The Best Full Face Helmets for Protection

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The best full face helmets for beginners are a small sample of the many full face helmets on the market.

There is no piece of equipment more important than a highly rated motorcycle helmet.

Protecting the head of a rider is the most serious aspect of riding a motorcycle. because of the number of styles, features, and brands on the market, it can be difficult to choose the right helmet.

Choosing a helmet to protect your head is the first step.

The protection from injury is one feature.

In addition, you are protected from nature’s elements, noise, and road debris.

“If you want to be happy for a day, drink. If you want to be happy for a year, marry. If you want to be happy for a lifetime, ride a motorcycle.” ― Anonymous

There are three essential components to a helmet: the shell (hard outer layer), soft inner layer, and a chin strap mechanism to secure the helmet to you head.

With that in mind, we looked at three popular brands that we feel meet the requirements for a beginner.

The Best Full face Helmets For Beginners (Updated List)

1AGV Corsa R Solid Motorcycle Helmet Matte Black MD/LGAGV Corsa RBest Overall
2Shoei RF-SR Helmet, Matte Black, XX-LargeShoei RF-SRBest In Class
3Bell Qualifier Unisex-Adult Full Face Street HelmetBell QualifierBest In Value

Why You Should Get A Full Face Helmets

Safety is the primary reason that some rides choose to wear a full face helmet over any other style helmet! The larger helmet shell provides more protection around the back and sides of the head, as well as, wraps around the chin.

This helps project the head, face, and jaw from directly striking the ground, bike, or another vehicle during a crash. Moreover, this added protection can boost a rider’s confidence when riding.

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What to Look for When Buying A Full Face Helmet

Every one has different preferences on what is important or not when deciding on a full face helmet; however, I want to offer my opinion on the most important things the the full face helmet should have.

Look for protection and safety rating of the helmet

The built-in face shield offers protection from bugs, rocks, rain, and wind. As seen on fighter pilot helmets, many newer models come with an optional flip down/up tinted visor inside.

“You do not need a therapist if you own a motorcycle, any kind of motorcycle!” ― Dan Aykroyd

Countless full face helmets are now equipped with built in speakers for bluetooth music and communication systems.

The venting on full face helmets typically allow for a “wind through the hair” feeling, without the risk associated with riding without a helmet.

Look for peripheral vision of the helmet

The helmets are required to have an opening which allows at least 5 degrees more peripheral vision than the typical human possesses.

Despite all the benefits outlined above, there are people who get claustrophobic in a full-face helmet.

For those riders there are many exceptional ¾ helmets available that have many of the features found in a full face, although chin and nose protection is minimal.

Look for good build and proper fit of the helmet

The key to any helmet is to get one that fits right and is comfortable for your head shape, which means that trying them on prior to purchase is essential.

Although the components of a helmet are the same across the board, the reputation of the manufacturer will often come in to play.

A $50 helmet and a $300 helmet are not the same.

The quality of materials used in the construction of the helmets the ultimate factor when pricing helmets for riding on the roadway.

Remember, “You Get What You Pay For!” Your safety is on the line; therefore, get as good as your wallet can tolerate.

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Best Full Face Helmet Product Reviews

Here are the reviews of the best full face helmets.

AGV Corsa R (Best Overall)

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The Corsa R is considered a premium sport-riding helmet with a carbon=aramidic-fiberglass shell according the the manufacture’s website.

In addition, the construction of the new interior offers a smooth, pressure-free fit, and the patented reversible crown pad sports two distinct fabrics, allowing riders to select between warmer and cooler side depending on conditions or personal preference.


  • Aerodynamic
  • Designed for sport-bike riders
  • Great ventilation


  • Noise
  • Price
  • Value

Shoei RF-SR (Best In Class)

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The Shoei RF-SR has the duplicates the Multi-Ply Matrix AIM+ shell of the RF-1200, which merges fiberglass and organic fibers for strength and light weight, and four shell sizes to insure a proper fit in the RF-SR’s size range.

