TOP 5 Most Expensive Dirt Bike Helmets

If money is no object for you or you race dirt bikes for a living, then you might be interested in the most expensive motocross helmets on the market.  These helmets have no expense spared and are professionally styled.

Best Expensive Dirt Bike Helmets

6D ATR2

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Summary

6D is known for phenomenal helmets.  The 6D ATR-2 definitely does not disappoint!

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Review

The 6D ATR-2 scored a 5 out of 5 in the Feature category using the grading scale described in the beginning of this article.

This helmet is pretty unique.  It utilizes a ODS Carrier which means that it can be rebuilt to some extent depending on the severity of a crash.  It includes removable cheek pads for emergencies.  The protection in this helmet is a elegant combination of Low Friction Discs, Isolation Dampeners, Extruded Polypropylene liner, and a brow rib to help increase protection above the eyes.

The 6D ATR-2 scored 4.5 out of 5 for Comfort on our rating system.

This helmet comes true to size, has plenty of ventilation, and is very comfortable to wear.

Analyzing a ton of online reviews, we gave the 6D ATR-2 a 5 out of 5 in the Reviews category.

People absolutely love this helmet.  It is one of the safest helmets on the market and is comfortable to boot.

All of the helmets in the “most expensive” category are going to get the same score.  We gave this helmet a 2 out of 5 for Accessibility because the helmets in this category are way more than most non-pro level riders will spend.

When using the other helmets in this “under 400” category as a benchmark, we gave the 6D ATR-2 a 3 out of 5 for price.

Bring your wallet…

Using the metric and weights described at he beginning of this article, the overall score that the 6D ATR-2 gets is a 4.3 out of 5. This is the top helmet in the most expensive category!

Pros

  • Packed with Great Safety Tech
  • Great Reviews
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Price

Our Runner Up Pick – Fly Racing 2020 Formula

Fly Racing 2020 Formula

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Summary

Fly Racing covers the gambit of price ranges.  This is their most expensive helmet we reviewed and is a great option for those who can afford it!

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Review

The Fly Racing 2020 Formula scored a 4 out of 5 in the Feature category using the grading scale described in the beginning of this article.

This helmet is made from 12K Carbon fiber, providing an extremely lightweight shell.  RHEON impact cells are in the helmet to reduce the transfer of crash forces to the brain.  Additionally, the helmet has a Conehead EPS liner with extra EPS strategically placed for maximum protection.  This helmet does not have emergency release cheek pads which is a shame.

The Fly Racing 2020 Formula scored 4.5 out of 5 for Comfort on our rating system.

The TFV ventilation system in all Fly Racing helmets works very well, and as a result this helmet is very well ventilated and will keep you cool during your ride.

Analyzing a ton of online reviews, we gave the Fly Racing 2020 Formula a 4.5 out of 5 in the Reviews category.

This helmet gets very good reviews.  People love the ventilation and comfort, saying that it does take a little bit to break the helmet in, but after that it is very comfortable.

All of the helmets in the “most expensive” category are going to get the same score.  We gave this helmet a 2 out of 5 for Accessibility because the helmets in this category are way more than most non-pro level riders will spend.

When using the other helmets in this “under 400” category as a benchmark, we gave the Fly Racing 2020 Formula a 4 out of 5 for price.

This is the least expensive of all of the “most expensive” helmets that  we reviewed.

Using the metric and weights described at he beginning of this article, the overall score that the Fly Racing 2020 Formula gets is a 4.1 out of 5.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Great Ventilation
  • Very Comfortable

Cons

  • Price
  • Lacks Emergency Release

Other Expensive Dirt Bike Helmets

These helmets did not take the top 2 spots, but still impressed us in our research.

Bell Moto-9 Carbon Flex

Bell Moto-9 Carbon Flex

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Summary

Great top of the line helmet from Bell!

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This helmet has everything that Bell has to offer wrapped up into one package.  It is made from a 3K Carbon shell and includes their three layer impact liner which has different materials with different densities to help disburse forces during a crash.  Additionally, it has MERS (Magnefusion Emergency Release System) for removable straps and cheek pads in the event of a crash.

There is plenty of ventilation for the most comfortable helmet Bell has to offer and utilizes a segmented liner to conform to a wide variety of head shapes.

Riders love this helmet.  It is extremely light weight and comfortable.  The one ding is that the paint does not seem to hold up as well as some people would expect and can chip.

No two ways about it, the helmets in this category are all getting 2/5 for accessibility because they are way out of many peoples price range.

This is one of the most expensive helmets that we reviewed.  Don’t be shocked when you see the price.

Pros

  • Carbon Shell
  • Great Reviews
  • MERS System

Cons

  • Price
  • Paint Chips Sometimes

Shoei VFX-EVO

Shoei VFX-EVO

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Summary

Shoei comes through strong with their flagship motocross helmet!

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The shell of this helmet is designed using the AIM+ system, which is a combination of organic and synthetic fibers to make an extremely strong but still lightweight shell.  This helmet has a MEDS (Motion Energy Distribution System) which utilizes a flexible insert to absorb sudden impacts and reduce rotational acceleration during a crash.

This helmet is very comfortable and light.  It has a good ventilation system to help keep you cool during a ride.

The people who have this helmet love it.  Anecdotal evidence of riders who have gone through a crash with this helmet are that they believe it saved their lives.

Like all the helmets in this category it is getting a 2/5 for accessibility since it is out of most people’s price range.

This helmet is not cheap.  It has the potential to break the bank…

Pros

  • AIM+ System
  • MEDS System
  • Great Ventilation

Cons

  • Price
  • Utilizes some non industry standard tech

Arai VX-Pro 4

Arai VX-Pro 4

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Summary

Arai is well known for their street bike helmets and have a great motocross helmet!

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This helmet is made from several proprietary materials and has Arai’s name behind it.  It has been designed to have a longer and wider peak to help deflect roost.  This bigger peak has allowed for larger openings for ventilation vents.  Includes a emergency cheek removal system as well.

This is a very comfortable helmet, supported by large airflow vents to ensure you can ride for a long time.

Most of the reviews for this helmet are great, but a couple indicate that there are some quality control issues around what I will classify as accessory parts.  While the helmet is safe, some of the air vent guards have reportedly fallen out.

Like all the helmets at this price point, this helmet is not going to be affordable for most folks.

This helmet is very expensive.

Pros

  • Emergency Release System
  • Great Reviews outside of QC issues
  • Great Ventilation

Cons

  • Price
  • Some QC issues for non critical components

5 BEST Dirt Bike Helmets Under 400 Dollars

Maybe you are a racer, or maybe just a weekend warrior that doesn’t mind spending money on gear. We have taken a look at the top 5 dirt bike helmets under 400 dollars in this roundup!

Now we are getting to the premium price range for helmets.  These helmets should be considered if you are hardcore into dirt bikes or dirt bike racing.  While out of many riders price range and a significant investment, you may find that the added comfort of a helmet in this category is worth it if you ride often.

Best Dirt Bike Helmets Under 400 Dollars

Leatt GPX 5.5 V19.1

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Summary

This helmet scores the highest in both the category and the overall of all the helmets we reviewed.  Definitely a solid choice for a long lasting helmet!

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The Leatt GPX 5.5 V19.1 scored a 4.5 out of 5 in the Feature category using the grading scale described in the beginning of this article.

This helmet from Leatt is designed with a smaller overall profile than other helmets in its class.  The reason for design choice to to lower the amount of rotational forces that are exposed during a crash.  Instead of going with the MIPS technology, Leatt opted to go with a “360 Turbine” system which has thin turbines in the helmet to slow the rotational force and slow the impact during a crash.  Additionally this helmet has removable cheek pads for emergency helmet removal and the entire helmet is designed to work well with neck braces.

The Leatt GPX 5.5 V19.1 scored 4.5 out of 5 for Comfort on our rating system.

This helmet has plenty of ventilation and a removable liner like the other helmets in this category.  It will keep you cool during a ride.  The ventilation has been designed to still perform well at low speeds.

Analyzing a ton of online reviews, we gave the Leatt GPX 5.5 V19.1 a 5 out of 5 in the Reviews category.

This helmet gets great reviews from the owners.  Leatt is known for quality and it shows with this helmet.

