10 Best Carbon Fiber Motorcycle Half Helmet Review Guide

Updated May 2022

1

LS2 OF5 Cabrio Carbon Helmet

The LS2 Cabrio is a lightweight open face helmet. Built from wide-weave pure carbon fiber, this is a product built for riders who appreciate both function and style. Lightweight. Great for riders who have issues with heavier helmets. Technically advanced. The Cabrio includes the Twin Shield System drop down sun shield and a quick release chin strap for a secure fit that is easy to get on and off. The comfort padding is a work of art and includes cheek pads that are precision cut using LS2’s 3D Laser Technology for superior comfort and no hot spots. Includes an optional, easy to install flip-up, optically correct, scratch resistant face shield for days when you want a bit more wind protection. Whether you ride a cruiser, tourer, scrambler or scooter, Cabrio sets the pace.

Features:

  • Carbon fiber shell
  • 3 shell sizes
  • Multi density EPS
  • Removable and washable comfort liner
  • Cheek pads with laser cut foam
  • 3D optically correct fog-resistant face shield with Quick Release System included
  • Inner drop down sun shield
  • Quick release, security plate reinforced strap
  • DOT approved

2

Bell Custom 500 Carbon RSD Checkmate Helmet

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Bell went back to the lab to make improvements to the legendary Custom 500. A new headform means the Custom 500 now fits better and looks smaller on your head than ever. No more bobbleheads. The thin-profile carbon fiber shell allows the Bell Custom 500 helmet to sit lower on the head, and with 5 shell and EPS sizes, it’s now even easier to find the look you want with the perfect fit.

Features:

  • Low-profile carbon composite shell
  • 5 shell and EPS liner sizes ensure a low profile look
    • Shell 1: XS and SM Helmet
    • Shell 2: MD Helmet
    • Shell 3: LG Helmet
    • Shell 4: XL Helmet
    • Shell 5: 2XL Helmet
  • Multi density EPS liner
  • Custom suede interior liner
  • Integrated 5 snap pattern for aftermarket shields and visors
  • Padded chin strap with D-ring closure and strap keeper
  • Leather D-ring pull
  • Leather goggle strap
  • Five-year warranty
  • DOT
  • Deluxe helmet bag included

Note: The Bell Custom 500 runs slightly small. If you are between sizes, order the larger size.

3

Nexx X.Viliby Carbon Gent Helmet

The Nexx X.Viliby Helmet is city ready and loaded with features that help keep you connected to the world. A silent city seal keeps noise out and a drop down internal sun visor is ready to shield riders from the sun. The X.Viliby also provides seamless integration with Nexx X-COM 2 communication system and built in brackets on top and side of helmet for Removable Action Camera attachment.

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Features:

  • Silent City Seal
  • Internal sun visor
  • X-Swift quick-change visor system
  • Seamless integration with X-COM 2(sold separately)
  • Removable Action Camera supports
  • X.MART DRY Fabrics
  • Morfofit Cheek pads
  • Winter Membrane
  • 3 shell sizes 2XS-SM, MD-LG, XL-3XL
  • ECE 22.05 and DOT compliant

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4

Shark S-Drak Dagon Carbon Helmet

Representing an evolution of the infamous Drak helmet, the S-Drak swaps an internal, flip-up visor for the attached goggles of its predecessor. Featuring a redesigned face mask for improved ventilation, the S-Drak Carbon’s 100% carbon fiber shell is designed to be slim and ultra-lightweight. The S-Drak Carbon Helmet’s lean and mean profile is just as eye-catching as it is comfortable.

Features:

  • 100% carbon fiber and slim fit shell for a lower profile and lighter weight
  • 2 shell sizes (SM-MD and LG-XL)
  • Redesigned mask for improved ventilation
  • Retractable internal sun shield equipped with an air intake deflector
  • Fully removable and washable interior made of a 3D micro-aerated mesh material
  • Eyeglass compatible
  • Ready for installation of the Sharktooth system
  • DOT approved

Note: Helmet comes with double-D ring strap, not micro-ratchet as shown in images.

5

Alpinestars Supertech M10 Alloy Helmet

Alpinestars approach to the creation of the advanced technology in the Supertech M10 draws on its depth of experience from over half a decade of world class innovation across the spectrum of motorsports and especially, its deep rooted commitment to motocross. As with all other categories of technology that Alpinestars has mastered, bringing a new, highly complex, product to fruition requires specialist experience and know-how and a project plan led by the best brains in protection development.

The Alpinestars Supertech M10 Carbon helmet uses a lightweight carbon fiber shell that comes in 4 different shell sizes. It’s visor release system holds the visor/peak securely, but releases in the event of impact. Alpinestars provides 2 peaks with 2 different angles depending on the rider’s preference. Ventilation is top notch with numerous inlet and outlet ports connected with a series of airways that snake through the interior. The internal liner is an amalgamation of protective and comfort materials. A multiple density inner liner absorbs impacts while a MIPS-E2 liner protects against rotational energy. Alpinestars’ proprietary A-Head system is an adjustable head frame that allows you to adjust how the helmet sits on the head. Soft EPP foam cushions the bottom lip of the helmet to help avoid collarbone injury in the event of a crash. Emergency removable cheek pads along with a design prepared for the E-Ject helmet removal system make the Alpinestars Supertech S-M10 Carbon Helmet a protective motocross helmet filled to the brim with safety features.

