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Polycarbonate Motorcycle Helmet Reviews

Polycarbonate plastic is one of the most common materials motorcycle helmets are made from. It’s incredibly tough and lightweight and when it’s combined with a polystyrene liner, offers great impact resistance. It’s also relatively cheap to manufacture so, in many ways, it’s the ideal material for a crash helmet.

Having said that, more expensive helmets tend to be made from complex composite materials such as fibreglass, carbon fibre and aramid – or a mix of all three. Still, many great performing helmets continue to be made out of polycarbonate – including helmets that score the maximum five star safety rating on SHARP helmet safety tests – so they’re well worth considering.

On these pages, you’ll find only crash helmets with polycarbonate shells.



Scorpion Exo Combat: low-cost open face helmet badassery

Review of the Scorpion Exo Combat motorbike helmet. It's usually Shark with their Drak/Raw helmets that turn bikers into stormtroopers. But now Scorpion's having a...

Nolan N60-5 polycarbonate full face motorbike helmet review

Nolan N60-5: entry-level full face helmet with tested protection. Italian-based Nolan makes a pretty big range of helmets, and they're all aimed towards the mid-...

The Nolan N100-5 flip-up. The perfect modular helmet?

Nolan N100-5 flip up modular motorcycle helmet review. The N100-5 is Nolan's top of the range flip-up/modular helmet, designed to be all things to all...
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Scorpion’s do everything adventure/road modular helmet: the Scorpion ADX-1.

Review of the Scorpion EXO ADX1 AT950 modular adventure helmet. The Scorpion Exo ADX-1 (same as the AT950 if you're in the US) is Scorpion's...

Great value full face – but not in Europe just yet.

Scorpion EXO-R420 budget full face motorcycle crash helmet review. The Scorpion EXO 410 Air we reviewed a few years ago has now been replaced by......

Icon Alliance and Alliance GT (sun visor): great value all-rounder helmets.

Icon Alliance and Alliance GT full face motorcycle helmet review. Along with the Icon Airmada, the Icon Alliance is Icon's entry-level full face motorcycle helmet....

Budget SHARP 4 Star safety rated modular… but there’s a problem

Duchinni D606 budget flip-front motorcycle helmet review. They might sound Italian, but Duchinni are a Chinese helmet maker, known for making lower priced polycarbonate helmets.The...

Review of the LS2 Valiant FF399 motorcycle crash helmet

Review of LS2's flip-over polycarbonate modular helmet. If you've ever checked out the Shark Evoline or Shark Evo-one 2 modular helmets, you might find there's...

Review of the Icon Airmada street motorcycle crash helmet

Icon Airmada: mid-priced full face street helmet The Icon Airmada is a sporty full face polycarbonate helmet that's aimed at road riders but that gives...

Scorpion Exo 100 Padova open face helmet

The Scorpion Exo 100 looks, on paper at least, to be a breath of fresh air. With a drop down sun visor and classic...