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Five of the best... sports-touring helmets under £200

15 Jun 2020
Updated: 31 Jan 2021 Want an internal sun visor and great value for money? You need our list of the best sub-£200 sports-touring lids…

Sports-touring helmets are designed to offer you the best of both worlds.

They typically feature drop-down internal sun visors and Pinlock visors, combining the sports helmet look with the comfort features you need to ride for longer. Our list has been compiled by sifting through over 900 Sportsbikeshop customer reviews to see what people are saying about our picks, which can help you bag a sports-touring helmet that’s perfect for you.

AGV K3 SV-S

This helmet is an evolution of the very popular K3-SV, improving on the visor and aerodynamics to create an even better lid. The new visor is stronger and carries an improved Pinlock anti-mist insert, which have helped boost the average review score to a very impressive 4.90 from the first 48 reviews. The K3 SV-S has a plastic shell, a dropdown sun visor and and a micrometric strap fastener. It’s ACU Gold approved for use on the track and meets ECE 22.05 approval for the road. At the time of writing, only the plain black options (matt or gloss) fit under our threshold, and the graphic designs cost another £20, or it’s an extra £30 for the Valentino Rossi replica schemes.

HJC C70

The first 72 reviews for HJC’s C70 helmet led to a highly respectable 4.88 average review score. It has a polycarbonate shell, a comfortable and removable interior and a decent dropdown sun visor. The strap fastener is a D-ring arrangement, which goes against the norm for helmets for this price, which is particularly attractive to some riders. The outer visor is dead simple to change thanks to HJC’s RapidFire mechanism, though it’s worth noting that a Pinlock insert has to be bought separately if you want the anti-mist protection that comes from one of those. Still, at the time of writing, you could add a Pinlock to the most costly C70 design and still get some change from £200.

Shark D-Skwal 2

When Shark first released the Skwal the whole idea was a helmet with integral lights to help the wearer stand out at night. But it quickly became apparent that it could also be a popular helmet without the lights. So take out the LED set-up, fit a slightly lower spec comfort liner, reduce the price and hey presto you get the D-Skwal (Dark-Skwal) and now the D-Skwal 2. It’s a plastic-shelled lid with an internal sun visor, micrometric strap fastener and a Pinlock anti-mist insert included as standard. At the time of writing, even the lairiest paintschemes come in under our £200 cut-off (and there are some pretty lairy designs in the range). The D-Skwal 2 has been very popular with owners, taking a 4.88 average score from the first 48 reviews.

Nolan N87

If Nolan’s long-serving N87 lid suits your head shape then very few alternatives will provide the same value for money. It’s a multiple award-winning helmet with a plastic shell, very plush interior, highly secure micrometric strap fastener and an internal sun visor that’s anti-fog coated for clear vision. It’s scored a thoroughly respectable 4.68 average from the first 260 customer reviews, and it’s reaching the end of its lifespan now that Nolan have released its replacement, the N80-8. So for a limited time the clearance N87s represent a bigger bargain than they ever have as every colourscheme is available for less than £170, which includes a Pinlock anti-mist insert fitted as standard.

Shark S900

The Shark S900 is one of the most reviewed helmets on the Sportsbikeshop website and achieves an impressive average of 4.76 stars from the first 373 reviews. It receives praise for its build quality, as well as a snug, true-to-size fit. Many customers are buying a S900 for the second time after being so impressed with it the first time around. It is noted that the helmet can be a little loud at motorway speeds, so reviewers recommend wearing earplugs.