Fresh Helmets | GEAR

Gain a New Perspective With a New Lid

1) ARAI XD-4
Made to replace the XD-3, the XD-4 offers better visibility and comfort for dual-sport riders, with prices starting at $600. The XD-4 features a multi-density EPS liner, new interior padding with customizable cheek and temple pads, a new "R75" shell shape, and revised venting. araiamericas.com

2) KABUTO KAMUI
Kabuto was founded in Japan in 1982 and has just now made its helmets available in America. The Kamui is a sport-touring lid with a thermoplastic shell and dual-density EPS liner. It offers an internal flip-down sun shield, Pinlock anti-fog insert, and eyeglass-friendly removable cheek pads, all starting at $250. kabutousa.com

3) AGV SKYLINE
The Skyline is all about comfort and utility. It has a ratcheting chin strap, lightweight carbon-fiber and fiberglass shell, dual-density EPS liner, and special hinge inserts that let you customize the anti-fog face shield's movement and intermediate positions. Pick up a Skyline starting at $300. agv.com

4) SUOMY SR SPORT
Built for speed, the SR Sport keeps weight to a minimum with a carbon-fiber/aramid/fiberglass shell and dual-density EPS liner with "variable-resistance crush zones" for added protection. The thick, race-grade anti-fog visor locks down for security. Priced from $450. suomyamerica.com

5) HJC RPHA MAX
HJC's latest modular helmet cuts a clean profile with the chin bar down. The RPHA Max features a carbon-fiber/aramid/fiberglass shell and a dual-density EPS liner, three-position sun shield, and ample venting. An included Pinlock insert helps prevent fogging in wet weather. Priced from $459. hjchelmets.com

6) SCORPION EXO-R2000
Wear the same lid as MotoGP racer Alvaro Bautista, starting at just $370. The R2000 has a fiberglass/aramid-composite shell in four sizes, with six different dual-density EPS liners. Inflatable cheek pads help tailor the fit, while a snug-fitting neck curtain cuts down on noise. scorpionusa.com

Behind the scenes in the MC Garage: "Ari, didn't I tell you to have these helmets ready for the photo shoot?"