Best Full Face Motorcycle Helmet: 11 Options For UK Riders In 2023



All riders have a preference for the type of motorcycle helmet they like to ride with. 

For me, I only ride with a full-face helmet, primarily due to their protective abilities over the likes of an open-face helmet. 

However, there are so many options on the market it can be tricky to narrow things down even when you have settled on a full-face lid.

So, I have pulled together the best options available on the market in one list to help you find the right full-face helmet. 

Let’s get to it. 

Here are our 11 best full-face motorcycle helmets.

Best Full Face Helmet – Quick Picks

Arai Quantic: Best Overall
Scorpion Exo-491: Best Value
HJC V60: Best Streetfighter
Bell Eliminator: Best Style
X-Lite X-803 Ultra Carbon: Best Carbon
Shark Spartan RS: Best Sports:
Shoei GT Air 2: Best Touring
AGV K6: Best Sports Touring
HJC C10: Best Entry Level
Shoei NXR 2: Best Lightweight
Nolan N87 N-Com: Best Polycarbonate

Best Overall
Arai Quantic – Snake Red Arai Quantic – Snake Red

The Arai Quantic is the latest helmet from Arai and is the first to meet ECE 22.06 regulations.

It is a multi-composite shell and is Arai’s lightest weight construction to date while maintaining the strength needed for exceptional protective abilities. 

The Quantic comes standard with a Pinlock visor and a MaxVision visor for excellent visibility. 

Arai has implemented a complex ventilation system with 6 intake and 6 exhaust vents in various places that can easily be controlled to suit each rider’s preference. 

Speaker pockets are built-in, and the shell has been designed so communication systems can be easily affixed. 

Comfort is second only to safety on Arai’s priority list, from the plush inner liner, FCS (Facial Contour System), and custom fit options with 5mm peel-away internal layers. 

  • ECE 22.06 approved
  • VAS MaxVision Visor and Pinlock
  • PB e-cLc (Peripherally Belted e-Complex Laminate Construction)
  • Speaker pockets
  • Custom fit
  • Not yet SHARP rated
  • No internal sun visor
Best Value
Scorpion Exo-491 Scorpion Exo-491

The Scorpion Exo-491 is an exceptionally good-value helmet. It packs a lot of premium features into an affordable package.

The Exo-491 is constructed from a lightweight polycarbonate shell and it has been ECE 22.06 certified — the latest safety standards for motorcycle helmets. 

Despite the ECE 22.06 certification, it’s worth noting that the helmet is not well suited for high speed riding, as multi-composite shells perform much better high-speed impact absorption. The Exo-491 is best suited to urban riding environments where speed isn’t a priority. 

Features include a moisture-wicking liner, an internal sun visor, a RAM-Air ventilation system, and a Pinlock-ready visor. 

To top it off, Scorpion offers a five-year warranty which is more than enough time to cover your helmet's lifespan, as typically you should replace your helmet by that point anyway (riding miles and environment dependent). 

  • Exceptional value
  • ECE 22.06 certified
  • Internal sun visor
  • Lightweight
  • 5-year warranty
  • Not best choice for high speeds
Best Streetfighter

If you have a streetfighter, then you need a helmet that can match that same attitude, and the V60 is a mean, lean head-protecting machine. 

The new HJC V60 is ECE 22.06 certified, featuring a fibreglass composite shell with a removable peak. 

The drop-down visor is a three-stage sun visor, and the design allows you to wear goggles quite comfortably. 

HJC has used a moisture-wicking internal liner that is removable and washable, plus eyeglass grooves are built into the EPS liner. You can also swap the liner through the size range for the perfect fit.

Overall, the helmet is a lightweight, comfortable vintage-style helmet that will turn heads and match any aggressive dark and moody bike.

  • ECE 22.06 certified
  • Streetfighter design
  • Glasses grooves
  • 3-stage sun visor
  • Goggle-friendly design
  • No main clear visor
Best Style
Bell Eliminator Bell Eliminator

On the subject of helmets with style, the Bell Eliminator is a fantastic lid that has a premium style combining Bell heritage and contemporary design. 

The Eliminator has a fibreglass composite shell and is equipped with a ProVision anti-fog visor. You can choose from a range of tinted visors to add a splash of colour to the helmet. 

Recessed speaker pockets allow for a comms kit to be fitted easily and the Eliminator is also glasses friendly

The ventilation is excellent, with side vents on the chin piece and exhaust vents running along the top. You don’t need to worry about getting your head wet, though — the helmet also comes with a clip-on attachment to waterproof the top ventilation holes. 

However, the chin piece vents remain open and there is no closure system; this is great in warm weather, but in the cold and wet, it isn’t the best. The airy nature of the helmet means it is also quite loud. 

  • Excellent styling
  • Recessed speaker pockets
  • Anti-fog visor
  • Waterproof clip-on top cover
  • 5-year warranty
  • Noisy
  • Not great in winter
Best Carbon
X-Lite X-803 Ultra Carbon X-Lite X-803 Ultra Carbon

Carbon-fibre helmets have really taken off over the last few years. A super lightweight and strong material, it’s exceptionally suitable for motorcycle helmets. 

