Top 5 Dual Sport Helmets

We love ADV riding, but more importantly, we love the sense of craziness surrounded by practicality. Getting where we’re going on an ADV bike shouldn’t be possible, but everything about ADV riding is about its purpose. Not much time is spent on the look or fashion of ADV gear – with a few exceptions, like Rev’it’s awesome gear.

So, for this gear list, we’ve selected the favorite ADV helmets on the market. Most with whom we have had first-hand experience. And every ADV helmet we’ve tried, we’ve worn them on more than just an adventure bike. Jesse drives cruisers with an Arai XD4 and occasionally an AGV AX-8 DS EVO and Jim Downs has raced the KTM 390 Duke with a Nexx XD-1. So while marketed for the ADV market, the headsets are far from brand exclusive. With large visor openings, generally high safety ratings, sun visor, ribbing and good looks, these are some of the best everyday helmets. We don’t care how we look… well, sometimes.

Arai XD4

Not only does it look great with a removable visor and graphics, it also has solid aerodynamics at higher speeds, diffuser vents and exhaust ports, and sculpted side cowl vents for some of the best ventilation ever. an ADV helmet can provide.

It’s a staff favorite because it’s comfortable and offers moderate to good sound cancellation. Comfort comes from patent-pending FCS (Facial Contour Support) cheek pads, Dry-Cool technology and detachable micro-adjustment so you can get the optimal fit for your nugget. He enters four color schemes.

Price: $659.99

Top 5 Dual Sport Helmets

Top 5 Dual Sport Helmets

Icon variant

The variant is wind tunnel tested for ideal aerodynamics and high-speed stability, and offers good visibility through the anti-lift visor, which also has an extended eye opening and distortion-free optics.

One of the cheaper options, it sells for $300-$350 depending on graphics and retailer (link to 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 around three pounds depending on size.

Price for carbon fiber version (pictured above): $520 – $550

Price: $350 (picture below)

Top 5 Dual Sport Helmets

Top 5 Dual Sport Helmets

Shoei Hornet X-2

If there was ever an ADV helmet that looked street-worthy, it’s the X2. Replacing the Shoei Hornet DS, the X2 Seeker strikes a great balance between on-road and off-road design and capability. Marketed to be a great all-around helmet with decent ribbing and weather protection. Advanced Integrated Matrix Plus Multi Fiber shell construction results in a smaller, lighter and more aerodynamic shape. Improved air intake and ventilation means intensive riding won’t cause sweat or discomfort.

Price: $644.39

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Top 5 Dual Sport Helmets

Nexx XD-1

The XD-1 deserves a serious look for its features and versatility. It’s not a common name like Arai or Shoei, but we recently had the chance to discover the brand and so far we love it. Manufactured with the same construction, materials and general quality, but often at a comparable or better price.

For the XD-1, the lightweight composite shell is made with multiaxial fiberglass, 3D organic fibers, special aramid fiber reinforcement and carbon fiber. It can go from off-road to on-road riding thanks to its removable Lexan polycarbonate full-face shield and removable visor. There’s also a very exclusive internal sun visor with an impressive 80% tint for those blinding rides. There’s also good ventilation, an emergency release liner, a visor extender and even camera mounting brackets to capture your most adventurous rides. This has been Jim’s favorite ADV helmet so far, look for a full review soon.

Price: $450.00

Top 5 Dual Sport Helmets

Top 5 Dual Sport Helmets


As great as the AX-8 DS was, the EVO is even better with many improvements like improved visor and visor mechanism for smooth operation and better visibility, additional top-mounted vent for relief increased moisture and heat, reinforced interior padding. and a better base edge to accommodate back protectors and reduce the risk of neck injuries.

Jesse was torn between the Arai and the AGV Evo, although he admits the Arai is quieter and the control pads provide a comfortable fit for his shaped head. The AGV however has a lighter feel and a larger opening in the visor.

The EVO’s carbon, Kevlar and fiberglass shell construction is also light and strong, making it durable and less tiring on longer, more challenging rides.

Price: $399.95

Top 5 Dual Sport Helmets


It’s the business of the group. Unfortunately, current staff have not tested this exact helmet, although we tested it some time ago. AFX used to make cheap headsets, and you could tell. But they upped the ante in the ADV segment, and it shows. You get a very affordable ADV helmet that can double up for street use with its full face shield that also has much better optics than the FX-37 it replaces. In addition, it is anti-UV and anti-scratch. The liner and cheek pads provide enhanced comfort, and they’re hypoallergenic and antimicrobial, as well as completely removable and washable to eliminate sweat and stink. Another nice feature are the dual lifting tabs in the center of the face shield, so you don’t have to search for leverage.

Price: $144.00

Top 5 Dual Sport Helmets

Honorable Mention: Bell MX-9

One helmet we’ve been excited about since its introduction at AIM Expo last year is the Bell MX-9. Another ADV helmet that emphasizes street/off-road versatility (essentially, this just means you can remove the visor for a more street bike look). Bell has a ton of new options and designs for the headset. As of press time our bell is being shipped to us now for review, we will have a full report soon. Expected to weigh around three pounds, it’s one of the lightest and cheapest in the category.

Price: $199

Top 5 Dual Sport Helmets

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