Top Modular Helmets Of 2019

Protect your skull and coddle your dome with these versatile models.

Rider wearing AGV helmet.
The best modular helmets offer a seamless blend of comfort, protection and convenience. These are some of our favorites.Courtesy AGV

Who doesn't like a modular? You flip it up to talk or eat, and flip it down to ride, simple as that. Call 'em flip lids, call 'em convertibles, system helmets—whatever the name, there's no denying that they're convenient pieces of riding gear, especially when you're stopping a lot or touring, or taking as many photos as we are on the road. For long-range and multi-environment riding, there's nothing better, and the segment has evolved well beyond the days of drafty bowls with ill-fitting parts. The top offerings manage to get that slippery formula of weight, comfort, and features just right, but there are other features you should be looking for in your next modular too, such as:

Is it comfortable and/or lightweight?
Most flip-ups are heavier than full-faces, so keep extra poundage and comfort in mind if you're touring.

How easy is to open the chin bar one-handed?
You're buying this thing for convenience, and that means ease of use.

How about ventilation?
Airflow means comfort, but too much breeze can also mean wind noise. Choose carefully.

Is a Pinlock insert provided?
A foggy shield just sucks.

What kind of latching system is used for the chin bar?
Look for metal versus plastic for extra security.

We’ve taken features, weight and innovation as well as styling into consideration for this roundup of our recent faves (all prices are approximate):

AGV SportModular

AGV SportModular helmet on white background.
You don’t often see modulars with a sporty silhouette but the AGV Sportmodular comes darn close. Its low weight is in the same class as a full-face, and the AGV manages to integrate the often jarring chinbar hinge/break with the rest of the helmet, thus carrying a smoother line.AGV

Spartan, sleek, and practically a featherweight, the AGV gets an emphatic nod from us due to its light weight, always a crucial consideration for touring riders. The lid's lightness is a byproduct of its 100 percent carbon-fiber shell (which is based on AGV's top-line Pista GP R race helmet), and one of the chief reasons we'll usually grab it for a long ride —it weighs in at just 3 pounds, 4 ounces. That light weight doesn't mean it skimps on features; you get a raft of the usual bells and whistles, like three shell sizes, metal locking hardware, a drop-down sun shield, adjustable venting, a reversible crown pad (with different fabric on either side for warm or cool climates), and toolless shield removal. Of course, for upwards of $700, it'd better boast premium technology. We also like the fact that the SportModular just looks less clunky than most other lids in this segment. AGV cleverly managed to seamlessly blend the chin guard with the rest of the helmet, thus keeping a clean line throughout and giving the SportModular a sleeker profile.

The Details:

  • 3.3 lb.
  • Intermediate oval shape
  • Internal sun visor
  • Pinlock insert included
  • DOT/ECE 2205 rated

Bell SRT-Modular

Bell SRT-Modular helmet on white background.
Most modulars use a combination of vent holes and scoops to redirect airflow but the SRT uses larger than standard holes to shunt more cooling breezes to your crown.Bell

The sporty fiberglass-shelled SRT is the second modular helmet in Bell's lineup, and a more premium offering than its Revolver flip-up. The SRT sports an exterior shape similar to Bell's Star MIPS model and includes the nifty Panovision visor which affords a super-wide viewing window (and is borrowed from Bell's race lids). It also sports a Class 1 optics rating—which helps mitigate optical distortion. There's a wicking, antimicrobial liner and larger-than-average vent holes, so the SRT's airflow should be more than enough to meet most touring riders' needs. The full-coverage, optically correct drop-down sun visor gets actuated via a left-side slide lever which is easily accessed, even with gloves. Two shell sizes, three EPS sizes, and recessed speaker pockets for your comm unit make the SRT a pretty good deal indeed. Oh yeah, and there's a five-year warranty.

The Details:

  • 3.9 lb.
  • Intermediate oval shape
  • Internal sun visor
  • DOT rating

HJC RPHA 90

HJC RPHA 90 helmet on white background.
By their very nature, modulars offer versatility, but the RPHA 90 does so with an appealing combination of comfort, convenience, light weight and price. It also throws in a Pinlock insert to round out the feature set.HJC

Another longtime player in the modular helmet genre, HJC has been producing quality full-featured helmets at more attractive price points for years. With the RPHA 90, the company has really upped its game for this sub-$500 helmet. It’s a helluva bang for the buck as the RPHA 90 ticks all the main boxes, with clean styling and a super-lightweight and aerodynamic fiberglass shell plus a wide eyeport and handy one-touch open/close system for the chin bar and face shield—all appealing points for touring riders. Inside is a moisture-wicking comfort liner and a huge main vent up top to flow plenty of air, while the integrated antifog and anti-scratch smoked drop-down sun visor deploys easily from the left side. The main face shield’s anti-scratch coating blocks 95 percent of UV rays, and a Pinlock insert is also included.

