The 2022 Region Racecraft Auto Racing Helmet Shopping Guide

Looking for a new lid for the 2022 season? We take a look at the best auto racing helmets on the market right now, to cover your best ”big brain moves” - from AutoX to F1.

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Do I need a $3,000 carbon-composite FIA-rated helmet? No. Do I want one? Yes.

It's that time of year again - spring is turning into summer quicker than we can keep up with, and you still don't have a helmet for the racing season.


Even if you “just want to do autocross”, you’re gonna need a helmet for that - the same goes for just about everything. But not all helmets are created equal, and not all are suitable for every race application. With so many options, where do you start?


We can help with that - take a look at our auto racing helmet first-time buyer's guide here to learn everything you need to know about buying your first helmet.


Read on for our top ten auto racing helmet picks on the market right now (ranked from least to most expensive.


For the purposes of our list, we’ll be looking exclusively at SA2020 helmets (good for just about every form of auto and kart racing), plus a few FIA - in case there are any F1 drivers reading this.

 

1. Zamp RZ-59 / $208.99


Rating / Snell SA2020

Material / Composite fiberglass

Pros / Removable liner, good venting

Cons / Heavy, sizing runs small


Zamp RZ-59 helmets are Snell SA2020-rated and feature a composite fiberglass, lightweight, full-face shell with minimal forward venting, and are ventilated with a 7-top air system, along with scalp and exhaust vents. The RZ-59 helmets have a plush fire-retardant interior, a Z-20 series shield with tear-off posts, a removable comfort liner that's washable, and M6 inserts for a neck restraint.


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2. Conquer Open Face Helmet / $239.95


Rating / Snell SA2020

Material / Fiberglass composite

Pros / Good ventilation (open), light & balanced

Cons / Heavy, sizing runs small


Our only open-face helmet on the list, Conquer's open-face helmet features a fiberglass composite shell and a Kevlar chin strap. I've personally seen these at my local AutoX as loaner helmets before, as they're comfortable and universal. As an SA2020, comes HANS inserts and flame retardant padding as standard. Fits best with round head shapes.


/ BUY ON AMAZON
 

3. RaceQuip PRO20 / $269.95


Rating / Snell SA2020

Material / Pre-reg composite

Pros / Lightweight, good aerodynamics

Cons / Airflow, non-removeable liner


RaceQuip PRO20s are Snell SA2020-rated, full-face auto racing helmets suitable for intermediate oval head shapes. The shell utilizes pressurized steel molds to achieve the best combination of strength and lighter weight. The SA rating means that the interior, paint, and Kevlar® chin strap are fire retardant, so PRO20 helmets are suitable for all motorsports.


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4. HJC H10 / $339.99


Rating / Snell SA2020

Material / Composite fiberglass

Pros / Excellent venting & airflow, good construction

Cons / Heavy


The HJC H10 features an improved "ACS" Advanced Channeling Ventilation System - two top front vents and two chin bar front vents flush heat & humidity out of the rear exhaust vents (using negative pressure), keeping your head cool. The H10 has a fire-resistant, moisture-wicking, comfort carbon interior, with options for ear cups (sold separately) and rear spoiler, pre-installed M6 terminal for head and neck restraints, and a polycarbonate injection molded clear shield with tear-off posts.


/ BUY ON AMAZON
 

5. Zamp RZ-64C / $545.95


Rating / Snell SA2020

Material / Large weave carbon fiber

Pros / Pro air solutions, drink support, comms support, carbon fiber

Cons / Sizing runs small


The Zamp RZ-64C large weave carbon helmet offers unique configurations for every type of racing in every type of condition. Features hydration hole/plug as well as Tri-Tech ventilation system which allows you to run Natural Air, Forced Air, or Air Plugs. Plush removable/washable interior can be set up with ear cups or ear pads for comms. An excellent entry point into carbon fiber territory.


/ BUY ON AMAZON
 

6. Bell M8 Composite / $549.95


Rating / Snell SA2020

Material / Lightweight composite

Pros / Support for drink & comms

Cons / Less features for the price


The Bell M8 Composite SA2020 features a lightweight composite shell, with an advanced multi-density, multi-piece liner to maximize energy absorption and impact performance. Versatile ventilation system, integrated channels in facepiece offer support for drink tube and radio systems. M6 terminals for FHR anchor attachment, the largest size range available in the Bell Racing product line.


/ BUY ON AMAZON
 

7. Conquer Carbon Fiber Helmet / $599.95


Rating / Snell SA2020

Material / Carbon fiber

Pros / Good venting, aerodynamics, good fit

Cons / Less features, expandability


Conquer's new SA2020 carbon fiber helmet features carbon weave construction, a fire retardant padded interior, airflow venting for comfort, 3mm Anti-scratch & flame-resistant shield with tear-off posts and HANS threaded inserts.


/ BUY ON AMAZON
 


8. Simpson Diamondback / $699.95


Rating / Snell SA2020

Material / Italian Composite

Pros / Expandable, Look like the Stig

Cons / Heavy


The iconic Simpson Diamondback (as made famous by The Stig) returns for SA2020 with an Italian composite shell and a shorter chin bar for added comfort. Improved visor, recessed eye ports offering a 100 percent shield seal. Options for side pipe and radio comms are available. New aerodynamics on the shell, head restraint-ready from the box. Assembled in Texas, USA.


/ BUY ON AMAZON
 

9. Bell RS7 Carbon / $979.00


Rating / Snell SA2020 & FIA8859-2015

Material / Carbon fiber

Pros / Top of the line performance & expandability

Cons / Pricey accessories


The Bell RS7 Carbon features an ultra-lightweight carbon fiber shell on the outside, with an advanced multi-density, multi-piece liner to maximize energy absorption and impact performance. Optical grade injection-molded Double Screen Anti-Fog (DSAF) visor for superior visibility. Advanced ventilation system with 14 air intake and extraction channels, as well as enhanced acoustic & aerodynamic performance. Support for drink tube and radio systems. Forced air attachments available separately.


/ BUY ON AMAZON
 


10. Stilo ST5 GT Zero 8860 Carbon Fiber / $5,495.00+


Rating / FIA 8860-2018

Material / Composite fiberglass

Pros / Professional grade. The best of the best.

Cons / Very Expensive


The Stilo ST5 GT Zero 8860 is the lightest-weight carbon fiber racing helmet on the market. It has ports on the sides to add built-in communications, side air, or hydration, and its modular nature allows for this without any additional wires hanging from the helmet. Well-vented and well-appointed, there simply isn't a safer, more comfortable, or better-made helmet on the market today.


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