2012 Motorcycle Gift Guide: Dirt Helmets

November 28, 2012
By Motorcycle USA Staff

Finding the perfect gift during the holidays can be hard, but if you’re buying for an off-road rider then a new lid might be the perfect choice because keeping the goods upstairs safe is a top priority. Maybe you’re looking to treat yourself to a new helmet, but can’t help but get caught in the sheer number of choices. Have no fear, because the tireless crew at MCUSA have been keeping notes of their favorite off-road helmets all year and are ready to share their suggestions for whatever style of off-roading you do, in the 2012 Motorcycle Gift Guide to Dirt Helmets.

Shoei VFX-W Helmet.
Shoei VFX-W Helmet.

Shoei VFX-W 
A proper fitting helmet is key when riding or racing off-road. The Shoei VFX-W offers a superb design that not only looks cool but fits excellent too. The inside of the helmet is modular which allows for further fit customization or cleaning. When properly fitted the helmet is very comfortable on the rider’s head and doesn’t slide around when the rider moves his or her head. The ventilation systems flows air over the rider’s head which helps keep him or her cool even on hot days. A number of graphics and rider replicas are also available so you can look like your favorite racing heroes on T.V. – Adam Waheed.

MSRP: $463.99-$476.99

Fly Racing Kinetic Dash Helmet.
Fly Kinetic Dash Helmet.

Fly Racing Kinetic Dash Helmet
Coming in with an MSRP under $100, the Fly Racing Kinetic Dash Helmet provides a lot of bang for your buck. The poly-alloy shell meets DOT and ECE safety standards and is durable and lightweight. It has lots of intake and exhaust vents that align with EPS channels to help keep you cool and the removable liner and cheek pads are easily detached, utilizing a quick-snap system. It comes in a number of color combinations, each one bold and guaranteed to grab the attention of riders and spectators alike. – MotoUSA.

MSRP: $99.95

Bell Moto 9 Helmet
Bell Moto-9 Helmet.

Bell Moto-9 
As one of the best known names in motorcycle helmets, Bell put a ton of time and effort into their Moto-9 Motocross lid. With a rider like James Stewart on the development team, testing the product and making minor tweaks before the final product was revealed means no expense was spared in creating a superior product. The helmet can be purchased in a composite shell ($475.95) or a carbon fiber model ($549.95). The interior is comfortable and instead of using clips, uses magnets to hold onto the inside the helmet. Removing them is simple for airing out the helmet or washing the cheek pads. The complete package is epic and always a favorite! – Frankie Garcia.

MSRP: $475.95 (Composite Shell Shown)

Answer Racing Comet Rockstar Helmet.
Answer Racing Comet Rockstar Helmet.

Answer Racing Comet Rockstar Helmet
The Answer Racing Comet Rockstar Helmet backs up its bold, aggressive graphics with a number of features that will ensure you’re head remains safe and comfortable while battling on track or weaving through the backwoods. The injection molded polycarbonate shell meets Snell and DOT safety standards while the front shell and liner intake vents allow air to flow through the EPS liner and out the rear exhaust vents for optimal ventilation. The liner snaps in and is removable for easy cleaning. – MotoUSA

MSRP: $169.99

HJC RPHA-X Helmet.
HJC RPHA-X Helmet.

HJC is stepping up it game in every helmet category with its RPHA line and the HJC RPHA X is the latest dirt helmet aimed at the high-end market. The Advanced Premium Integrated Mix construction of carbon fiber, Aramid and organic non-woven fabric makes for a ultra-light lid leading to less fatigue on the track and trail. The removable Cool4Ever liner is comfortable after long days and cleans up easy. If you are in the market for a new helmet the HJC RPHA-X needs to be seriously considered. –Justin Dawes.

MSRP: $349.99-$359.99

Shoei Hornet DS Helmet.
Shoei Hornet DS Helmet.

Shoei Hornet DS Helmet
If you’re looking for a premium off-road/on-road compatible helmet, the Shoei Hornet DS Helmet is a perfect choice. The Hornet DS was designed with Dual-Sport riding in mind, and as such can be used in three configurations: with visor and shield, with just shield, or with just the visor. It has adjustable airflow, is compatible with goggle use and meets DOT and Snell safety standards. It features a lightweight, AIM+ shell and a fully removable interior. The amenities are what make the Hornet DS stand apart, such as the 5-layer cheek pads that are channeled to accommodate eyeglasses and the shutter behind the nose cover to help clear shield fogging. – MotoUSA.

MSRP: $510.00-$538.99

Troy Lee Designs SE2 Helmet Bag.
Troy Lee Designs SE2 Helmet Bag.

Troy Lee Designs SE2 Helmet Bag
The dings and scratches on your off-road helmet should tell the story of your off-road riding history, not about that one time you dropped it in the parking lot while loading the bike in the back of the truck. Keep your lid protected with the Troy Lee Designs SE2 Helmet Bag, which comes with a micro fleece liner, external storage pockets and a heavy duty strap to make sure everything stays safe and snug. – MotoUSA.

MSRP: $50.00