All of the helmets in the “under 400 dollar” category are going to get the same score.  We gave this helmet a 3 out of 5 for Accessibility because the helmets in this category are more expensive than many riders will want to stomach.

When using the other helmets in this “under 400” category as a benchmark, we gave the Leatt GPX 5.5 V19.1 a 4 out of 5 for price.

This helmet falls right in the middle of the price range for the sub-400 dollar category.  It is a very good value for what you get for the price.

Using the metric and weights described at he beginning of this article, the overall score that the Leatt GPX 5.5 V19.1 gets is a 4.4 out of 5. This is the top helmet in the under 400 dollar category, as well as our overall winner for all helmets!

Pros

  • 360 Turbine
  • Emergency Cheek Pad Removal
  • Great Airflow

Cons

  • Too Pricey for some Riders

Our Runner Up Pick – Fly Racing 2020 F2 Carbon

Fly Racing 2020 F2 Carbon

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Summary

A step above the Fly Racing 2020 Toxin, the 2020 F2 Carbon provides a lot of technology for a good price.

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The Fly Racing 2020 F2 Carbon scored a 4 out of 5 in the Feature category using the grading scale described in the beginning of this article.

This helmet from Fly Racing includes the MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System) system to help protect the riders head during a crash.  The shell is made from a carbon matrix and the liner is EPS (Extruded Polystyrene).  Additionally, this helmet includes nice touches like aluminum visor screws and stainless steel rivets and D-Rings.

The Fly Racing 2020 F2 Carbon scored 4 out of 5 for Comfort on our rating system.

This helmet utilizes the COOLMAX removable and washable liner.  Additionally, like all Fly Racing helmets, it has Fly Racings TFV (True Functional Ventilation) system.  Owners seem to love how lightweight the helmet is so it is not a burden to wear.

Analyzing a ton of online reviews, we gave the Fly Racing 2020 F2 Carbon a 5 out of 5 in the Reviews category.

This helmet gets rave reviews from the riders who wear it.  The sizing is spot on and riders really appreciate the light weight of the helmet.

All of the helmets in the “under 400 dollar” category are going to get the same score.  We gave this helmet a 3 out of 5 for Accessibility because not all riders will want to spend the money to buy a helmet in the sub 400 dollar range.

When using the other helmets in this “under 400” category as a benchmark, we gave the Fly Racing 2020 F2 Carbon a 4 out of 5 for price.

This helmet is priced right in the middle of our sub-400 dollar range.  It is a good price for how much helmet you get.

Using the metric and weights described at he beginning of this article, the overall score that the Fly Racing 2020 F2 Carbon gets is a 4.15 out of 5. This is the runner up helmet in the under 400 dollar category, a great option!

Pros

  • MIPS
  • Light Weight
  • Great Airflow

Cons

  • Higher Priced Helmet

Other Dirt Bike Helmets Under 400 Dollars

These Motocross Helmets are still good, they just did not score as highly as our top pick and our runner-up.

Fox Racing 2020 V2

Fox Racing 2020 V2

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Fox Racing upgraded their V2 helmet this year with the addition of their Fluid Inside technology for the 2020 line.

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When you start to get into the sub 400 dollar range for a helmet, you start to see vendors introduce some pretty innovative technologies.  Fox has done this here with the “Fluid Inside” technology that is a series of fluid filled beads inside the helmet to help dissipate forces in a crash.  This helmet also includes the MVRS (Magnetic Visor Release System) that allows for the visor to fall off during a crash instead of tear off.

This helmet has a total of 15 vents (11 intake and 4 exhaust).  We would have liked to have seen more air ventilation for increased comfort.  This helmet has a removable washable liner to ensure that your helmet is always clean.

This helmet gets very good reviews from riders who wear them regularly.  As with most Fox helmets, they do tend to run a little small, so take that into account when figuring out your sizing.

Only those who are serious and ride often will want to spend the money for the sub-400 dollar range helmets.

For this pricing tier, the Fox Racing 2020 V2 helmet is very well priced.

Pros

  • Fluid Inside Technology
  • MVRS System
  • Good Price for Tier

Cons

  • Too Pricey for some Riders
  • Ventilation could be improved

Bell Moto-9 with MIPS

Bell Moto-9 with MIPS

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Summary

Not to be confused with their lower MX-9 model, the Bell Moto-9 is a great helmet with emergency removal included!

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This helmet from Bell is a step up from their less expensive model (called MX-9, which is reviewed in the Sub 200 dollar list).  It includes the MIPS system to help with protection during a crash.  It is made from a “Tri-Matrix” shell and features an emergency release feature that is based around removable cheek pads.

This helmet has plenty of ventilation to keep you cool on a long day of riding.  It includes a removable and washable liner infused with silver to cut down on sweat odors.

People love this helmet.  It is super high quality and it shows.  People love this fit and categorize it as snug (which you want), but true to size.

Like all the helmets in this category, it might not be accessible for most riders.

This helmet grazes the upper end of our sub-400 price category.  While you are buying quality, it is not inexpensive.

Pros

  • MIPS
  • Emergency Cheek Pad Removal
  • Great Reviews

Cons

  • Price

O’Neal 10 Series Helmet

O’Neal 10 Series Helmet

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Summary

O’Neal is sometimes thought of as targeting a lower price point.  However they have a helmet that falls into the sub-400 dollar category and does not disappoint.

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This helmet from O’Neal is made from a lightweight fiberglass shell.  O’Neal also offers this helmet in a Carbon version that costs a little more and is made from lightweight carbon fiber.  It has some nice features such as goggle traction pads to eliminate goggle slip.  We would have liked to have seen some of the features that we see in the other helmets in this category such as MIPS or emergency release, however sadly they are not included.

This helmet has adequate ventilation and will keep you cool during the ride.  Like the other helmets in this price range it has a removal and washable liner (Coolmax in this case) to keep your helmet clean.

Users generally really like this helmet.

More expensive than many riders will want to spend.

This helmet is priced right in the middle of our sub-400 dollar price range.

Pros

  • Goggle Traction Pad
  • Good Ventilation

Cons

  • No Emergency Release
  • No Advanced Technology

5 BEST Cheap Dirt Bike Helmets Under 100

If the cost of riding dirt bikes has you down, we are here to help with the 5 bests cheap dirt bike helmets. When you first start riding dirt bikes, there is quite a bit of expense involved. You have the bike, all the protection equipment, maintenance equipment, etc.

If you are just trying to sport out, you may want to get as cheap a dirt bike helmet as possible. Here we have a collection of the top 5 best dirt bike helmets under $100.

Best Cheap Dirt Bike Helmets Under $100

Lets start by taking a look at some cheap motocross helmets.  The only real criteria for making this list is it had to be DOT approved.  This means that the manufacturer has tested it and it meets FMVSS 218 standards (more about that here).

Vega VRX – Our Top Recommendation for a Helmet Under $100

The Vega helmets come in a wide variety of colors so most riders should be able to find a style that they like.  Additionally they come with a 5 year warranty.

Vega VRX

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Our Top Pick for Helmets Under $100

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The Vega VRX Scored 3.5 out of 5 for Feature with our rating system.

These helmets are made from a polycarbonate shell with EPS inserts.  They have a multichannel ventilation system that works well to keep the helmet cool.

The Vega VRX Scored 3.5 out of 5 for Comfort on our rating system.

Washable and removable liner makes sure that you can have a nice clean helmet to wear.  Ventilation works well, although it would been nice to see the vents be adjustable.

Analyzing a ton of online reviews, we gave the Vega VRX a 4.5 out of 5 in the Reviews category.

People love this helmet.  Anecdotal reviews from people who have crashed with this helmet on say that it protected their heads the way it should have.  People really like the fit of the helmet and the ability to have different styling options.

Every helmet in the “cheap” category is going to get full marks for the Accessibility category.  We gave this helmet a 5 out of 5 for Accessibility because this should be affordable for most riders.

When using the other helmets in this “cheap” category as a benchmark, we gave the Vega VRX a 4 our of 5 for price.  It is decently priced for a helmet in this category.

Using the metric and weights described at he beginning of this article, the overall score that the Vega VRX gets is a 4.1 out of 5. This is the highest rated helmet in the “cheap” category.

