system and completely dug the accessory Bell Transitions Photochromatic Shield. At $119.95 the Transitions shield is almost as much as the helmet but an incredibly convenient feature, with the shield tint changing depending on the light conditions. For an extra $30 Roland Sands lends his styling expertise in the Vortex RSD Apocalypse Helmet. - Bart

Read more in the Bell Vortex Striker Helmet Review.
MSRP: $169.95

Icon Alliance Hign Viz Helmet
The Icon Alliance Hi-Viz helmet is nearly impossible to miss and is a must-have for riders wishing to separate themselves from the crowd.
Icon Alliance Hi-Viz Helmet 
Motorcyclists are already at a disadvantage out there. Making yourself visible is paramount to surviving on the streets. Icon’s Alliance Hi-Viz Helmet will increase the odds that drivers see you thanks to fluorescent colors and reflective graphics. Everybody comments at how bright the Hi-Viz Orange Alliance I’ve been wearing is. But that’s exactly the point - it’s built to be bright. Day or night, this full-face helmet stands out. The HydraDry liner provides plenty of padded comfort and snaps out easily for cleaning. The Icon Alliance Hi-Viz helmet circulates plenty of air with its combination of adjustable twin supervents on the top of the shell, a chin vent that opens and closes easily to go along with twin intake and twin export ports. It also meets DOT, ECE (Europe), SAI (Australia) & SG (Japan) safety and testing standards courtesy of a molded polycarbonate shell. Not a bad deal at all for the $220 asking price. - Bryan
 
The Icon Alliance Hi-Viz Helmet is available at Motorcycle Superstore.
MSRP: $220
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Comments
Pamberjack -Sir  November 29, 2010 11:27 PM
I'd be VERY careful buying a helmet for someone as a surprise gift. Not only is there the whole "correct fit" issue to worry about, but they are such a personal statement you'd have to be pretty damn switched on to get a design that the recipient would really go for. One (wo)man's bitchin' helmet art is all to easily another man's barf-inducing nightmare...