Our sister pub Motorcyclist was also attracted to the RPHA 90's feature set and its value for the money.

The Details:

  • 3.5 lb.
  • Intermediate oval shape
  • Internal sun visor
  • Pinlock insert included
  • DOT rated

Klim TK1200 Karbon

Klim TK1200 Karbon helmet on white background.
Like the AGV entry, Klim’s TK1200 is made out of carbon fiber, which explains its Insanely lightweight. It loses the extra sun shield, opting for a changeable Transitions shield instead, resulting in saved ounces and one less moving part to worry about.Klim

Klim hasn’t been in the helmet game very long but in a short period it has managed to produce some excellent lids in a variety of categories. For the modular grouping, you have the feature-rich TK1200, which boasts a full carbon-fiber shell. There’s only one shell size and the fit is intermediate oval, but the standout design feature—other than the lightest weight of any helmet here—is the chin bar’s ability to rotate past vertical. It’s a safety design that reduces force upon the head and neck in the event of a crash. The TK1200 manages to go up against premium players like Shoei and Schuberth by being much lighter than either of those, and even the AGV looks chubby by comparison. What’s the secret? The TK12100 skips the integrated sun visor most modulars use and simply swaps in a Transitions shield instead; the third-party shield reacts to outside light, darkening as needed for a similar level of sun protection. The full carbon-fiber shell construction further lightens overall weight. There’s even a Pinlock lens included in the box. Klim seems to have covered most of the bases with this one.

The Details:

  • 3.2 lb.
  • Intermediate oval shape
  • Transitions shield
  • Pinlock insert included
  • DOT/ECE rated

Nolan N100-5

Nolan N100-5 helmet on white background.
Most flip-lids recommend you don’t ride with the chinbar in the open position, but the Nolan is rated to do just that, so you’re covered whether you’re riding with the hemet up or down.Nolan

We’ve had good experiences with Nolan’s helmets in the past, and this latest generation in its flip-up line looks to continue the trend. The N100-5 is one of the few modulars out there that’s rated for use with the chin bar either in the up or in the closed position, so it’s one less bit of worry for many riders. Nolan’s wealth of experience in the modular category is also reflected in the N-100’s long menu of other rider-friendly features, like an ultra-wide eyeport, an elliptically rotating chin bar (which sucks the bar closer to the main shell for a lower profile), an included Pinlock insert, a retractable sun visor with UV 400 protection, a removable/washable neck roll and interior liner, and improved ventilation. You also get built-in speaker pockets and the N100-5 is ready to accept the N-Com unit, Nolan’s proprietary communication system. A polycarbonate shell brings the helmet’s weight to heavier side of the spectrum, but it still comes in at a shade under 4 pounds.

The Details:

  • 3.9 lb.
  • Intermediate oval shape.
  • Internal sun visor w/ UV protection
  • Pinlock insert included
  • DOT/ECE rated

Scorpion EXO-GT3000

Scorpion EXO-GT3000 helmet on white background.
Helmet fit is a highly subjective thing, and one person’s loose-fitting medium will feel crushingly snug to another. Scorpion AirFit system tries to fill the gap, so to speak, via an inflatable neck roll which you can fine tune with air.Scorpion

“Lightweight, compact, and fog-free,” Scorpion says about its EXO-GT3000 flip-up. This EXO lid also bills itself as a “grand touring helmet,” that touts “aerodynamic performance, convenient features, and high-quality materials for superior comfort when touring.” The composite shell (in three sizes) offers an intermediate oval fit and slots right in the middle for weight, at around 3-1/2 pounds. Included is the by-now familiar antifogging Everclear shield, and an easily manipulated chin bar with one-hand operation. The standout feature here is an inflatable neck roll (the AirFit system) that lets you fine-tune your fit and comfort by increasing cheek pad size with air for a snugger fit. The interior gets a plush KwikWick III washable, antimicrobial, hypoallergenic liner with advanced moisture-wicking technology for comfort and a retractable internal sun visor that drops down to combat sun rays. Metal-on-metal latches provide a secure closure and speaker cutouts in each ear are compatible with most Bluetooth communication systems. The GT3000 brings a solid feature set and reasonably light weight at a pretty fair price, as well as a five-year warranty.

The Details:

  • 3.6 lb.
  • Intermediate oval shape
  • Internal sun visor
  • DOT rated
Schuberth C4 Pro helmet on white background.

