Touratech is well known for its efforts to equip adventure riders with the right stuff, from shock absorbers to crash bars, even all-weather riding gear. Helmets are a relatively new offering from the Bavarian-based supplier. As part of their first installment, the Aventuro carbon helmet nails the needs of adventure riders. That’s no easy task. Compromise is no longer in the vocabulary of discerning ADV types who will spend a fair chunk of their annual income on a motorcycle, then half as much again to dial it in.
Touratech uses carbon fiber to create a helmet roughly a half-pound lighter than similarly tasked lids. At just over three pounds, the result feels incredibly light and reduces fatigue, an important component for surviving multi-day, mixed terrain riding. Quick-release cheek pads, a sturdy, washable Coolmax lining, and superb ventilation make this one of the most comfortable helmets available. As with most removable liners, attachment tabs are fragile and should be handled with caution or they can be torn off. Wind noise is a tad more than some upper-echelon offerings of similar design, perhaps a tradeoff for the increased ventilation and lighter weight. Aerodynamic drag, however, is low, even with its long peak or visor, which can be extended to ward off the setting sun. Touratech’s Pinlock lens system keeps vision clear at times when single-layered face shields might fog up. I found the shield’s detents insufficient for maintaining partial opening—an annoyance, but not a deal breaker.
Cutouts for speakers and microphone provide a clean arrangement for intercom installation, and an extra-long chin strap facilitates removal without unbuckling the helmet. Auxiliary brackets are included in the kit for attaching a video device or quick straps, and the ventilated, interchangeable mouthpiece allows increased airflow for off-road use. The face shield is easily detachable, as is the visor, for conversion to street or off-road use with goggles, and a removable chin gaiter helps keep out unwanted cold air.
Exceeding all DOT and ECE 22.05 standards, the new Touratech Aventuro Carbon Helmet earns two thumbs-up as proper kit for the discerning adventure rider.
Touratech Aventuro Carbon Helmet
Price: $599 – $649
Sizes: XS – 2XL
Colors: Core, Sky, Companero, Rallye, Vision, Dakar, Namibia Orange, Pacific Blue, Dark Stone, Bright Stone