Best Motorcycle Helmets for Women [2017 Edition]
You ride like a girl.
Believe us when we say that riding like a girl is a good thing—especially when you're wearing the great headgear covered in this post. You'll look sleek, and kind of badass, like you're channeling your inner Halle Berry in Catwoman. These helmets are a little smaller and sleeker than the made-for-the-boy pumpkin protectors the guys wear. Plus, they come in a variety of other colors besides pink.
Here are our top picks for the latest in motorcycle helmets for women. Let’s ride!
Top Picks – Motorcycle Helmets For Women
Scorpion Tiffany EXO-1100
The adjustable cheek pads are what make this helmet stand out from the crowd. We’ve found it will give you a much better fit than a lot of the motorcycle helmets for women. If you can match the crown size to your noggin and adjust the cheek pads, this will be the best fitting helmet you’ll ever own.
We dig the retractable sun visor on the face shield. It's easy enough to remove, which is a plus. It has an anti-fog feature that will really help when the weather isn’t cooperating. There’s also a breath deflector that helps keep your vision clear during the roughest conditions.
Four intake vents in this helmet, plus six more for exhaust, help keep you cool. There are vents in the back to help improve air circulation and lessen humidity.
Visual appeal is high on this helmet. Pleasing geometric shapes and soft hues with a colored sun visor turn this very effective piece of equipment into some girl-powered eye candy.
On the other side of the attraction spectrum, the Nexx XR1R will make you look like you can kick butt with the rest of the rebels. This is a sleek black helmet with a no-fuss attitude. There are a couple of thin offset color stripes, but basically, this women's helmet is for those that still believe basic black is boss.
On the functionality side, there are five adjustable pads inside the helmet providing a form fit for your face that will keep you safer and more comfortable. There’s extra ear padding to shield noise, which we like a lot. You can also pull that padding out and drop in your own sound system.
There is a highly effective venting system in this helmet, considering there are only three ports. You can open and close the top vent, but it will make for a louder ride. This is a lightweight brain bucket with excellent visibility; the eye ports open up the view so you can always see what’s ahead.
Shoei Women’s RF-1200
You get what you pay for, and that is particularly the case with helmets. While you’re going to pay more for the Shoei, it also has the top safety rating in the industry (SNELL RF-1200). Since the chief purpose of a helmet is to protect your brain, the Shoei can justify the expense.
In addition to being a top safety pick, this helmet allows customization. There are six ways to configure this bucket to fit your head. The innovative venting system offers four air portals that change how they vent depending upon the angle of your head. There's a defroster vent that keeps the visor clear and helps with circulation. (Big plus if you're wearing makeup.) You also have the option of sealing the face shields completely in crappy weather or popping the front a little to help ventilate.
This is a well-designed helmet, with a sleek aerodynamic shape, top of the line interior, and a CWR-1 Pinlock shield with ribs at the bottom and top to keep it from bending. Together, these features offer excellent noise protection in a superior-grade women's helmet.
HJC CL-17 Mystic
Now let’s switch to value-for-the-money, which takes us to the HJC. This is a stylish helmet that offers many of the same features as the more expensive brands. Removable, washable cheek pads will help you tailor the fit.
There’s also the typical HJC ventilation feature standard to all of their helmets. You’ll find vents at the top and chin for moisture reduction. There are exhaust vents in the back that help wick dampness outside the helmet, where it belongs. You’ll like the tool free face shield, which is simple to operative. There’s an anti-fogger that works well.
This is an effective yet pretty piece of equipment that meets all the safety and comfort standards, at a decent price for women seeking bang for their buck.
Shoei Metallic Neotec
There are enough color choices on the Shoei Neotec that you’ll almost be able to wear a new color for every day of the week. This is appealing for girly-girls who want to match their outfits, but also to the no-nonsense kick-butt woman who wants an excellent helmet to match her attitude. This is a truly fine helmet with a wide range of sizes to fit every size head. It has advanced aerodynamics that will help with “helmet neck.” This brain bucket weighs about 3.9 pounds, which is light, but it’s also streamlined, which will reduce fatigue.
The Shoei has an outstanding field of vision with a very useful sun shield to reduce glare. The chin bar has a slick little flip up mechanism, which is easy peasy and not distracting at all. The face shield can adjust to full or half, and it rides well even in rough terrain. This is an effective bucket for a moderate price.
Bell Vortex Monarch
Looks-wise, this is another in the “don’t-mess-with-me” line. This is a very high-feature, but startlingly well-priced lid for ladies (Who you callin’ a lady?).
Seriously, you’ll like the ventilation system that’s on par with more expensive noggin protectors. It utilizes Velocity Flow and FlowAdjust technology, which means you’ll be able to regulate temperature and airflow effectively. There’s a wind collar and a bacteria-resistant removable inner liner. Last, but certainly not least, you’ll find speaker pockets that you can upgrade with your favorite sound system for when you absolutely need to listen to your jams.
X4 Sports Motorcycle Helmet
Pretty, but with hard-core functionality, the X4 full-face helmet is constructed of the best polycarbonate that stands up to DOT certifications. Don't be fooled into thinking this helmet is weak or dainty; when it comes to protecting your vital assets, under its pink exterior, you'll find the heart of a lioness.
The only drawback to this helmet is that it’s not packed with the cool extra features that some of the other helmets have. And while this helmet may be a beautiful one, it also does precisely what you need it to—crash test after crash test. Sure, it’s got removable liners and a lightweight, aerodynamic fit. But the X4 is a practical, affordable helmet designed to protect you. Sometimes, that’s all you need.
WOW Street Bike Helmet
This is probably the helmet that Elle Woods from Legally Blonde would wear. WOW kind of specializes in cool designs, but there's a practical element to each of these helmets that will appeal to the voice of safety inside all of us. The shell is made of lightweight thermoplastic, which is a high-end alloy with exceptional wind resistance. Removable padding helps with versatile helmet fit perfectly.
But our favorite part of this helmet is how cool it looks when you wear it. An anti-UV coating that will ensure it never fades even in years of desert sun exposure protects the awesome paint job. A practical yet pretty women’s helmet for the money.
Power Gear Pink Dragon
This helmet will help you stand out on the road. In fact, it’s almost so stylish you won’t want to take it off when you reach your destination. Beyond the glam, this is a helmet that offers good features for the money, including a lightweight but tough protective shell. The paint job is protecting by a UV finish that will protect what ultimately is a beautiful piece of art on your shoulders.
Because this DOT rated helmet is nice and light, it’s good on the shoulders and neck during long, tiring rides. A removable lining will help the helmet stay clean. Overall, this is a practical, affordable helmet that will also allow for some dragon-centric self-expression while you’re on the road.
BILT Women’s Cyclone
BILT is one of the most trusted names in motorcycle accessories on the market today. These are high quality, reliable helmets that also look great. True to the brand, the Cyclone has a whirl of standard features like a top-of-the-line removable face shield with a drop down sun visor. There’s a removable lining and advanced ventilation in the chin and crown, offering superior airflow that surpasses the price you’ll pay.
In short, the BILT Women’s Cyclone gets five stars for a comfortable, safe women’s helmet. And rest assured, this DOT rated helmet will give you full face, head, and neck protection (and it’ll make you look damn good too).