Simpson Darksome modular helmet

Flip-Front helmet with unique Simpson helmet style

It’s fair to say that many ‘modular’ helmets have a rather staid design. Aimed at tourers and commuters, old-school flip-up helmets generally use more conservative vents, middle-of-the-road shell shapes and restrained overall looks.

But Simpson Helmets is changing all that, with the new Darksome. It incorporates design DNA from the legendary Simpson Bandit – with the same radical chinbar shape, grille-type vents and NASCAR-style shell shape – in a slick, flip-front design.

The Bandit became a firm favourite amongst UK bikers in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, with its super high performance and sharp aggressive looks. Now, fans of the Bandit can enjoy the same uncompromising design – in a practical, usable day-to-day flip-front helmet, with quieter, more advanced aerodynamics.

Simpson has given the Darksome a full suite of top-end features, based around an advanced Maxx -3C composite main shell, with a high-tech polymer flip-up section. That makes for a very light helmet – just 1,510g, as well as an easy-to-use flip mechanism.

A central button releases the chinbar, and a sliding switch on the main shell lets riders lock the chinbar in the ‘up’ position. There’s an internal drop down sun visor, a Pinlock Maxvision insert included in the box, and the main visor has a tool-free release system. Fastening is by double-‘D’ ring strap, and the liner is fully removable and washable.

Simpson has also released an even lighter full carbon version of the Darksome, with super-slick carbon fibre outer shell material and black vents.

The Darksome costs just £349.99 in graphic styles or £499.99 in full carbon, in sizes XS-XXL.


- 2 outside shells made of 100% Carbon Fibre and high-strength and lightweight shell construction in MAXX-3C
- Multi-Axis Tricomposite compound
- small shell XS- M / large shell L-XXL
- Ultra-wide viewport
- Pinlock 100% MaxVision prepared
- Visor with controlled antifog air flow
- Scratch resistant visor
- Visor with double locking system
- Inner sun visor
- Chin vent with inner open-close slider
- Hot air exhaust system
- Double D Ring
- Removable and washable inner lining
- Chin curtain
- Breath deflector
- Ready for easy installation of Bluetooth headsets


XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL