Off Road Helmets are one of the most specialized motorcycle helmet market segments. With the rough and physically exacting nature of off-road riding, these helmets include an extra focus on head safety, ventilation, and field of view. As a result, cross helmets have highly recognizable profiles with a large peak, long chin bar, and (sometimes) no visor. Though they may seem more basic at first glance, there are still a lot of features to consider when looking for an OffRoad or Adventure Helmet.
- Budget: Depending on brand, shell material, and the level of features, the price of an off-road helmet can vary widely. The level of design that goes into different helmets varies widely as a lot of brands find their own unique solutions (and prices) required to keep your head safe.
- Use: A major question when choosing an off-road helmet is what riding you’re planning on doing with it. If you also hope to use the helmet on the roads, then an adventure helmet is more suitable since it often offers a removable visor and peak. If you only plan to use the helmet on dirt trails, then a full cross helmet is a better option since that is what it’s built for.
- Features: While all off-road helmets offer a wide field of view and a peak, they still offer a wide array of features. If you go for an adventure helmet, you’d expect to be able to remove all the pieces to configure the helmet how you like. However, with other off-road helmets you should also consider how easy it will be to clean both the interior and the exterior of the helmet after a ride.
- Isolation: Unless you’re planning on purchasing an adventure helmet, then these will be loud helmets as noise isolation is not what they’ve been designed for. While adventure helmets are a compromise between a touring and off-road helmet, this means that they will only offer average performance in stopping noise from entering the helmet.
- Weight & Material: Weight is a crucial feature of off-road helmets since it helps reduce fatigue while riding. From polycarbonate, to fiberglass / composite, to carbon fiber, these helmets are offered in a wide range of materials and weights.
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