These days, more and more women riders are hitting the road. Which has caused major motorcycle helmet manufacturers to sit up and take notice. And the result? An increase in the production of the best women’s motorcycle helmets. In most cases, helmets are designed with men in mind, in terms of both size and style. Aside from aesthetics, you may find that women’s helmets can run slightly smaller than men’s helmets, which can make it challenging to find a model that offers the fit you’re looking for and need.
But once you learn more about motorcycle helmet sizing, style options, and important safety features, selecting a helmet that works for you based on gender, comfort, riding style, and aesthetics, is simple. Finding a helmet that fits you correctly will be the most important aspect when you’re shopping for a new model. Removable cheek pads and liners, adjustable buckle systems, ventilation, and face shields will also contribute to both your safety and how comfortable you are when you ride based on where you love to cruise and the time of year.
I’ve created a guide, complete with product recommendations, that will point you in the right direction while giving you the inside scoop on some of the best-selling helmets.
Below is a comparison chart that gives you a glimpse of the main features each helmet has to offer and how each model stood up to the competition.
Women’s Motorcycle Helmets Comparison Chart
|Typhoon Women's Helmet||7||Full-Face||8|
|Vega Helmets Unisex||6||Half Helmet||7|
|HJC IS-2 Blossom||1||Half Helmet||2|
|XFMT DOT Adult Helmet||4||Full-Face||4|
|Scorpion Unisex Helmet||8||Full-Face||12|
Typhoon Women’s Full Face Motorcycle Helmet
This helmet comes in eight different colors and seven size options. It’s a full-face model, complete with a durable matte finish, removable chin skirt, and a flip-up face shield for ultimate protection from the elements and flying debris. The helmet meets DOT standards and comes with a quick-release strap system and a washable, removable liner.
- Seven size options
- Eight colors
- Full-face design
- Buckle system can be difficult to adjust
- Lengthy break-in period
The helmet’s durable padding can take a few weeks to break in before it conforms to the contours of the wearer’s face and head. In terms of safety, this model comes with a variety of safety features including a shock-absorbing liner, adjustable buckle system, and a durable shell.
Vega Helmets Unisex-Adult Half Helmet
This Vega half helmet comes with a drop-down shield that’s optically correct and designed to protect the eyes from harsh sunlight, flying debris, and bugs. The size adjustment dial system ensures a perfect fit, for top of the line safety. The helmet also meets US DOT FMVSS 218 safety standards and comes with a five-year product warranty.
- Seven color options
- Six size options
- Size adjustment dial system
- Drop-down face shield
- Face shield is not designed for night riding
Since this is a half helmet, it cannot provide full protection like a standard full-face helmet, so it’s recommended for experienced riders only. The size adjustment dial will ensure you achieve the perfect custom fit, preventing the helmet from sliding at high speeds. This durable, lightweight helmet will allow you to feel the wind on your face and will keep you nice and cool during a long summer ride.
HJC IS-2 Blossom Motorcycle Half-Helmet
The HJC IS2 Blossom helmet features a tough polycarbonate composite shell that offers superior comfort and fit, a manual retractable sun shield, and a thick shock-absorbing liner that’s removable and washable. The helmet comes in a couple of color options: pink or black, and one size option.
- Lightweight design
- Sun shield
- Shock-absorbing liner
- Face shield isn’t designed for night riding
- One size option
The helmet provides better than average protection for a half helmet and comes complete with a removable liner that’s made out of moisture-wicking material. The helmet’s design promotes airflow, so you can wear it during the hotter months of the year, without overheating. The lack of color and size options may be a deal-breaker for some, while others will love the retro design and classic blossom scroll.
Typhoon G339 Women’s Modular Helmet
This modular helmet offers better protection, compared to a half helmet, and the type of breathability that you just can’t get with a full face model. It meets DOT standards and has undergone independent testing to ensure it’s road safe. The helmet’s advanced front ventilation system includes air channels for maximum comfort and ventilation.
- Six color options
- Breathable design
- Meets DOT standards
- Five size options
- Liner is very stiff
- Bulky design
If you’re looking for the perfect mix of comfort and protection, then this modular helmet fits the bill. The bulky design and heavier weight may be a deal-breaker for the long-distance rider since it can cause user fatigue, however, the durable, highly adjustable design provides ultimate protection and comfort on the road.
XFMT DOT Adult Flip Up Full Face Motorcycle Helmet
This full-face, high gloss women’s helmet comes with a UV protected finish, a lightweight design, and a visor that comes with an anti-scratch coating. The removable, washable liner is somewhat stiff and will need to be broken in before a ride. The adjustable vents help to improve the helmet’s breathability, but you will find that the helmet may be too hot to wear for an extended period of time during the summer months.
