Modular helmet review 2015: what to look for in a new lid
If you’re in the market for a modular (flip-up) helmet, there are some things to keep in mind. These include:
First, make sure the helmet is DOT/ECE certified. Many inexpensive modular helmets showing up on Amazon and eBay are not DOT or ECE certified and may not pass the impact testing that might save your life in the event of a crash.
Next, find a modular helmet that fits your head shape. The most important thing is a comfortable fit. Be sure to try on a few modular helmets and compare how the cheek pads move up and down. The last thing you want is for the cheek pads to be pressed so tightly against your face that they’re painful and uncomfortable.
Another important consideration is wind noise. Modular helmets tend to be noisier than full-face helmets, and that extra noise can add up on a long ride, leading to fatigue and potentially reduced reaction times. The good news is that there are a few modular helmets that have earned a reputation for being quieter than others.
The Shoei Neotec II is one of them. It’s a premium helmet that feels like it, and it comes with everything you could ask for in a modular including an integrated sun visor and Pinlock visor, proper ventilation, and a featherlight weight. It also has speaker pockets and a drop-down sun visor, making it a great option for track day riders as well.