The X-Lite X-803 Ultra Carbon is the peak of X-Lite’s carbon range. It is a sports helmet built for performance, particularly at high speeds. 

The full carbon-fibre construction comes in three shell sizes. It has expanded-foam cheek pads for the best fit, an elongated chin piece, and an adjustable rear spoiler. 

There is also a racing airflow system for maximum ventilation and stability, along with a race-inspired breath deflector to keep the visor from misting up. 

The aerodynamics of this lightweight helmet will cut through the air, the wide-vision visor is perfect for lateral vision — ideal on the track — and it is double-action, so it won’t open up at high speeds. 

  • Carbon-fibre construction
  • 3 shell sizes
  • Race airflow system
  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • Runs small
Best Sports
Shark Spartan RS Shark Spartan RS

Another full-face sports helmet worth a look is the Shark Spartan RS. The Spartan RS is a multi-composite, ECE 22.06-certified sports helmet with some decent road features, like an internal sun visor. 

It’s a helmet for those who take their sport bikes to the track and occasionally impersonate Rossi on the country roads (within speed limits, of course). 

The best part is that it’s offered at an incredible price point for such a solid sports helmet. 

Features include a multi-density EPS liner, a Pinlock insert, an internal sun visor, and excellent intake and exhaust vents, as well as a removable chin cover. 

Everything about the Spartan is sports engineered. The very design comes from Shark’s desire to create the most aerodynamic helmet possible for high speed stability and performance. 

  • ECE 22.06 certified
  • Multi-density EPS liner
  • Pinlock insert included
  • Internal sun visor
  • Excellent ventilation
  • Good value
  • Very round shape, won’t suit long oval head shapes
Best Touring
Shoei GT Air 2 Shoei GT Air 2

For a full-face touring helmet, only one stands above the rest — the Shoei GT-Air 2. 

AIM multi-composite construction, a mist-resistant CNS-1 Pinlock system, an emergency quick-release system, an internal sun visor, noise-reducing ear pads, and great ventilation are just some of the features that make the GT-Air such an awesome touring helmet. 

It comes ready for intercom installation (the Sena SRL2), which is perfect for those who regularly ride in groups or with a passenger. 

The GT-Air 2 is an all-round excellent helmet, but you will find it more suited to oval head shapes. Those with round head shapes might not find it to be the best fit.

  • Internal sun visor
  • Intercom ready
  • Pinlock visor
  • Noise-reducing earpads
  • Quality construction
  • Good ventilation
  • Expensive
  • Not suited for round head shapes
Best Sports Touring

If you want a sports helmet with touring features — the best of both worlds — then the AGV K6 could be the right choice for you. 

It’s a multi-composite helmet made from carbon and aramid fibres, which offer excellent strength and safety properties. It has a five-star SHARP rating, so you can feel confident that the K6 has gone through the toughest safety testing. 

Designed for cutting through the wind, it has an advanced ventilation system. Turbulence, whether you are on the track or the motorway, is nearly nonexistent. 

The helmet is compatible with the AGV ARK Bluetooth system, and the pressure-free cheek pads and internal liner ensure that no matter the accessories, the fit is comfortable and secure. 

Thanks to the clever design, secure visor (removable with tools), and placement of the vents it is a relatively quiet helmet, which is great for longer rides. 

Best Entry Level

If a tight budget but a need for quality are your priorities, then look no further than the HJC C10. 

It’s a simple, get-the-job-done lid with a polycarbonate shell helmet at a great price. The C10 does meet the latest ECE 22.06 certification, which is a huge bonus, and HJC is also offering four shell sizes so you can be sure the helmet fits properly for optimum safety. 

The helmet is also equipped with a Pinlock-ready visor, but the insert itself is not included. The wide visor allows excellent vision and there is an advanced ventilation system with channels in the EPS liner. 

Sure, it is pretty simple, but it ticks all the boxes as a good entry-level helmet. There’s even room if you want to fit an intercom!

  • Incredible value
  • ECE 22.06 certified
  • Pinlock-ready visor
  • 4 shell sizes
  • Very basic polycarbonate helmet
Best Lightweight
Shoei NXR 2 Shoei NXR 2

The Shoei NXR 2 is a lightweight performance helmet with everything you need and nothing you don’t. 

At around 1350g, the NXR 2 is a truly lightweight helmet, but it sacrifices nothing in terms of protection. It is ECE 22.06 certified and has a five-star SHARP rating. 

It comes in four shell sizes for the best custom fit and has a moisture-absorbing Quick-Dry liner for enhanced comfort. The inner liner, cheek pads, and strap are all removable and washable. 

The visor has been improved since the original NXR. It is now distortion free, giving you optimum vision even in the corners of the visor, plus it’s Pinlock ready with the Pinlock insert included. 

