Motorcycling can be one of the best ways to unplug, but it’s not immune to advanced communication technology. There are plenty of Bluetooth comm systems out there that will let you stay connected while you’re riding. However, not everyone wants to add a comm system to the exterior of their helmet. That’s where helmets with Bluetooth integration come in.
Why a Bluetooth Helmet?
Why Bluetooth? Well, there are two main reasons for having Bluetooth in general. First, you might want to chat with other people you’re riding with. This makes riding in a group easier. Second, you might want to pair with your phone and have access to the wide variety of apps and capabilities that affords. Things like navigation, phone calls, music, and more can all be had by using a Bluetooth comm system.
Integration takes that idea a step further. It gives you a helmet equipped with a comm unit straight from the factory. This means you don’t have to worry about finding the right comm unit for your helmet or installing it. You buy the helmet and everything is good to go.
Why Trust My Picks?
At this point, you may be thinking, “Okay, Bluetooth helmets. Yep, sounds good but who the heck are you, and why should I believe you?” That’s fair. I’ve been riding motorcycles and reporting on bikes and gear for years now.
As a moto-journalist, I see a lot of gear and pay attention to what’s going on in the industry. I know what companies make good stuff. I know which of those companies’ products are top-notch, and if I don’t know much about something, I know the people to ask.
I also don’t make money from you buying one of the helmets below. I get paid to present you with the best options. What you choose has no impact on me. This keeps me honest. I don’t care what helmet you buy. I want it to be the most comfortable, safest, and best, but if you choose a different one or like a different one than I recommend that’s fine. That’s your choice as the consumer.
Just know that the following helmets, which I have divided up by price point, are helmets that I truly believe are the best Bluetooth helmets out there.
It’s important to note, that I have purposely left off some of the more advanced smart helmets out there, like the Skully Fenix AR and the products from Quinn Helmets. These companies make excellent products, but they’re more than a typical Bluetooth helmet. If you want to read more about them, check out my Smart Helmets article that was recently published.
The Sedici Viaggio Parlare is a budget-focused helmet from one of CycleGear’s in-house brands. Don’t let that description fool you, though. This helmet has a lot to offer. It’s not the most impressive lid out there, but for the price, you get quite a lot, making it one of the better options out there under $300, especially if you’re an adventure rider.
With the Viaggio Parlare, you get an injection-molded ABS shell, an internal sun visor, a removable peak, and various vents for airflow. The helmet also comes with the Sena DWO-5 Bluetooth v3.0 system installed that allows you to connect with your phone for various functions or up to three other riders. The system’s battery is good for eight hours of talking and seven days in standby mode.
Another good Sedici option is the Strada Parlare Sena Bluetooth Helmet. This helmet offers a similar setup to the Viaggio Parlare discussed above but in a street-focused design. The helmet is a sleek, full-face option for all kinds of riders.
The Strada Parlare helmet comes with a fiberglass and kevlar shell, drop-down inner sun shield, chin and brow vents, and a removable and washable interior. The helmet also comes with a Sena DWO-5 Pro Bluetooth v3.0 System fully installed. The helmet’s comm system offers Bluetooth communication between riders and connection to your phone. There’s enough battery life for eight hours of talking or seven days of standby.
Love a good half helmet? Then you’ll need the Sena Cavalry Bluetooth Helmet. This lid appears simple, but it’s really pretty high tech. The helmet combines Sena’s high-tech Bluetooth comm systems with a classic cruiser half-helmet style.
The aerodynamic shell features a low profile design and a fiberglass composite construction. The helmet also features a low-profile removable visor and a D-ring retention system. The helmet features the 10R Bluetooth comm system, too, which is good for connecting up to four riders and connecting to your smartphone as well as having a built-in radio.
If the Sena Cavalry isn’t really your jam, then maybe the Sena Savage will be this helmet takes the classic three-quarter open-face lid design and makes it a unique lid among the Bluetooth helmet crowd.
The helmet features a fiberglass composite shell that comes in two different shell sizes. The helmet also features a multi-density EPS, a short and long visor, and removable and washable quick-dry liner. The helmet comes with a Sena 10S that offers up to 11 hours of talk time, advanced noise control, and the availability to connect up to four riders at once.
The Sena Momentum Lite Bluetooth-Integrated Helmet is a fantastic value. It gives you one of the best and highest quality helmets out there with a Bluetooth comm system from one of the best companies in the comm system business. This Lite version of the Momentum has fewer features than its more decked-out brethren, but its much lower price point makes it stand out.
The Momentum Lite features a composite fiberglass shell that comes in two sizes, multi-density EPS, a Pinlock-ready face shield, a removable and washable liner, venting, chin-guard, and chin curtain. The helmet also comes with 10S Bluetooth intercom integrated in. This gives you the ability to talk with up to four riders and connect a phone. The Bluetooth system provides 27 hours of talk time.
The Sena Momentum INC is a special helmet it combines what the Sena Momentum provides but with active noise canceling. This unique system keeps harmful noise from seriously damaging your ears. You’ll feel straight up like Iron Man on your bike while you wear this helmet.
The helmet features a fiberglass shell that comes in two sizes. It also features a multi-density EPS liner, a Pinlock-ready face shield, a removable and washable quick-dry liner, plenty of vents, and a breath guard and chin curtain.
The helmet also features essentially a Sena 20S. The helmet also features up to 20-hour talk time, the connection of up to eight different riders, and all of the other features you’d expect with a Bluetooth comm unit.
If you’re looking for a truly awesome adventure helmet that also comes with an integrated Bluetooth system, then this is the one to get. The Sedici helmet shown above is a good budget pick, but this one will be a much better option. It’s also more expensive, as you can imagine.
The helmet features a carbon-fiber shell, a Pinlock-ready face shield, The helmet also features a Klimatrek fabric liner, with adaptive smart foam technology and anti-microbial and anti-bacterial material. The Krios also features plenty of vents, a chin curtain, and the helmet is Klim Radius Goggle compatible.
The helmet features a 10U Bluetooth system with up to a 10 hour talk time, FM radio tuner, advanced noise control, and wireless remote control. With the Bluetooth system and this helmet’s unique design, you get an adventure touring lid that’s ready for basically anything.