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Best Motorcycle Helmets 2020 Road Tested – ChampionHelmets.com


Hey there! I’m Sebastian at Champion Helmets and welcome
to our Best Motorcycle Helmets of 2020 Road Test! Over the course of 2019, we’ve seen some
pretty big changes in the motorcycle helmet world including, but by no means the least,
the release of the new AGV Pista GP RR racing helmet, the new Shark Spartan GT, and the
new HJC i90. But we’re here to find the best of these
helmets going into 2020 and to find out which one it is, we’ve taken them out and measured
them all on our road test. So, first we’ll start with the AGV Pista
GP RR as the best racing helmet, then the Shoei X-Spirit 3 as the best full face helmet,
then the Shoei GT Air 2 as the best sport-touring helmet, followed by the Schuberth C4 Pro Carbon
as the best modular helmet, and, lastly, the HJC i90 as the best newcomer helmet. Just a quick note that if you’d like to
learn more about these helmets to head to our YouTube channel where we have full length
reviews and road tests. Just to get you acquainted with our road test
setup that we use in our videos we have a screen on the left with the helmet’s internal
temperature. This is being measured by a thermometer placed
in the top of the helmet. In the middle is a decibel meter taking measurements
from a microphone near our rider’s ear. On the right, we have a phone giving us wind
speed measurements. Lastly, in the middle, is our rider’s speed
and the exterior temperature. Each test is conducted on long stretches of
highway at about 130 km/h. Starting with the AGV Pista GP RR, this was
AGV’s new release of 2019, replacing the older Pista GP R. However, this helmet comes
in at a recommended retail price of about 1200 Euros or about 1330 US dollars. The shell of the GP RR is fully carbon fiber,
which will give you a very lightweight helmet and the shell is available in 4 sizes. This is excellent since the more shell sizes
you have, the better the helmet’s fit and comfort. This helmet also weighs about 1500 grams You’re
getting decent ventilation with several vents on the top closed with stoppers as well as
the classic chin vent operated by a slide on the inside. The visor is also good coming pinlock prepared
and in the box. The interior also has tons of features. You’ve got the option for a hydration system
hose, the cheek pads have emergency quick release, and the liner is anti-bacterial and
moisture wicking. So, let’s see why this helmet is the best
for racing going into 2020. When we tested the Pista GP RR, it was a sunny
summer day with the exterior temperature at about at about 20 degrees C. The wind speed
for the day was between 115-120 km/h. The helmet’s interior temperature was 21
degrees C, so one degree hotter, though we weren’t riding in the optimal position for
the GP RR’s vents. For noise, this helmet came in at about 107
decibels, which is loud, though not a priority for racing helmets and ear plugs are included
in the box. As such, the helmet performed very well with
5 stars for its carbon material and shell sizes. For its light weight, it gets 4.5 stars as
well. The great visor earns it 5 stars as does its
aerodynamics. The ventilation earns the helmet 4 stars and
our rider found the helmet very comfortable so that’s another 4.5 stars. So with a recommended retail price of 1250
euros, which gives the helmet about 45 euros per star, which is expensive. But this helmet’s star rating is a full
5. Looking at the best full-face helmet, we’ve
got the Shoei X Spirit 3. This helmet is made of a carbon and fiberglass
blend and the shell comes in 4 sizes, which’ll again just give you a better fit. It also comes in at a recommended retail price
of about 700 euros, or around 730 USD. This helmet is also very light weight and
weighs about 1400 grams. The visor is pinlock prepared and in the box. This helmet comes with vents in the chin,
the brow, and a big scoop at the top of the helmet with vents going out the back of the
helmet. The liner is removable, washable, and anti-bacterial. So, let’s see why it’s the best for 2020. For the X-Spirit 3, the average windspeed
was about 115 km/h and we took it out on a nice summer day in perfect riding conditions. The outside temperature was about 21 degrees
C. the helmet’s internal temperature was about 21 too, so no difference there. For noise isolation, this helmet did fairly
well for a race helmet with 103 decibels of noise, though again this isn’t what they’re
