On motorcycle helmets, tired star and ghost-flame-skulls are finally giving way to truly credible designs. In no particular order, here's the RideApart staff's pick of 13 graphics that will make this summer brighter.
Finally, real tree camo on a motorcycle helmet. No, seriously, when you really need to look like a redneck, or just want to blend into your forest surroundings, nothings as effective as this life-like print. The FX-39 is a popular, low cost, ADV-style helmet with both a peak and a visor, meaning you can comfortably wear it on and off-road. ECE 22.05 certification to boot.
This collab between AGV and Diesel applies the fashion label's Prism graphic to AGV's value-priced full-face K3 helmet. An affordable, comfortable, safe way to wear fashion-cred on your motorcycle. Fit an irridium silver visor for the complete effect.
Black, gold and grey are always a good combination. We dig the subtle patriotism of the mono-color flag graphic on Arai's top-tier sport touring helmet.
Big Isle of Man TT fan? This homage to the race is limited to just 274 editions and features the Isle's flag along with black and white checkers. Makes sense that it's on Arai's flagship racing helmet too.
Bell Custom 500 Panel ($140)
The Bell Custom 500 is probably the nicest-looking DOT 3/4 helmet out there by virtue of a low-profile shape that sits low on your head, novelty-style. Add matte black paint and some simple, striking colors and you have a real winner.
HJC RPHA 10 Ben Spies III ($450)
Did you know that, when he's not crashing MotoGP bikes or flipping burgers, Ben Spies moonlights as the voice of Sponge Bob Square Pants' sidekick Patrick? No? Well this range-topping, partially hand-made race helmet celebrates the famous starfish in red-white-and-blue style. Buy one and you'll eternally be the coolest dad at daycare.
Icon Airframe Sauvetage ($375)
Feline provocateur combined with a shark's aggressiveness might not sound like a great combination on paper, but on Icon's top-tier sport helmet, the juxtaposition is loud and aggressive, while not taking itself too seriously.
Icon Airmada Stack Hi Viz ($260)
Bold, simple and vibrant, this is our favorite helmet graphic out there right now, applied to our absolute favorite (regardless of price) sport helmet. Any of the colors are good, but this hi viz green is particularly striking. Fit a black visor immediately.
Icon Variant Big Game ($400)
Icon's "construct" exposed tri-composite weave is already pretty neat, but apply Zebra stripes and a bright red slash and it's elevated to something completely unique and striking. As an added bonus, lions and hyenas won't be able to judge your direction, size or speed.
Pairing exposed carbon weave with graphics is something few helmet makers get right. But Lazer does here by keeping things simple. Subtle grey spots on the chin mimic a golf ball's dimples for a little added depth.
Lazer Mambo Wizz ($120)
Light hearted, vibrant and fun, the Wizz is exactly what you want from a 3/4 riding experience. Pair this one with your Deus Ex Machina custom and surfboard as you ride to the beach.
Shoei GT-Air Journey ($604)
A strikingly contemporary design from a maker not traditionally known for good graphics. The GT-Air is also a little special in that it's ECE 22.05-certified, even in the US market, so it's actually a little lighter than their own Snell M2010 X12 flagship. The sport-touring lid includes a flip-down sunvisor.
Shoei Neotec Borealis ($678)
Shoei's new Neotec is much improved over the impossibly heavy flip-front it replaces. As are these simple "Borealis" graphics, which add hi viz safety in a visually appealing manner.