Pros

  • Great Reviews
  • Category Winner

Cons

  • Ventilation is Just Okay

NENKI NK-301 – Runner Up in the Under $100 Helmet Category

This is an off brand helmet included due to the fact that it meets or exceeds DOT FMVSS 218 standards.

We were actually pretty surprised that the off brand helmets did so well in this category.

NENKI NK-301

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Summary

This helmet was a close second, still a great option!

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The NENKI NK-301 scored a 3 out of 5 in the Feature category using the grading scale described in the beginning of this article.

This helmet has more features and is made of higher quality materials than some other helmets in this category.  It has a thermoplastic injected shell and is made EPS (Expanded Polystyrene).  It does include ventilation that is not adjustable.

The NENKI NK-301 scored 3 out of 5 for Comfort on our rating system.

Fitment is generally good with this helmet.  The only downside is that it can get loud when going at high speeds.  Although if you are going to be spending a significant amount of time at high speeds (50+ mph) on a motocross track you probably need to be looking at a different helmet category anyway.

Analyzing a ton of online reviews, we gave the NENKI NK-301 a 4.5 out of 5 in the Reviews category.

The people who have bought this helmet really like it.  I could find no real negative reviews about this except that it was loud.  The general consensus is that it feels like a high quality helmet.

Every helmet in the “cheap” category is going to get full marks for the Accessibility category.  We gave this helmet a 5 out of 5 for Accessibility because anyone should be able to afford this helmet.

When using the other helmets in this “cheap” category as a benchmark, we gave the NENKI NK-301 a 4.5 out of 5 for price.  It is very inexpensively priced, even in this price range.

Using the metric and weights described at he beginning of this article, the overall score that the NENKI NK-301 gets is a 4 out of 5. This is the runner up helmet in the “cheap” category.

Pros

  • Good Reviews
  • Fitment
  • Priced Well

Cons

  • Average Ventilation
  • Loud

Other Helmets Under $100 Considered

These helmets were reviewed, but ultimately through our scoring and grading process, did not make the cut.

O’Neal Series 2

I own one of these helmets and it is really not bad.  It is a little hot, but for the price, it is a good option.

O’Neal Series 2

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O’Neal Series 2 is a popular helmet, I own one. I would opt for others in the category to do it again.

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This is just your basic helmet.  It does claim to meet both DOT and ECE 22-05 standards (generally regarded as stricter than DOT standards).  The styling is good and it looks like a more expensive helmet.

This helmet is just average for comfort.  It could do with more ventilation for sure.  On hot days, it gets pretty warm.  It is also relatively heavy.

The reviews on this helmet are decent.  The main complaints are in regards to sizing and weight.  Otherwise, owners seem to be happy with the purchase.  Being an owner myself, I would purchase this helmet again if I needed one quickly, or I needed a spare.

Basically all of the helmets in the “cheap” category are going to get a 5 for accessibility.  Almost all riders will be able to afford one.

Of the helmets that we look at in this category, the O’Neal Series 2 is one of the most expensive, so it gets docked a point and half.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Styling

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Sizing

O’Neal Style 5

O’Neal Style 5

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Summary

This helmet is one step up from the O’Neal Series 2, although often you can find it on sale for the same price.

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Review

This is the highest quality helmet in the cheap category.  It meets DOT, ECE 22-05, and AS/NZS standards (a standard for Australia and New Zealand).  The helmet is made from Polycarbonate and ABS, and is lighter weight than some of the other helmets in this category.

This helmet is relatively comfortable to wear.  It has been designed with a washable sweat wicking liner and has multiple air vents to help keep temperatures down.

People really like this helmet.  Most owners agree the styling is sharp and it is a comfortable helmet to wear.

Since this falls into the Cheap category, everyone should be able afford to get their hands on one.

When not on sale, this is the most expensive of the “cheap” motocross helmets that we are looking at.  However, when you can find them on sale it is not a bad deal.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Removable Liner
  • DOT/ECE/AS-NZS Approved

Cons

  • More Expensive than others in this category

AHR Offroad Helmet

AHR Offroad Helmet

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Summary

Extremely Basic Helmet at a Low Price Point.

3.9

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This is an off brand helmet that is included in this list because it met the minimum criteria, which was DOT standards.  It is an extremely basic helmet at a very low price point.

This is just a basic helmet.  It meets DOT standards, has a ventilation system (although not a great one), and is made out of ABS plastic.  The liner is not removable.

This helmet has some sizing issues.  Many of the owners ended up either having to live with a tight fit or sent it back for a different size.  It seems to run very small.  The ventilation is just okay, providing some airflow but not enough to wear it for extended periods of time.

This helmet gets good reviews by owners.  This is likely because their expectations were already low when they made the purchase.  A common theme in reading feedback is that you get a lot for the money that you spend, but they wouldn’t recommend it if you were going to do any significant amount of riding.

Like all helmets in the “cheap” category, this helmet gets a 5/5.  It should be affordable for everyone looking to get into dirt bike riding.

This is the least expensive helmet in this category.  As a result, it gets 5/5 for pricing.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Removable Liner
  • DOT/ECE/AS-NZS Approved

Cons

  • More Expensive than others in this category

Wrap Up

The first dirt bike helmet I ever had was a 50 dollar helmet that was ill fitting and hot.  It was quickly replaced.  Keep that in mind when you are looking for your next helmet.  Cheaper is not always better.   In the same vein, unless you are at the pro motocross level, you probably don’t need to buy the most expensive option unless you just want to.

TOP 5 Dirt Bike Helmets Under 200

When searching for dirt bike helmets, the cheapest option isn’t always the best. Sure dirt bike helmets under 100 dollars are a great bargain, but your safety and comfort may not be worth the savings. Here we review the top 5 dirt bike helmets under 200 dollars!

The under 200 dollar range is where I would expect most riders to be looking.  For 200 dollars or less you can get a very solid helmet that is comfortable and has many of the features that the top helmets are going to have.  This is also the tier where you see brands that you are familiar with and have good brand equity.

So without further ado, lets jump into the reviews for the top 5 helmets in the sub-200 dollar price range.

Best Dirt Bike Helmets Under 200 Dollars

Fly Racing Toxin 2020 MIPS – Our Under 200 Dollar Pick

Fly Racing Toxin 2020 MIPS

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Summary

Fly Racing has hit it out of the park with this helmet.  It has very good airflow, and includes the MIPS system.

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Review

The Fly Racing Toxin 2020 with MIPS scored a 4.5 out of 5 in the Feature category using the grading scale described in the beginning of this article.

This is a very high quality helmet built around the MIPS system. The MIPS system is a slip-pane system that moves inside the helmet to disburse loads during a crash. A replaceable mouth piece and molded rubber nose guard ensure that you will not need to replace this helmet for a long long time.

The Fly Racing Toxin 2020 MIPS scored 4.5 out of 5 for Comfort on our rating system.

Fly Racing incorporated 13 intake and 6 exhaust vents into this helmet which provides superior air cooling.  The liner is removable and washable.

Analyzing a ton of online reviews, we gave the Fly Racing Toxin 2020 with MIPS a 5 out of 5 in the Reviews category.

This helmet gets stellar reviews.  The fit is great right out of the box and people love the styling.

Most of the helmets in the “under 200 dollar” category are going to get the same score.  We gave this helmet a 4 out of 5 for Accessibility because most riders should be able to afford this helmet.

When using the other helmets in this “under 200” category as a benchmark, we gave the Fly Racing Toxin 2020 MIPS a 3 out of 5 for price.  This helmet retails at the upper end of the sub-200 dollar price range.

Using the metric and weights described at he beginning of this article, the overall score that the Fly Racing Toxin 2020 MIPS gets is a 4.2 out of 5. This is the top helmet in the under 200 dollar category!

Pros

  • MIPS
  • Great Reviews
  • Good Airflow

Cons

  • Upper End of Price Category

Bell MX-9 MIPS – Our Under 200 Runner Up Pick

Bell MX-9 MIPS

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Summary

Bell is a company built around helmets.  I generally think of them as making helmets for pedal bikes and skateboarding, but they have ventured into the motocross and dirt bike world. 

