Want something a bit trick for you or your motorcycle? Then it’s likely you’ll end up with something made of carbon fibre. Strong, light, and known for looking cool, it’s still the material that signifies something a bit special. But it can also have practical benefits, as with the new LS2 Vortex Carbon Fibre Modular motorcycle helmet. And in this case, it’s not even that expensive.
Most carbon crash helmets tend to be fairly experience track-focused examples. But in this case it’s been used for a lighter, more comfortable flip-front helmet. And the LS2 Vortex is dual-homologated and ECE 22.05 approved to be used open or closed.
The result is that the LS2 Vortex Carbon Fibre Modular motorcycle helmet weighs 1300 grammes, give or take 50 either way. That compares with an average weight of 1700 grammes for a typical flip-front helmet. Which is around 1 pound, or the weight of an average tin of soup. The normal size, not the massive cans of really chunky stuff. So it won’t make a big difference to how fast your bike accelerates. But will make it a lot lighter for your head and neck, reducing strain and tiredness.
Combine the light weight with an aerodynamic shell, and you end up with something stable at speed. And less pressure on your head and neck. Which is a big benefit on longer trips. You also get a full wrap-around neck and chin curtain to keep the wind and wet weather out.
Other features include the quick-release polycarbonate visor, supplied with a Pinlock insert to tackle any fogging. The LS2 Vortex Carbon Fibre Modular motorcycle helmet also has a drop-down internal sun shield operated with a slider on the left side of the shell. The strap fastening is a quick-release seatbelt buckle style.
You get a removable and washable hypoallergenic lining inside the helmet, with adjustable intake and exhaust posts for the ‘Dynamic Flow-through Ventilation’ and internal channels so you stay cool when you want.
The LS2 Vortex Carbon Fibre Modular Motorcycle Helmet is available in Solid Matt Carbon only. It’s supplied with three shell sizes to cover XS-XXL (53-64cm) heads. And it costs £299. Which isn’t too expensive for a carbon motorcycle helmet. Plus you can also save by buying a LS2 LINKIN Ride Pal system (made in partnership with Sena) at the same time. The communication set-up integrates headphones into the EPS of the inner shell, and connects via USB, so you don’t end up with fiddly external parts. It usually costs £129.99, but buy it with the LS2 Vortex for £399.99, and you’ll save £30.