Welcome to the Champion Helmets best sport-touring helmets of 2020 guide where we’ve road tested our top touring helmets to find which is best.
Top 5 Sport-Touring Full-Face Helmets 2020 Road Tested
If you’re planning to go out on the road a for good stretch of time, chances are you’re going to want a good sport-touring helmet there with you. The main difference between a touring and a sport-touring helmet is that a sport-touring helmet usually has, a more aggressive and sport-oriented look, comes with an integrated sun visor, and are full-face helmets. All the helmets that we have here today fall into this category, though the K6 and Profile-V lack sun visors.
So, the motorcycle helmets we’ll be taking out on the road include the Shark Spartan GT Carbon, the HJC RPHA 70, the Arai Profile-V. the Shoei GT Air 2, and the AGV K6 helmets. While we did test more helmets and have a few runners up, we’ll go over those towards the end.
Road Test Setup
First off, we conducted our test at 130 km/h on long stretches of highway. For temperature, we placed a thermometer in the EPS channels of each helmet. For noise we used a microphone in the helmet's ear and to measure the air speed, we used an anemometer.
Shark Spartan GT Carbon
The Shark Spartan GT Carbon is the newest helmet in Shark’s line up and is the successor to the already well-established Shark Spartan Carbon. This helmet comes at a recommended retail price of about 480 Euros, or about 530 US Dollars. As the name implies, the shell is made of carbon fiber which means it’s a lightweight helmet at about 1450 grams in a size M. This helmet also comes in 2 shell sizes, which is standard from Shark.
The visor on the Shark Spartan GT is pinlock prepared and the lens is included in the box and has extra safety locks. Lastly, the liner is removable, washable, and has emergency release cheek pads.
Shark Spartan GT Carbon Road Test
When we took the Shark Spartan G T Carbon out, the air speed was about 100-115 km/h. The helmet’s internal temperature was about 14-15 degrees while the exterior temperature was about 13 degrees, so that’s a 1-0.5 degree difference, which isn’t bad. For noise, this helmet was about average, getting 100-102 decibels on our readings.
Shark Spartan GT Carbon Ranking
For ranking, the Shark SpartanGT is fairly good across the board. For material, with a carbon shell and 2 shell sizes, that’s 4 stars. For its light weight as well, that’s another 4 stars. For the well stocked visor, that’s another 4 stars for the Shark helmet. However, since this was a noisy helmet, that’s unfortunately 2 stars for noise.
For ventilation, this helmet did well though with 4 stars while for comfort this helmet also did well with another 4 stars. This brings the Spartan GT Carbon to a total of 4 stars at 22 Euros per star, which isn’t too bad.
|Helmet||Shark Spartan GT Carbon|
HJC RPHA 70
Next up, we’ve got the HJC RPHA70, another top touring helmet. The HJC RPHA 70 ST will be coming in at about 400 Euros, or about 440 US Dollars. This helmet is made of HJC’s premium integrated matrix of fiberglass and carbon, making it lightweight at about 1470 grams.
This helmet also comes in 3 shell sizes. The visor of the HJC R PHA 70 is pinlock prepared with the insert included in the box and it has a drop-down sun visor. The liner of the RPHA 70 is removable, washable, and anti-bacterial.
HJC RPHA 70 Road Test
We took out the RPHA 70 on an average day with the wind speed at about 115-125 km/h similar to the previous helmets. Our rider found the helmet insulated noise well, which is just as well since it was supported by our data when we measured an incredible 97 decibels of noise, which is an astounding result for noise isolation.
However, the ventilation in the helmet was about 24 degrees Celsius, while the external temperature was 21 degrees, so that’s a 3-degree difference, which is a shame from such a popular helmet.
HJC RPHA 70 Ranking
Despite the poor performance for temperature control, this helmet still ranks well across the board. For the material, this helmet gets 4.5 stars for its 3 shell sizes and carbon/fiberglass shell. This has the added bonus that this helmet gets another 4 stars for weight. For the visor, this helmet comes with all the expected amenities, so that’s another 4 stars.
However, ventilation on this helmet was poor giving it only 2 stars. Nonetheless, the HJC RPHA Seventy came right back with a great noise isolation result earning 5 stars for 97 decibels of noise. For comfort, this helmet also did well with a further 4 stars. Overall, this brings the RPHA 70 to a total of 4 stars at 18 Euros for each star, which makes this helmet an excellent bang for your buck option.
|Helmet||HCJ RPHA 70|
Next up, we’ve got the Arai Profile-V, one of Arai’s classic touring helmets. This helmet is made of fiberglass and comes in a decent 3 shell sizes and all at an average weight of 1495 grams, which isn’t too bad. This helmet will be coming in at about 390 Euros, or about 440 USD. It also uses a variable axis system for the visor and a facial contour system for comfort.
Arai Profile-V Road Test
When we tested this helmet out, it was a nice sunny summer day with the wind speed at about 125 km/h. The outside temperature for the day was 21 degrees Celsius while the helmet’s internal temperature was about 28 degrees Celsius, which is another unfortunate result for ventilation. However, for noise, this helmet did alright with about 101 decibels inside the helmet, which is average.
Arai Profile-V Scoring
Overall, this helmet did well overall for a sport touring helmet, though we would have hoped for a stronger performance from an Arai helmet. For material, this helmet earns 4 stars for its fiberglass shell and 3 shell sizes. For its decent weight, this helmet gets another 4 stars. The excellent visor of the Arai ProfileV also gives it another 5 stars.
