M2R’s Hybrid helmet is a budget friendly dual sport adventure offering, which we’ve been putting to the test over the last six months, through some pretty harsh conditions. Designed for Australian conditions, we’ve been impressed with how it’s performed.
Constructed from an injection moulded ABS shell, with an ECE 22.05 safety rating, the helmet is a little heavier than some carbon fibre offerings. That said, it doesn’t come with the heftier price tag either.
For all day riding, the helmet feels comfortable and the little extra weight is not really noticeable. The Hybrid utilises a 4-piece impact absorbing EPS liner with dual density crown. It’s a good bit of material that’s also fully washable.
That’s definitely a bonus if you intend heading off road with this lid. We have just finished a seven day ride from Cairns to Cape York, and back, and there’s red dirt everywhere. It’s nice to know we could get that out in the wash.
The helmet has cleaned up well since we have returned from that trip (covering 2,500km). It wasn’t the M2R Hybrid’s first rodeo either, having seen some action at the CFMOTO 800 MT launch in Victoria, and at the Royal Enfield Himalayan Scram 411 launch.
Each time out, it has performed well for a budget friendly helmet. One thing our treks have highlighted though, particularly in colder locations, is the fact there isn’t a pin-lock solution available to fix the slight fogging issues encountered in chilly early morning rides.
On the road, the M2R Hybrid works well too, offering good visibility. In has a handy internal drop down sun visor which can be operated with one hand, on the fly. The quick release micrometric chin strap fastening buckle also works a treat.
The vented peak, like those on most adventure helmets, does catch a little wind, especially at higher speeds, but it is removeable. That’s another nice feature that the M2R Hybrid helmet offers.
Ventilation is reasonable, with decent airflow through the helmet in hotter riding conditions. The visor is also 95 per cent UV protected, as well as scratch resistant. The M2R Hybrid also comes intercom ready, for your favourite comms device.
The M2R Hybrid helmet is available in eight colour/pattern combinations, including Matt Black, White, PIX PC-9F, POLY PC-4F, ORION PC-6 (as tested), SCRATCH PC-2F, SCRATCH PC-5F, and SCRATCH PC-8F.
There are a range of sizes available starting from XS, up to 2XL, with prices starting from $269.95 for plain colours and $289.95 for graphics. The M2R Hybrid helmet is available at most good motorcycle accessory outlets.
Overall, the M2R Hybrid presents a great value, multi-purpose helmet. It is comfortable, safe, looks good and is pretty easy on the hip pocket. As always, we recommend trying one on before you buy it, and ensuring this product meets your intended motorcycling needs.
You can check out the full range online.
Our test product was provided by M2R Australia. Exhaust Notes Australia has not been paid to review this product.
Pros – good looking helmet; performs well; budget friendly.
Cons – Not pin-lock compatible.