Welcome to the Champion Helmets quietest sport-touring helmets of 2020 guide where we’ve road tested our top touring helmets to find the quietest.
Top 5 Quietest Sport-Touring Helmets 2020 Road Tested with Video
While we’ve already determined the best sport-touring motorcycle helmet 2020 in our other blog post and video on the topic, we were still curious about which helmet would come out the quietest since this is such a big aspect of these touring helmets. While some people prefer to hear the roar of their engine while they ride, there are others who prefer a quieter ride.
Besides personal preference, another reason why noise isolation is important is because it’s better in the long term for your ears and it’s also a matter of comfort since you’ll be on the road for a long time and you don’t want to stop for a break only to find your helmet leaves your ears ringing. Lastly, a quiet helmet will help with allowing you to chat with your buddies and listen to your music while you ride.
So, we’ve decided to test out the Shark Spartan GT Carbon, the HJC RPHA 70, the Arai Profile-V, the Shoei GT Air 2, and the AGV K6 helmets. And, while we have a few runners up that we also tested, we’ll go over those helmets at the end.
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Before we dive into our road test, just a brief explanation on how we conducted our test. When we gave our helmets to our rider, we carried out our test at about 130 km/h on long stretches of highway.
For our measurements, we took the helmet’s internal temperature measured through a thermometer in the top of the helmet. For noise, we used a decibel meter taking measurements from a microphone near our rider’s ear. Lastly, we used an anemometer to find the day’s air speed.
Shark Spartan GT Carbon Specs
So, let’s start with a few specs for the Shark Spartan G T Carbon. This is a new helmet from Shark meant as the successor to the Shark Spartan Carbon line. The shell of this helmet is made of carbon fibre, making it lightweight for a touring helmet at about 1450 grams. As usual for Shark, the Spartan GT Carbon also comes in two outer shell sizes and will be coming in at about 480 Euros, or about 530 US Dollars.
The visor is pinlock prepared with the insert coming in the box and it has an internal sunshade with the slider on top. The liner of the GT Carbon is removable, washable, has a Velcro chin curtain, emergency release cheek pads, and comes with additional Velcro pads in the ears to reduce noise.
Shark Spartan GT Carbon Road Test:
We took the Shark GT Spartan Carbon out on a cooler day with the day’s wind speed at about 100-115 km/h. For the day’s temperature, the helmet clocked in at about 14-15 degrees with the exterior temperature at about 13, so a pretty decent 1-2-degree difference.
For noise, this helmet also came in about average at about 100-102 decibels. However, while this is a new helmet, it does the same for noise as its predecessor the Shark Spartan Carbon. So, while these pads, which were present in both helmets, likely do help, it would’ve been nice to see them doing a little bit more.
Overall, this helmet scored decently in our matrix. For material, with a carbon shell and 2 shell sizes, that’s 4 stars, as a result we get a lightweight helmet that gets another 4 stars. With a pinlock prepared visor, a good field of view, and some added safety features, this helmet gets another 4 stars. However, as this was a noisier helmet, that gives the Spartan GT 2 stars for noise.
For its strong ventilation, the Spartan GT gets another 4 stars. Lastly, for comfort, the Shark Spartan GT Carbon gets 4 stars for comfort. This brings the GT Carbon to a total of 4 stars at 22 Euros/star, which is a respectable amount.
|Helmet||Shark Spartan GT Carbon|
HJC RPHA 70
Next on our test is the HJC RPHA70. This helmet is made of HJC’s premium integrated matrix, or PIM, which is a blend of fiberglass and carbon. This gives a lightweight helmet of about 1470 grams, similar to the Spartan GT. This helmet will also be coming in at about 400 Euros, or about 440 US Dollars.
The visor of the RPHA 70 is pinlock prepared with the insert included in the box. The liner of the HJC R PHA 70 is removable, anti-bacterial, washable, and it has extra pads in the ear to help stop noise. Like the HJC RPHA 11, this helmet also comes with a variety of Marvel graphics, which while it won’t impact the helmet’s noise is something fun to note.
HJC RPHA 70 Road Test
This helmet got taken out on a nice summer day and while the temperature can influence the noise level of helmets, we haven’t found it to have a very strong impact so far. The day’s wind speed was about 115-125 km/h while we measured about 24 degrees outside the helmet and 21 degrees inside, which shows a 3-degree difference and a poor ventilation system. However, for noise, this helmet came in at 97 decibels, which is excellent and puts this helmet at an early lead.
