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2013 Motorcycle Gift Guide: Dirt Helmets

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Has your Dirt helmet seen too many miles to count? Maybe you’re buying for that special someone who lives to kick-up roost or you know that a slick new helmet will be the perfect accompaniment to that CRF125 one lucky boy or girl is going to unwrap. Whatever your reason, Dirt Helmets are a great gift choice for the off-road rider and Motorcycle USA has compiled a list of some of our favorites that are bound to please in the 2013 Gift Guide to Dirt Helmets.

Troy Lee Designs SE3 Team Helmet 
Troy Lee Designs Off Road Helmet
Troy Lee Designs SE3 Team Helmet.
Want a top-of-the-line lid with graphics that look like they were painted just for you? Then check out the Troy Lee Designs SE3 Helmet. TLD is always ahead of the curve in the paint department and there are designs to suit almost any taste. The vented Aerospace carbon composite shell keeps you cool when the temps rise. The goggle port fits any brand and the fit is cushy with a removable and washable liner and cheek pads. I’ve personally crash tested the SE3 on several occasions and my grey matter is no worse for the wear. Which is a good thing, as I don’t have many cells to spare. – Justin Dawes

MSRP: $495.00 - $525.00 

Airoh Aviator 2.1 Carbon Helmet
Airoh Aviator 2.1 Helmet
Airoh Aviator 2.1 Carbon Helmet.
The Airoh Aviator 2.1 Carbon Helmet may be pricy for an off-road helmet but the quality is apparent from the moment you pull it out of the box. The Carbon weighs less than three pounds and the outer shell is constructed of carbon and Kevlar composite material. It fits snug and comfortable and the inner microfiber fabrics are luxuriously soft. Air flow is superb thanks to the two front vents, three chin guard intakes and the upper and lower rear air extractors. The Aviator 2.1 also comes with covers for the two upper airflow vents, a visor extension for additional coverage in wet and rainy conditions as well as a GoPro camera mount for the top of the helmet. - Byron Wilson

MSRP: $660.00 

Fly Racing Kinetic Inversion Helmet
Fly Racing Kinetic Inversion Helmet
Fly Racing Kinetic Inversion Helmet.
The Fly Racing Kinetic Inversion Helmet is a great entry level off-road helmet priced under $100. It’s made with a high strength poly-alloy outer shell that meets DOT safety standards. It comes with a dual density EPS liner, a high-flow mouthpiece and 10 vents that align with channels in the EPS which channel air flow through the helmet to the exhaust vents out back. It’s lightweight and comfortable and the large eyeport allows for a wide field of vision. There are also a number of mild-to-wild color options available in sizes XS through XXL.

MSRP: $99.95 

Shoei VFX-W
Shoei VFX Helmet
Shoei VFX-W Helmet.
The Shoei VFX-W is the gold standard in off-road motorcycle helmet technology. Although it’s a little heavy, the fit and overall craftsmanship of this Japanese-made helmet is nothing short of extraordinary. I wear a size small and while it takes a heavy push to get it on and off my head, I love the way it cradles my melon, with zero pressure points. True, the eye port isn’t as large as some other brand’s, but it is still functional. The helmet’s interior can be easily removed for cleaning and it features clever pull tabs that help allow paramedics to slip off your helmet with less risk of neck injury in a severe crash. I’ve taken many a spill in Shoei’s VFX-W with no long-term effects. Whether I’m play riding on trails or racing moto on weekend’s this is my go-to helmet. – Adam Waheed

MSRP: $463.99 – $476.99

Vega Flyte Carbon Fiber Pro-Style Helmet
Vega Flyte Carbon Helmet
Vega Flyte Carbon Fiber Pro-Style Helmet.
Carbon fiber fetches a premium these days, but with the Vega Flyte Carbon Fiber Pro-Style Helmet you can have a state-of-the-art lid at around $300. Designed to meet ECE and DOT standards, the Flyte Pro-Style has an aggressive design with high-volume forehead intake vents pushing air through to the multi-port exhaust out back for optimal air flow . Beading on the bottom base allows the helmet to sit comfortably and securely on neck protection devices and side-traction plates ensure goggle straps stay put. The Flyte Pto-Style comes with a Coolmax removable and washable liner and is available in sizes XS through XXL.

MSRP: $309.99

HJC CL-X6 Hydron Helmet
HJC XL X6 Helmet
HJC CL-X6 Hydron Helmet.
The HJC CL-X6 Hydron Helmet comes with a lightweight polycarbonate composite outer shell, twin layer foam cheek pads and removable/washable SpeedCool interior liner. The Hydron meets both DOT and Snell 2010 safety standards. The Advanced Channeling Ventilation system pushes air through the lid to keep your head nice and cool on hot summer days. The Hydron comes in various color options (one targeted at Women riders is available in a pink/black scheme) and ranges in size from XS to 3XL.

MSRP: $133.99 - $144.99 

AGV AX-8 EVO 5 Continent Helmet
AGV AX 8 Helmet
AGV AX-8 EVO 5 Continent Helmet.
Sure Valentino Rossi is known for being a road-race legend, but why not show your love for the Doctor while out on the motocross track as well? The AGV AX-8 EVO 5 Continent Helmet sports a paint scheme inspired by Valentino Rossi which covers the entire composite fiberglass, Kevlar and carbon fiber outer shell. The Continent has an Integrated Ventilation System that uses channels built directly into the shell to move air and comes with breathable Dry-Lex liner padding that can be removed and washed. The shell has been redesigned from previous iterations as well to create a more angular look but to also increase shock absorption in the case of a crash. The Continent Helmets comes in sizes S through XXL and is DOT certified.

MSRP: $419.95 

Arai XD-4 Diamante Helmet
Arai XD-4 helmet
Arai XD-4 Diamante Helmet.
Adventure-touring riders looking for a helmet that apes the dual functionality of their mounts will enjoy the Arai XD-4. Building off the XD3, this latest Arai features dirt-friendly features like large visor, roomy chin bar and broad field of vision. But the XD4 delivers street-friendly comfort with its excellent aerodynamics and ventilation, even with the visor attached. Comfort is remarkable thanks to the cush removable/washable liner, which allows riders to fine-tune fit with removable 5mm thick foam layers at the cheek and temple. The cheek pads also feature Arai’s emergency release system. Arai helmets are top-shelf, with correspondingly high price tags. Our sharp-looking Diamante graphics pushes price up from $599.95 for the base model to $729.95, but that cash delivers one of the best AT designs on the market. – Bart Madson

MSRP: $595.95 - $729.95

One Industries Gamma Crypto Helmet
One Industries Helmet
One Industries Gamma Crypto Helmet.
One Industries offers an in-your-face lid with the Gamma Crypto Helmet. Dominated by an aggressive red color scheme, the Gamma Crypto features a reinforced fiberglass outer shell designed to optimize strength without negatively affecting the overall weight. Dual density EPS absorbs bumps in the event of a crash while the large intake and exhaust valves push air through a fully channeled liner. The eye port is enlarged to accommodate goggles with ease and the visor comes with two-position adjustment. The Gamma Crypto Helmet is DOT approved and is available in sizes S through XXL.

MSRP: $270.00 
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