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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Summary

Our Top Pick for Helmets Under $100

3.9

Review

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

3.9

Review

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.

3.5

Review

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

3.6

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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Extremely Basic Helmet at a Low Price Point.

3.9

Review

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.