AGV SportModular Helmet | Gear Review

AGV SportModular helmet in Glossy Carbon.
AGV SportModular helmet in Glossy Carbon.

AGV’s SportModular Helmet combines the convenience of a flip-up helmet and the lightness, strength and style of a 100-percent carbon-fiber shell. Weighing just 3 pounds, 3.5 ounces for size medium, the DOT- and ECE-approved SportModular offers the same compact dimensions and impact absorption as AGV’s top-of-the-line MotoGP racing helmet, the Pista GP R.

The carbon fiber weave covers the entire shell including the chinbar, and the shell includes multiple vents, an adjustable rear spoiler and a lip on the rear bottom edge that directs rain away from the neck. Pulling down on a large tab inside the chinbar releases the metal locking mechanisms and allows the chinbar to be raised, and when lowered it locks closed with minimal effort. Inside the shell is a multi-density, energy-absorbing EPS liner and a removable, washable, moisture-wicking, antibacterial comfort liner with a unique reversible crown pad (one side breathes better during warm weather and the other side insulates better during cool weather). The SportModular has a snug, just-right fit, is comfortable during long rides and minimizes wind noise thanks to its aerodynamic shape and thick neck roll.

AGV SportModular helmet in Glossy Carbon.
The SportModular includes all the features you expect from a modular touring helmet, including a pro-down sun shield.

As a fully featured touring helmet, the SportModular has a drop-down sun shield, a Pinlock-equipped, scratch-resistant, locking face shield, channels in the comfort liner that accommodate eyeglasses and recessed ear pockets that accommodate speakers, making it easy to install my Sena Bluetooth headset. Face shield removal requires no tools, and the breath guard and chin curtain are also removable. To save weight, the chin strap’s D-ring is made of titanium instead of steel.

AGV SportModular helmet in Glossy Carbon.
AGV SportModular helmet in Glossy Carbon.

With exceptional levels of comfort, convenience, lightness, crash protection, quality and style, AGV’s SportModular helmet is one of the best modular helmets I’ve tested. A helmet such as this makes it easy to ride longer with less fatigue, no discomfort and fewer distractions. From the center button that releases the face shield lock to the sliding lever that deploys the drop-down sun shield, everything works as it should. If this helmet has a shortcoming, it’s rather small intake vents–one on the chinbar and one on the crown–that limit airflow through the helmet, though it hasn’t been an issue for me (this test was done in cooler fall months).

Available in sizes XS-3XL spread over three shell sizes, the AGV SportModular helmet comes in multiple finishes and colors for $749.99-$799.95.  

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