7 Lightest Motorcycle Helmets Available

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There are a ton of factors that influence how well a helmet wears. Shape, aerodynamics, scoops, tribal fairy dragons, and spoilers all make a huge difference, but one of the biggest factors is weight. Here are seven of the lightest motorcycle helmets available.

Disclaimer: Helmet weight is probably the least regulated figure to ever grace a spec sheet. Different scales, liners, and versions of helmets are used and it’s really hard to compare any two figures evenly (nearly impossible when you add a third). That said, the following numbers are straight from the manufacturer. We then added any interpretation we felt needed clarification. Each of the following helmets is among the lightest in its class and therefore is a great place to start your shopping.

Why do you want a light helmet? Well, your head sits at the very end of your body, so any movement your body experiences is exaggerated by the time it gets all the way up there. If your hips move two inches, your head will have to move considerably more. It doesn’t, you say? Well, that’s because your neck muscles just stopped it from doing so. Starting to see the benefits for exertion and fatigue? Multiply every little correction, every effort made to hold your head steady, every look over your shoulder, every turn of your head across an entire day of riding or a full race and weight does really add up to something you don’t want in a motorcycle helmet. Is it worth paying the premium to get a lighter helmet? Well, that’s up to you.

Airoh Aviator 2.1 Carbon – “Weight: from 890 grams” (Most likely sized in XS. Factor an increase of 50-100 grams for size L.)
• Type: Off-Road
• Shell: 3 sizes – Carbon and Kevlar Composite
• Vents: 2 Upper/3 Lower Front, 2 Extractors Rear
• Liner: Microfiber – Removable/Washable
• Certification: DOT / ECE 22.05
• Price: $593.99

NEXX XR1R Carbon – “1200 grams” (Size undisclosed)
• Type: Full-Face – Road
• Shell: 2 Sizes – Carbon
• Vents: 2 Inlets, 4 Outlets
• Liner: Coolmax fabric is anti-sweat and anti-allergenic, removable, and washable.
• Certification: DOT / ECE 22.05 / NBR-7471:2001
• Price: $599

LAZER MX8 Carbon Tech – “1280 grams for size large”
• Type: Off-Road
• Shell: 2 Sizes – Carbon Fiber
• Vents: 14 Vents, Double Rear Extractor
• Liner: Coolmax interior is hydrophilic and antimicrobial, removable, and washable.
• Certification: DOT
• Price: $429

AGV Pista GP – “1420 grams for the medium/small”
• Type: Full-Face – Race
• Shell: 4 Sizes – Carbon Fiber
• Vents: 3 Upper/2 Lower, 2 Extractors Rear
• Liner: Breathable Lycra and Dry-Comfort fabric featuring Coolmax. All fabrics are hygienically treated, removable, and washable.
• Certification: DOT / ECE 22.05
• Price: $1,399.95

AGV AX-8 EVO – “1340 grams for size medium”
• Type: Off-Road
• Shell: 3 Sizes – Carbon, Kevlar, and Fiberglass
• Vents: 3 Front, 2 Extractors Rear
• Liner: Dry-Lex with sanitized treatment, is both removable and washable.
• Certification: DOT / ECE 22.05
• Price: $369.95

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  • Unkept Uncaged

    Nice list, but you are missing a few…

    I own an Akuma Phantom II. It’s still for sale even if it isn’t “mainstream” ;)

    1367 grams. That would be lighter than a couple on your list.

    WebBikeWorld has a good list as well.


    • http://www.twitter.com/seanmacdonald sean macdonald

      Webbikeworld has a great list, but we’ve seen a lot of numbers that conflict with theirs and I didn’t feel comfortable referencing their info for the article. They, too, are missing a lot of information.

      It’s an imperfect system. We’re working on it.

      • Unkept Uncaged

        I agree that it’s imperfect, it’s the world we live in!

