This is a long-term review of the LS2 Dual Sport Helmet, which is by far the best budget motorcycle helmet that I have used. It’s comfortable, affordable, safe, and it’s quality is comparable against the more expensive brands. Having owned this helmet for 2 years, I think it is safe to assume that I have tested it thoroughly.
Out of the box, this helmet felt really comfortable, the cheek pads seem to be softer compared to my AGV SV4. Within just a week of wearing it, the foam seem to have conformed to the the shape of my face. I thought that it might become an issue later, thinking if the cheek pads conformed that quickly it might also wear out as fast causing the helmet’s fit to become loose. This is not the case as after 2 years the helmet seems to retain its fit. It actually feels like the longer I wear them the more comfortable it becomes.
It is significantly heavier that the other higher priced helmets, I have compared the weight of my AGV SV4 to this, the AGV is lighter although that might be because the LS2 is a bit bigger, but the AGV has more features would also add to its weight. The weight difference is noticeable but its not enough to become a neck strain on really long rides.
When I first saw the LS2 brand I was a bit curious, they had really good styling, the build quality is really good and its affordable?!
So I did some research as to what this brand was about. Apparently the brand started out in China by a man named Mr. Arthur Liao back in the 90’s and from there it became to what it is today, you can read their company profile here.
So it’s made in China, what’s the big deal a lot of things are made there? What sets Ls2 apart from other helmets brands that are in the same price range, at least for me, is their sponsorship. They sponsor riders from MotoGP to the really difficult Dakar Rally race.
How does all of this connect to the review about quality? When a company sponsors a rider or a team to participate on a race/event, they develop technologies thats driven by that race/event and those features, maybe not all, trickles down to the technology used on their consumer models. So theres a big chance that the helmet that you are using was derived from the inputs of MotoGP and Dakar Rally racers. Sounds cool right?
Sorry for the long introduction, its just with safety equipment that are as crucial as helmets, for me brand matters.
Ok back to the helmet. The only thing that has come off during the two years that I have used it was the rubber that visor lands on, which can easily be fixed by glue. Although some of the screws that hold the visor has shown some rust, it’s nothing to be really be bothered about. Vent’s, foam, chin strap is pretty much the same as when I bought it, so in terms of quality I would have to say for it’s price, is quite impressive.
I think quality and safety goes hand in hand. As stated the quality of the helmet is really top notch so I think the safety it offers is adequate as well. The strange writings at the back of your helmets are not there for design, it actually serves a purpose. Those labels let you know what governing body certified your helmet as safe. This LS2 helmet is ECE (Economic Commission for Europe) certified, it means it went through different tests to guarantee that it is safe for public use. How do these tests go? There are impact tests, penetration tests and retention tests that are applied to a batch of helmets before they get shipped off to the end user. Basically this let you know that your helmet passed a safety standard.
It also uses a D-ring retention system which takes a while to get used to compared to the quick release ones. But I think the D-ring retention system is safer than than its quick release counterparts.
The neat thing about this helmet is, it’s always available. I have checked different Motoworld stores in the metro and all of them carry this model and they also sell different parts for it. They sell inner liners which is really helpful when you need to wash your current inner lining. Different visors are for sale as well, theres the clear, smoked and silver available. The visor replacements work as intended however changing them is not a quick job. You need to at least have a philips screw available to do it.
This helmet is well within anyone’s budget as its priced only at 3,500 php. Good construction quality, ECE certified, good looks, parts availability and affordable price… need I say more?
Where to buy?
184B E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave.