Troy Lee Designs SE4 Helmet - First Impression

With years of development, TLD offers an all new helmet for motocross and off-road

SE4 HelmetPhoto By Sean Klinger

Dirt Rider was invited out to Pala Raceway to get our first ride in the all new SE4.

Helmet back
Custom Troy Lee helmetsPhoto By Sean Klinger

In true TLD fashion, each Troy Lee helmet was customized with media outlet names on the back.

Helmet names
Pete Peterson's and Sean Klinger's helmetsPhoto By Sean Klinger

TLD also put the individual editors names on the front as well. Here we have Pete Peterson's and Sean Klinger's helmets. We don't get this treatment much so we are just as stoked as any of you guys would be to have your names painted on your helmet by the TLD team.

Helmet weight
SE4 helmetPhoto By Sean Klinger

One of the major features of the SE4 is it's weight, we should say, lack of. A claimed 1235 grams puts this helmet on the very light side of the helmet spectrum. And we can say that this lack of heft is noticeable while riding.

Dave Casella
Dave CasellaPhoto By Sean Klinger

Dave Casella, Global Moto Marketing Manager, gave us a brief rundown on the helmet, since we already got the skinny from the SE4 press launch. To see all the technical data on this helmet, check out

Troy Lee
Troy LeePhoto By Sean Klinger

Troy Lee himself said “I’ve never been more proud to put my name on something,” which is a bold statement considering how many products Troy Lee Designs has produced.

Sean Klinger wheelie
SE4 helmetPhoto By Preston Jordan

One of the first things we noticed while riding, other than how light it felt, was the ventilation. That was another feature that, according to Casella, the TLD design team worked really hard on getting right. We would say they got it right since a swift breeze was very noticeable on our noggin.

Helmet vents
Rear exhaust ventsPhoto By Sean Klinger

Here you can see some of those rear exhaust vents that pepper the back of the helmet. Rather than going with a few large vents like some other helmets, the SE4 has tons of smaller holes which keeps more of the EPS uninterrupted.

Helmet forehead foam
SE4 helmet foamPhoto By Sean Klinger

TLD engineers took all of the premier moto helmets on the market and averaged the overall amount of foam in them. According to TLD, the SE4 has 13 percent more foam all the way around the crown of the helmet, where most impacts happen. Here, you can see how thick that forehead EPS is.

Helmet chinbar
SE4 helmet chin barPhoto by Sean Klinger

The chin bar is the "face" of a moto helmet. Without going too far from the SE3, the SE4 retains that classic TLD look. This helmet uses EPP (expanded polypropylene) which is a multi-impact foam and is also extremely light.

Mips systemPhoto By Sean Klinger

Another feature in this helmet is the Mips system, which is in quite a few moto helmets currently on the market. This allows the head to "slip" inside the helmet in a controlled fashion absorbing rotational forces. This feature is completely unnoticeable while wearing the helmet.

Sean Klinger turn
SE4 helmetPhoto By Sean Klinger

The helmet has a secure feeling around the crown and might be a little more rounded than a front-to-back oval. We felt the back of the helmet securely against the bottom of the back of our head as well. The cheek pads are short so for those with chubby cheeks, the SE4 won't squish them. But for those who are used to an Arai, you might feel like this helmet is too open for you. We'll be putting plenty of time in this lid and you'll have a full test soon in the pages of Dirt Rider.