There is nothing like the feeling of cutting through the wind currents when you are enjoying driving down the highways on your motorcycle. Especially when you are used to the chaotic noises of the cities, the noise of the road, traffic, wind and even your engine sound seems normal. But this is not so. According to the US Federal Highway Administration, the noise of highway traffic can reach up to 70-80 decibels (DB). This becomes much more amplified when you are riding on a motorcycle.
The sound of the motorcycle engine can reach up to 95DB while some state that noises on the road can even reach 115DB in some instances. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), exposure to noise up to 95 DB for longer than 50 minutes can cause permanent damage to your ears. Well, whatever be the case, a motorcycle rider has to deal with the noise pollution.
Thanks to the technological innovation and advancements in the motorcycle helmet market, we now have the quietest motorcycle helmets that are designed to keep the decibels at the minimum and provide optimal protection to your ears with effective noise cancellation features. Remember, there are no noise cancellation helmets or ones that give perfect soundproofing, but with enhanced features and aerodynamic designing, these motorcycle helmets provide the rider with comfortable and less noisy riding experience. In this blog, we have compiled the best five quietest full-face motorcycle helmets as per user ratings and reviews.
Schuberth C3 Pro and C4 Flip-up Helmets
Schuberth’s C3 PRO is recognised as one of the most popular quietest motorcycle helmet available in the market. In 2015, Schuberth inaugurated its upgraded testing facility and aeroacoustics wind tunnel, thus becoming the only helmet manufacturer to offer a decibel rating.
The shaping of the helmet shell and aerodynamic spoiler has been tested and developed in its facility. The helmet thus has no lift, improved contact pressure, no buffeting and directional stability even at higher speeds. Also, the helmet shell of Schuberth C3 PRO has been aero-acoustically harmonised with the wind stream. The turbulators on the visor minimise sound and prevent whistling when the visor is open. Schuberth’s C4 BASIC, C4 CARBON and C4 PRO limit to noise to almost 85DB at a motorcycle speed of 100km/hr.
Shoei GT-Air Helmet
Shoei’s GT-Air Full-Face Helmet is designed with enhanced aerodynamics and noise-reduction technology, well-integrated with SENA SRL2 communication system. The helmet is designed for all head sizes and face shapes and is repeatedly experimented for noise resistance in Shoei’s in-house wind tunnel facility.
The GT-Air helmet is tunnel-optimized to strike the perfect balance between silence and airflow. Unwanted wind noise is prevented with the helmet’s chin bar air spoiler, internal sun shield system and airtight window beading. The eye port gasket has dual sealing which makes a big difference when it comes to keeping out wind noise.
Shark EVO-ONE 2 Helmet
Shark EVO-ONE 2 requires a definite mention in the list of best quietest helmet owing to its reasonable pricing and appreciable noise cancellation features.
EVO-ONE 2 is designed to remain stable at high speed and has a retractable, removable, noise-absorbent and magnetised breath guard.
The thick face shield design reduces the wind noise, and lower lip joint improves the airflow from the rear, offering extra noise isolation. SHARK helmets are known to have similar visual similarities with Arai products.
HJC RPHA 11 PRO Helmet
Wind tunnel tested HJC RPHA 11 is aerodynamically slick premium sport helmet, designed for racers riding at maximum speeds.
The helmets noise isolation technology minimises wind and road noise, and the rear spoiler gives the helmet excellent stability at higher speeds.
The helmet has improved ventilation system which hardly impacts its noise cancellation functionality.
Arai RX-7V Helmet
The helmets variable axis system yields an additional 24 mm across both temple areas when the visor is shut, thus preventing outside noise from entering inside the helmet.
The freeflow under the helmet reduces wind noise and turbulence while the enhanced air exhaust regulates the exhaust of hot air.
Arai RX-7V’s air intake vents have improved sealing that helps in reducing noise and water intrusion.
So, that marks the end of our user-preferred list of quiet, low-noise helmets available in the market. Be sure to share your experiences (if any) in the form of a review on our social media handles.