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This isn’t a fast food burger that has been sitting under a heat lamp. This type of refinement has to be made from the ground up. The feature packed Alpinestars Supertech S-M10 Carbon Helmet is a Michelin starred restaurant’s testing menu compared to lower end helmets.

Features:

  • Lightweight outer shell constructed from carbon fiber
  • Four shell sizes
  • Multiple density inner liner
  • Fitted with E-2 MIPS
  • Easy release visor
  • Spare visor included
  • A-Head adjustable top pad height
  • Maximum ventilation with 19 intake and 5 exhaust ports
  • Side shell shape coupled with soft EPP foam to prevent damage to collarbone in case of crash
  • Removable, emergency release cheek pads with 3D contoured foam
  • Removable anti-bacterial and hydrophobic comfort liner
  • Hydration prepared
  • E-Ject prepared
  • DOT and ECE approved

6

Shark S-Drak 2 Carbon Helmet

The S-Drak 2 Carbon helmet is a new high-end edition to the Drak helmet family. This design features a carbon fiber shell with gun metal finishes and boasts the same slim shell design as the Street-Drak helmet for a low profile style. Equipped with a removeable mask, retractable sun visor and suede interior, as well as an optional peak leaves a multitude of customizable capabilities to meet your needs. 

Features:

  • 100% carbon fiber and slim fit shell for a lower profile and lighter weight
  • 2 shell sizes (SM-MD and LG-XL)
  • Removable redesigned mask for improved ventilation
  • Retractable internal sun shield equipped with an air intake deflector
  • Fully removable and washable interior made of a 3D micro-aerated mesh material
  • Eyeglass compatible
  • Snaps for optional peak
  • Perforated leather neck pad
  • High-end suede interior
  • Ready for installation of the Sharktooth system
  • DOT approved

7

Sedici Aperto Carbon Helmet

This carbon fiber Sedici Aperto helmet is perfect for street, touring or scooter riders who enjoy the finer things in life. Carbon and aramid fiber construction means this helmet is both strong and lightweight.

Sedici has given this helmet a beautiful matte finish that shows off the carbon fiber weave and a drop down sun visor to ensure rider comfort and safety. 

Features:

  • Carbon fiber and DuPont™ Kevlar® construction is lightweight without sacrificing strength
  • Removable and washable anti-bacterial multi density liner with 5mm adjustable fitting
  • Internal and retractable sun shield
  • Meets or exceeds DOT and ECE-22.05 standards

8

Nexx X.G10 Carbon SV Helmet

The Nexx X.G10 Carbon SV Helmet is police riot helmet meets mods vs rockers. Taking the classic 3/4 open face helmet to new heights, the X.G10 is constructed using a technical carbon fiber shell that provides outstanding strength as well as weight savings. The premium shell is paired with an ultra soft X-Mart Dry fabric liner. Timeless style blended with modern technology and materials for a helmet that is as unique as you are. 

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Features:

  • Carbon fiber shell
  • Shells: XS-LG, XL, 2XL-3XL
  • Inner lining with X-MART DRY fabrics
  • Double-D ring buckle
  • Soft padding anti-sweat and anti-allergic fabric
  • Adjustable padding and removable lining
  • Washable lining
  • DOT certified

9

Bell Custom 500 Carbon Helmet

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Bell went back to the lab to make improvements to the legendary Custom 500. A new headform means the Custom 500 now fits better and looks smaller on your head than ever. No more bobbleheads. The thin-profile shell allows the Bell Custom 500 helmet to sit lower on the head, and with 5 shell and EPS sizes, it’s now even easier to find the look you want with the perfect fit.

Features:

  • Low-profile carbon composite shell
  • 5 shell and EPS liner sizes ensure a low profile look
    • Shell 1: XS and SM Helmet
    • Shell 2: MD Helmet
    • Shell 3: LG Helmet
    • Shell 4: XL Helmet
    • Shell 5: 2XL Helmet
  • Multi density EPS liner
  • Custom suede interior liner
  • Integrated 5 snap pattern for aftermarket shields and visors
  • Padded chin strap with D-ring closure and strap keeper
  • Leather D-ring pull
  • Leather goggle strap
  • Five-year warranty
  • DOT and ECE certified

Fit: Runs slightly small. Sizing up 1cm is recommended (if you measure in at 60cm, go with an XL instead of a LG).

Note: Bell logo sticker is non-removable.

10

Shark S-Drak Dagon Carbon Helmet

Representing an evolution of the infamous Drak helmet, the S-Drak swaps an internal, flip-up visor for the attached goggles of its predecessor. Featuring a redesigned face mask for improved ventilation, the S-Drak Carbon’s 100% carbon fiber shell is designed to be slim and ultra-lightweight. The S-Drak Carbon Helmet’s lean and mean profile is just as eye-catching as it is comfortable.

Features:

  • 100% carbon fiber and slim fit shell for a lower profile and lighter weight
  • 2 shell sizes (SM-MD and LG-XL)
  • Redesigned mask for improved ventilation
  • Retractable internal sun shield equipped with an air intake deflector
  • Fully removable and washable interior made of a 3D micro-aerated mesh material
  • Eyeglass compatible
  • Ready for installation of the Sharktooth system
  • DOT approved

Note: Helmet comes with double-D ring strap, not micro-ratchet as shown in images.