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Under P5k: These open-face helmets won’t break the bank

Well within budget without compromising safety
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Lots of riders prefer open-faced helmets for their ease of use, unbeatable ventilation, and typically affordable price tags. While this kind of helmet is definitely not as protective as a full-face lid, a decent, properly-rated one is more than enough for commuting and short trips around tow.

Are you looking for an affordable open-face helmet to complete your riding gear? We’ve picked out five under P5,000 that also carry the proper safety ratings. Check them out below:

1) LS2 OF562 Airflow (P2,150)

LS2’s Airflow helmet (main image) features a modern, minimalist design that won’t look out of place on most motorcycles. True to its name, this lid lets air flowing quite well thanks to top-mounted air vents and air channels in the EPS foam. Its high-pressure thermoplastic shell is ICC- and ECE 22.05-certified, and comes in black, silver, white, and high-visibility matte yellow.

2) SMK Retro Jet (P2,950)

SMK Retro Jet open-face helmets

The Retro Jet combines timeless lines with modern comfort and protection. Its removable washable hypoallergenic liner features suede fabric and real leather cushioning for comfort and style, while its classic thermoplastic shell and multi-density EPS foam earn it ECE and ICC certifications.

3) LS2 OF599 Spitfire (P2,800 to P3,300)

LS2 OF599 Spitfire open-face helmets

Another retro option here. The Spitfire helmet has a classic round shell shape that would look great on scooters or classic bikes. Incorporated into this ECE-rated helmet is a drop-down sun visor that is scratch and UV resistant, as well as a loop on the back for holding a goggle strap in place.

4) RYO RO-2 (P2,950)

RYO RO-2 open-face helmets

This jet-style helmet from Taiwanese manufacturer RYO features a rear exhaust vent that facilitates cooling and airflow, an optically correct visor, a micrometric quick-release buckle, and laser-cut foam padding. Also included in this ECE-certified package is an antibacterial washable and removable liner and an ICC sticker.

5) SMK Cooper (P2,750 to P2,950)

SMK Cooper open-face helmets

Designed with versatility and everyday use in mind, this ECE- and ICC-certified SMK model comes with a bunch of useful features. Among these is a drop-down sun visor in addition to the full-length clear one, as well as a quick-release strap, an anti-odor washable and removable liner, and two shell sizes for a better fit. The Cooper comes in several graphic options as well as solid colors to better suit your style.

NOTE: This article first appeared on . Minor edits have been made.

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