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Review

The Bell MX-9 MIPS scored a 4 out of 5 in the Feature category using the grading scale described in the beginning of this article.

This helmet by Bell is made out of polycarbonate and ABS, designed to disburse forced upon impact.  Additionally, Bell has incorporated the MIPS system into the helmet which is a slip-pane system that moves inside the helmet to disburse loads during a crash.  This helmet is backed up by a 5 year warranty.

The Bell MX-9 MIPS scored 4 out of 5 for Comfort on our rating system.

This helmet has good ventilation and should keep your head nice and cool.  Like the Fox above, it has a washable liner to ensure a clean helmet.

Analyzing a ton of online reviews, we gave the Bell MX-9 MIPS a 4.5 out of 5 in the Reviews category.

This helmet gets great reviews for both comfort and styling.  It comes highly recommended.

Most of the helmets in the “under 200 dollar” category are going to get the same score.  We gave this helmet a 4 out of 5 for Accessibility because most riders should be able to afford this helmet.

When using the other helmets in this “under 200” category as a benchmark, we gave the Bell MX-9 MIPS a 4 out of 5 for price.

This helmet is priced right in the middle of the sub 200 dollar range.  It provides a good value for the price.

Using the metric and weights described at he beginning of this article, the overall score that the Bell Racing MX-9 MIPS gets is a 4.1 out of 5. You can’t go wrong with a helmet by Bell.

Pros

  • MIPS
  • Great Reviews
  • Long Warranty

Cons

  • Hard to find a Con!

Other Dirt Bike Helmets Under 200 Dollars

These helmets scored well, but were not in the top two.

Fox Racing 2020 V1

Fox Racing 2020 V1

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Summary

Fox Racing is known for their high quality products.  Their V1 line has gotten a new update for 2020, and is a great helmet!

3.9

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Fox makes this helmet out of polycarbonate and ABS which is designed to disburse forces upon impact.  Additionally their 2020 line offers very good ventilation and a patented Magnetic Visor Release System (MVRS) which is engineered to have the visor automatically release in a crash instead of breaking off.

This helmet has 9 intake vents and 4 exhaust vents to ensure good airflow to keep your head cool during a ride.  Additionally, the liner and cheek pads are washable for an always clean helmet.

This helmet gets great reviews.  Fox is known for their helmets running a tad small, so most of the negative reviews were around fitment.  Be sure to measure your head prior to ordering.

Most of the helmets in this category are going to be a 4 out of 5 for accessibility because they are a higher price range than the cheap tier, but most riders will be able to afford one.

This helmet is priced on the higher end of the sub-200 dollar range, but is not a bad price for the quality that you get.

Pros

  • MVRS System
  • Washable Liner
  • Good Airflow

Cons

  • Upper End of Price Category
  • Sizing Issues

LS2 MX470 Subverter

LS2 MX470 Subverter

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Great Helmet from a well known safety company!

4

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LS2 Opted to use their proprietary flex compound to slow crash forces down instead of MIPS with this helmet.  They turned out a great helmet with great ventilation and emergency release which is unique in this price category.

The LS2 Subverter helmet is made from the LS2’s proprietary Kinetic Polymer Alloy (KPA) which is designed to give just a little flex in a crash to help disburse the crash forces.  Additionally, it has one of the widest eye ports on the market, allowing for maximum goggles compatibility and visibility.  Finally, this helmet has an emergency release system which allows for removal of the helmet quickly in the event of an emergency.

This helmet has a combined total of 35 air vents which provides for some of the best cooling in its class.  The foam is laser cut to ensure airflow and the liner is removable and washable.  This helmet does tend to run a little small, so take that into account when figuring out your size.

Reviews on this helmet are great!  Owners rave about how to feels like a very high quality helmet.  The only negative reviews were around sizing, which mentioned earlier, tends to run a little small.  So either try before you buy (if your local shop carriers LS2) or take the tendency to run small into account when figuring out your size from their size chart.

At this price point, most riders can afford this helmet if they are above the casual rider.

This helmet is one of the most expensive in the sub 200 category.

Pros

  • Emergency Release
  • Great Airflow
  • Large Eye Port

Cons

  • Upper End of Price Category
  • Sizing Issues

GMAX MX86

GMAX MX86

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Summary

This helmet was included in this list because it is slightly more expensive than my cutoff for the “cheap” category, but is very inexpensive for the sub-200 category.

4.1

Review

This helmet is made out of a thermo-plastic alloy and has 16 air vents.  Additionally, it has a large port for goggles, allowing for compatibility with most goggles and good visibility.

This helmet has adequate airflow and has a removable liner to ensure that you have a nice clean helmet.  This helmet tends to run a little small, so take that into account when selecting your size.

The reviews for this helmet are generally good with the major issue seeming to be around the sizing of the helmets.

This helmet is very affordable for most riders and just missed the cut for our “cheap” category.

This helmet is the most inexpensive in the sub-200 range.

Pros

  • Price
  • Large Eye Port

Cons

  • Sizing Issues
  • No Advanced Technology
  • Only Adequate Ventilation

Dirt Bike Helmet Buyers Guide

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Should I buy a used dirt bike helmet?

There are some areas in dirt bike riding where buying used is completely fine.  Helmets is not one of those areas.  After a significant crash, a helmet will need to be replaced.  If you simply find a lid on craigslist, you have no idea its history.  It could have been through a big crash, or could have spent its life rolling around in the bed of someones truck.  Plus, a used helmet is gross.  Someone else head has been in there sweating profusely.

Helmet Buying Guide

So if you have made it this far, you have surely noticed that there are tons of great options out there for a dirt bike helmet.  We have done our best to rate them according to the criteria laid out at the beginning of this article.  But what if you have no idea where to start?  What are some key things to look for in a dirt bike helmet?

As with many things, impulse purchases are often replaced by an item that was more heavily researched.  We have done our best here as well, attempting to lay out solid choices for every budget.

There are three key things that I look for in a new helmet.

  • Fit
  • Ventilation
  • Safety

Lets dive into each of those briefly.

Helmet Fit

The single most important thing with a helmet is that it fits correctly.  The fit should be snug, but not uncomfortably so.  Your helmet should always be worn with the strap completely fastened.  If you have the helmet on and the strap fastened and are able to have the helmet move independently of your head then it is too big and you need to go down a size.

Luckily, since we live in the age of the internet, you are able to get a good idea from peoples reviews of the products as to whether or not the helmet runs big or runs small.

Additionally, most manufacturer websites will have a size chart to help you get in the right range.  Head measurements are generally taken as the circumference of the largest part of your head, which should be right above your eyebrows.

If you get a helmet and it does not fit to your satisfaction you need to return it and get a different size.  It is not worth risking a life threatening injury because you decided to just live with an ill fitting helmet.

Ventilation

Provided that you have a helmet that is sized appropriate, the next thing you should look for is adequate ventilation.  Lots of dirt bike riding is done in the summer months, where it can get brutally hot.  Having a helmet that does not have good airflow is a recipe for misery.  The more inexpensive helmets on the market will generally have some provision for airflow, but their design might not be as advanced or efficient as a more expensive helmet.

It is completely up to you as to whether or not you decide to prioritize ventilation.  I would argue that the longer you can ride and the more comfortably you ride, the better a rider you will be.  I live in North Carolina where the summers sometimes get to 100 degrees and the humidity is unbearable.  Riding in these conditions without adequate airflow would not be possible.  If you live up north or in an area that is generally cool, you might can get away with less airflow, but for me, it is not an option.

Advanced Safety Technologies

Once I have found a helmet that both fits well and has good ventilation, the final thing I will look for is the type of technology the helmet manufacturer decided to put into the helmet.  Some of the technologies you will see on the market are proprietary, meaning that the manufacturer developed them for themselves, and others are industry standard.  Make sure that if you are looking at a helmet with some type of fancy safety technology that it is at least DOT approved.  If you find a helmet that has some great technology but isn’t DOT approved than you should pass.

The less expensive helmets are not going to have any advanced technologies.  They are primarily going to use the construction of the shell and the padding inside the helmet as the protection mechanism.  When you start to get into the more expensive helmets, you start to see some of the technologies that we will discuss below.

