Open Face Helmets include one of the most versatile motorcycle helmet categories currently on the market. From scooter riders to cruisers, open face helmets offer unparalleled views and ventilation while out on the road. However, this does come at the cost of both safety and noise isolation. Since ¾ Helmets lack any chin bar, your face is left unprotected from impacts and wind. Though some open face helmets do include visors to prevent debris and wind from the eyes and face, others would still require the use of goggles. If you are looking for an open face helmet, there are some features you should consider before making a decision.
- Budget: Even though there is less to the helmet itself, prices in this category can still vary widely. As usual, there are the options of a polycarbonate, fiberglass, or carbon fiber shell, and these will affect the helmet’s price and weight. The liner and visor options will also vary widely from helmet to helmet.
- Use: What sort of riding are you planning to do with your open face helmet? Are you looking for a classic retro look, the best touring comfort available, or a helmet that oozes cool to go with your new naked bike? While the safety of these helmets will be lower, it is important to consider what type of vehicle you plan on riding and what sort of protection you’d like to still allow you to see and drive well.
- Features: Given the large variation in styles available to this helmet category, you also have a lot of options in terms of features. You can choose for an open face helmet with only a small flip down visor, one that covers your entire face, or even one with a stylized mask to protect you from the wind. Nowadays, you can even choose open face helmets that have been prepared for a communication system. So, your use of the helmet will help determine what features you’d need.
- Noise isolation: The only thing to say for this aspect is that these will be the loudest helmets. Without the chin bar, large amounts of air enter the helmet along with all the noise from your bike, surroundings, and the wind. It’s no exaggeration when these are called “Jet Helmets”.
- Weight & Material: One of the advantages of a helmet with less to it is that it will also weigh less. Open Face helmets are generally among some of the lightest regardless of whether they are made of polycarbonate, fiberglass / composite, or carbon fiber.
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