In addition, the RF-SR uses the strong, distortion-free, Pinlock-ready CWR-1 face shield on Shoei’s QRE adjustable base plate system, which facilitates quick, tool-less shield changes and draws the 3D molded, scratch-resistant shield tight up against the dual-lip seal when it is closed.


  • Aerodynamic Shell
  • Dual-layer multi-density EPS liner
  • Snell rating


  • Noisy
  • Runs small
  • Poor ventilation system

Bell Qualifier (Best Value)

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The Qualifier boasts reliable full-face protection with the sturdy chin bar and lots of padding for a super-secure and comfortable fit.

 It comes with a highly adjustable visor for airflow on the rider’s terms. In addition, the Qualifier sports a lightweight and aerodynamic design.

According to the manufacturer, “In addition to superb fit and comfort, it comes fully decked with aggressive styling, NutraFog II anti-fog, anti-scratch clear face shield, Velocity Flow ventilation, a removable, washable liner, integrated speaker pockets and a padded wind collar.


  • Ventalation
  • Construction
  • Price


  • Squeezes temples

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Full Face Helmet FAQs

Here are some commonly asked questions about Full face helmets.

Q: How do you measure for a helmet to get the correct size since it looks like I can’t return this if it doesn’t fit?

A: Your best bet is to find one at a local shop and try it on. There are places that let you try helmets on. I normally wear large in LS. Hope this helps. For my Bell half, I wear a large also.

But if that is not an option, use a garment measuring tape around your head just above the brow and measure the length in centimeters. Find your measurement on the charts and that will correspond to the proper helmet size to order.

Q: If doesn’t have space between the padding and the external shell to insert a clamp for an intercom system? Which intercom system is compatible?

 I have the SENA 50S and it fit perfectly. So, what I did was pull the insert which skirts the bottom edge of the helmet. That also enabled me to remove the interior padding so I could run the speaker wires. 

Q: Does the Shoe RF-SR come with the accessories and 5 year warranty as stated on Shoei’s website?

A: Yes, these helmets would carry the Shoei warranty and come with the breath guard, chin curtain, Pinlock lens and helmet bag as shown on the Shoei site. 

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So that concludes our list of some of the best full face helmets on the market today. My favorite is the Shoei for its diversity and overall quality.

If you have any questions about any of the helmets listed here, please visit each of the Amazon listings as most questions are answered right on the product page.

And I close out by saying, we need what we need!

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6 thoughts on “The Best Full Face Helmets for Protection”

  1. These are three very stylish helmets. I agree with you that you should buy the best you can afford. That makes perfect sense that you should be getting the most effective helmet for protection. You make good points about being able to add some form of voice or sound system to the helmet, especially for a full-face helmet that takes more time to get a phone to your ear. Is there any downside to having a wider opening for peripheral viewing? I know I can easily turn my head, but I tend to use my peripheral vision more than most. Have you also encountered any difference in temperature from one to another of these helmets?

    • Frank, thanks for stopping by! That’s a great question. There isn’t a downside to having a wider viewing window because using your peripheral vision is the best way to monitor activity that’s not directly ahead of you. And yes, ventilation varies from helmet to helmet. I use both the LS2 modular and the Bell Pit Boss; but I have never used an actual full face. Nonetheless, years ago I used an open face with visor and the difference in temperature compared to the modular is very apparent.

  2. I have been researching the best helmet to buy. And I have discovered that the AGV Corsa R has all I have been looking for in a helmet. I even checked their pricing, and I still find them affordable. And the cool thing about Italian hardware is that they always pay attention to making it stylish.

    • Hello Paolo and thanks for stopping by. The AGV is a nice helmet and affordable as well. The quality is definitely high grade. Should you decide to make that purchase, make sure you find a local dealer, if possible, and try one on. Good luck!

  3. I have always wanted to be a biker but my parents always thought that it is a dangerous sport. Now I am old enough to make my own decision so it is something I will look into doing in the near future. I will be sure to check out these helmets the day I go get a bike.

    • That is excellent Daniel and thanks for stopping by. Sounds like you will be new to riding, so checkout some of our other article for more information. Safety is always first and starting with a good helmet leads the way. Thanks again!


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