As a companion piece to our “Top 5 Full Face Motorcycle Helmets” article, we bring you a list of the best DOT approved half helmets for those of you that enjoy living life on the edge. Although the half helmet is not nearly as protective as the full-face helmet, there are certainly some benefits.
First and foremost, I have always found that I feel much more free in a half helmet. You can hear the growl of your bike better and enjoy the sounds around you a bit more. Also, the visibility as a whole is much better in a half helmet, which does bring at least one safety benefit into play. Half helmets are generally more comfortable during long rides and weigh significantly less. They don’t put as much strain on your head, neck, and shoulders as full-face helmets do.
Anyways, if you are thinking about making the switch from full face to a half helmet, here is a list of potential options you might want to consider.
I, myself, have both a full-face helmet and a half helmet. I choose to wear my full-face helmet for colder riding weather and my half helmet for those hotter days. Having one of each may be an option you would like to consider as well.
Vega DOT Approved Half Helmet – Warrior Motorcycle
The newly designed Rebel Warrior motorcycle half helmet is the ideal choice for motorbike riders looking for a more comfortable and stylish ride with its technology-loaded design, lightweight half face coverage, and cool comfortable fit.
Show off your USA pride with the aggressive patriotic flag design or choose one of the solid colors for a more streamlined look. The Rebel Warrior skull cap helmet is perfect for both men & women and loaded with features that offer you a more comfortable, custom fitting beanie motorcycle helmet.
Daytona Helmets – DOT Approved Half Helmet
Safety comes first, done! Then what? Visual Appeal and Comfort. That’s why we included a Free Head Wrap and Cloth Draw String Bag for you to enjoy.
Other items cut into your neck when bending your head back. We solved this problem by designing our Skull Cap with a contoured shape. This ensures that If you bend your head back our helmet will never cut into your neck. It will also prevent a lift effect at high speeds by keeping your Skull Cap straight instead of inclined. Daytona Helmets offers a wide selection, from Patriotic themes to famous landmarks, of colors and high-resolution novelty printed images for this Skull Cap.
TORC T55 Spec-Op – DOT Approved Half Helmet
The ultimate low profile half shell with dual density. The TORC Spec-Op is the helmet for you. It fits. With that slim, close to the head profile that others have tried to produce without success. The integrated, retractable drop-down sun visor is a great way to have sun shade when needed.
LS2 Rebellion Motorcycle DOT Approved Half Helmet
The LS2 Rebellion is a motorcycle half helmet that stands alone and charts its own course, just like you. We set out to revolutionize the half helmet market. We started with a stylish shell made of our high performance, lightweight Kinetic Polymer Alloy (KPA). It has just the right blend of retro-cool with a technical edge.
Imagine a half-shell motorcycle helmet that offers flow-through, ported ventilation to keep you cool on the hottest of days. The short peak and Twin Shield System drop down sunscreen will protect your eyes when the sun is in the horizon. The sun shield itself has a unique, two-stage adjustability: lock it 1/2 way for just a little shade, or full open for total sun protection. It’s called “Freedom of choice.”
Our dual-density EPS meets or exceeds DOT standards. Finish it off with a DOT approved micrometric, quick release chin-strap, and you have all the convenience and comfort of a traditional motorcycle half helmet, but with the technology of the future. The LS2 Rebellion is set up for easy and seamless installation of our new Link In Bluetooth communication system (Link In sold separately). If you’re a rider that sets his own course, the LS2 Rebellion was designed for you.
HJC Solid IS-Cruiser DOT Approved Half Helmet
Lightweight Advanced Poly-carbonate Composite Shell. Superior fit and comfort using advanced CAD technology. Integrated smoked sun shield deploys easily. Plush and moisture-wicking Nylex interior with removable and washable anti-bacterial liner. Nylon strap D-Ring retention system. DOT approved. Meets the FMVSS 218 Standard.
Bell Rogue DOT Approved Half Helmet
Stand out from the crowd. The Rogue combines raw attitude and real-world practicality in one bad-ass helmet!
Purpose built to guard against the elements, the new Rogue has the look of a half helmet with the comfort of a 3/4. Featuring an adjustable and removable muzzle, the Rogue offers an innovative solution for exceptional rider comfort. Add in a lightweight composite shell and ultra-comfortable interior, and you’ve got the perfect weapon for a day on the road.
Blister (BGS) Micro DOT Approved Half Helmet
With 1″ of polystyrene protection, a Micro DOT Helmet Is super light (14oz – 18oz), super thin (1″) super comfortable and super cool (Not Hot). Being safe, comfortable and affordable without the “Mushroom Head” look has many benefits. The benefit your family will cherish above all others is that, You’ll Wear It! Sizing is Helmet Specific. To avoid exchanges for wrong fitting PLEASE measure your head circumference in Inches, against the size chart.
LS2 Helmets Unisex DOT Approved Half Helmet
The LS2 Bagger 568 half helmet is deceptively full-featured. Start with an ultra-lightweight High Performance Fiberglass Composite (HPFC) shell. We add a removable, washable comfort liner is fully removable and washable, so you can keep it as fresh as new, (Always wash by hand and air dry).
We include a zip-off neck skirt that will keep you warmer on cool days, and can be removed when the sun is shining. The neck skirt has pockets for speakers from your MP3 player, and a hidden pocket around the neck to hide any wires. It includes a removable, 3-snap peak to shade your eyes. DOT approved.