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LS2 Thunder Carbon Motorcycle Racing Helmet | Gear Review

Established in 2007, Spanish manufacturer LS2 produces a full line of motorcycle helmets, including full-face, modular, open-face, off-road, and youth. The LS2 Thunder Carbon is the brand’s top-of-the-line motorcycle racing helmet, designed with input from professional riders in World Superbike, Moto 2, Moto 3, and other series and certified by DOT, ECE, and FIM.  

LS2 Thunder Carbon Motorcycle Racing Helmet in the Lightning graphic
LS2 Thunder Carbon Motorcycle Racing Helmet in the Lightning graphic

The LS2 Thunder Carbon helmet features a Kevlar-reinforced carbon fiber shell, a multidensity EPS liner, emergency-release cheek pads, and a double D-ring chin strap. The interior has an intermediate-oval shape with a snug and comfortable fit, making it ideal for full days on the track, on the highway, or in the canyons. Its aerodynamic shape slices through the wind, its rear spoiler enhances stability, and its light weight (3.25 lb for a Medium) reduces fatigue. 

LS2 Thunder Carbon Motorcycle Racing Helmet in the Alliance graphic

The Thunder Carbon motorcycle racing helmet comes with both clear and dark smoke faceshields, as well as an extra set of black visor fasteners to match the dark smoke visor. Slick and thoughtful! The eyeport is above the normal line of sight, which improves visibility when tucked in. A Pinlock anti-fog insert and a breath guard are also included. 

Six intake vents, three exhaust vents, and channels in the EPS lining provide ventilation. The intake vents have harmonizers to streamline the airflow through the helmet for maximum cooling, and the faceshield has an air crack position to allow in additional air. Testing this helmet on hot days in Texas was a pleasant experience, and I remained cool even at stop lights and in traffic. 

The Thunder Carbon has no cutouts for Bluetooth speakers inside the liner, which is understandable for an aggressive-style helmet like this one. However, I was able to install a Sena 50 Series Mesh system easily. 

LS2 Thunder Carbon Motorcycle Racing Helmet on its included inflatable resting pillow.

Overall, the LS2 Thunder Carbon is an attractive, comfortable, high-quality helmet with excellent safety features. It also comes with a hydration tube, a helmet sleeve, a protective bag, and an inflatable resting pillow for off-bike storage. 

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Whether you’re a professional motorcycle racer or an everyday road warrior, the LS2 Thunder Carbon helmet offers a perfect blend of style, performance, and protection. It’s available in sizes XS-2XL in solid and graphics starting at $699.98. 

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