        Speaking of imperfect, I tried to replace my Akuma with a Nexx XR1R Carbon. I received two and each one had cracks in the plastic venting. The carbon was great, the plastic was cheap! I also loved the Akuma’s quick release visor, versus the screw on visor for the Nexx. The Transitions visor is great on the Akuma as well, but I think Bell took the rights away as they are now making Transitions visors and Akuma has “transitioned” their visors to electronic tint on demand.

        I’d send you my Akuma to weigh yourself, so you could add it to the list. ;) It’s so light the shipping can’t cost too much! :D

        • AML

          +1 Akuma Phantom and the excellent photochromic shield. I replaced it with the Nexx carbon as I can’t find a new liner for it. The Nexx feels lighter.

          • Unkept Uncaged

            A new liner? Honestly Akuma would likely send you a new liner for free…

            I crashed in my Akuma a few years back now, and when I told them about the crash they offered to sell me a replacement shell for 50% off with shipping included. They had great customer service. :)

  • Taco

    Damn, that AGV Pista is almost a dollar a gram.

    • nick2ny

      So was a McLaren F1.

  • Jordan K

    No X-Lite X-802R? I believe a medium is 1420 grams, but I could be wrong…

  • David Moon

    You guys forgot Joe Rocket speed master carbon helmet (also known as Xpeed XCF 3000 carbonfiber helmet). A snell 2010 certified medium full face helmet that comes in at 1380 grams!! I got one for $278 shipped on eBay.

    • http://instagram.com/real_jason_ip Jason Ip

      sweet, a cheap full carbon helmet… might have to open the wallet

  • Cristobal Hernandez

    Why is any of them SNELL certified?

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      I had to lay her down!

  • Eduardo

    I think you actually forgot the best of them all, that is to say not
    budget wise, but in terms of weight and quality it is a far better
    product than all those you listed: the BMW Enduro Carbon

  • Eduardo

    Please offer something else than Disqus for posting comments on this site, not only because it doesn’t work well, but above all because Disqus is a tracking and spying tool that not only gathers all the activity of people on the internet, but stores it and sells it to third parties without your consent. Disqus is the first step of internet dictatorship and a way to classify internet users by their political opinions. I don’t get why you don’t propose your readers to comment as a guest, anonymously. You will probably erase my post, nonetheless I am hoping for a feedback from you in that regard. As already said, I would prefer paying for reading the awesome content you publish, rather than having my private life and opinions exposed and sold to a spying firm. Thanks

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Disqus was chosen because it’s the most widely used, easiest-to-use comment system out there. You have the option to log in using your dedicated Disqus account, by linking it with one of your social media accounts or yes, as an anonymous guest.

      As for tracking your data, do you not use Google, Facebook or virtually any other large web platform? I sincerely apologize for the 21st century.

      • Eduardo

        What you suggest is not being anonymous, AT ALL.
        Why can’t I simply post my comment here, no strings attached? Why is Disqus gathering all the comments I have made to every single website in the past? To whom is it selling all that information? No one knows. NSA of course, but to what other private or non private entities?

        I indeed don’t use google and related platforms and you will see that less and less people in the world are actually doing so.

        You are missing the point, forcing users to use that kind of “platforms” is contributing to spreading the users abuse and big players’ monopoly.
        Unless you get a fee for every new Disqus member or post on your website, I really, REALLY don’t get why you can’t offer the option to post with a simple email address, or even better, anonymously.

        Run a survey, I bet 95% of your users would agree with me, shall they know what Disqus really is.

        I don’t want to link my posts on websites to anything, not facebook, not my email account, nothing. Please understand my point here, if you get a fee out of Disqus, it is precisely because they are making money, out of a product: OUR PRIVACY.

        Discussing topics in the street is not contingent to disclosing your identity and everything you have ever commented in the past.
        Why should it be like that on the internet? and even worse, on a simple motorcycling website. Trade your privacy for the ability to comment, or shut up. Thanks Wes!!

        If this is your business model and philosophy, then I might be the first daily reader you will lose, I will certainly not be the last.

        • http://www.RideApart.com/ Jen Degtjarewsky

          We get zero money for using Disqus – period.