MIPS – Multi-directional Impact Protection Systems

MIPS is an industry standard technology, meaning that multiple helmet companies utilize this technology.  It was developed in Sweden at the Royal Institute of Technology.  The scientists researched helmet technology for 19 years, and the result was that they found most helmets do a good job of reducing direct impact forces during a crash.  However, the testing was only done on direct impact forces, and most crashes occur at an angle.

So, they researched and found that if they managed to reduce the forces at angular impact, they were able to significantly reduce the risk of concussions and other head injuries.

MIPS in practice

Out of this came the MIPS technology, which uses a slip plane concept.  Basically there are two layers inside the helmet that can slip past each other to some degree.  

What it means for you is that when you have a crash, your head can rotate slightly inside the helmet, reducing the rotational forces that reach the brain.

The way this is implemented is you will have one layer of foam in the helmet that absorbs impact.  There will also be a second thin layer underneath that that can slip by the foam layer.  This second layer is generally made from polycarbonate plastic coated in Teflon, although your specific helmet manufacturer might use a different type of material.

The degree to which it slips is controlled by pins that limit the movement (again there may be some other type of technology to limit the degree of slip in your helmet).  It takes a certain amount of force to actually have the two materials slip by each other, so this is not something that you will likely notice when you put the helmet on and try and move it around.

Magnetic Visor Release System (MVRS)

This is a technology developed by Fox Racing.  It is one of the approaches used to manage rotational forces during a crash.  They visor of the helmet is held on magnetically to the body of the helmet.  The magnetic strength is such that the visor can withstand any roost from other riders, but that the visor will also release from the helmet in the event of a crash.  Instead of the visor exacerbating the situation by adding additional rotational forces in a crash, the visor will detach from the helmet.

Kinetic Polymer Allow (KPA)

The Kinetic Polymer Alloy (KPA) is a proprietary helmet shell material designed by LS2.  This material is designed to flex in a crash as an energy management system.  Where as most helmet shells are rigid, the KPA shell can move a little bit and absorb some of the energy.  LS2 claims that even though it is flexible, it is still resistant to penetration.

Fluid Inside

Fluid Inside is a company that has developed a technology designed to mimic Cerebral Spinal Fluid inside of fluid filled pods.  These pods are strategically placed inside helmets and absorb some of the impact during a crash.  Fluid Inside has licensed this technology to some helmet manufacturers both within and outside of the dirt bike world.

360 Turbine

Leatt has a technology called 360 Turbine which is a series of small circular “turbines” that can deform to absorb impact.  The turbines are made out of a material that instantly hardens upon impact.  These turbines dissipate rotational energy and deflect impact energy.  Leatt claims that this reduces up to 30% of head impact at concussion level and reduces up to 40% of rotational acceleration to the head and brain.  Additionally, the turbines are replaceable from Leatt should you ever need to replace them.

Emergency Cheek Pad Removal

The last advanced technology we will discuss here is the emergency cheek pad removal.  After a crash, helmets equipped with an emergency cheek pad removal can be removed from the rider with much less effort and movement of the riders head.  

If the rider needs to be immobilized, the emergency personnel is going to want to have as little movement as possible happen to the riders head.  Being able to remove the cheek pads means that essentially the bottom and the top of the helmet can be removed separately without having to move the riders head much if at all.  

The actual implementation of this technology is done in a few different ways depending on the manufacturer.  Some helmets have a magnetic system which allows the removal of the cheek pads, and others have clips.  Regardless of the method, if you are serious about racing, you should definitely try and find a helmet that has this technology built in.

Wrap Up

So there you have it.  A run down of the best 20 helmets in every price range.  I think what you will notice is that as the price goes up, so does the technology that goes into ensuring your head is safe.  At the lower end, the helmet primarily has padding, but at the upper end proprietary designs are used to reduce impact to the brain and rotational acceleration.

Regardless of what you use, make sure that you are wearing a helmet.  Helmets are not optional, even for just a quick ride around the yard.

Gear up and stay safe out there!

5 TOP Motocross Knee Braces Reviews and Comparison

Do you really need a set of motocross knee braces?  It depends on your style of riding.

Your knees are one of the most vulnerable parts of your body.  Motocross riding can take a serious toll on your knees.  When you think about it, every turn you take, you are one rock away from a hyperextended knee, and when you fall, you are exposing yourself to bruising.  Knee protection is one of those things that needs to be addressed after your helmet and boots are sorted out.

What is the difference between knee braces and knee pads?

There are two different types of knee protection categories.  The first, and by far cheapest is knee pads.  These are really designed to keep your knees from getting skinned up when you fall or sideswipe a tree.  They protect against superficial damage primarily.

Knee braces on the other hand are much more complex.  They are designed to both protect against superficial wounds, but also to prevent serious, season or career ending knee injuries.  Knee braces are engineered to keep your knee from hyperextending in the event that you encounter an unexpected rock when turning or if you land wrong after a fall.

Should I get braces or knee pads?

This really depends upon the type of riding that you do.  If you are racing, I would definitely recommend a set.  However, if you are simply casually riding dirt bikes with your friends or family on the weekends and not being real aggressive, you can probably get away with just knee pads.

This article is going to be focused on motocross knee braces, not knee pads.  Be forewarned.  Knee braces are not cheap.  If you see a set that you think is reasonably price, make sure that they are for a set and not just an individual knee.  The first time I looked at knee braces I was flabbergasted at the price difference between dirt bike knee pads and motocross knee braces.  After some research, I understand the difference, but still.  They are pricey.

In order of priority for purchase, I would recommend first a good helmet, a good pair of dirt bike boots, a good neck brace, then a set of knee braces.  You will be able to get by for a while with a set of knee pads, which are better than nothing.

The 5 Best Motocross Knee Braces Reviewed

PodMX K4

PodMX K4 Knee Braces

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Excellent options from a less well known company!

4.7

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PodMX offer a couple of different models of their knee braces.  Probably the most popular is the K4 Knee braces.  These are definitely a performance based model geared towards racers.

The K4 knee braces are constructed from a glass reinforced polymer frame and are light weight enough that you won’t notice them when you are wearing them.  They come in at just under one and half pounds (620 grams).  

One of the great features of the K4 line of knee braces from PodMX is that they are modular, meaning you can replace parts that either wear out or don’t fit the way you would like them to.  Since you have the ability to truly customize the fit, they are able to provide a great level of protection.  One example of how this is great is if you end up taking a spill and wearing out the knee cup, you can replace just that knee cup.

PodMX offers a technology called Human Motion that keeps the sound of the knee braces down, and has a controllable range of motion with 25 different settings of knee extention range of motion stops.  The pads can be replaced as well, so if you end up wearing out the pads you can just buy a new set to replace them.

Users really love these knee braces.  People use them for lots of different sports, even outside of motocross or dirt bike riding.  For instance, if you are doing a sport where the knee cup could get in the way, you can remove the knee cups.  Very versatile!

The one knock against these seem to be getting the fit dialed in to where you don’t get hot spots.  I would argue that most of this can be alleviated by making sure that you wear knee brace sleeves or knee brace socks which will get rid of the rubbing.

The braces are attached by Velcro straps.  I am not a huge fan of this, and actually prefer the lace up variety because they offer less of a chance for them to move around on you.  However, once you get them dialed in, I am sure they will be fine for you.

Before you order, make sure that you look at the sizing chart to make sure that you are getting the right size knee braces.  Additionally, you can either buy these knee braces by the knee (i.e. you can buy a right knee brace or a left knee brace), but I would recommend that you make sure you are purchasing a pair of them.

Finally, PodMX offers a 12 month warranty on these braces.  The short time frame shouldn’t be too much of an issue since they are modular, so if a part wears out in a couple of years that you feel should be warrantied normally, you can just replace it for relatively inexpensively.

Asterik Ultra Cell 2.0

Asterik Ultra Cell 2.0 Knee Braces

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These are the braces that I personally wear and love!

4.3

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I personally wear Asterik Knee Braces when I ride.  I have a little bit older model than what is currently available, but they core safety and features haven’t changed a ton.  They fit well and can go down inside the tops of my boots without any issues.  

