We love ADV riding, but more importantly we love the sense of crazy surrounded by a sense of practical. To go the places we go on a ADV bike shouldn't be possible, but everything about ADV riding is about its purpose. Little time is spent devoted to the look or fashion of a piece of ADV gear--with some exceptions like Rev'it's great looking gear.
So for this list of gear, we picked out favorite ADV helmets on the market. Most we've had first-hand experience with. And every ADV helmet we've tried we've worn them on more than just an Adventure bike. Jesse rides cruisers with an Arai XD4 and occasional an AGV AX-8 DS EVO and Jim Downs rode the KTM 390 Duke with a Nexx XD-1. So while they're marketed for the ADV market the helmets are far from brand-exclusive. With large visor openings, typically high safety ratings, a sun visor, venation and good looks, they're some of the best everyday helmets there are. We could care less how we look… well, sometimes.
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Not only is it great looking with a mean-looking removable peak visor and graphics, it’s also has solid aerodynamics at higher speeds, diffuser vents and exhaust ports, and sculpted side cowl vents for some of the best ventilation an ADV helmet can provide.
It’s one of the staff's favorites as it's comfortable and moderate to good sound cancelation. The comfort comes from the patent pending FCS (Facial Contour Support) cheek pads, Dry-Cool technology and peel away micro fit so you can get the optimal fit for you nugget. It comes in four color schemes.
The Variant is tested in the wind tunnel for ideal aerodynamics and high-speed stability, and delivers good visibility through the anti-lift visor, which also has an extended eyeport and zero distortion optics.
One of the less expensive options, it retails for $300-$350 depending on graphics and retailer (link at price). The Variant also gets high marks as an ADV helmet thanks to its removable HydraDry wicking liner. The shell is made with a Fiberglass/ Dyneema/Carbon matrix, coupled with a dual-density EPS core.
Icon also has a carbon-fiber version, which weighs in around three pounds depending on the size.
Price for carbon-fiber version (pictured above): $520-$550
Price: $350 (pictured below)
Shoei Hornet X-2
If there was ever an ADV helmet that looked streetworthy, it’s the X2. The replacement for the Shoei Hornet DS, the X2 Seeker balances great on road and off road design and capability. Marketed to he a great all-around helmet with decent venation and all-weather protection.It was created to toe the line between street and trail riding while not compromising either. The Advanced Integrated Matrix Plus Multi Fiber shell construction results in a smaller, lighter and more aero friendly shape. Improved air intake and ventilation means hard riding won’t result in sweat and discomfort.