MT Mugello budget motorcycle crash helmet

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MT Mugello: amazing value all-rounder budget helmet

Spanish helmet maker MT has built a solid reputation for making helmets that give excellent crash protection but don’t cost much. At the time of writing that means MT are our joint 4th safest crash helmet brand.

All of which means if you’re in a rush to buy a helmet and have a tight budget, then choose an MT and you’ll not go far wrong. You’ll not get the most sophisticated top-specced helmet around, but then you’ll also have saved a stack of dosh. Which is always a good thing!

The Mugello is a polycarbonate-shelled full face crash helmet that’s one of the cheapest helmets on the market. So can it be any good?

  • Polcarbonate full face helmet
  • One shell size
  • Pinlock-ready visor
  • ECE and DOT certified
  • Removable liner
  • 1.45Kg (3.2lbs) – lighter than average
  • Sizes XS-XXL
  • Micrometric fastener
  • Expect to pay £50-£60
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Titanium version of the Mugello

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Safety

As mentioned in the intro, MT score pretty well when their helmets are tested by SHARP.

To date, across all 6 helmets tested so far, they’ve scored an average of 4 stars across the range (out of 5) which is a spectacular result in anyone’s books – and even moreso because MT’s helmets cost so little.

Like the Mugello, most of their helmets are made from polycarbonate. If you’re new to crash helmets, that’s essentially a shell made of thick plastic, which might sound a bit low-tech. But polycarbonate is actually a great material to make a helmet out of because it’s strong and durable, reasonably light weight – and cheap to form. And while it might lack the kudos of fancy carbon fibre or kevlar lids, some of the most effective helmets on the market are actually polycarbonate helmets.

So, we’d expect the MT Mugello to perform pretty well in an accident. If pushed, we’d say around the 3-4 SHARP stars mark, which is decent. And of course it’s also passed the rigorous ECE 22-05 test (and is US DOT certified) meaning it’s gonna give you a decent minimum level of protection anyway.

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MT Mugello Jerome – with Pinlock Max Vision ready visor (insert not included though)

Aside from this, the Mugello has a micrometric fastener (easy to use and nice and safe) and comes with a Pinlock Max Vision ready visor. Note: it doesn’t come with the actual insert though so you’ll have to buy that separately. We advise anyone riding in the UK or anywhere else prone to cold and rainy weather (or hot and humid weather) to invest in a Pinlock to keep your vision fog free and safe.

There’s also a high-visibility version of the Mugello (see pic lower down). If you like to make sure you’re seen when riding, that’s the one to go for.

On the downside, the Mugello is only made in one helmet shell size. That’s not really great for optimizing safety or fit/looks – read more here.

Ventilation

In the chin bar there’s a central vent which can be opened/closed. That’ll bring air towards the mouth and onto the back of the visor. There’s also a pair of always-open exhaust vents on either side of the chin bar.

On the top of the head, there’s a pair of AGV-style sliding vents to bring air through the helmet and onto the scalp, and a pair of matching rear exhaust vents to create a path for the ventilation and draw the stale air out of the helmet. Both of these vents can be closed too.

To help with reducing fogging on the visor, the MT Mugello comes with a breath guard already fitted.

All in all, it’s a fairly standard arrangement of vents that you see on loads of helmets these days but it should do the job of keeping you cool and well ventilated. Though if you ride in cold weather a lot, it’ll not be enough to keep your visor fog-free.

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Cool looking Mugello Leopard in camo green

Visor

The visor is a 2mm thick Pinlock Max-Vision ready visor with a quick release system.

For a £50 helmet, that means you’re getting lots of bang for your buck and it looks like MT has put a good deal of attention into making an effective visor system.

The quick change visor means it’s easy to quickly remove your visor to give it a clean after a ride – just open the visor, pull on the red lugs on either side and wiggle it off.