built for. If we look at the helmet’s ranking, it’s
also very strong. For material, the X-Spirit gets 4.5 stars
with its 4 shell sizes, and 5 stars for its low weight. For the visor, the X-Spirit also did excellent,
with 5 stars, as well as another 5 stars for its aerodynamics. Hardly surprising for a top-tier full-face
race helmet. For ventilation, the helmet gets 4 stars since
it was about the same temperature as the outside. Lastly, for comfort the X-Spirit 3 gets an
incredible 5 stars. This gives us 5/5 stars and a very value friendly
25 euros per star. Now, we’re transitioning out of the racing
realm for the best sport-touring helmet of 2020, this means looking at the Shoei GT Air
2. This helmet is at a very wallet friendly price
of about 530 euros, or around 580 USD, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t perform. The shell is made of Shoei’s AIM material
and comes in 3 shell sizes, which is still fairly decent. The helmet is also fairly light weighing about
1500 grams. The GT Air 2 has two large vents at the front,
one on top of the head, and one more in the chin, all of which are adjustable. All that hot air will then come out the back. The visor is robust, has an integrated sun
visor, and the helmet comes with anti-fog pinlock. The GT Air 2’s liner is fully removable,
washable, and anti-bacterial and it even has emergency release straps, which are an important
safety feature. So, let’s check out how it performed. We tested the GT Air 2 with an average windspeed
of about 130 km/h on a hotter summer day, but it proved to be good testing conditions. The outside temperature of about 26 degrees
C, while the helmet’s interior temperature was about 27 degrees, so a one degree difference
isn’t too bad. The GT Air 2 also did well for noise isolation,
since it measured about 97 decibels for noise isolation. For stars, the GT Air 2 also did admirably. For material, the GT air 2 gets 4.5 stars
since it’s made of Shoei’s AIM material and has 3 shell sizes, the GT Air’s light
weight also gives it 4 stars for weight. In terms of the visor, the GT Air 2 also does
well, getting a further 4 stars. For noise, since the helmet measured 97 decibels,
that means 5 stars. For ventilation, the GT Air 2 came in a bit
lower though with 3 stars. Lastly, for comfort we’re giving the GT
Air 2 5 stars, since our rider found it very comfortable. This gives the GT Air 2 4 stars at 20 euros
per star, so you’re getting very good value for money for a good quality helmet. This brings us to the Schuberth C4 Pro Carbon
as the best modular helmet for 2020. While the normal C4 Pro is a very good helmet,
since this video is about the best of the best, we decided to go with the carbon. So, clearly, the shell material for this helmet
is carbon fiber and the helmet comes in 2 shell sizes. And this means it’ll come in at a light
weight of about 1600 grams. [RF] The visor is pinlock prepared and in
the box, not to mention the helmet comes with an internal dun visor. For ventilation, you’re getting a vent in
the chin and at the top and the helmet is prepared for the Sena SC1 coms system with
all the major pieces already integrated. The liner is very comfortable and comes prepared
for the Sena SC1 communication system. So, with a recommended retail price of about
780 euros, or around 860 USD, let’s take a look. We recorded our data for this helmet when
the exterior temperature was a hot 31 degrees C and the approximate windspeed was about
115-120 km/h. The helmet’s internal temperature was 30
degrees, so with just 2 vents the helmet managed to even give us one degree cooler than the
outside. We also recorded about 99 decibels, which
was fairly good. If we move onto stars, then again the Schuberth
will do very well. For the C4 Pro’s lightweight fiberglass
shell, this helmet gets 4 stars for the shell and 4 stars for the weight. The visor was also excellent, receiving another
4 stars since it was easy to change, use, and it comes with a pinlock, it also had a
great visor seal. Related to this, at a noise level of 99 decibels,
this helmet does very well with 5 stars. This helmet also impressed us with its great
comfort earning it another 5 stars for comfort. This brings us to a total of 26 stars, which
gives us 24 euros per star, which is a decent result from a premium helmet. So, all in all, it is pretty good, which gives
this helmet 4.5 stars out of 5. This brings us to our last helmet for today,