Recently, Asterik released their Ultra Cell 2.0 line of braces.  The Ultra Cell technology has many years of real life usage behind it and has been well received by the riders.  The updated version is simply a lower profile of their Ultra Cell line.

Asterik is unique in that it does not have a separate knee cap.  Instead, the knee brace is designed by offering full coverage of your entire knee.  This makes for what I feel is a safer and better design than the competition.  Your knee cap is still well protected, but so is the rest of your knee.

You quickly forget that you are wearing these knee braces.  They are very comfortable, and thanks to their hinge system, you have very natural movement.

These knee braces are not cheap.  But that is no surprise considering the amount of research and development that has gone into creating these knee braces.  They are not cheaply made and are extremely high quality.

Since knee injuries are so common in motocross and dirt bike riding in general, I think that it is a justifiable expense.  At this point in my life, I am not willing to risk a season ending injury, surgery, and months of rehab because I didn’t wear knee braces.  I put these on along with my neck brace, helmet, and boots, every time that I ride.

EVS Sports Axis Knee Braces

EVS Sports Axis Knee Brace

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Great for the budget minded!

4.5

Review

Don’t let the sub par attempt at a neck brace from EVS make you think that they don’t offer high quality products.  In my article on neck braces, I was understandably disappointed at their offering.  However, when it comes to knee braces they have a good, reasonably affordable option.

The EVS Sports Axis Knee Brace set is going to be quite a bit cheaper than the others that we talk about here.  It is still not cheap, however it does provide a good amount of coverage for your knees if you are not willing to shell out a ton of money (relatively speaking, they are still not inexpensive).

The patented hinge system allows for natural range of motion that is embedded in their Knee Cap.  This should provide the necessary protection that you need when you fall.

Additionally, they have adjustable lockouts to prevent knee hyperextension.  This is a feature that is relatively common among knee braces, so it is good to see that they have included it.

Since these are a cheaper option, you should not expect the world from them.  The main complaint from users is durability.  The lining seems to wear easily and they don’t hold up to the test of time very well.  Just know that going in.  These are probably not a one and done purchase.  They may last you a season or two, but certainly don’t have the longevity of some of the other options.

That trade off might be acceptable for you given that they run about half the price of other options.

Mobius X8

Mobius X8 Knee Brace

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The Innovative CCRS system will keep your knee where it should be!

4.3

Review

The Mobius X8 knee braces are another of the upper tier of knee braces.  These are used by pro motocross riders all over the world.  The X8 uses a pretty innovative internal cable system that works as the underlying principal for protecting your knee.

The Continuous Cable Routing System, or CCRS becomes tighter when forces are applied to the knee. Essentially the way this works is as the knee starts to move out of the normal plane of movement, the cable system becomes tighter, compressing the knee joint with the brace body and preventing the knee from moving in a way that would cause damage.

The X8 does not have a knee cap, similar to the Asterik knee brace.  Instead the entire surface of the knee is protected by the body of the brace instead of individual parts like you would see with the PodMX knee brace.  While there is visible knee cap, there is a replaceable patellar pad that is located inside the brace to help against bruised knees.

The only user complaint are around sizing and comfort.  Some users say that these braces are not as comfortable as the Asterik braces, but they are also a little cheaper.  Additionally, if you decide to get these braces, pay special attention to the sizing chart.  Since these braces use a different protection system, make sure that you measure correctly before purchasing.

All in all these are a very popular knee brace with high marks.  Just make sure that you measure your knee before you order.  I like the CCRS system as it seems like a good, nonintrusive way to protect your knee that progressively provides more support as your knee moves further outside the desired range of movement.

Leatt C-Frame

Leatt C-Frame Knee Braces

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Another Solid Product from Leatt, a name you know and trust!

4.3

Review

Last but not least is the Leatt C-Frame Knee Braces.  Leatt is a company that is developed around extreme sport protection gear and they offer a few lines of knee braces and these are their premiere offering.

This knee brace is actually medically certified with both the FDA in America and the EU certifying body.  It has been CE tested and certified for impact protection as well.

The C-Frames include an adjustable hyperextension limiter to prevent ACL injuries and a fixed hyperflexion limiter to prevent against meniscus injuries.  

These are a low profile knee brace and have been engineered with failure points where the brace frame itself breaks before it causes damage to the thigh and shin bones.

Overall, Leatt has put a ton of research into these braces and they are a great option for anyone that needs knee braces and are partial to the Leatt name.

Dirt Bike Knee Brace Accessories

The main accessory that you will want to consider is a set of knee brace sleeves or knee brace socks. These are essentially thin pieces of material that go inbetween your skin and the knee brace.  They will keep you from developing sores or hot spots as a result of wearing your knee braces.  

Wrap Up

So there you have it.  The top 5 knee braces for dirt bike riding.  Knee braces are a significant investment, so be sure to make your selection carefully.  While they are expensive, so is getting knee surgery and dealing with a potentially career ending injury.  Wrap your knees up and stay safe out there!

Best Neck Brace for Motocross (November 2019)

Motocross Neck Braces – Protect your Spine!

There is some debate in the dirt bike world about the efficacy of neck braces or neck protectors.  The folks that wear them have confidence that they are making the sport as safe as possible. They are willing to sacrifice some comfort. 

The people that do not wear them argue that they restrict head movement. This would make it harder to sight lines and see the track ahead. This is because a neck braces by design limit the amount of rear movement that your head can make.  Additionally, injuries attributed to wearing a neck brace include broken collar bones.

I personally choose to wear a motocross neck brace for the added protection. I am willing to risk a broken collar bone over a broken neck.

Best Motocross Neck Brace Brands

When searching for neck braces or neck protectors, there are 4 major players.  Alpinestars, Atlas, Leatt, and EVS.  We will be reviewing the offerings of each of these brands. We will provide you with the information that you need to make an informed decision.

Top Motocross Neck Braces for 2019

Below you will find reviews of the top 4 Neck Braces for 2019.  These are in no particular order and range from the least expensive to the premium price point.  

EVS Race Collar R4

EVS Race Collar R4

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This is more of a neck roll, not a neck brace and is not going to offer adequate protection for hard core racers.

5

Features and Brief Overview

EVS has designed a neck protector to meet the need of the more cost conscious consumer.  While I would not consider this to be a true neck protector like you will see later in this article, it does provide some protection against spinal compression.

The EVS Sports R4 Race Collar is light weight coming in at just short of 1.5 pounds.  It is designed to be easier to wear for extended periods.

The rear strut is adjustable to allow for the best fit possible. It can be adjusted to work with a chest or roost protector.

Actually putting on the brace is done with a Velcro hook and loop system as well as a plastic lock.  I found this a little awkward to use, and was never quite sure that I had done it correctly. 

The EVS Sports Race Collar is CE approved.

In general, reviews about this neck brace are mixed.  Some people complain about the plastic lock system not working correctly, while others rave about its comfort.  This was the first neck protector that I ever purchased. I ended up replacing it with the Alpinestars Bionic Neck Support.  The reason for this is while I felt comfortable enough when riding, I still didn’t feel like it would give adequate neck support if I were to crash.

Bottom Line

While not a traditional neck brace, it is inexpensive and better than nothing.  If you are looking for an entry level neck protector to wear for a season or two while you are trying out the sport, it is definitely a viable option.

Leatt GPX 5.5

Leatt GPX 5.5

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Great option from a trusted brand. You can’t go wrong with Leatt!

4.5

Features and Brief Overview

Leatt is synonymous with motocross protection.  They have a wide range of products including neck braces, knee braces, integrated neck and check protectors, and more.  Their GPX 5.5 Neck Brace made the list of the best motocross neck braces of 2019 due to its overwhelming popularity in both amateur and pro ranks.

The Leatt GPX 5.5 Neck Braces comes in at just over 1.5 pounds and has a foldable rear strut for easier packing.

The rear strut is highly adjustable for the perfect fit, with 4 way adjustability.  Additionally, it has 3 way adjustments on other parts of the neck brace to make sure it fits the rider perfectly.

The neck brace is put on by a push button opening and rotating the bottom of the brace away from the top.  This is an interesting design as most neck braces are opened by splitting the neck brace left to right.  Additionally, this brace has an emergency release mechanism to get the neck brace off of an injured rider.  Clearly, it was designed with motocross racing in mind.