Visors always fog in the right (wrong!) conditions. So the fact that the Mugello’s visor is Pinlock-ready is great – and the Max Vision version means that the Pinlock will cover all your vision and not get in the way. The only downside with the Mugello is that the Pinlock insert isn’t provided with the helmet, it’s an accessory you’re going to have to spend another $30 or so on top.

Having some form of anti-fog treatment or insert is important for most of us – so click the link if you want to see all our helmets that are either Pinlock ready or supplied with a Pinlock included in the price.

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Always popular solid matt black version

Comfort & Sizing

The MT Mugello comes in sizes XS-XXL though it’s only produced in one shell size. So if you’re at either size extreme, you might find that it looks either very large or too small on your head.

It’s got a removable and washable comfort lining which is handy if you’re going to be using it daily so you can stick it in the washing machine from time to time.

Looks & Graphics

If you’re looking for a plain Mugello, there’s a gloss white version and a gloss and matt plain black version. There’s also a grey ‘titanium’ and a plain gloss fluo hi viz yellow version for added visibility.

For graphic versions there’s the Vapour and Maker ranges (all available in red, blue, green, yellow and black/white variants) and the Jerome. There’s also the excellent green camo Military version.

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MT Mugello Maker (comes in loads of colours)

You’ll find all these designs up and down the page – but for the latest graphics and any deals, check out our recommended retailers using the links below.

Best place to buy an MT crash helmet?

If you want piece of mind when you buy, we recommend you buy from Sportsbikeshop. They're based in the UK and offer outstanding service (9.8/10 on Trustpilot) including 365 day refunds and free delivery.

GetGeared is another recommended UK retailer, with a no-quibble 365 day returns policy and scoring 4.8/5 on eKomi.

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MT Mugello Video

A guy from the Philippines takes us round his new MT Mugello (note I think this particular design is now phased out).

Other stuff – fasteners, weight, warranty

The MT Mugello comes with the tried-and-tested micrometric fastener. It weighs in at around 1.45Kg which is just slightly lighter than the average full face helmet and way lighter than the average polycarbonate full face (1.57Kg) so you shouldn’t have a problem with it being too heavy.

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Front view of the Mugello Vapour

MT helmets come with a 1 year warranty only (check here for helmets with a 5 year warranty).

Overall/Summary

Because of its low price, the MT Mugello is probably going to appeal to those who are new to biking or commuters. Which is undoubtedly where MT reckon they’ll pick up most of their sales.

However there’s a lot of spec to be had for that low price point – especially when you consider it’s got a decent Pinlock-ready visor and lots of other bells and whistles that you’ll find on much more expensive helmets such as quick-release visor and channeled ventilation system.

Couple that with MT’s reputation for producing helmets that perform well in the SHARP safety helmet testing labs and the Mugello suddenly seems to be a lot of a bargain.

So if you’re on a tight budget but after decent protection and a very usable helmet, then at this amazing price point, the MT Mugello is practically a steal.

There are some cracking alternatives around though, so make sure you check them out below.

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Vapour in yellow

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.

Good Alternatives to the MT Mugello?

The best way to find alternatives for yourself is to use our Smart(ish) filters page where you can select a few features you’d like on a helmet and we’ll show you which helmets you should check out.

Other than that, take a look at our LS2 Rookie review. This full face is lighter than the Mugello, is SHARP 4 star safety rated and comes with an optically correct visor. It’s only tad more expensive too.

Shark’s S600 is their entry-level helmet. And while it’s a bit more expensive than the MT, you do get a Pinlock antifog in the box – and a SHARP 4 star safety rating.

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There’s a couple of hi-viz versions knocking around too if that’s your thing

So too does the Box BX-1. And what’s more it can be had for even less than the MT. Wow!

And of course if you’re willing to spend a bit more, there’s always MT’s own Revenge which is a maximum 5 star rated crash helmet that even looks cool (esp in the pricier carbon fibre version!)

For more alternatives, take a look at our budget crash helmets section.

Definitely want an MT?

Here you'll find all our MT crash helmet reviews and previews including full face, flip-up and open face helmets.

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