the best entry level helmet for 2020: HJC’s i90. This helmet is HJC’s budget friendly version
of their premium RPHA 90 and RPHA 90s modular helmets. The i90 is made of polycarbonate and comes
in 3 shell sizes, which is pretty good for a budget helmet coming at a recommended retail
price of about 230 euros, or about 250 US Dollars. This helmet came in weighing at about 1700
grams, so a bit on the heavier side. For ventilation, the i90 offers the same as
the RPHA 90 with adjustable vents in the chin, a scoop on top, and exhausts in the rear. The visor was also very good, offering an
easy replacement system, a wide field of view, has an integrated sun visor, and it is pinlock
prepared and in the box. The lining is removable, washable, moisture-wicking,
and anti-bacterial and it is prepared for people with glasses. So, let’s see why it’s the best entry-level
helmet. We recorded our data for the i90 in the same
basic conditions as the previous helmets at 130km/h on the highway, with an average windspeed
of about 110 – 120 km/h. The exterior temperature was about 14 degrees
C while the helmet’s internal temperature was about 15 degrees, so that’s a decent
difference of 1 degree. For noise isolation, we measured 104 decibels
of noise in the helmet, which is decent for an entry level helmet. Our rider was very happy with the helmet’s
performance, though he did say the liner felt very entry level. Now, for the stars. Since the i90 has a polycarbonate shell and
comes in 3 shell sizes, that gives it 3 stars for material. While polycarbonate usually means a heavier
helmet, the i90 also did decently, giving it another decent 3 stars. The visor was excellent though giving you
pinlock in the box and just being very easy to use, so that’s another 4 stars. With a difference of 1 degree, the i90 also
did fairly well, giving it another 3 stars. Unfortunately, for a touring helmet though,
the i90 did not do so great for noise isolation, giving it only 2 stars. Lastly, for comfort, the helmet also didn’t
do as great with our rider saying the helmet was a bit bulky and the liner was entry level,
though this is the segment the helmet is targeted towards, so that gives the i90 2.5 stars. Nonetheless, this helmet performed very well,
almost even reaching mid-range helmet performance despite its lower comfort level and poor noise
isolation, so this helmet earns an average of 3 stars. And, with a retail price of about 230 euros
that gives this helmet a very good 15 euros/star since you’re getting a decent value for
money. We didn’t only take these helmets out on
our road test, but many more for each category. So, if we look at all these helmets all together,
then it’s clear how each one comes top in its category. If we look at our top 5 race helmets, then
the GP RR is clearly on top with the most stars thanks to its light weight and strong
performance. While on this same graph you can also see
the top full-face helmets, though the GP RR is on top, for this category the X-Spirit
performs stronger with its great performance and much better value for money, making this
a more affordable helmet. For the top sport-touring helmets, the GT
Air 2 is at the top thanks to its great value for money and strong noise isolation, making
it an excellent helmet. The same goes for the Schuberth C4 Pro with
its great noise isolation, ventilation, and comfort beating the Shoei Neotec 2 by half
a star. So that’s it for the best helmets for 2020. The AGV GP RR is simply the top of the top
for racing helmets, since it’s giving you everything you could want in terms of racing
requirements. The Shoei X-Spirit 3, though technically a
race helmet, though it didn’t beat the AGV GP RR is such a great helmet that it still
more than deserves to make the list as the best full-face helmet. For sport-touring, unsurprisingly is the Shoei
GT Air 2 since it just works so well as an all around helmet that gives you good performance. The Schuberth C4 Pro is at the top for modular
helmets since it focuses so much on quality and gives you surprisingly great performance,
which is great. Lastly, the i90 was a very surprising entry,
but it’s strong performance for ventilation, the visor, and the shell boost it up to a
top entry level budget helmet. Let us know which helmet you think is the
best or if you have any further questions, and if you liked the video make sure to subscribe. I’m Sebastian from champion Helmets and
thanks for watching.

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