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Five safest motorcycle helmets for under £150

Five budget lids that garner five star ratings from SHARP

You don't need to spend £500 to guarantee the ultimate-level of helmet protection.

The UK government have introduced SHARP as their way of testing a helmet's safety rating and we've picked out five helmets that score five stars in the SHARP test.

SHARP Helmet testing evaluates the protection offered by a helmet by analysing the impact levels across its surface. According to SHARP they carry out their test 'on each model using seven individual helmets across a range of sizes – assessing how well each helmet could protect the brain in the event of a crash.'

Before you head to the dealer, check out our cross-section of the safest helmets that score five-stars under the SHARP testing but only lighten your bank account by 150 big ones.

Caberg V2R

Caberg V2R

An entry-level race helmet with angular aerodynamic lines. The Caberg V2R is priced at £119.99 for plain and £139.99 for some jazzy graphics, but more importantly, it left the SHARP labs with a five-star rating. Taking top results for the impact to the front, crown and rear of the head with satisfactory scoring at the sides.The V2R features all the typical specifications of a standard helmet with a removable liner and cheek pads, full-ventilation and a anti-fog/scratch visor, all secured on with a quick release buckle.

Caberg Konda

Caberg Konda

The cheapest and the safest of the flip-front lids, again from Caberg, comes the Konda. With an RRP ranging from £119.99 to 139.99 for plain to high-viz day-glo yellow; the Konda gets the all-green from SHARP with very good impact protection around the entirety of the head. Alongside a flip-front the Caberg has a sun-blocking dropdown internal visor, multipoint ventilation and a removable liner.

Lazer LZ6

Lazer LZ6

Lazer have moved into helmet obscura, but the LZ6 has a five-star ranking for a lid that has a price that varies from dealer-to-website, around £50-70 for plain and flashy poker-inspired graphics. Secured to the bonce with a seat-belt retention, the testing of the LZ6 judged the helmet to have great safety coverage around the helmet with satisfactory on the crown.

Nitro N1700VF

Nitro N1700VF

On appearance and at a RRP of £119.99, the Nitro N1700VF is more than a bargain bin helmet with a bit of tribal pin-striping, taking a favourable result in the SHARP tests, the fibreglass helmet features solid protection from the front to the back and good side impact stability. In the feature area, the visor is scratch resistant with a quick release mechanism, internally; the liner and cheek pads can be removed, it's fully-ventilated and is all fastened to the head with a Double-D ring.

Marushin 777

Marushin 777

You may not have heard of Marushin or like their questionable designs but at £99, it is easy to forego the assumptions. Like the four before, the 777 shows that budget and unknown helmet manufacturers can beat their costly rivals, taking a 'very good' rating from SHARP. Marushin have coated the 777 in varying styles and colours, with features including an anti-fog/scratch visor with a quick release mechanism and a removable liner.

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