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Welcome to our big flip-up helmet test 2022. Here we present all the flip-up helmets we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet. We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best flip-up helmet for you. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a flip-up helmet.




Summary

  • A flip-up helmet is a sub-type of the full-face helmet in which the chin section can be folded upwards.
  • Safety always comes first when buying a helmet. The helmet should comply with ECE standard 22.05.
  • The fit and size of the flip-up helmet are crucial. You should take enough time to buy one.
  • People who wear glasses should always try the helmet on with glasses.
  • The comfort features of flip-up helmets are constantly evolving. Sun visors and removable pads are usually fitted as standard.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a flip-up helmet

What is a flip-up helmet?

A flip-up helmet is a full-face helmet in which the chin section can be folded upwards. This type of helmet is particularly popular with touring riders. The range of manufacturers and price classes is growing steadily. The trend is for helmets to become more and more comfortable. The flip-up helmet is particularly advantageous for people who wear glasses.

How can I recognise a safe helmet?

You can recognise a helmet that is approved for use on German roads by the ECE standard 22.05 test mark. The standard specifies the following criteria:

  • Load capacity of the fastener
  • Field of vision
  • Shock absorption values
  • Chemical resistance
  • Size and shape of the shock-absorbing shell
  • Penetration resistance of the helmet and visor

How should a helmet fit?

One of the most important factors when buying a flip-up helmet is the right fit. Only if it fits properly can the helmet protect you in the event of a fall.

Although it is difficult to make general statements, as the head shape of the helmet wearer is very individual, a few helpful tips can nevertheless be formulated. Both a helmet that is too big and one that is too small can significantly limit the riding experience. A helmet that is too big slips very easily, which is both annoying and increases the risk of injury in the event of a fall. A helmet that is too small can be uncomfortably tight or even cause pain. This can have a negative effect on your ability to concentrate. To make the right decision, you need one thing above all: time. Time to get to grips with the model in detail. When is a helmet too big?

  • if more than 2 fingers fit between the head and helmet in the forehead area
  • if it can be pulled off the head despite the chin strap being closed
  • if the head can be turned when the helmet is held on tightly

When is a helmet too small?

  • If it causes pressure marks
  • if the field of vision is clearly restricted by the helmet shell
  • if the chinstrap can only be closed under strong tension

You should also not be irritated if the helmet seems a little tight. Most helmets are equipped with a removable inner lining that adapts to the shape of your head over time. The hat size can also help you to determine your helmet size. You should measure your head circumference with a tape measure. Depending on the model, helmets can usually be purchased in sizes XS to 5XL. The distinction between men and women is rather irrelevant. The only difference is the colour of the helmet. The most popular motorbike helmet colour is "black matt".

What is the difference between a flip-up helmet and a full-face helmet?

The full-face helmet can also be called a full-face helmet. It is completely closed. It is equipped with a movable visor and a continuous outer shell.

Unlike the flip-up helmet, the full-face helmet is equipped with a continuous outer shell. (Image source: unsplash.com / Neonbrand)

The flip-up helmet is a subcategory of the full-face helmet. It offers the possibility of folding the chin section upwards. While riding, it appears like a full-face helmet, but when taking a break, the helmet can be opened without having to take it off. The flip-up helmet is somewhat heavier than a normal full-face helmet due to the hinges that are installed for flipping. Nevertheless, both have a similar level of safety.

What is a pinlock visor?

A pinlock visor is a double visor on a motorbike helmet. A small plastic visor is connected to the larger one. Due to the special coating, there is better ventilation, so that fogging of the visor can be avoided. This can be caused by the air you breathe, especially in cold weather. Such a visor can be found on all-season helmets in the middle and higher price segments. If not available, it can also be retrofitted. However, there are also disadvantages to the advantages:

  • double refraction of light due to additional lens
  • disturbing edges in the field of vision
  • Vision is obstructed by the accumulation of fluid between the lenses

How important is a sun visor?

As a rule, it is difficult for people who wear glasses to wear a full-face helmet. Especially in summer, you need extra protection from the sun's rays. Most flip-up helmets now offer a sun visor as a feature. The sun visor allows your eyes to relax better during summer rides. Especially on longer rides, this helps you stay more focused and avoid headaches.

Which flip-up helmet is suitable for athletes?

Most racing athletes opt for a cross or enduro helmet, which can now also be purchased as a flip-up helmet. Not only do they usually have an elaborate design, but an additional air channel in the mouth area provides more ventilation for your helmet.

Racing athletes have special requirements for their helmets. (Image source: unsplash.com / Olo Toluwashe)

The enduro touring flip-up helmet is a new segment on the helmet market. In this model, the foldable full-face helmet with chin bar is combined with a visor like the enduro helmet. However, this type is heavier and louder than a regular flip-up helmet due to the many ventilation channels. The visor and additional sun visor make this type particularly suitable for athletes wearing glasses. If necessary, you can also wear Enduro goggles instead of the visor.

What alternatives are there?

In addition to the flip-up helmet, a full-face helmet or jet helmet can be purchased as an alternative. We will now briefly introduce you to these two types of helmets.
Helmet type Integral helmet Jet helmet
Advantages The integral helmet offers the best protection for the head. It fits the head very well. In addition, it is compact, light and quiet. The jet helmet is especially popular with city riders with Vespa. It impresses them with its cool look. Another positive aspect is that it is easy to put on and take off, and it is lighter.
Disadvantages However, the negative aspects of this type of helmet are the lack of ventilation in hot weather and the uncomfortable feeling when wearing glasses The jet helmet should only be used in city traffic. Due to the missing chin section, this region is not sufficiently protected in the event of a fall. The noise level is also much higher with this type of helmet.

Decision: Which price groups are there for flip-up helmets and which is the right one for me?

Since the prices and features of flip-up helmets can vary so much, we have decided to categorise the helmets according to price groups:

  • up to approx. 100€
  • up to approx. 300€
  • from approx. 300€

What distinguishes flip-up helmets up to 100€ and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

The low price segment is especially popular with city riders and occasional riders. In this price group, you can expect a good safety standard, although some features are not included.

Advantages
  • Cheap
  • Easy to use
  • A helmet is better than no helmet
Disadvantages
  • May have safety shortcomings
  • Lack of features
  • Less comfort

If you're looking for a flip-up helmet that meets all safety standards and doesn't have many other bells and whistles, you can already find a good model here.

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate flip-up helmets

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate PRODUCTS. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a certain PRODUCT is suitable for you or not. In summary, these are:

  • Fit and suitability for spectacle wearers
  • Price
  • Suitability for use with communication systems
  • Noise sensitivity
  • Features
  • Material

Fit and suitability for spectacle wearers

The fit should be the most important decision criterion. We have already described in detail in the guidebook what is particularly important when it comes to the fit of the helmet. Since fits and sizes can vary even within a manufacturer, it is particularly important to try on the helmet thoroughly. Spectacle wearers should try on the helmet with glasses to feel whether the helmet offers enough space for them. Often, flip-up helmets have extra built-in channels for glasses.

Spectacle wearers should always test helmets with their glasses on. (Image source: unsplash.com / Mark Solarski)

Price

The prices of flip-up helmets can vary greatly. Within the three price ranges described, you can find the right model depending on your requirements.

Suitability for use with communication systems

Another feature of flip-up helmets is the use of communication systems, usually via Bluetooth. If the communication system is not fitted from the outset, you should check whether it can be retrofitted.

Noise sensitivity

Several factors play a role here. The tighter the neck seal of a flip-up helmet, the quieter the helmet will be when you are riding. You can find out more in this video: https://youtu.be/yH1YNzO-m7s

Equipment (sun visor, ventilation, etc.)

The trend is clearly moving towards more comfortable features. Most flip-up helmets are equipped with a pinlock and sun visor as well as additional ventilation systems. A storage bag for the helmet is also an advantage, as it can protect against scratches on the shelf. Another plus is the removable inner lining. This makes it easier to clean. In addition, allergy sufferers have the option of finding anti-allergenic linings. If you are planning longer tours in the summer, these are features that you should definitely consider when buying.

Material

Last but not least, you should take a look at the material your flip-up helmet is made of. There are also many differences. Here are a few possibilities:

  • Polycarbonate: inexpensive
  • Thermoplastic: offers good protection, but ages quickly without paint
  • ABS: very robust and durable

Again, decide according to the type of use and how long you want to use it.

Trivia: Facts worth knowing about flip-up helmets

How do I clean a flip-up helmet?

We all know it: anything that is in close contact with the skin for a long time should be cleaned from time to time, including our motorbike helmets. Most helmets have a removable inner lining. You should always check whether it is machine-washable. If you're not sure, you can't go wrong with a hand wash and clean water. You can also wash it with a mild shampoo. If you want to use an upholstery cleaner, it is especially important to check the ingredients as they may cause skin irritation.

How do I change a visor?

The following video explains in a wonderfully understandable way how you can most easily change the visor of your helmet, depending on the type of helmet and visor: https://youtu.be/buKFhbRy18c

What do I do with my helmet after a fall?

If you have fallen with your helmet, you cannot avoid replacing it. Even if no external damage can be detected, the material may have suffered structural damage. This means that the helmet can no longer guarantee full safety.

And one thing should have become clear: Safety is the most important thing in a helmet.

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