Seven Motorcycle Helmet Reviews for Touring

1 / 7
HJC FS-10 touring helmet.
2 / 7
Arai Vector Phil Reed Replica touring helmet.
3 / 7
Shark S650 touring helmet.
4 / 7
Fulmer D4 touring helmet.
5 / 7
Z1R Eclipse
6 / 7
Shoei Multitec
7 / 7
Nolan N103 N-Com

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When you’re riding long distance on a motorcycle, you want to feel safe and comfortable. Here are seven motorcycle helmet reviews to help you choose the best motorcycle helmets for touring:

1. The Arai Vector Phil Read Replica is a stunning helmet — which it should be, as the most expensive helmet in our sample. We’re impressed by the gorgeous paint and the comfortable, high-quality interior, though we have mixed feelings about the visor snap lock. It’s breaking in, but the lock forces you to put a twist on the entire visor before the latch allows the visor to open. The Aria RX-7 Corsair we tested had the same lock; it became easier to use with time but has always been a little fidgety. The Vector features a complex laminate construction fiberglass shell with a removable liner and cheek pads, an optically correct and fog-resistant visor, and a removable breathguard. Snell and DOT approved. Price: $505.75.

2. The Shark S650 is a step down the ladder from the Shark RSX we previously tested. It doesn’t have the 3mm-thick visor that we loved on the RSX, but it does share many of the RSX’s other features, and at less than half the price. The S650 is available, like all the helmets here, in a variety of single-color finishes (for a bit more than the multi-colored S650 Link shown here). With an injected thermoplastic resin and an anti-scratch 2.2mm visor, the S650 feels like a much more expensive helmet. Though size medium helmets normally fit both Editors Backus and Hall perfectly, the Shark medium is always the tightest of the bunch. Try one on before you buy it to guarantee the right fit. DOT and ECE 22-05 approved. Price: $142.92

3. The HJC FS-10 features HJC’s integrated SunShield, which we found to work better on some bikes than others. The shade was great when riding bikes with a forward-leaning seating position, like Backus’ Laverda RGS1000. But on bikes with a more standard “sit-up and beg” riding position, we often found ourselves having to tilt our head up or down to see over or under the bottom edge of the shade, which quickly led us to retract the shade and put on a pair of sunglasses. We enjoyed the helmet otherwise, finding it to be of good construction, fit and finish. The FS-10 features an anti-fog face shield, tool-less shield removal and a moisture-wicking interior that is removable and washable. Unless you ride something with low bars, we’d step down a notch to the HJC CL-SP, which starts at $152.99 and skips the added price of the sun shade. The FS-10 is DOT approved. Price: starting at $224.99.

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