Overall, the HJC RPHA Seventy scores very well.
For material, the HJC RPHA 70 ST has 3 shell sizes and a PIM shell, so that’s 4.5 stars. For weight as well, this helmet gets another 4 stars. In terms of the visor, this helmet is pinlock prepared, so it gets another 4 stars. For ventilation, this helmet was poor giving only 2 stars.
With its excellent noise isolation, this helmet gets another 5 stars. Lastly, for comfort, the RPHA 70 gets another 4 stars. This brings this helmet to a total of 4 stars at 18 Euros per star, making it a strong contender as the quietest helmet.
|Helmet||HCJ RPHA 70|
Now, we’ll take a look at the Arai Profile-V. This helmet will be coming at a recommended retail price of about 390 Euros, or approximately 440 US dollars. The Arai is made of fiberglass and comes in 3 shell sizes with a weight of about 1495 grams.
The visor of the Profile-V uses Arai's Variable Axis System (VAS) to keep a smooth profile and increase safety. The cheek pads use a facial contour system for comfort and there are plenty of grooves in the EPS liner to allow hot air to escape via the exhaust vents.
Arai Profile-V Road Test
We tested this helmet out on a nice day, with the day’s windspeed at about 125 km/h. However, this was unfortunate for this helmet since the outside temperature was 21 degrees Celsius while the internal temperature was about 28 degrees Celsius. For noise this helmet did about on par with the Shark Spartan GT Carbon with about 101 decibels inside the helmet, so average for these top helmets.
Despite the poor performance on ventilation, the Arai ProfileV rates well overall. For material, this helmet gets 4 stars for a fiberglass shell in 3 shell sizes. For its weight of 1495 grams, this helmet also gets 4 stars. The visor of the Arai Profile V also gives it 5 stars for its great field of view.
For ventilation, though, this helmet only gets 1 star for its 7-degree difference. Nonetheless, this helmet still gets 3 stars for noise. For comfort, this helmet pulled out a bit stronger with about 4 stars. This brings the Profile-V to an average of 3 stars with each star costing 18.5 Euros per star, which places his helmet at the higher end in terms of value for money.
Shoei GT Air 2 Overview
Next up is the Shoei GT Air 2 and we’ve already got high hopes for this one. The GT Air 2 is made of Shoei’s Advanced Integrated Matrix (AIM) material, which is a layering of organic fibers and fiberglass, and it has 3 outer shell sizes. The Shoei helmet was also tested in a wind tunnel to achieve optimal aerodynamics. This helmet also comes in at the same weight as most of our helmets today at about 1450 grams. The GT Air II also comes in at about 530 Euros, or approximately 590 US Dollars.
The visor is pinlock prepared with the anti-fog insert in the box. The liner of the Shoei GT Air II is Shoei's Max-Dry liner and is removable, anti-bacterial, washable and it has emergency release cheek pads.
Shoei GT Air 2 Road Test
We took the Shoei GT Air Two on a warm, sunny day and the day’s average wind speed was at about 130 km/h. This helmet did well for ventilation as well with the exterior temperature at about 26 degrees C while the helmet’s internal temperature was about 27 degrees, so that’s a 1-degree difference, which is great. For noise, this helmet did well at about 97 decibels pitting it directly against the HJC RPHA 70 and shows another strong contender.
The Shoei GT Air 2’s ranking reflects its strong performance.
Since the GT Air 2 is made of AIM and has 3 shell sizes, that’s 4.5 stars for material. With a light 1450 grams, this helmet gets another 4 stars for weight. For the visor, the GT Air 2 comes with the pinlock insert in the box, so that's another 4 stars. With a 1-degree difference from the helmet, this helmet gets another 4 stars for ventilation.
For noise, this helmet unsurprisingly does well getting a full 5 stars. Lastly, for comfort, this helmet gets another 5 stars. This brings the GT Air 2 to a total of 4 stars at 20 Euros per star, which is a good result.
|Helmet||Shoei GT Air 2|
Lastly, we’ve got the AGV K6 up for testing. This is AGV’s entry into the sport touring helmet category even though this helmet doesn’t come with a sun visor, but this is a strong contender, nonetheless. The shell of the K6 is made of carbon fiber and aramid for strength at a light weight, bringing it to 1350 grams, making it the lightest helmet here.
his helmet also comes in 4 shell sizes, which is excellent. The AGV K 6 will be coming at about 430 Euros, or approximately 480 US Dollars. The visor is pinlock prepared with the insert in the box and it has been anti-scratch treated. For the interior liner, the K6 features a mixture of Ritmo, Shalimar, 2Dry, and Microsense to give a premium helmet with great comfort.