- UV protected finish
- Lightweight design
- Visor comes with an anti-scratch coating
- Can be too hot for use during the summer
- Bulky design
This full-face helmet will provide top of the line protection when you’re on the road, but despite the fact that it comes with a decent ventilation system, the helmet can cause excessive sweating and discomfort during the hotter months of the year.
Scorpion Unisex-Adult Full-face-Helmet
This sugar skull full-face helmet by Scorpion comes with a thick, removable, washable shock-absorbing liner, an elliptic II ratchet system, and a face shield that comes with an anti-fog coating. The durable polycarbonate shell, combined with the thick liner will provide the type of full protection most motorcyclists are looking for, especially for those long-distance rides.
- Removable, washable liner
- Polycarbonate shell
- Face shield features an anti-fog coating
- Poor ventilation system
- Bulky design
Like most full-face helmets on the market, you’ll find that wearing this model can be uncomfortable during hot weather, however, the lack of a decent ventilation system can also be to blame. The anti-fog face shield is a plus for the rider who loves hitting the road in inclement weather, humid conditions, or for an early morning ride. The highly adjustable padding will ensure the helmet offers the perfect fit while keeping you comfortable and supported during a longer ride.
Women’s Motorcycle Helmets Buyer’s Guide
A woman can wear any type of motorcycle helmet on the market, it doesn’t have to be specifically designed with a woman in mind, but it can be a challenge to find the right size in some cases. Manufacturers that produce helmets specifically for women often offer more options in terms of sizes and colors, which can make it easier for shoppers to find a helmet that offers a perfect fit and a more streamlined, lighter design.
The type of helmet you choose can depend on the type of riding you do, and where you ride. There are the same style options to choose from that are available for men motorcyclists, including:
- Half helmets
Full-face helmets offer the most protection, due to the chin bar. While modular helmets come with a chin bar, the hinge system on the modular helmet makes it more vulnerable in the event of an accident.
If you want to narrow down your choices and find a helmet that works for you, then look for a manufacturer that offers more size options. If you want to ensure that the helmet you buy is the right fit, then you’ll need to use a soft measuring tape to measure your head. Wrap the measuring tape around your head, approximately half an inch above your eyebrows, around the back of your head and right above your ears. You may need some help in order to do this correctly. Once you have the measurement, you can check out each manufacturer’s sizing chart to look for a model that will offer a good fit.
If you’re ordering your helmet online, to save some serious cash, visit your local helmet supplier and try on the helmets you’re interested in before ordering online. You’ll notice that the helmets you try on have a pretty snug fit, but this is standard for every new helmet and is a matter of breaking in the liner. If you’re able to fit a finger between your ear and the helmet then go for one size smaller. The padding will be a bit stiff and uncomfortable for the first month or so of riding, but once it conforms to the shape of your head, you’ll notice a significant increase in comfort.
Choosing a helmet that’s your favorite color, or one that has an airbrushed design and a high gloss finish, will allow you to wear a helmet that works with your style, but you may find that design choices and colors are limited. If you don’t find the color or design that you’re looking for, you can still buy a basic model and customize your motorcycle helmet by adding decals, pinstriping, or a new paint job that will match your bike perfectly.
A Custom Fit
If you’re thinking that women have a much different head size and shape compared to men, then you’re right. Women tend to have slightly smaller heads compared to men, which is what can make it difficult to find the right size and a comfortable fit. When a woman wears a men’s helmet, she usually has to choose the smallest size available. Since not every head is the same, two heads may have the same circumference measurement, but that doesn’t mean they can wear the same helmet size.
If you’re finding it difficult to find the right helmet size, look specifically for a model that comes with a removable liner and cheek pads. This will allow you to swap out the cheek pads and liner for a set that’s smaller or larger.
Aside from finding the right fit, it’s also important to find a helmet that will work based on where you ride. A half helmet is more suitable for riding on a busy city street, or highway, while a full-face helmet, complete with a face shield, is a better option for riding in a dusty environment, or for those longer rides that require more protection. A full-face or modular helmet is also a great choice for the daily commuter who has to deal with high-traffic areas.
When to Replace Your Helmet
In most cases, if a manufacturer offers a warranty it’s going to be five years or less. A helmet should be replaced every five years, or in the event of an accident. Even if you’ve crashed and your helmet appears intact, there may be damage that you’re not able to see, which is why most manufacturers recommend replacing the helmet before your next ride.
The best women’s motorcycle helmet should fit correctly, be DOT approved, should come with a removable liner that’s washable, and a design that works with your style. Granted, there aren’t as many helmets on the market as there are men’s motorcycle helmets, but as the number of women riders continues to increase each year, you can expect manufacturers to continue to produce more size and style options specifically designed with the women motorcyclist in mind. This buyer’s guide and my product recommendations can help you find and select a helmet that provides the level of protection you’re looking for, based on how often and where you ride and will give you a better idea of the different types of features available, how to choose the right size, and what to look for in a model that’s designed to last.