Fibreglass (composite) Helmets
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Fiberglass Motorcycle Helmets have been an industry staple in the Motorcycle Helmet world for a long time. These helmets balance a high level of safety, budget friendliness, and a light weight. Generally, fiberglass helmets can be found in the middle to premium ends of the market. In this category, fiberglass composites can also be found including helmets from brands such as Shoei and Arai.
A Fiberglass Helmet offers riders a high level of rigidity at a light weight, while still having a bit of flex. This means that the helmet will do better in higher speed impacts but will still be able to effectively protect your head at lower speeds since some energy is absorbed across the shell. Though fiberglass helmets are generally heavier than carbon fiber ones, this is not true across all helmets.
Since fiberglass has been so widely adopted across the industry, it will offer riders an even wider selection to choose from than polycarbonate helmets. Brands such as AGV, Shoei, Arai, Shark, Schuberth, and HJC have all adopted it in their high-end helmets. Fiberglass can also be found in riding categories ranging from sport to touring thanks to their use in full face, off road, open face, and modular helmets.
Since fiberglass helmets make up such a large part of the market, it is crucial to know what you would like out of your helmet. For example, if you plan to go off roading, it’s best to consider either an adventure or an off-road helmet since they offer a very high level of ventilation and allow you to fit goggles as well. Alternatively, if you are looking for something for long rides, this is also where you find the two best modular helmets, the Shoei Neotec 2 and the Schuberth C4 Pro. Though this should not be confused with the Schuberth C4 Pro Carbon, which due to popular demand is now manufactured in two shell materials.
If you want to learn more about the different types of shell materials, then you can also check out our Helmet Shell Material Video Review.