LS2s budget adventure dual sport helmet: the LS2 Pioneer


A look around the LS2 Pioneer: LS2s adventure/dual sport motorcycle crash helmet

The Pioneer is LS2’s entry-level adventure helmet. LS2 say it’s made from a Kinetic Polymer Alloy (that’s a fancy name for plastic, right LS2?) – but that’s no problem as thermoplastic lids are among the best performing motorcycle helmets.

And the Pioneer ticks quite a few boxes on the features list too. Not only is it designed to work on and off road, but there’s a drop down sun visor as well as a sun peak/roost guard; and it’s got EQRS too.

But there’s some potential issues too that you need to be aware of before you decide to go spending your hard earned cash on a shiny new LS2 Pioneer. So read on, dear friend, to find out the pros and cons of the Pioneer (and find links to some juicy dual-sport alternatives at the bottom of the article too).

  • Polycarbonate shelled dual sports helmet
  • ECE and DOT certified
  • Class A optically correct visor
  • Drop down sun visor
  • EQRS
  • Micrometric fastener
  • 1.45Kg (3.2lbs)
  • 3 Shell sizes
  • Sizes XXS-XXL
  • MCN R5K readers No.1 peaked helmet 2021
  • Expect to pay £99-£119

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The LS2 Pioneer is both ECE 22.05 and DOT certified. That means it should offer a decent level of protection if you have a spill.

No it’s not matt black – it’s titanium!

Beyond that, its been fitted with EQRS which is the emergency quick removal system that allows paramedics to quickly remove the helmet’s cheek pads to more easily take the helmet off an injured rider. If you’re gonna be taking your Pioneer off-road, having a spill is obviously much more likely – so we’d say EQRS is a must.

The Pioneer’s also been fitted with a micrometric fastener – which are safe and really easy to use. And there’s a nice large, optically correct visor in there to give good, clear all round vision.

On the off-road front, there’s a flexible roost-guard/sun peak that’ll come in very useful for keeping your vision clear in the sun or when you’re stuck behind another rider who’s kicking up dirt!

It is made in three helmet shell sizes too; that’s a decent number for what’s an entry level helmet. That’s good for safety because it means you’re getting the right amount of EPS shock absorbing lining for any given shell size. It also means you’re not carrying around more helmet shell material/weight than you need to – because any extra weight adds more inertial weight to your head and neck during an accident, and that’s not good.

Side view of the LS2 Pioneer in Element graphics

Of course, we always check out whether a helmet’s been tested by independent testing labs too.

The LS2 Pioneer hasn’t been tested by either SHARP or Snell, which is a shame. But we can tell you that LS2 polycarbonate helmets have scored an average of about 3.1 stars out of a maximum 5 stars when SHARP has tested them in the past.

Obviously, looking back to past scores isn’t going to be a 100% accurate indicator of how well the Pioneer might score if SHARP tested it today, but we would reckon it’d probably score reasonably well. It’s fairly unlikely it’ll be up there with our best performing helmets for safety, but since their last three polycarbonate helmets have scored either three or four stars, we’d kinda expect the Pioneer to score similarly well.

Because the Pioneer’s not been on the market for very long, it’s impossible to say how well it’ll suppress noise.

Suffice to say LS2 don’t say they’ve added any features into the Pioneer to keep it quiet, plus with those always-open vents, we can’t help thinking it’s got the potential to be a bit of a noisy bugger! Time will tell…

Matt black Pioneer. Triangular thing on the side is the anchor for the chin strap.

LS2 obviously wanted the Pioneer to vent massively well because they’ve added a ton of vent holes. But here’s a big point to note – only the chin vent can be closed off; all the others are always open. So if you live somewhere wet (like I do) that might well be a deal breaker for you.

On the front/lower of the helmet there’s that single chin vent which is opened/closed by a slider on the inside of the chin guard. Unlike quite a few off-road helmets, the chin vent doesn’t have a removable filter so you can clean it – it’s fixed in place.

There’s also a couple of other vents to either side of the chin guard in those air scoops – which have the added bonus of making the helmet looking pretty cool too!

Above the visor are a pair of brow vents – all taking air into channels in the internal lining and towards the scalp then out through a bunch of exhaust vents to the rear.

Plain white version of the Pioneer

There’s a nice large clear visor up front and, as is pretty common with LS2s, it’s a class A optically correct visor, meaning you shouldn’t have to worry about distortion (not that we’ve ever really found it a problem with non-optically correct visors!).

