10 Best Men’s Half Helmet Motorcycle Review Guide

Updated May 2022

1

Bell Riot Helmet

Vintage style meets practical function. The Bell Riot is the malcontent Custom 500 that got tired of messing around with snap on shields and dreamed of a better life. You don’t have to tolerate antiquated shield mechanisms to get your classic vibe.

Never again will you roll up to a stoplight and feel those stuffy claustrophobic feels set in- you know, the ones that make you want to rip your snap shield off and just breathe, or have you screaming inside your head at the red light (c’mon, go green already!) as your face shield steadily fogs up like a sinking ship.

The Bell Riot Helmet won’t make you a prisoner of your own radness. It won’t leak rain directly into your eyeballs when you get caught in a passing shower. It won’t rip off in the wind when you turn around at speed to check on your partners in crime. It is a killer classic helmet with a modern, easy-to-change faceshield mechanism and a wind-and-weather tight gasket seal. And that, my stylish friend, is a beautiful thing.

Features:

  • Low-profile composite shell
  • 5 shell and EPS liner sizes ensure a low-profile look
  • Multi density EPS liner
  • Padded chin strap with D-ring closure and strap keeper
  • Anti-bacterial interior
  • NutraFog™ anti-fog, anti-scratch and UV-protected shield
  • Aluminum shield mounting hardware
  • Includes clear flat face shield

Note: The Bell Riot Helmet fits snugly around the jaw to occlude noise. It may not be a good choice for riders who require a little more room in the jaw area.

2

Bell Scout Air Helmet

Lightweight with lateral impact protection, the Bell Scout Air helmet is the perfect compromise for riders on the fence between a half helmet and an open face. 5 shells and EPS liners keeps a low outer profile for a sleek look while maintaining maximum protection within each shell size.

Features:

  • Lightweight inmolded design
  • Composite Tri Matrix shell construction
  • 5 shells (XS-SM, MD, LG, XL, 2XL)
  • 5 EPS sizes (XS-SM, MD, LG, XL, 2XL)
  • Includes two peak visors
  • Five-year warranty
  • DOT

3

HJC IS-5 Helmet

Old school style meets modern convenience in the HJC IS-5 Helmet. The lightweight polycarbonate composite shell incorporates an easy-to-operate drop-down sun visor. The SuperCool™ Moisture-Wicking Anti-Bacterial is exceedingly comfortable against the skin even after all day tours, ensuring you will stay as effortlessly cool as you look in the HJC IS-5 Helmet.

Features:

  • Advanced polycarbonate composite shell
  • 3 shell sizes
    • SM: XS and SM Helmets
    • MD: MD and LG Helmets
    • LG: XL and 2XL Helmets
  • HJ-V8 integrated sunshield
  • SuperCool moisture-wicking anti-bacterial fabric
  • Fully removable cheek pads and liner
  • Dark Smoke HJ-V8 sunshield included
  • 3-snap visor included
  • DOT approved

4

GMax HH65 Naked Helmet – Solid

The HH65 Naked Half Helmet packs a full roster of features into a slick half-helmet shell. This low profile lid delivers V-twin style while concealing a dual-density EPS liner and earning a DOT certification. A tinted drop down sun visor slides into action when the sun hits eye level. This tinted shield can be swapped without tools for a clear visor (included) for UV protection and to shield the eyes from the wind. 

Internally, channels in the injection-molded EPS help pass air over the rider’s head, and a removable / washable liner using Coolmax Core Technology helps regulate heat as it pulls perspiration away from the rider and facilitates evaporation. The polycarbonate shell is a continuous, uninterrupted form with either black or polished rivet hardware for a look that pairs well with any ride.  An included neck curtain can be easily added or removed to regulate temperatures further and help shield the rider from wind bast. This snap-in neck curtain also features speaker pockets to make Bluetooth installation easier (Bluetooth sold separately).

The HH65 Naked Half Helmet shares many of the same features found in the GM65 Helmet. The HH65 Helmet, however, uses a quick-release ratchet strap closure with micro adjustment instead of a double D-ring buckle. 

Features:

  • Low profile half-helmet design
  • Dual-Density Styro Technology for a slimmer EPS liner thickness 
  • Tinted retractable, hard coated UV400 drop down sun visor
  • Clear UV400 drop down visor also included
  • Removable snap-in neck / ear curtain for cool weather riding
  • Neck curtain features speaker pockets for Bluetooth compatibility 
  • EPS vent channels for improved airflow
  • Removable, washable Coolmax Core Technology comfort liner
  • Quick-release ratchet strap closure with micro adjustment
  • DOT certified

5

HJC i 30 Helmet

Configuration is key, and the HJC i 30’s got the options for all your urban needs. Need some air? The HJ-34 faceshield is easily removed with no tools and use the internal drop down sun visor to protect your peepers. Or keep it on and flip it up as you please. Built with a lightweight polycarbonated composite shell, the i 30 is DOT approved and ready to keep the good times rollin.

Features:

  • DOT approved
  • Lightweight polycarbonated shell
  • Advanced channeling ventilation
  • HJ-34 faceshield
  • Integrated drop down sun visor
  • MultiCool liner with glasses channel
  • Double d-ring strap
  • Speaker pockets for bluetooth systems (sold separately)

6

GMax HH65 Ritual Naked Helmet

GMax knows how to name a helmet. The HH65 Ritual Naked Helmet packs a full roster of features into a slick half-helmet shell. This low profile lid delivers V-twin style while concealing a dual-density EPS liner and earning a DOT certification. A tinted drop down sun visor slides into action when the sun hits eye level. This tinted shield can be swapped without tools for a clear visor (included) for UV protection and to shield the eyes from the wind. 