          The email you are referring to that collects all the links you post comments on is simply their way of letting you know when someone has replied to your post so that you can continue the conversation if you choose to. You can also opt-out of that email and choose to never have them send you link lists. Check your account settings.

          • Eduardo

            Then if you don’t get any fee, attend my demand, please.
            This is utterly ridiculous: You have a reader, that is offering to PAY you to read your articles. No strings attached, you sell information, I buy it. How can you put barriers to that? I am telling you that Disqus is a deal breaker for many of your readers who want to post on RideApart, some of which are even offering you money to continue reading you, how is it possible that you reply to me like that?


            When you close your Disqus account, they say that this will be effective in 48h, after having tried five times to close another account I had, the account is still there. Additionally, they store all this information for an unlimited period of time. So by using Disqus, I am supposed to accept this, but in this deal I actually don’t know the real price I am paying by giving them my privacy as they don’t tell what they will make out of it, nor the duration of this storage.

            Please tell me why you can’t offer simple email registration, with a login and password, and even an email confirmation that you need to click to confirm your account on RideApart, but nothing more. Please let us know why?

            • runnermatt

              Solution, download Safari browser from Apple. Use the “Reset Safari” function, I do that and afterwords I have to log into everything again. Use the “post as a guest” function and just type your name at the beginning of each post. Granted you won’t get notifications when people reply but I guess that is the price to pay for privacy.

              Lastly, I don’t see many others hating on Disqus.

            • Curtis Caulfield

              Solution, get off the internet.

            • Matt Mason

              so make a fake email….

      • Eduardo

        I have to add that by imposing Disqus, you are preventing any smart people, concerned about their privacy -which is a common aspect of smart people- from commenting on your website. The result is that you are inevitably pushing down the intellectual level of people commenting on your page, which is allegedly aimed at “smart” readers, how ironic!

        Not being concerned about privacy and about who gets to access, store, sell and/or disclose your private information is either due to ignorance, or stupidity. Sorry but it it’s true. Please change this, all motorcycle forums require an email registration and done! Please do that, why wouldn’t you, please explain.

        • Aakash

          I’ve got two engineering degrees (M.S. in Environmental Engineering and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering) and another Master’s in environmental science and policy. I’d like to think I’m a fairly “smart” person. I’m also smart enough to realize when and where resistance is futile.

      • R C

        Fuck Disqus and fuck you too.

    • http://www.RideApart.com/ Jen Degtjarewsky

      Hi Eduardo – If you log-in using Twitter or Facebook it eliminates any third-party activity. Twitter, is probably the quickest bet to do this in just 2 clicks. Hope that helps. ~Jen

      • Eduardo

        Jen, sorry to insist, perhaps I wasn’t clear enough in my explanation and I apologize.
        I have a relation with RideApart, as a reader. ANYTHING other than me and RideApart is a third party to this relation.

        I closed my facebook 3 years ago, NSA revelations proved me so damn right. I don’t use twitter. Why can’t we post here as we do on any other forum? with only email registration???

        Why do I have to create a disqus account or facebook or twitter or any other account to reach RideApart as a poster???????????????????

        • runnermatt

          Hate to tell you, but facebook still has all of your info. Facebook also OWNs any pictures, videos, and other data you may have uploaded.

          • Joe Schmoe

            This is true… Eduardo, the Matrix has you.

    • runnermatt

      If the NSA wants your data they will get it. Your only real option with them is to go “Amish” and make them do it the old fashioned way.

      As for our info being obtained by marketers… I’m just waiting for the day for someone to take it to court on the grounds that we should be compensated for the information.

      In reality, so much info is produced that without good software it is essentially meaningless. The catch to that is I doubt most companies are willing to pay for the good software.

  • John

    What about the X-lite X802?

  • Tessier

    I will say I do like my Airoh Aviator but you can certainly tell how they got it so dam light when it comes to the liner. It just feels cheap, it works great but it doesn’t feel plush like my Arai does. I do notice a huge weight difference riding and would buy it all over again!

  • http://gifsforum.com/images/gif/troll%20face/grand/v4vcG.gif Noobsauce

    That Nexx helmet is really great value.