just because your vision isn’t up to scratch shouldn’t be any reason why you can’t comfortably ride a bike. so, we’ve collected some of the top glasses-friendly helmets to save you the search.
glasses friendly motorcycle helmets 2020 guide + video
glasses always have a way of complicating the helmet choosing process, whether because it leads to questions from the interior liner to a drop-down sun visor or even questions about fogging, so things do get a bit more complicated. fortunately, for us though, more and more helmet manufacturers have been recognizing the issue and have started integrating their own solutions into their various helmet lines, which means you’re no longer stuck with less protective half or open face helmets.
so, we’ll be running through the various main categories where we’ll go over our top picks for the helmets that will let you ride without squinting the whole way through. we based our decision on how well these helmets performed in our road test, and how comfortable they actually were with glasses.
these include the schuberth c4 pro, shoei gt air 2, arai rx-7v, arai tour x4, hjc f70, and the arai sz-r vas, though we’ll be mentioning a few others as we go along.
best touring glasses friendly helmet
first up for touring, you know it and you definitely love the suede liner, we have the schuberth c4pro. this is one of the top modular helmets currently on the market with a recommended retail price of about 700 euros, or 820 usd. it’s made of fiberglass using schuberth’s direct fiber processing method to create a lighter shell by extruding fiberglass at very high pressure and comes in 3 outer shell sizes.
the helmet comes in weighing about 1624 grams in a size m, or 3lbs and 9 oz, though if you want the helmet lighter, it also comes in a carbon fiber version known as the schuberth c4 pro carbon. the helmet is ece 22.05 certified and earned 3/5 stars from sharp while staying shut in 100% of tests.
as far as ventilation goes, this was among one of our best ventilating helmets when we took it out on our road test even with just one adjustable vent in the chin and another in the brow.
the visor is pinlock prepared with the insert in the box and the helmet also comes with an internal drop-down visor with the lever on the bottom lip of the helmet. though don’t worry, the visor comes down quite far forward in the helmet, so it shouldn’t pose any major problems as far as glasses positioning.
the liner is removable, washable, anti-bacterial, uses a micro-ratchet chin strap, and the helmet is already prepared for the schuberth sc1 communication system with the speakers and microphone already pre-installed.
naturally, this is a modular helmet and it comes with glasses grooves so there will be no problem in getting them to fit since you can open the helmet put your glasses on and close it again. you can see the grooves here where schuberth have stopped the cheek pad from going all the way up so you can even fit a set of heftier frames in.
best sport-touring eyeglasses friendly helmet
for full-face sport touring, we’ve also seen a large increase in the number of full-face helmets that are designed to fit glasses. while the shark spartan gt carbon, hjc rpha 70 carbon, and agv k6 are all strong contenders since they both fit glasses and showed a strong performance when we took them out on our road test, we decided to go with the best performing of the bunch: the shoei gt air ii.
the gt air 2, with a recommended retail price of about 500 euros or 590 usd, is made of shoei’s advanced integrated matrix or aim, and comes in 3 outer shell sizes. for weight, the shoei comes in at 1486 grams, or 3lbs and 4 oz in a size m.
the helmet is ece 22.05 certified and though not tested by sharp, the previous gt air earned 3/5 stars. the helmet comes with an adjustable chin vent, an adjustable brow vent, and a large exhaust in the back to allow air to escape. the visor is pinlock prepared with the lens in the box and there is a drop-down sun visor operated by a lever on the side of the helmet.
the liner is removable, washable, anti-bacterial, and the shoei gt air two is fastened with a micro-ratchet chin strap. as you can see with the triangular panels on the sides, it’s also prepared for the sena srl 2 bluetooth communication system.
as far as glasses grooves, shoei have left out some of the padding in the upper area of the cheek pads, though the area is slightly on the smaller side, but you can still slide in a decent sized pair of frames with the visor open. with glasses, on you can also use the drop down visor without any problems.
best sport helmet for glasses
for sport helmets especially, you need to be able to see and focus on the track, which makes a good glass fit especially important. in this case, there’s a surprisingly strong range to choose from including the shark race-r pro gp, shoei x-spirit 3, hjc rpha 11, and the arai rx-7v. sorry, agv and x-lite fans, but the agv pista gp rr and the x-lite x-803 rs ultra carbon unfortunately don’t come with glasses grooves.
however, as far as the best helmet for glasses we had to go with the rx-7v since arai do such a great job in giving you a customizable liner. the arai rx7v comes at a recommended retail price of about 850 euros, or 996 usd, and weighs 1657 grams, or 3lbs and 10 oz in a size m.
the helmet itself is made of arai’s peripherally belted structural net composite material in 5 outer shell sizes for a high strength and light weight. another result of this advanced shell, besides the helmet being ece 22.05 certified, is that it is snell certified and earned 5 of 5 stars from sharp.
for ventilation, you have an adjustable chin vent, 2 classic visor vents, and three adjustable vents along the top of the helmet. to let this air out, the full-face helmet from arai has an exhaust vent under the neck roll, two side exhausts, and an adjustable exhaust along the top of the helmet.
