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FreedConn’s Motorcycle Bluetooth Helmet earns its place as the best overall Bluetooth-enabled motorcycle helmet on the market with the combination of its design and technical abilities.
The device comes with a built-in Bluetooth intercom system that allows you to talk to two people up to 500 meters away while you’re driving (perfect if you're headed out on the road with a couple buddies). With help from Bluetooth 3.0, the helmet can also connect to your smartphone and let you listen to music, get GPS directions from a mapping application and place calls.
To make things a bit easier to use during a ride, the helmet features a single button that lets you quickly do everything from receive calls, intercom with friends and listen to FM radio.
The helmet comes with a reinforced design that meets and exceeds government safety standards. It also comes with what FreedConn calls a “lightweight shell” that has built-in ventilation to make your ride more comfortable. And at just four pounds, it shouldn’t be too heavy on your head over extended periods.
The Torch T14B is a pricey motorcycle helmet that promises advanced protection. But it also comes with some of the best Bluetooth functionality on the market.
Speaking of that Bluetooth, the Torc T14B allows for intercom conversations up to 400 meters away and can deliver up to 24 hours of talk time on a single charge. The helmet features dual stereo speakers and can connect to your iPhone or Android smartphone with ease. And in case you have both a GPS system and smartphone, you can pair the Bluetooth with both and quickly switch between the devices at will.
The helmet comes in a variety of sizes to match your head and has a fully adjustable flow-through ventilation system to keep you comfortable during long rides. There’s even an aerodynamic spoiler built into the helmet so your head doesn’t feel the wrath of all the wind. If it’s sunny out, the built-in drop-down visor can shade your eyes.
Looking to prove the idea wrong that you have to spend a lot to get a lot, the Hawk H-500 Full Face Bluetooth helmet is a great budget option. Construction is top notch even at its reduced price point. A flow-through ventilation system prevents riders from getting too warm, and if excessive sweating causes odor, the interior lining is removable for washing. Like most helmets, the attached anti-scratch, anti-fog, and wide field visor are staples. Taking the helmet on and off is easy courtesy of the quick-release chin strap.
Adding Bluetooth 2.0 technology, the helmet delivers up to eight hours of talk time. There are 110 hours or around four and a half days of standby time as well. Connecting to Bluetooth is handled like any other Bluetooth connection. Set up takes mere seconds. The helmet isn’t limited to voice calls as music via Bluetooth works as well. Any compatible MP3 player will sync up right away. Bluetooth-ready dedicated GPS products will provide commands through the dual stereo sound speakers.
Design matters greatly when considering motorcycle helmets. The design can dictate comfort and decide whether the helmet will detract from the broader riding experience.
It’s against that backdrop that HJC is offering the nicely designed — but a bit expensive — IS-MAX II.
The helmet comes with an advanced polycarbonate composite shell and chin bar and has a single button to release the chin bar and face shield. Interestingly, the company used CAD technology to identify what kind of fit and comfort would be ideal for customers and incorporated that into the device. And just in case the sun becomes a problem, you can quickly turn on the integrated smoke-tinted shield.
The HJC also comes with Bluetooth 4.1 support and can work at speeds up to 75 miles per hour with ease. The helmet has a built-in FM radio function and features HD audio and advanced noise reduction, so you can cut down on background noise while on a call with family and friends. The Bluetooth works at a range of up to 30 meters and can last on a single charge for up to 15 hours before it needs to be recharged. It relies on Micro USB for its power and connectivity, so having an adapter handy would be a good idea.
If you’re on the lookout for a modular helmet that you can wear in all the ways you feel most comfortable, the ILM Bluetooth Integrated Modular helmet might be the best place to start.
The helmet, which comes in a variety of colors, including fire red, has several modular features built in. Chief among them is the ability to decide whether you want to only flip up the visor or would prefer to expose your whole face while you drive. The helmet, which meets or exceeds both DOT and ECE safety standards, also comes with a sun shield to keep you firmly focused on the road. And just in case you get sweaty wearing the helmet, you can take out its microfiber liner and clean it.
The ILM helmet features Bluetooth 3.0 technology that can last up to eight hours on a single charge. It can also last 110 hours on standby. A single button built into the helmet lets you answer or reject incoming calls, and if you want to have conversations with other riders, the helmet’s intercom can span 1,000 feet.
Be aware, however, that when the helmet hasn’t been used for a long time, the Bluetooth system will enter what ILM calls a “deep sleep mode.” To turn it back on, you’ll need to charge it for 30 minutes and it’ll work again.
While motorcycle riders love a technologically advanced product, they value comfort just as much, and the TORC T15B Bluetooth integrated helmet is the best of both worlds. This helmet provides comfort on both the inside and the outside. On the outside, a built-in spoiler helps eliminate wind buffeting providing extra stability while the advanced thermo polymer alloy shell offers air ventilation. The drop-down sun visor quickly and easily snaps into place. It’s user replaceable, scratch-resistant and fog free.
Built-in Blinc Bluetooth technology works like any other Bluetooth device and connects in seconds. Riders will discover up to 24 hours of talk time. With average use, the included 600 hours of standby time means recharging once a week. Beyond battery life, the T15B adds one-touch call answer/reject as well as disconnecting. Dual-stereo speakers are clear and crisp making every voice perfectly legible even at high speeds. Phones aren’t the only devices compatible with the helmet, either. MP3 player control is available as well as dedicated GPS units for directions.
Dual visors are a boon for motorcyclists who want to safeguard their eyes but also decide when and if they need some additional help deflecting the sun.
The Bilt Techno 2.0 Sena comes with that dual-visor set-up, featuring a larger exterior visor to keep your face protected and an internal “drop-down sun shield” when you’re in bright areas. The helmet is made of an injection molded polycarbonate shell and has a chin-mounted ventilation system to keep air flowing throughout your ride.
The built-in Bluetooth function has the ability to stream your music and facilitate calls. You can also use the headset to listen in on GPS instructions while you’re riding. There’s no setup required with the built-in Bluetooth and it’ll work with any smartphone, including iPhones and Android-based handsets.
Battery life - Most Bluetooth motorcycle helmets come with built-in rechargeable lithium batteries. Since you typically won’t be able to swap batteries on the road, look for a Bluetooth motorcycle helmet that offers enough talk time to last the length of your typical ride with extra room for error.
Companion intercom - This is a great feature if you have a riding buddy. If you both have Bluetooth helmets with compatible intercom systems, you can remain in contact even if you get separated. This is even more useful if you like to get out and explore areas where cell service is spotty or nonexistent because the intercom feature doesn’t rely on your phone.
Echo cancel and noise suppression - Your voice can end up muffled and difficult to hear when you’re wearing a motorcycle helmet, especially when traveling at high speeds. Look for a Bluetooth motorcycle helmet that includes echo cancellation and noise suppression technologies if you want to be sure that the people you call from the road will actually be able to understand you.