LS2’s SHARP 4 star rated full face motorcycle helmet – the LS2 FF352 Rookie
The LS2 FF352 Rookie is their entry-level helmet aimed at folks who don’t want to spend too much but still want a helmet that works well – one that’s comfortable, reasonably quiet with a nice visor and that’s going to protect them in an accident. So even though you’re not wanting to spend too much, it’s still gotta perform.
Well, at around £60 that sounds like a big ask. So we’ve scoured all the reviews we can find and we’ve incorporated what we’ve found owners think of the LS2 Rookie in our review below.
One thing to note though. At this price point, many owners seem to be new to riding or have limited experience of other helmets – so what’s comfy and quiet to them might be irritating and noisy to you in your £600 Schuberth!
- Budget full face helmet
- Thermoplastic shell
- ECE approved but not DOT certified
- SHARP 4 star safety rated
- Micrometric fastener
- Optically correct ‘Class A’ visor
- 1.35Kg (lighter than avg)
- Sizes XXS-XXL
- Expect to pay £50-£70
Folks who bought an LS2 Rookie FF352 resoundingly seem to like it.
Sure, it’s short of a few features you expect on more expensive helmets, but that’s not why people bought it. They want a good all rounder at a reasonable price – and the LS2 delivers in spades.
So, if you’re after good protection for not much wodge, we’d recommend you check out an LS2 Rookie (along with our suggested alternatives at the bottom of the page). Oh, and the best place to buy one? From our recommended retailers below of course!
Even though this might be what folks call an entry-level helmet, it has to give good protection.
Well, if it’s on sale in Europe, it has to be ECE 22-05 certified, which the Rookie is. So it offers a decent all-round level of protection.
But it’s also been tested by SHARP and rated four stars out of a maximum five for safety.
That’s a great score for any helmet full stop. But at this price point, it’s an incredible score and proves, once again, that you don’t have to pay big bucks to get a helmet that’s going to offer you lots of protection.
So what’s making the LS FF352 score so highly?
It’s got a thermoplastic shell which are tough and durable (even though they’re cheaper to manufacture). That’s backed by multi-density EPS or expanded polystyrene foam liner. Multi-density liners are good at absorbing energy at different speeds and are what you find in the most effective helmets.
And even though the Rookie is only manufactured in one shell size (which is not great for a number of reasons) it obviously works well in the form of the LS2 Rookie.
Looking to buy an LS2?We recommend Sportsbikeshop (UK) for competitive prices and outstanding service, FC-Moto (Ger) for good prices and the widest range, or Motoin (Ger) for quality service and decent prices (even with the current £-€ exchange rate). Please see here for more info on these retailers or click the links to go straight to their LS2 helmet pages where you'll find the latest helmet designs and deals.
Owners seem to think the liner on the LS2 FF352 Rookie is pretty plush feeling – that’s nice and thick and soft – which helps with noise reduction. Unfortunately though, it doesn’t come with a chin curtain, which is a shame because that usually helps with reducing noise too.
However, owners mostly seem to reckon it’s not too noisy as it is.
As usual, we’ve gotta warn you that noise perception is relative – and depends on lots of factors individual to you (riding style, type of bike, last helmet noise etc. etc.).
But having said that, consensus seems to be that it’s pretty good at suppressing noise, as long as you don’t go too fast where things can become a bit noisy.
Of course, that shouldn’t be too much of a problem anyway if you wear decent ear plugs.
No complaints on the ventilation, except that the visor can fog up. But that goes for any helmet without an anti-fog treatment on the visor.
The FF352 Rookie has a single chin vent operated by a slider (that’s easy to use in gloves).
It also has a single brow vent and a pair of rear exhaust vents just below the small spoiler at the back.
And like most higher-priced helmets, it has channels cut in the EPS lining to allow air to circulate around the scalp before it exits the lid via the rear exhausts.
Word is that ventilation’s good – though as I mentioned at the top of the page, most owners we came across (though by no means all) seem to be new to biking or after a cheap helmet for a pillion for example, so whether the ventilation will work for you on a day’s tour in 30 degree heat is unclear.