the liner is removable, washable, anti-bacterial, uses a double d-ring chin strap, and also comes with speaker pockets. the helmet does have emergency release cheek pads as well.
now, for glasses the helmet comes with clever 5mm peel away pads in the temple and cheek pads to make sure you can get a perfectly customized fit. and, in addition to this you do get glasses grooves that are very forgiving for larger frames and there is no pressure once you have the helmet on.
best adventure motorcycle helmet for glasses
onto the adventure segment spanning the touring and off-road segment. this is where you often get the most space inside for glasses since adventure helmets are also designed to fit goggles. however, the helmet that fits glasses best is, of course, the arai tour x 4, or the xd 4 as it is known in the usa.
the arai tourx4 comes at a recommended retail price of about 650 euros, or 760 usd, and it weighs about 1625 grams or 3lbs and 9 oz in a size m. this helmet is made of arai’s complex fiber laminates for high strength and impact protection and comes in 5 outer shell sizes all of which means that it is ece 22.05 certified and earns 5/5 stars from sharp.
for ventilation, you’re getting a lot with a large vent in the chin, two arai visor vents, and a brow vent under the peak. to let the air out, there are 2 side exhausts, an exhaust under the neck roll, and two adjustable extractors in the back. the visor is also pinlock prepared with the insert in the box and you have the option to remove the visor for using goggles, removing the peak for on road riding, or even removing both if you like.
the interior liner is removable, washable, anti-bacterial, uses a double d-ring chin strap, and has built in speaker pockets.
but the real reason why the tour x4 is so great for glasses is the fact that not only does it come with a large glasses groove along the side where arai left out the padding, but it also includes 5mm peel away pads in the cheek and temple to get a perfect fit.
so, if you do have bulkier frames and plan on going off road or touring, this is going to be a great choice thanks to the larger space inside the helmet and the plenty of space afforded by the liner, which means you won’t have to ride around with your glasses all askew.
best glasses friendly open-face helmet
open-faced helmets have always been listed as a classic go-to for glasses wearers because of the greater level of space and reduced chance of fogging in the helmet, so we ended up with a tie between the arai szr vas since both are open-face, ece 22.05 certified, and both are ready for glasses. the arai szrvas in contrast comes at a recommended retail price of about 600 euros or 685 usd and is made of peripherally belted complex laminate construction in 3 outer shell sizes.
this means it comes weighing at about 1380 grams or about 3 lbs in a size m. the helmet comes with the same ventilation system as the arai rx-7v with two visor vents, 3 brow vents along the top, and a large number of exhausts out the back with two on the sides, under the neck roll, and two further up. the visor is pinlock prepared, though no insert is offered in the box, and there is no sunshade since the helmet is prepared for the arai pro shade system.
the interior is removable, washable, anti-bacterial, uses a double d-ring chin strap, and you get speaker pockets. for glasses, though the helmet is not prepared for them, you also get the same amazing set of options from arai with large grooves and 5mm peel away pads that will make it much easier to get the right fit.
best budget glasses friendly helmet
another often asked question we get is about what helmets are best for glasses in the budget segment. so, if you ended up having to spend half your helmet money on new frames, we’re going with the hjc f70 for a full-face budget helmet and the hjc i90 for a modular budget helmet. with the f-70, you’re getting an ece 22.05 certified advanced fiberglass composite helmet with 2 outer shell sizes all at a recommended retail price of about 310 euros, or 360 usd.
the f70 also comes weighing at about 1480 grams in a size m or 3 lbs and 11 oz. the helmet comes with a strong ventilation system with vents in the chin, brow, and an exhaust at the back. the f70 is pinlock prepared, and the lens is included in the box, you do get a sizeable drop-down sun visor with the lever on the bottom lip of the helmet.
the liner is removable, washable, anti-bacterial, uses a double d-ring closure, and the helmet is prepared for the smart hjc 10b or smart hjc 20b bluetooth headsets.
the glasses grooves of the hjc f70 helmet will be the same with a nice amount of space hollowed out of the cheek pads to make sure that the helmet is more comfortable. if you want a budget modular helmet, then the hjc i-90 is also a solid option to go for.
however, the reason we went with the f70 in the end was the large breath deflector, which will go a long way in keeping your glasses fog free.
if you’d like to learn more about any of these helmets, then make sure to check out championhelmets.com where we have our lowest price guarantee and plenty of bundle deals including discounted communications systems or a free additional visor.
whether you have 4 eyes or 2, a helmet prepared for glasses does offer several advantages that don’t stop at just vastly improved comfort, but also give you more options like being able to wear sun glasses without any pressure points on the side of your head.
but if you want to learn more about glasses-friendly helmets, check out our glasses friendly motorcycle helmet guide video. and, to see how these helmets actually perform, then make sure to subscribe to and check out the rest of our helmet road tests on our youtube channel where we actually measured the noise, ventilation, and more to bring you the facts.