GMAX GM11 HELMET
PRICE: Solid color: $120.
GMax calls itself the “better-fitting
helmet,” and it did fit some wearers
better than other helmets we’ve tested,
though some found the cheek padding
slightly snug. That can be remedied by
compressing the expanded polystyrene
beneath the cheek padding. The large
size matched the large size of other
quality helmets, so there’s no need to
go up or down a size when shopping
for the G11. At 3 pounds, 12 ounces,
the G11 is comfortably light—lighter
than some helmets without visors that
have to be worn with goggles—and is
impressively aerodynamic. We had no
problem with the visor creating unwanted lift at high speeds.
Helmets with visors and face shields
are becoming very popular with UTVers,
because they work so well for the rid-
ing and the vehicles we enjoy, and
the GMax G11 is the most affordable
helmet of its kind we’ve tested so far.
Surprisingly, there’s nothing at all about
this helmet’s fit, finish or performance
that even hints that it’s a low-priced
model. We’re very impressed.;❏
—The flip-up shield is completely hid-
den under the visor and out of line-of-
sight when in the fully raised position.
—The shield can be fully raised or
lowered when using goggles.
—Side-shield plate covers come as
standard equipment in the box to use
when configuring to a visor-less helmet
—100-percent UV400-resistant face
shield comes anti-scratch hard-coated
for a longer-lasting clear view.
—The large eye port accepts large
—Integrated speaker pockets provide
audio, intercom and phone compatibility.
—Chin curtain minimizes dust intrusion.
—Sizes range from XS to 2X.
Before we even got moving, we
noticed that the GMax G11’s face
shield has four detents between fully
closed and fully open, which is handy
if you want to open the shield slightly
to defog it or open it more fully. The
full open position gets the shield com-
pletely out of view, which is useful, and
the closeable vents at the front and rear
of the helmet flow enough air to offer
noticeable cooling and close fully for
WHAT IT IS:
GMax’s new GM11 helmet has a
flip-up face shield like a street bike hel-
met, as well as an adjustable visor like
a motocross helmet. Helmets with this
combination of features are becoming
very popular with UTVers and ATVers,
including the staff of UTV Action, so
we tested the GMax GM11 to let you
know how it performs. Quite a few hel-
mets with visors and face shields have
appeared to meet the demand, like
the $135 Fly Street Trekker, the $165
AFX FX- 41, the $200 Bell MX- 9, the
$660 Arai XD4, the $645 Shoei Hornet
X- 2 and the $175 LS2 Pioneer, which
also features a retractable tinted sun
shield behind the face shield. At $120
in solid colors and $130 in multi-color
schemes, the GM11 is an affordable
way to enjoy off-road riding without
the extra expense or inconvenience of
dealing with goggles, but it can also be
worn with goggles if you like. The GMax
G11’s finish and features are also very
—The DuPont Coolmax interior is
designed to keep you dry and comfort-
able. Coolmax wicks moisture away
from your body and dries quickly.
—The visor is shaped to allow airflow
to pass uninterrupted across the helmet
to virtually eliminate helmet lift at high
GMax G11’s styling and finish quality look completely at home with the most expensive UTVs, but you can
still afford this helmet if you spent almost all your money on your machine.
Helmets with visors and face shields are becoming
very popular with UTVers, because they work so
well for riding the vehicles we enjoy, and the GMax
G11 is the most affordable helmet of its kind we’ve
tested so far.