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Internally, channels in the injection-molded EPS help pass air over the rider’s head, and a removable / washable liner using Coolmax Core Technology helps regulate heat as it pulls perspiration away from the rider and facilitates evaporation. The polycarbonate shell is a continuous, uninterrupted form with either black or polished rivet hardware for a look that pairs well with any ride.  An included neck curtain can be easily added or removed to regulate temperatures further and help shield the rider from wind bast. This snap-in neck curtain also features speaker pockets to make Bluetooth installation easier (Bluetooth sold separately).

The HH65 Ritual Naked Helmet shares many of the same features found in the GM65 Helmet. The HH65 Ritual Helmet, however, uses a quick-release ratchet strap closure with micro adjustment instead of a double D-ring buckle. Use discretion before performing any rituals. 

Features:

  • Low profile half-helmet design
  • Dual-Density Styro Technology for a slimmer EPS liner thickness 
  • Tinted retractable, hard coated UV400 drop down sun visor
  • Clear UV400 drop down visor also included
  • Removable snap-in neck / ear curtain for cool weather riding
  • Neck curtain features speaker pockets for Bluetooth compatibility 
  • EPS vent channels for improved airflow
  • Removable, washable Coolmax Core Technology comfort liner
  • Quick-release ratchet strap closure with micro adjustment
  • DOT certified

7

GMax HH65 Pin Naked Helmet

The “Pin” graphic of the HH65 Naked Helmet is a celebration of old-school pinstriping. The HH65 Pin Naked Helmet packs a full roster of features into a slick half-helmet shell. This low profile lid delivers V-twin style while concealing a dual-density EPS liner and earning a DOT certification. A tinted drop down sun visor slides into action when the sun hits eye level. This tinted shield can be swapped without tools for a clear visor (included) for UV protection and to shield the eyes from the wind. 

Internally, channels in the injection-molded EPS help pass air over the rider’s head, and a removable / washable liner using Coolmax Core Technology helps regulate heat as it pulls perspiration away from the rider and facilitates evaporation. The polycarbonate shell is a continuous, uninterrupted form with either black or polished rivet hardware for a look that pairs well with any ride.  An included neck curtain can be easily added or removed to regulate temperatures further and help shield the rider from wind bast. This snap-in neck curtain also features speaker pockets to make Bluetooth installation easier (Bluetooth sold separately).

The HH65 Pin Naked Helmet shares many of the same features found in the GM65 Helmet. The HH65 Pin Helmet, however, uses a quick-release ratchet strap closure with micro adjustment instead of a double D-ring buckle. 

Features:

  • Low profile half-helmet design
  • Dual-Density Styro Technology for a slimmer EPS liner thickness 
  • Tinted retractable, hard coated UV400 drop down sun visor
  • Clear UV400 drop down visor also included
  • Removable snap-in neck / ear curtain for cool weather riding
  • Neck curtain features speaker pockets for Bluetooth compatibility 
  • EPS vent channels for improved airflow
  • Removable, washable Coolmax Core Technology comfort liner
  • Quick-release ratchet strap closure with micro adjustment
  • DOT certified
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8

HJC CS-2N Helmet

The HJC CS-2N Helmet is a classic half helmet design that drops down a little bit for slightly more coverage on the temples and rear of your crown.

Features:

  • Lightweight injection-molded thermoplastic alloy shell
  • Dual forehead vent allows flow-through ventilation
  • Plush, brushed Nylex interior
  • Aerodynamic, low-profile visor
  • Removable (zip-off) neck curtain with Nylex lining
  • Nylon strap retention system neatly secures chin strap
  • DOT approved

9

Bell Pit Boss Flames Helmet

From the first time you put the Pit Boss helmet on, you can feel the difference. The ultra-light TriMatrix construction keeps weight to a minimum while still passing tough DOT standards. The Bell Pit Boss also features Bell’s innovative Speed Dial adjustable fit system which provides unmatched levels of comfort while drastically reducing the tendency for open face helmets to lift off of the head. And with additional features like a removable neck curtain and drop down sunshield, the Pit Boss truly reigns supreme on the wide open road.

Features:

  • Lightweight, TriMatrix composite shell—Kevlar/Carbon/Fiberglass blend
  • 2 shell sizes
    • MD: SM and MD helmets
    • LG: LG and XL/2XL helmets
  • Innovative Speed Dial adjustable fit system
  • Internal Sun Shade offers “on the fly” protection from the sun
  • Removable neck curtain for cold weather riding
  • Convenient speaker pockets make it easy to set up the Pit Boss with communication devices
  • Shield offers 100% UVA and UVB protection
  • Five-year warranty

10

Bell Pit Boss Helmet – Solid Colors

From the first time you put the Pit Boss helmet on, you can feel the difference. The ultra-light TriMatrix construction keeps weight to a minimum while still passing tough DOT standards. The Bell Pit Boss also features Bell’s innovative Speed Dial adjustable fit system which provides unmatched levels of comfort while drastically reducing the tendency for open face helmets to lift off of the head. And with additional features like a removable neck curtain and drop down sunshield, the Pit Boss truly reigns supreme on the wide open road.

Features:

  • Lightweight, TriMatrix composite shell—Kevlar/Carbon/Fiberglass blend
  • 2 shell sizes
    • MD: SM and MD helmets
    • LG: LG and XL/2XL helmets
  • Innovative Speed Dial adjustable fit system
  • Internal Sun Shade offers “on the fly” protection from the sun
  • Removable neck curtain for cold weather riding
  • Convenient speaker pockets make it easy to set up the Pit Boss with communication devices
  • Shield offers 100% UVA and UVB protection
  • Five-year warranty
  • DOT approved