In order to combat one of the most common complains about neck braces, Leatt has designed the GPX 5.5 Neck Brace with collarbone cutouts to reduce the changes of injuring your collar bone in a crash.

The Leatt GPX 5.5 Neck Brace is CE tested and certified as Personal Protective Equipment 89/686/EEC.

The reviews for this neck brace are exceptional.  People tend to love the Leatt product line and become customers for life.  It is used by professional motocross and supercross athletes as well as BMX riders and other sports where neck injuries are common. 

The Bottom Line

Leatt has a wide range of neck protectors.  They are probably the most well known brand in the market.  If you are serious about riding dirt bikes and want a neck protector that will last you many seasons, put the Leatt GPX 5.5 on your shopping list.

Alpinestars Bionic Neck Support Tech 2

Alpinestars Bionic Neck Support Tech 2

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This is the neck brace that I wear. Its a great option!

4.3

Features and Brief Overview

Alpinestars is another company that had been in the game for a long time.  When I think of Alpinestars, I primarily think of on-road sports bike apparel, however they have a strong presence in the offroad world.  This year, Alpinestars updated its highly rated Bionic Neck Support (BNS) to the BNS Tech-2. 

The new Bionic Neck Support Tech 2 is aesthetically very similar to the previous versions of the Bionic Neck Support.  The most obvious aesthetic difference is the chin plate design.  This neck brace is constructed from a carbon polymer compound that is designed to divert impact forces away from the neck and spine in the event of a crash.

The rear strut of the neck brace is made up of Alpinestars exclusive progressive force relief design.  This is to help dissipate the force from a crash by directing it across the back and shoulders, away from the spine.  Like the Leatt, this neck brace also includes a quick release to remove it.

One of the nicest features of the Bionic Neck Support line is that it is designed to work with other Alpinestars products.  For example, the Bionic Neck Support can attach to the Bionic Action Jacket, negating the need to wear the neck brace harness.

The BNS Tech 2 is highly adjustable with EVA foam pads that can be interchanged if they don’t fit just right.

Since this is a brand new product for 2019, the first hand reviews are relatively limited.  Alpinestars does not have the market penetration of Leatt as far as neck braces go.  However, if it is anything like the previous version of the Alpinestars then I have no doubt it is an exceptional product.  I personally wear the Bionic Neck Support and love it!

The Bottom Line

If you have other Alpinestars equipment and enjoy the quality, you can expect more of the same from the Bionic Neck Support Tech 2.  The integration with the action jacket, which means that there is no need to wear the strap if you are wearing the jacket is a definite plus.  It is a substantial neck brace and I would not hesitate to buy another one should I need it.

Atlas Air

Atlas Air Neck Brace

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If my Alpinestars BNS ever needs replaced, I am replacing it with one of these!

4.5

Features and Brief Overview

Atlas is a company that specializes in offroad protection.  Their product lineup compared to the competition is smaller, but that allows them to specialize in what they do best, protection. 

Atlas is increasingly becoming a major player on the offroad protection scene as people start to try their products out instead of the reliable standby’s like Alpinestars and Leatt.

Of the neck braces on the market, the Atlas Air is the smallest and lightest, it weighs in at 1.3 lbs.  This by no means that it is the least protective.  They just have material where you need it, and none where you don’t. 

The neck brace is made out of a flexible polymer allowing it to have its most impressive feature: unrivaled movement.

The Atlas Air neck brace flexes at the rear, allowing each side of the brace to move independently.  So, when you rotate your shoulders, the brace rotates with you. 

Additionally, the contact points are to the left and right of both the sternum and the spine, allowing for transfer of impact to the larger muscle groups instead of the underlying bones.

The Atlas Air neck brace has “chest suspension” technology which keeps the head in motion longer during a crash, thereby promoting the tuck and roll reflex of most riders.  The chest supports can each move independently and are supported by leaf spring suspension to allow, but head movement during an accident.

This neck brace is very customizable to your specific size, offering 6 different positions to place “smart mounts” that allow you to change the angle position of the neck brace relative to your body. 

To open and close the neck brace, there is an aluminum easy open release.  This makes for a strong, light, and durable release compared to some of the other neck braces on the market.

The anecdotal reviews are outstanding.  People love both the weight and movement that this neck brace allows.  The negative reviews are sporatic and range from not liking the straps that hold the neck brace in place to it not being durable enough to withstand a crash. 

All in all, I would not hesitate to buy this neck protector is I was in the market for a new one and had the money.

The Bottom Line

Atlas is relatively new to the game, but has brought some revolutionary thinking into the design of a neck brace.  I like what I am seeing coming out of the company and it is a definite one to watch.  If flexibility and freedom of movement are of prime importance, the Atlas Air is the neck brace for you.

Neck Brace for Motocross Wrap Up

The decision to wear a neck brace is a personal one.  I fully believe that it helps prevent career ending accidents, even if the trade offs are a broken collar bone or restriction of movement. 

However, I believe that those arguments are slowly losing traction.  With designs like the Leatt collar bone cutouts and the Atlas Air chest suspension, riders are able to get the same movement without having to risk other broken bones. 

As the technology in the neck brace industry advances, I expect to see more and more riders wearing neck braces.

The neck braces listed above go from the most inexpensive option to the premium.  Hopefully this information helps you make your decision clear.  Gear Up, Ride Safe!

Dirt Bike Gear For Kids – They Can’t Ride Without It!

Essential Dirt Bike Gear For Kids

As a father of a rapidly growing boy, I am well aware of the fact that clothes and shoes often don’t fit him long enough for him to actually wear them.  The same applies to dirt bike gear for kids. 

Sometimes the most expensive part of getting into riding dirt bikes isn’t the cost of the bike, but the cost of the associated gear.  Depending on how old your child is, you can buy a small dirt bike for 300 dollars if you look (for example a used PW50). 

Unless you approach buying the dirt bike gear for kids with a strategy, things can quickly get out of hands.  That 300 dollar craigslist special could end up costing you well over 1000 dollars by the first time your child kicks it over. 

This guide is designed to help you cut through the information and will give you a recommendation or two in every product category as well as which categories are nice to haves versus essentials.  One strategy is to get the essentials first, and wait out things like jerseys until you find a good deal on them.  

Dirt Bike Gear For Kids Checklist

Required Immediately

  • Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Boots
  • Chest Protector
  • Gloves

Nice to Haves

  • Knee and Elbow Pads
  • Jerseys and Pants

Required Dirt Bike Gear for Kids

Helmet

The single most important item for your child to have when they are riding is a dirt bike helmet.  They protect your kids growing brain and prevent tramatic head injuries, which is the last thing that you want to happen when they are riding.  This is not an optional item.  You should expect to spend between 100 and 150 dollars for a quality helmet.

It is tempting when looking at the prices of dirt bike gear for kids to check and see if there is any used equipment available locally.  With some types of protection equipment it is fine to find used options. 

Helmets are NOT one of these.  Helmets have a specific shelf life and should be replaced after a hard crash.  Micro cracks can develop in a crash, significantly weakening the helmet going forward.  So, buy new and you will know the history of the helmet.

How Much Should You Spend?

We all want the best for our kids, but that doesn’t mean they need a Leatt GPX 5.5 JR Helmet that will run you around 400 dollars.  Your child will quickly outgrow any helmet you get them. 

Conversely, you don’t want to buy the absolute cheapest helmet you can find online.  There are plenty of 40 dollar helmets on amazon, but do you really want to risk your child’s safety with some no name knock off helmet?

Make sure its DOT Approved!

Make sure any helmet that you buy has a DOT rating.  Even though your kid won’t be riding on the road, a helmet with a DOT rating means that it at least meets a minimum standard of safety.

Our Recommendation

Fox Racing is a good brand that offers affordable pricing for dirt bike gear for kids.  They have some premium priced products, but for you children you are going to want to go with their normally priced items.  

Most people recommend going to a dirt bike store and trying on helmets before you buy.  That is not an option where I live, so I rely on size charts.  Check the return policy of your seller and make sure that you can return the helmet if it does not fit well if you are buying online.  Below is the size chart from Fox Racing as of 2019. 

