Modular Helmets have been a recent (and extremely popular) development in the motorcycle helmet world. We live in a busy world and with only so much time in the day, a Flip Up Helmet offers a great level of convenience over a Full-Face Helmet while still being safer than an Open-Face Helmet. These helmets feature a pivot in the chin so that you can raise the chin bar to safely pump gas, eat, drink, put on your glasses, and more, all without having to fully remove your helmet. Thus, you have the best of both worlds, full face protection while riding and open face convenience when off the bike for a short stop. There are some things that you should keep in mind when you look at this category of helmet.
- Budget: Modular helmets incorporate a lot more engineering than a Full-Face helmet due to the moving chin bar, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be more expensive. You still have plenty of options in this helmet category ranging from a budget friendly polycarbonate Modular Helmet to the more expensive Carbon Fiber Modular Helmets. Again, the quality of the helmet will naturally differ depending on how much you’re looking to pay.
- Use: Generally, modular helmets offer a higher level of convenience. So, you need to ask yourself what you’re looking to do with your helmet. Are you planning to tour across the country? Then consider looking at a helmet focused on comfort and noise isolation. Do you need something for quick stops as you commute in the city? Then it may be best to go for a 180 degree Flip Up helmet to get the chin bar out of your way completely.
- Features: Since modular helmets are mainly focused on touring, there are a wealth of features available. Not only will there be varying comfort levels, the option of an integrated sun visor, but certain helmets allow you to flip the chin bar 180 degrees to the back of the head. What you’re planning to use the helmet for, will help determine what features you’ll find most useful.
- Isolation: Since modular helmets are focused on meeting several needs, they generally will offer average performance for noise isolation. Since they have moving chin bars, some air and noise will be able to sneak into the helmet, making them generally louder than a full-face helmet. However, a lot of time and effort has gone into making these helmets quieter, so it truly depends on what helmet you’re looking to purchase.
- Weight & Material: Weight is crucial for modular helmets since they are designed for long rides. Generally, modular helmets will be heavier than full face helmets due to the chin bar mechanism. However, with a variety of helmet shell materials available, you can still pick up incredibly light modular helmets (though at a price). From heaviest to lightest materials, helmets are offered in polycarbonate, fiberglass / composite, and carbon fiber.
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