When shopping for a new motorcycle helmet, you’ll come across a large range of motorcycle helmet liners. But why are they all named differently and what do they do?
In all honesty, most of the linings perform exactly the same task but each manufacturer tends to name their own lining, to make the helmet feel like a quality product.
Of course, it’s not just about the name, they do have different properties too.
Here’s a look at some of the most popular linings with an overview of what they claim to do.
CoolMax: A polyester fabric favoured by brands such as AGV, Nexx and Kabuto. The material works by drawing moisture away from your head and is breathable to keep you fresh.
Hydradry: Used in Icon helmets, this fabric is also moisture-wicking and breathable.
SuperCool: Moisture-wicking, comfortable, breathable and antibacterial, for a “SuperCool” feel.
Dri-Lex: Another liner used by AGV, the moisture-wicking material is manufactured by Faytex and has a comfortable feel and some abrasion resistance.
Interpower: This is a fabric treatment found in some Suomy helmets. Interpower is designed to lessen the contact points between the skin and fabric, so you get less moisture build-up.
KwikWick 2: A lining used in Scorpion Exo helmets that reduces moisture. These linings are machine washable and hypoallergenic (great for sensitive skin).
Max Dry: This high-quality lining by Shoei is incredibly good at keeping moisture away from your skin.
Oko-Tex 100: Found in some Schuberth helmets, Oko-Tex 100 is an international certification program which sets standards for the types of material used in linings. They are particularly useful if you have sensitive skin.
Polygiene: Found in HJC helmets, Polygiene uses tiny amounts of silver chloride to stop bacteria growth and to keep your helmet smell-free.
Ritmo: AGV uses this material on their cheek pads. It helps wick moisture.
ShinyTex: A name of a Chinese textile firm which makes fabrics for some Schuberth helmets.
Shalimar: This posh looking material has a velour feel and is exceptionally soft.
Virus Cool Jade: Mostly seen in Bell helmets, Cool Jade has small amounts of jade within the material to help keep you fresh. Virus is the name of the brand that makes the lining.
X-Mart: X-Mart is a hypoallergenic, moisture-wicking fabric found in Nexx helmets.
X-static XT2 silver liner: Another one used in Bell helmets, this lining has silver threads running through it to help keep that smell-emitting bacteria at bay.