To use the chart, first take a tape measure and measure the widest circumference of your child’s head.  This is generally going to be right above their eyebrows.  Remember to take a few measurements and go with the largest. 

If your child’s head size is between sizes, go with the larger helmet size.  If the size exceeds the size chart, then you will likely need to move to the adult sizes.

dirt bike gear for kids size chart

I recommend the Youth V1 helmet from Fox in your kid’s favorite design.

Goggles

Goggles are and essential piece of dirt bike gear for kids to keep stray dirt out of your kids eyes.  These come in a variety of types but are most similar to ski goggles.  They are designed to be worn over your child’s helmet.

The main thing that you are looking for is a pair of goggles that won’t fog up.  Tear offs and tinted lenses are not an essential item, especially for a kid just starting out riding.  You can find cheap goggles that will fog up, or spend a little bit more and get a name brand pair of goggles with a good reputation that shouldn’t fog. 

100% is a brand that has a wide variety of goggles at a variety of price points.  Many of the pros wear 100%, but your kids don’t need the pro level goggles.  I recommend the 100% Youth Strata Goggles.

Boots

The next most important piece of dirt bike gear for kids is boots.  Don’t think that you can just send them out in hiking boots and they will get away with it for very long.  This goes for adults as well.  A good pair of dirt bike boots is essential to making sure that you stay safe and have a good time riding. 

Dirt bike boots not only protect ankles in a fall, but they protect the calves and shin areas.  Even something as simple as a backfire during kick starting a bike can cause major shockwaves to go up your leg.  If you have ever had this happen when starting a bike with tennis shoes, you will know exactly the type of pain I am referring to.  Dirt bike boots protect against this as well.

When buying dirt bike boots, keep in mind that you likely need to buy them a little bigger than your kids tennis shoes.  You should wear thicker socks when riding, and if you get the boots a little big, then they can grow into them and you can extend the useful life of the boots. 

Just like helmets, boots have a wide range of pricing.  Again, I am going to recommend Fox Racing here.  They really do have a great line up of products for kids and they are reasonably priced.

Boots are fine to buy online, just make sure that you get them a little bigger than your child’s normal shoe size.

If your kid has shoe sizes between 10-13 kids, then I recommend the Fox Kids Comp 5 Boots

If their shoe size is between 1 and 8, then I recommend the Fox Youth Comp 3 Boots

Chest Protector

The next item on the list of things that your kid will likely need is a chest protector.  Chest protectors is a wide category, including protector jackets, roost deflectors, and chest protectors.  Generally speaking a roost protector is going to be less expensive than a full chest protector or protector jacket which protects more torso body parts (i.e. kidneys). 

Roost protectors get the name from protecting against the dirt clumps tossed up by the rider infront of you.  They are good for protecting against scrapes from branches as well.

It is up to you to know the type of riding that you are planning on doing with your children.  If they are riding trails, a roost protector might be better and most cost effective for you.  If they have designs on racing, then you should look into a protection jacket.

I require the most protection for my kid and you probably do too.  I recommend another Fox product here, but Leatt also makes a good line of chest protectors for children.  Chest protectors extend further down the torso covering the kidneys and have strong protection both front and rear.  They are designed to protect against crash impacts as opposed to limbs and dirt clumps.

I recommend the Fox Racing YTH Proframe LC

Gloves

Next on the list of dirt bike gear for kids is gloves.  These are helpful for when your child inevitably bails and tries to land hands first.  Additionally, they will provide some padding to allow your kids to ride a little longer before becoming exhausted from the handle bar vibrations.  These are good to have, but not nearly as essential as the boots and helmet.

I believe that dirt bike gloves are consumables when riding dirt bikes.  This means that I expect to replace gloves at least once a year.  Luckily, most dirt bike gloves are sensibly priced and can be bought for around 20 dollars.  Since this is not an essential item, you might want to wait until your child’s birthday or a holiday.

I recommend Siebertron Youth Dirtpaw

Nice to Have Dirt Bike Gear for Kids

Knee and Elbow Pads

Children are accident prone.  Knee and elbow pads like we are going to discuss here are different from knee and elbow braces.  Braces protect against hyper extension of the joint, while pads provide some protection against falls.  Braces are big money, and pads are relatively cheap.  So, I think for a kid just starting out, pads are plenty.

Really any type of pad will work here.  If you already have some pads for roller blading, then use those.  If you don’t then get some roller blading pads.  Amazon has a ton of options. 

Dirt bike gear companies (think Fox Racing and Leatt) have options that are more specific to dirt bike riding, however they are slightly more expensive.  I recommend getting a combination set of elbow and knee pads from Amazon.  Many of these sets come with wrist braces as well, but I would not recommend that your kid wear those when riding.  They will get in the way of them learning how to effectively control the throttle and brakes of the bike.

Here is an inexpensive set of elbow and knee pads with great reviews JBM Childs Protective Gear Set

Jerseys and Pants

Ah, Jerseys and Pants.  One of the best parts about riding dirt bikes is the crazy jerseys and pants that you can wear and no one makes fun of you.  These are a nice to have not a must have.  But man are they cool.

When buying Jerseys and Pants your kids will thank you if you get a matching set.  Make sure to buy the jersey a size or two larger than they need because this will give them a chance to grow into it.  Also, it will provide room for them to wear their chest protector under the jersey if they so choose.  This is a trend with some of the top riders that your children will look up to, so they likely will want to wear the chest protector under their jersey.

Jerseys are inexpensive and pants are more expensive.  Different pants have different features ranging from padding around the hips and knees and leather or heat resistant material on the inside of the right leg (to prevent exhaust burns).  Pants are generally made out of more substantial material and last longer.

These items are going to be completely personal preference.  However, if you are at a loss, I would start by looking at your childs dirt bike color and going from there (i.e. if it is a Yamaha, start by looking at blue jersey and pant combos).  Sometimes you can get a slightly better deal if you buy the jersey and pants together.

Here is a good place to start Shift Racing Youth WHIT3 Combo

A Word about Neck Protection

When you start looking at neck protection, it is up to you.  I would not worry about it until your kid advances to the level where they are racing or jumping on a track.  Serious neck braces are very expensive (think more than the 300 dollar craigslist special dirt bike you bought for your kid), and probably are not necessary until your child advances to a level where they are racing.  Should you still feel that you want some protection against neck injuries, look at a neck collar, like the Youth EVS Sports R4 Race Collar.  For more information about neck braces, see my post on Best Neck Braces for 2019.

Conclusion

Now that your kid has a dirt bike, it is up to you to make sure that they are safe riding it.  The essentials are a helmet, boots, and chest protector.  Buy the rest as you go.  You want to give your kid the best shot at enjoying this lifelong passion, and the quickest way to derail that is by having them get injured when they are first starting out.  Not only do you not want this to happen, it will cause your child to become scared of dirt bikes resulting in a lack of confidence going forward.

Your kid is going to fall and crash when learning to ride.  That is just part of the riding process.  As with most people, I remember my first crash very well.  I was geared up and dumped the bike about 1 minute into the ride.  I was so relieved when I got up because I had gotten that out of the way and had not been hurt.  From then on I was able to focus on riding instead of a fear of falling.  This same mentality should be instilled in your child when they are riding.  Remember Gear Up, Ride Safe!

9 BEST Motocross Pants With Pockets

In a Hurry? Here are our recommendations:
Best OverallShift Racing Recon (Jump to Review)
Best PremiumTLD Radius 2.0 (Jump to Review)

It is hard to find good motocross pants with pockets.  Most motocross pants these days do not come with pockets.  They are designed with the pro racer in mind, who does not need to keep things with them while racing.  But what about the rest of us?  Sometimes it is nice to be able to keep your truck keys, identification, etc with you while you are on the track or trail.

We searched high and low and came up with nine readily available options for you to consider.  We will go through each option, rate it, and let you know our take.  So what are the results?  You may be surprised, we were!

Top 9 Motocross Pants With Pockets Comparison Chart

Overall Scores Based On Editor’s Rating, Sorted Alphabetically by Brand


Product Name

Our Rating

Fox Legion LT

Fox Legion EX

FXR Clutch Offroad Pants

Klim Dakar Pants

Klim Mojave Pants

O'Neal Apocolypse Pants