The Warrior half helmet by Vega is designed for both men and women and is available in several size options, so you can get the perfect fit. Half helmets are commonly used for their ability to keep a rider nice and cool during the summer months. But this type of freedom comes with a price. Many riders don’t consider this type of helmet safe, since it doesn’t come equipped with a chin bar, so it cannot provide protection to the chin area, in the event of an accident. However, Vega takes half helmet safety to a whole new level, with a durable shell design, impact-absorbing lining, and a quick-release clasp that allows you to easily take the helmet off, quickly.
Our Verdict: Half helmets may not be the safest option, especially for beginners, but considering the lightweight design, EPS foam liner, and highly adjustable, quick-release strap system, this is one of the leading half helmet models on the market. While it’s not a great choice for those new to riding, if you know how to handle a bike and you’re looking for a helmet that’s lightweight and offers a more comfortable, cooler riding experience, then you’ll definitely appreciate all the features this helmet has to offer.
It’s built tough, is available in seven color options and comes equipped with a size adjustment dial so you can tighten or loosen the padding for a custom fit. It’s also reasonably priced, so you can enjoy a stylish helmet that offers a more custom fit, for a fraction of the price you can expect from its competitors.
Overview and Features
Vega has been around for years, producing half helmets, full-face helmets, and modular styles. It’s considered one of the leading motorcycle helmet brands in the industry, mainly because they go above and beyond when it comes to both safety and comfort. Typically, most riders will choose a full-face or modular helmet when it comes to protection since these are helmets that come equipped with a chin bar, designed to protect the chin and lower portion of the face. Half helmets lack this important feature, which is why they’re not considered as safe as the other two options. Because of this, if you’re a new rider, I don’t recommend wearing a half helmet. If you’ve been riding for years and know how to handle the road and riding in inclement weather or in traffic, then a half helmet can be a great option. Yet, you’ll be compromising your safety for rider comfort.
Aside from the ability to enjoy the feel of the wind on your face, this half helmet also significantly reduces rider fatigue and prevents neck strain and discomfort, due to the lightweight design. This model weighs in at just 2.2 pounds, compared to a standard full-face helmet that can weight five to six pounds. Since this model is so light, you should have no problem attaching the helmet to your motorcycle with a holder, for easier transport.
The helmet features a drop-down sun shield that can protect your eyes from flying debris, bugs, dust, and bright light conditions. Since the sun shield is tinted, it should not be worn at night, since this will have a negative impact on visibility. The fact that the helmet doesn’t come with a clear shield is a drawback if you enjoy riding at night.
This helmet offers the latest in size adjustment tech. You can use the size adjustment dial system in order to tighten or loosen the padding, for a custom fit. The helmet is available in six size options ranging from extra small to extra-extra-large. To ensure you choose the right size, you’ll measure the circumference of your head, approximately one inch above your eyebrows, which should include the largest portion of the back of the head.
The liner is made out of moisture-wicking material, which will prevent sweat from running into your eyes and will keep you cool and dry. Helmets that don’t come equipped with moisture-wicking fabric can quickly become uncomfortable to use in hot weather conditions, so this is a huge plus for summer riders. The EPS foam is specifically used for its impact protection and cooling abilities, keeping you safer by absorbing a high percentage of force upon impact.
The quick-release strap is a much better option compared to older models of helmets that come with a D-ring strap adjustment system. D-ring straps can be difficult to adjust. The quick-release strap allows you to take your helmet off in seconds.
This model meets or exceeds DOT safety standards and features a high density, thick, fully vented liner made out of durable EPS material. This material is designed to absorb impact, offering a higher level of protection in the event of an accident.
The helmet is covered by a five-year warranty, which is pretty impressive considering many models in this price range only offer a twelve-month warranty if they offer a warranty at all.
If you’re looking for a helmet that offers an edgy look and a comfortable fit, then you’ll love this latest model from Vega.
You can choose from seven style options, ranging from solid colors, scroll, to the American flag. This helmet is a great option if you’re looking for a stylish option that’s lightweight, provides half face coverage, and comes loaded with the latest helmet technology, which results in a more comfortable fit.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- Size adjustment dial
- Lightweight design
- Seven colors to choose from
- Available in six sizes
- Quick-release system
- EPS foam liner
- Does not provide full protection upon impact
- Not recommended for new riders
Vega Versus 1Storm Dual Sport Motorcycle Motocross Off-Road Helmet
The competing model is by 1Storm, and it’s a helmet that offers ultimate protection on the road. Since it’s a full-face helmet, you can also anticipate a much higher weight. However, this is a fair tradeoff for a safer helmet that provides the type of full protection that’s crucial in the event of an accident. The helmet weighs in at twice the weight of this half helmet, which can make it uncomfortable to wear for longer rides or in hot weather. It also features an interior that consists of EPS foam lining, which works to provide additional protection upon impact.
The eleven vents located throughout the helmet’s design will keep you cool and dry in the summer, but the vents also increase wind noise and engine noise, which can be a drawback for some riders, especially those who enjoy listening to music as they fly down the highway. The quick-release buckle system will make it easier to remove the helmet and adjust it for a snug custom fit. In terms of safety, you really can’t compare a half helmet with a full-face model, since the latter protects the lower portion of the face from serious injuries and the elements, while the half helmet leaves you wide open.
In terms of comfort, the half helmet is the clear winner since it’s highly breathable and weighs significantly less. Both helmets are available at a comparable price, but the half helmet is best-suited to the rider with more experience.
Conclusion and Rating
The Vega half helmet is available in seven color options and six sizes. It weighs just 2.2 pounds, promoting user comfort on those longer rides. Since the helmet lacks a chin bar, it doesn’t offer protection that’s comparable to that of modular or full-face helmets, so you’ll want to consider this if you’re a new rider or you’re planning a long cross country trip. If you’re looking for a lighter helmet that will keep you nice and cool during the summer, then a half helmet is the way to go, but if you don’t have much experience on the road, you’ll need a helmet that can provide full protection. The EPS foam in the helmet’s interior is designed to absorb impact, while also working to wick moisture away from your skin, helping to further keep you cool and comfortable.
The size adjustment dial allows you to adjust the fit of the padding, so you can ride in total comfort and enjoy a custom fit. Overall, this is a tech-heavy model and it’s considered one of the best motorcycle helmets on the market if you’re looking for an open face helmet that provides more protection compared to other helmets of this same style that are offered at a comparable price. I gave this model a rating of four and a half out of five stars.