Editors at MCUSA have no shortage of helmets. Throughout the riding season our crew is supplied with the latest releases, and we’re always in search of the next best lid. While some quickly find their way to the supply closet, others graduate to more brutal trail conditions – giving a select few the honor of protecting us on a regular basis. In preparation for the upcoming holidays, MotoUSA features some of our editors’ top picks, along with some other popular helmet models, in this Motorcycle Holiday Gift Guide to Dirt Helmets.
Shoei VFX-W Crosshair Helmet
The Shoei VFX-W Crosshair is the gold standard in dirt lids. The fit is comfortable, the design is slick, and the quality is unsurpassed in my book. The eyeport is large enough to work with most goggles I’ve tried, but it’s not so large that your face gets excessively roosted. I have yet to crash test this iteration of the VFX, but I have crashed in previous versions. Without a doubt a cheaper helmet could have left me far worse for the wear than the tried and true Shoei. – Justin Dawes
One Industries Gamma Positron Helmet
Featuring some of the most advanced technology, the One Industries Gamma Positron Helmet is not only on the cutting edge of performance but also style. The lid includes a dual density EPS liner for added strength and large intake and exhaust vents to keep riders comfortable in a variety of climates. It is available in four different colors and in sizes X-Small to 2X-Large.
Bell Moto-9 Helmet
Safety is the top priority with any helmet and the Bell Moto-9 brings new levels with Magnefusion Emergency Removal System cheek pads. It’s also ready to accept the Helmet Eject System. The magnet system is sweet and makes using the helmet and caring for it extra simple in addition to the safety benefits. The fit is incredible, it vents well and the eye port is large without allowing unnecessary roost. Bell covers the TriMatrix Composit shell with multiple graphic options and it comes with a padded helmet bag. This is a top-dollar helmet worth every penny. – JC Hilderbrand
Fox Racing V1 Race Helmet For those who aren’t looking to drop four bills on a top shelf helmet but still want a stylish, DOT and Snell certified lid there’s the Fox Racing V1 Helmet. The roost deflector is adjustable and the helmet features updated styling cues taken from its more expensive sibling, the V3. Specifically placed vent channels help pull out heat and moisture, while an injection molded polycarbonate shell provides solid protection. The design also includes a removable mouthpiece for easy cleaning.
Fly Racing F2 Carbon Andrew Short Replica Helmet
Fly Racing’s F2 Carbon Helmet uses woven carbon fiber and Kevlar composite shell construction for lightweight protection that meets multiple safety standards. With 11 intake and four exhaust vents, there’s no shortage of cooling no matter how hot it gets. The cheek pads are snug but removable for easy washing. Even with a relatively short chin bar, getting goggles on and off is easy with a small roost guard. I love the bright colors of the Andrew Short Replica. It looks great in photos, draws attention and hides dirt exceptionally well. – JC Hilderbrand
Answer Racing Skullcandy Helmet
If bright graphics are your cup of tea than consider Answer Racing’s Skullcandy Helmet. Available in purple or red, this helmet has a number of attractive features in both style and performance. Despite ringing it at only $169.95 the helmet is EPS lined with a snap-in system that is removable/washable. On top of it all are UV coated graphics that allow this lid to stand out from the rest.