Other performance features include a quick-release system, aerodynamic lines, a multi-density EPS liner, and an advanced ventilation system with intake and exhaust vents. 

The NXR 2 doesn’t have the internal sun visor or built-in coms like other Shoei helmets, but that helps keep the weight and the price down. This is good value for a Shoei helmet.

  • Pure performance helmet
  • ECE 22.06 certified
  • Five-star SHARP rating
  • Four shell sizes
  • Pinlock insert included
  • Distortion free visor
  • Lacking in additional features
Best Polycarbonate
Nolan N87 N-Com Nolan N87 N-Com

The N87 is one of Nolan’s best-selling helmets for good reason.

It is a polycarbonate constructed helmet that keeps it at the lower end of the price range, but it remains lightweight and is rated 4 stars by SHARP.

Along with an ultrawide visor, Pinlock, and internal sun visor, a cool feature of the N87 is that it has side grooves for those who wear glasses to make things more comfortable. 

I don’t think there is anything quite as irritating as the pain caused by glasses inside a helmet, so I love this well thought out feature.  

Nolan has recently released the N80, which has passed ECE 22.06 regulations, so this may be worth checking out if you want a helmet tested to the latest standards.

  • 4 star SHARP rated
  • Lightweight polycarbonate construction
  • Internal sun visor and Pinlock
  • Grooves for glasses
  • N-Com ready
  • Ready for Nolan’s ESS (Emergency Stop Signal)
  • Ratchet strap mechanism as opposed to Double D rings

Buyers Guide

Care, Considerations and Cost

When buying a full-face helmet, there are a few things to consider. 

Your budget will dictate what is in range or not; the priority needs to be buying a helmet that fits you well and will protect you in the event of an accident. 

After that, you can think about add-on features and the style you want to go for, which is the fun stuff. 

Here are my top tips for buying a full-face motorcycle helmet:


Before anything else, your focus should be on buying a protective motorcycle helmet.

You can do some quick checks to ensure that the helmet you are looking at has been tested to a reasonable standard. 

ECE Regulations

All motorcycle helmets need to be ECE certified to be legally available for sale in the UK. 

In 1972 the first set of regulations came into effect, governing the standards helmets have to meet to be eligible for sale. 

All ECE-certified helmets will have the certification stitched onto the chin strap.

The current standards are ECE 22.05 but are transitioning to ECE 22.06, the new, more demanding standards. 

You will see both ECE 22.05 and 22.06 on helmets for a while, until January 2024, when all helmets will need to meet ECE 22.06 standards

SHARP Ratings

Supplementing ECE regulations, the Department of Transport set up the SHARP initiative.

SHARP independently tests helmets mimicking real-life road situations and rates them on a 5-star scale based on how well they hold up under these testing procedures. 

With safety being your number one priority, going for a helmet with a 4 or 5-star SHARP rating will at least give you peace of mind knowing that it has been independently tested for its protective abilities and came out highly rated. 


Regardless of budget, safety ratings etc., the safest helmet you can buy is the one that fits you best. 

So, be sure to check that it sits low on your forehead, your cheeks are pushed up nice and firm, and the helmet cradles your head all the way around. 

Check for gaps and pressure points; ensure it is neither too tight nor loose and a comfortable fit. 

It cannot be overstated just how important it is to buy a properly fitting motorcycle helmet, which leads me to your budget for a helmet. 

If a cheaper helmet fits better than a more expensive one, always go for that one. 


Of course, when it comes to budget, everybody will be different. 

When buying their kit, I used to say to customers that they need to allocate the majority of their budget to their helmet, as it is the most critical part of their riding gear. 

Margins are so fine between helmets that the difference between £80 or £100 can mean buying an okay helmet versus a great one; this isn’t the case with something like a jacket. 

While a budget helmet can be rated 5 stars by SHARP, the same as a £500 one, there will be differences in the helmet’s construction, materials used, weight and features.

These should be taken into consideration along with the rating.


In the last few years, particularly with full-face helmets, there have been considerable advancements in technology, to the point that a helmet is so much more than just a necessity to keep you safe.

Internal sun visors are fantastic on sunny days, and Pinlock visors are the best thing since sliced bread; in my opinion, the days of riding misted up are a thing of the past.

Built-in Bluetooth comms kits or, at the very least built-in speaker pockets are very common, and ventilation channels that are adaptable to all weather conditions for the rider are exceptional. 

So when looking at helmets, be sure to check out what extras they offer and if any of these things will make your riding experience even better. 


That’s our comprehensive list of the 11 best full-face helmets currently on the market.

For me, the Arai Quantic wins by a mile, but only because I’m completely biassed and Arai helmets fit my head shape perfectly! 

However, I honestly wouldn’t turn down any helmets on our list. The Bell Eliminator is a great-looking lid, and the HJC C10 is a fantastic full face helmet for new riders or those with a tight budget. 


If you are interested in a different style of helmet, then check our general guide to the best motorcycle helmets.