Unfortunately, with a 7-degree difference, this helmet did poorly with 1 star. However, for a fair noise isolation result, this helmet gets a further 3 stars for noise isolation. Lastly, this helmet did well for comfort with a further 4 stars. This brings the Profile-V to a total of 3 out of 5 stars at 18.5 Euros per star, which is a bit high for a 3-star helmet though it is a less expensive Arai helmet.
Shoei GT Air 2
We now come to the famous Shoei GT Air 2, cousin to the Shoei Neotec II. This is one of the most popular helmets in this helmet category out there and it comes in at a nice recommended retail price of about 530 Euros, or about 590 US Dollars.
The GT Air 2 is made of Shoei’s Advanced Integrated Matrix (AIM) material and organic fibers, comes in 3 shell sizes, and is fairly light at about 1450 grams. The visor is anti-fog pinlock prepared with the insert in the box and it has an integrated sun visor. The liner of the Shoei GT Air II is fully removable, washable, anti-bacterial, and it has an emergency release system.
Shoei GT Air II Road Test
Like most of the rest of these helmets, we took the Shoei GT Air Two out on a warm, sunny day with the average wind speed at about 130 km/h. The GT Air 2 did well for ventilation with 27 degrees inside the helmet compared to 26 outside, so that’s a 1-degree difference. For noise, this helmet also did well with about 97 decibels, which, again, is an excellent result.
Shoei GT Air2 Ranking
Overall, the Shoei GT Air2 scored very well. With 3 shell sizes and Shoei’s AIM material, that’s 4.5 stars for material. For weight as well, the GT Air 2 did well with 4 stars. Since the GT Air 2’s visor is sturdy and has the pinlock insert in the box, that’s another 4 stars.
For ventilation, this helmet also did well with a 1-degree difference, so that’s another 4 stars. For noise isolation, the Shoei did excellent giving it a well-deserved 5 stars. Lastly, for comfort, the GT Air 2 did well for comfort getting another 5 stars. This brings the GT Air 2 to a total of 4 stars at 20 Euros/star, which is a good result.
|Helmet||Shoei GT Air 2|
Lastly for today, we come to the AGV K 6. While this helmet is not quite so famous as the GT Air 2 and doesn’t have an integrated sun visor, it’s still a very strong contender among today’s helmets.
The AGVK6 is coming at a recommended retail price of about 430 Euros, or about 480 US Dollars. The shell of the K6 is made of carbon and aramid to make it strong and light at about 1350 grams. This helmet will also be coming in a very nice 4 shell sizes.
The visor of the K6 is anti-scratch and pinlock prepared with the anti-fog pinlock insert in the box. The liner of the K6 is made of Ritmo, Shalimar, 2dry, and microsense, which are all a bunch of AGV premium liner materials that will give you a nice and comfortable helmet.
AGV K6 Road Test
When we took the K6 out we had some nice weather then as well and the windspeed was a fairly consistent range of 115 to 120 km/h. For ventilation, we measured about 23 degrees inside the helmet while outside it was about 22 degrees Celsius, so that’s a very good 1-degree difference. For noise, we measured about 101 decibels, which was also very good.
AGV K6 Rating
Overall, the K6 did well for our ratings. For material, the K6 gets 4 stars thanks to its carbon/aramid shell and 4 shell sizes. For weight, this material has shown through with a comfortable 5 stars. For the visor, the K6 also brought everything we were hoping for with another 4 stars. For noise, the K6 gets a decent 3 stars for its 101 decibels.
For the K6’s ventilation this helmet gets another 4 stars for a difference of 1 degree. Lastly, for comfort, this helmet also did well with 3.5 stars for the quality liner. This leaves the K6 with a total of 4 stars at about 17.5 Euros per star which is a decent number, especially from a top company like AGV.
Runners Up: Nolan N87 Plus
With all our helmets over with, let’s just see how all these helmets do all together along with the two runners up, the Icon Airframe Pro and the Nolan N87 +. We tested the Nolan N 87 Plus out when the weather was about 9 degrees Celsius while the helmet’s interior temperature was about 11 degrees, so that’s a 2-degree difference. For noise, we recorded about 102 decibels in the helmet with the windspeed ranging from 110-130 km/h.
While the Nolan N87 Plus does best as a value for money helmet, since it spans the entry to medium level helmet range, it didn’t quite give us the top performance we were looking for.
Runners Up: ICON Airframe Pro
When we tested the Icon Airframe Pro out, it was about 15 degrees Celsius outside while it was about 14 degrees inside the helmet, which is very good. The windspeed for the day was about 100-115 km/h and the helmet’s noise level was about 103 decibels.
While the Icon AirframePro does do well for ventilation, it seemed to give average performance in the rest of the categories, and the visor mechanism was difficult to operate, which left the Airframe Pro as a decent mid-range runner up.
It’s clear that in terms of the best sport touring helmet it’s the Shoei GT Air 2 that wins overall. Since it did much better for ventilation than the HJC RPHA 70 and did a little bit better for comfort giving it that half star that put it at the top. For noise isolation, the GT Air 2 was tied with the RPHA 70, but since these are already top helmets, we did have to get picky.
The AGV K6 was a pleasant surprise as the lightest helmet that still performed well across the board and, as an AGV, wasn’t exorbitantly expensive giving a good value for money. However, as the best value for money helmet we have the Nolan N87 Plus with 15 Euros per star, which shows you’re already getting a quality 3-star helmet for a great price. The Nolan N87 will also bring an even stronger result for value for money with 13 Euros per star.
|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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So, we’ve done our road tests and we now know the best full-face sport-touring helmet: the Shoei GT Air 2. But make sure to let us know which one you think is the best in the comments below and for more information be sure to watch our Best Sport-Touring Helmets Road Tested 2020 Video on our YouTube channel.