Unfortunately, the Pioneer doesn’t have the option for any sort of anti-fog insert like a Pinlock. Instead it has LS2s own anti-fog coating which, we have to say, probably won’t really be up to the job (coatings rarely are) but you never know.

It has a nice large central opening tab to open/close the visor and the visor itself works on friction so there’s no ratchet here.

Sun Visor & Peak

(more about sun visors)

The LS2 Pioneer has both a drop down internal sun visor as well as an external roost guard/peak.

That peak can be slightly adjusted by loosening off the plastic screws allowing it to slide backwards, raising or lowering the peak a little. It’s been made from a flexible plastic so it will break off in an accident and won’t dig in and spin the helmet, which is a good feature for safety.

The drop down sun visor is operated by a slider on the left hand side of the helmet. That’s one of the better locations for a sun visor slider as it’s easy to reach and find when you’re on the move.

Rear view showing spoiler and exhaust vents.

Comfort and Sizing

(more about comfort and sizing)

Inside the Pioneer is a breathable and hypoallergenic comfort lining that’s removable and washable.

It also has EQRS – a system that’s there to allow paramedics to more easily remove your helmet by quickly pulling the cheek pads out of the bottom of the helmet. EQRS is a great feature to have on any helmet – but especially on an adventure helmet that might well be taken off-road.

The Pioneer’s also been designed to more comfortably accommodate glasses by using a more ‘giving’ foam in each side of the lining to stop the stems of glasses being pushed into the side of your head.

Looks & Graphics

At the time of writing, there aren’t many graphic options available. We’ve dropped images of the white and black versions on the page, along with the classy titanium and Pioneer Element. But as always, helmet makers keep on bringing out new graphics, so to see the latest designs and deals, please click through to our recommended retailers that stock LS2 helmets using the links below.

Best places to buy this LS2 helmet?

Please click below to visit the LS2 helmets pages at our recommended stores. And if you buy from one, we get a small sum from the sale at no extra cost to you – a massive THANKS! (it’s how we finance the site).

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LS2 Pioneer Video

You’re super busy, right? In that case here’s the official 54 second look round an LS2 Pioneer by a man with no head (or shoulders for that matter!).

Other stuff – audio, weight, warranty

OK, word is that LS2 haven’t really thought about bluetooth communicators because there aren’t any speaker pockets on the Pioneer. So if fitting a bluetooth is a must – move away from the Pioneers (and check out a communications-ready helmet instead)!

The Pioneer weighs in around 1.45Kg (that’s 3.2lbs) which is not bad at all, because the average polycarb helmet is around 1.57Kg, meaning LS2 has managed to shave quite a bit of weight off the Pioneer.

At the time of writing, most LS2 helmets come with a 2 year guarantee.

Rear view of the gloss white LS2 Pioneer


On the face of it, the LS2 Pioneer looks a reasonable buy – providing you can live with a couple of obvious flaws.

On the plus side, if you’re after an adventure helmet, the Pioneer is pretty cheap and has some useful features like sun visor and EQRS. On the minus side, those always-open vents and lack of a ‘proper’ antifog system on your visor might well be an issue and if you’re serious about your dirt riding, the lack of cleanable chin vent too.

Of course, there’s always downsides for pretty well every helmet and most helmet purchases come down to price. And for the money, the LS2 is a funky dual sport helmet that’s good value – provided you can live with those flaws.

Looking to buy this LS2 helmet?

Please click below to visit the LS2 helmets pages at our recommended stores. And if you buy from one, we get a small sum from the sale at no extra cost to you – a massive THANKS! (it’s how we finance the site).

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Good Alternatives to the LS2 Pioneer?

The Caberg Tourmax is well worth looking at because it’s a SHARP 5 star safety rated modular adventure helmet. And while it’s a bit on the weighty side, it’s well priced and rated highly for comfort and ventilation.

There’s also the well-rated Shoei Hornet ADV family of adventure helmets. They’re ECE, DOT and Snell safety rated, fibreglass shelled and come with EQRS. Though being a Shoei, it does cost a fair chunk more than the LS2.

Bell MX-9s are only a tad more expensive than the Pioneer – plus they come with a 5 year warranty. And you get to choose from either motocross or adventure bike versions with the Bell.

Other Adventure/Dual-Sports helmets?

There are lots of other Adventure/Dual Sports crash helmets out there, so please check out our Adventure motorcycle helmets page to see all our other reviews and previews. Or, if you're looking for the safest tested helmets on the market, you might want to take a look at our safest motorcycle helmets pages where you'll only find helmets that are SHARP four or five star rated - so you'll know you're wearing the best protection out there.

Crash Helmet Buying Guides

For (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.


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