Schuberth C4 Pro

Because of their design and added weight, modulars tend to be bulkier and noisier than their full face counterparts. Schuberth’s C4 not only packs in a raft of premium features, but manages to bring the helmet’s interior noise level down to full-face standards.Schuberth

Right up there with the Shoei at the high end of the modular helmet range is the Schuberth C4 Pro, another top-rated modular. The Pro's low-profile shell shape and well-heeled finish sequesters a trunkload of premium features. For one it claims to be the quietest modular on the market (tested at below 86 decibels) and it also brings a new, upgraded, and softer Coolmax liner, as well as redesigned (and more robust) chin and forehead vents and shell to differentiate it from its predecessors the C3 and the C4. It's also a good choice for riders with fuller heads; the C4 Pro brings two reworked shell sizes that put it on the rounder side of an intermediate oval fit, differentiating it between its lower-priced brother, the standard C4. Like the C4, the Pro is also prepped to accept Schuberth's proprietary SC1 or SC2 comm systems with preinstalled speakers and mic, and an integrated antenna. You'll also find an extra-wide eyeport, drop-down sun visor, and a shell shape optimized for stability at speed, though not necessarily low weight.

The Details:

  • 3.9 lb.
  • Intermediate to round oval shape
  • Internal sun visor
  • Pinlock insert included
  • DOT/ECE rated

Shark Evoline Series 3

Shark Evoline Series 3
More versatile than your average modular is this Shark Evoline Series 3 lid, which lets you ride with it configured as a full open face helmet or as a more enclosed modular, by virtue of its unique, fully-rotating chinbar.Shark

If you want even more versatility out of your already versatile modular you probably want the Shark Evoline 3. The Evoline stands out from the others in this crowd by virtue of its ability to transform from full-face to an open-face in one easy motion. That’s right, the chin bar rotates completely to the back of the lid and snugs up against it, so you can ride with the helmet in the fully open position. According to Shark, ”the Evoline Series 3 helmet is the first modular model on the market to receive the double integral and jet helmet certification in Europe and a DOT Full-Face Certification,” which is why they argue it’s one of the safest modulars on the market. Of course, there are other amenities, like a removable Coolmax liner, reflective inserts, and a drop-down internal sun shield along with a pretty friendly price tag. That’s likely due to its polycarbonate shell construction (the Evoline 3 is a more intermediate oval fit than its predecessor) which isn’t as light as its pricier fiberglass counterparts, though the Evoline does comes through with a stout metal-on-metal latching system for the chinbar.

The Details:

  • 4.2 lb.
  • Intermediate/round oval shape
  • Internal sun visor
  • DOT/ECE rated

Shoei Neotec II

Shoei Neotec II helmet on white background.
Weight and price matter, but the Neotec II will likely continue to be one of the more popular modulars out there thanks to its nearly unrivaled amenities, comfort and finish quality.Shoei

One of the heavier helmets in this group is also one of the longest-running editorial favorites among our editors. Shoei's Neotec is also one of the best-selling modulars in recent years. The Neotec II justifies the steep price by incorporating a series of premium features and upgrades, like wind-tunnel-tested aerodynamics, four shell sizes, improved premium cheek pads and liners to better seal out noise, multiple redesigned vents (including new larger chin and forehead units), and an included Pinlock EVO insert. The redesigned distortion-free shield blocks 99 percent of UV rays and the full drop-down internal sun visor is optically correct. You can even opt for an included Sena SRL communication system (for an extra cost). All those added creature comforts didn't drop the weight any though, with a 4 pound, 1 ounce number pushing the Neotec II to the heavier side of the range. Again, it's not cheap, but we've met few riders who didn't dig their Neotec. A five-year warranty and a choice of eight colors and a slew of graphics (which bumps up the price) seals the deal.

The Details:

  • 4.1 lb.
  • Intermediate oval shape
  • Internal sun visor
  • Pinlock EVO insert included
  • DOT rated

Simpson Mod Bandit

Simpson Mod Bandit helmet on white background.
One look at the Mod Bandit will tell you that it’s possible for a modular to look badass, yet still offer a good spread of functionality, price and weight. The Mod Bandit does just that, in style.Simpson

Garnering top style points in this often-stodgy segment is Simpson's new Mod Bandit model, a distinct riff on the Darth Vader school of helmet design. The Mod Bandit is the first modular moto lid from Simpson, and it somehow manages to incorporate the brand's signature outlaw styling with full modular functionality and convenience. The fiberglass composite lid is DOT and ECE certified and features multiple intake vents in the chin bar with two more up top, all of which are adjustable. The chin bar is made of polycarbonate alloy, but does incorporate sturdier metal posts and, with one-handed operation, can be locked in the open position. We liked the integrated drop-down sun visor included (with color options available) as well as integrated speaker and mic pockets for your comm system. Coming in at well under 4 pounds, the Mod Bandit carries less weight than some of the more premium lids here and sports good functionality as well as a reasonable price tag, but it's only available in four color options for now (there's a carbon-fiber shell option as well).

The Details:

  • 3.7 lb.
  • Intermediate oval shape
  • Internal sun visor
  • Pinlock-ready (not included)
  • DOT/ECE rated