AGV K6 Road Test
With the K6’s test we had some nice weather with a consistent windspeed at about 115-120 km/h. During the road test of the K6 we measured about 23 degrees Celsius inside the helmet while outside it was a temperature of about 22 degrees Celsius, so, that's a 1-degree difference which is very good. For this helmet’s noise, we also measured about 101 decibels, which is very good for such a lightweight carbon helmet.
Given this strong performance, we can expect this helmet to also score well.
Due to the AGV K Six’s carbon and aramid shell, this helmet gets 4 stars for material. In terms of weight, this helmet also does excellent with 5 stars. Looking at the visor, it comes with everything one could hope for giving it another 4 stars. For noise, the K6 also did decently at about 101 decibels which is under most of our helmets today, giving it another 3 stars.
With a strong ventilation performance, the K6 also gets another 4 stars. This helmet also did well for comfort with its quality interior liner giving it 3.5 stars. Overall, this leaves the AGV K6 with an average of 4 stars with each star costing 17.5 Euros per star, which isn’t bad for the lightest helmet here.
So, with all our helmets tested, let’s take a look at how they did all together and we’ll also include our runners up since we didn’t just test these 5 helmets. We also tested the ICON Airframe Pro and the Nolan N87 Plus to make sure we were really finding the quietest helmet.
When we tested the Nolan N87 + out, the interior temperature was about 11 degrees while the external temperature was 11 degrees, showing a 2-degree difference. For noise, this helmet clocked in at 102 decibels, which is about average and the windspeed was about 110-130 km/h.
When we took the Icon AirframePro out, it was 15 degrees Celsius outside and 14 in the helmet, which is a great 1-degree cooler. However, with the windspeed ranging from about 100-115 km/h, this helmet came in at a noisy 103 decibels making this the noisiest helmet here.
On a side note, we’ve also tested the Icon Airflite and though we’re not including it here today, for those who are curious we measured about 110 decibels and you can check the rest of the results in our full review and road test video.
What is the Quietest Full-Face Helmet for 2020?
The quietest sport-touring helmet slot here is actually a tie between the HJC RPHA 70 and the Shoei GT Air 2 since both helmets came in at an amazing 97 decibels. Following this, we have the AGV K6 with its 101 decibels, then came the Shark Spartan GT Carbon, Arai Profile-V, and the Nolan N87 Plus each coming in at 102 decibels. This leaves the ICON Airframe Pro at the bottom with a noisy 103 decibels.
|Shoei GT Air 2||★★★★★ (97db)|
|HJC RPHA 70||★★★★★ (97db)|
|Shark Spartan GT Carbon||★★★☆☆ (102db)|
|AGV K6||★★★☆☆ (101db)|
|Arai Profile-V||★★★★☆ (102db)|
|Nolan N87 Plus||★★★☆☆ (102db)|
|Icon Airframe Pro||★★☆☆☆ (103db)|
In the end though it’s a good idea to look at how these helmets all stack up all together since these helmets perform differently across several categories and not just noise. So, while the RPHA 70 came in at a very good 5 stars for noise, it still did poorly for ventilation, making this a hot helmet. This makes the GT Air 2 a stronger helmet in terms of performance, but it also does come in at a higher price.
In terms of the K6, this helmet came in at the lightest helmet that still blocks noise well. If you’re looking for a helmet that gives you the most bang for your buck at a decent noise level, then the Nolan N87Plus would be the one to go for with a good Euro/star rating and strong noise isolation performance.
|Helmet||Shark Spartan GT Carbon||HJC RPHA 70||Arai Profile-V||Shoei GT Air 2||AGV K6||Nolan N87 Plus||ICON Airframe Pro|
|Comfort||★★★★☆||★★★★☆||★★★★☆||★★★★☆||★★★☆☆ (3.5)||★★★☆☆||★★★☆☆ (3.5)|
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This brings us to the end of the top 5 quietest full-face helmets of 2020 guide. This is a tough category to compete in but the Shoei GT Air 2 and the HJC RPHA 70 still came out on top as the best at noise isolation. If you liked the video, make sure to subscribe and let us know what you think of these helmets in the comments down below.
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