It is hard to believe how many different helmet brands and models there are on the show-
room floors these days. They come
in prices as low as $75 and as high
as $750 and in an array of colors
and graphic styles. Every helmet
sold in the USA must pass the
Department of Transportation (DOT)
certification test, and most of the
high-performance helmets also apply
for either ECE or Snell certification.
ECE and Snell hold helmets to a
higher standard than the DOT.
MXA test riders don’t get to
choose the color or graphics on their
helmets, because every MXA helmet
comes in one color: orange. And
when MXA test riders are working,
like during photo shoots, they wear
the gear and helmet combos chosen
for them by the powers that be.
However, when they race, practice
or ride away from the cameras, they
get to choose whichever brand of
helmet they want (they still don’t
get to choose the color, though).
Daryl Ecklund selected the $449.95
Fox V3 helmet, John Basher went
for the $745 6D ATR-1 helmet and
Jody Weisel races in the $600 Arai
VX-Pro4. Here are their helmet