However, there’s no issues reported other than the fogging of the visor.
Which leads me neatly into talking about the visor.
It’s also quick release (open the visor, push a lever and out it comes) and is supposed to come with an anti-fog coating.
Having said that, one or two owners reckon it steams up pretty easily so don’t expect it to stay clear if it’s cold or raining and your visor’s closed.
But that’s not a fault of the Rookie – it’s just what all helmets do without an anti-fog treatment or Pinlock on the visor.
Comfort & Sizing
The FF352 Rookie is rated as nice and comfortable by pretty well all owners.
It has a nice thick comfort lining that’s hypo-allergenic and breathable and it can be unclipped and removed for washing.
Again, removable and washable linings used to be the preserve of more expensive helmets so it’s good to see budget helmets like the Rookie now being fitted with them.
If you’re going to buy an LS2 Rookie, one or two owners reckoned they needed a size larger than they’re used to. So if you’re in two minds about which size you need (or in between sizes) we’d go a size larger – and buy from a retailer who’ll accept returns/replacements without quibbling (like one of our recommended retailers).
Looks & Graphics
The LS2 Rookie FF352 is a nice and modern looking helmet. It comes in the usual plain colours (matt/gloss black and gloss white) as well as six other designs – at the time of reviewing.
They are the Fluo and Fan designs (including hi-vis yellow versions) as well as the Flutter, One and Ranger. There’s also a skull design called the X Ray.
As usual, we’ve put pics of those designs up and down the page – but to check out any new designs and see the latest prices, please click the links to our recommended retailers below.
Best place to buy an LS2 crash helmet?We've found three great online shops to check out if you're looking to buy an LS2 helmet or any other biking gear.
First off, we suggest you look at SportsBikeShop. They're based in the UK, have competitive prices and offer outstanding service (9.8/10 on Trustpilot) including 365 day refunds and free UK delivery.
Or try Motoin (Germany). They get great feedback (4.9 and 4.5 out of 5 on Idealo and eTrustedshops at the time of writing) though note, there's a delivery charge so factor that in (see here for details).
Or, for an excellent range of LS2 helmets and good prices (even with the current £-€ exchange rate), we also recommend FC-Moto (Germany). At the time of writing they score a decent 8.7/10 on Trustpilot too, though note: FC-Moto do quote despatch times of 5-7 days, so only order from here if you're not in a rush for your order. There's also a delivery charge on each order (see here).
Please click any picture/link to drop onto their LS2 helmets pages. If you buy from any shop, we get a small sum from the sale at no extra cost to you - a massive THANKS! (it's how we finance the site). Click here for more info on our recommended retailers.
LS2 Rookie Video
A three minute video by a guy who’s just upgraded to an LS2 Rookie – and really likes it.
Other stuff – fasteners, audio, warranty
The LS2 FF352 Rookie comes with a micrometric fastener (dead easy to use and safe as houses).
There’s not much information around about how well it works with bluetooth headsets – but check out the video above as he explains how he’s attached a mic and a Go-Pro, so it sounds like it’s possible to fit one.
Finally, the LS2 comes with a one year warranty. That’s not quite the five year warranty some of the best known brands offer, but probably acceptable at this price. We’ve heard tales of the occasional screw coming loose in the visor base plate but other than that, it seems to be pretty well built.
Crash Helmet Buying GuidesFor (hopefully!) other useful information to help you when buying your next helmet, check our various guides - or have a look at our top helmet lists where we've got the top 10 rated helmets overall and best budget/safest/full face/flip-up helmets.
Alternatives to the LS2 FF352 Rookie?
First off, we suggest you look at the MT Thunder – which is another SHARP 4 star rated polycarbonate full face that’s available in kids sizes to XL for just £50.
You might also want to look at the Box BX-1 – thermoplastic shell, SHARP 4 star rated and does everything well.
If you can stretch to a bit more money, you can start looking at some of the better known brands. There’s the four star rated Nolan N64 – which is good but noisy and around £80. Or for a bit more still you can have the very capable AGV K3 – another four star safety rated helmet with great build quality and finish that’s a well-liked good performer.