Shopping for a motorcycle helmet can be a difficult task. Figuring out where to start can be the hardest part. All of the different companies, features, shapes, sizes and prices can make your helmet shopping experience very overwhelming. That is why we have come up with 5 tips to finding the best motorcycle helmet for you.
1. Shape and Size
First and foremost you need to find your head size and shape. Some people may already know their head size if they wear a fitted hat. If you don’t know it then simply use a measuring tape and wrap it around the crown of your head to find it. Head shape is a little more difficult to figure out. People usually fit into 3 categories of head shapes; long-oval, round-oval and intermediate-oval. These categories basically speak for themselves. Long-oval means you have a narrower head, round-oval means you have a wider head and intermediate is somewhere in between. The only way to really figure this out is to look at the top of your head in the mirror. It may be easier to get someone else to do it for you. Knowing this will help you pick the helmet that best fits your head shape, which will make for a much more comfortable fit. Getting the best fitting motorcycle helmet will also ensure that you are getting proper head protection for a safe ride.
2. Type of Riding
Next you need to determine what type of riding you will be doing. There are many different types of riding such as; long distance riding, casual short distance riding, hard riding or racing and motocross to name a few. Determining this will help you look for certain features in a helmet which we will get into later.
There are a few different styles of motorcycle helmets Each one has its benefits and downsides. Full face helmets are the safest as they cover your entire head. Modular or flip up helmets also cover your entire head but allow you to flip the front up for easier access to your face. Other types include 3⁄4 helmets which cover most of your head but leave your face exposed, and half helmets which only cover your skull. Again, knowing your type of riding will help you determine which style of helmet is best for you.
Picking the features that you want comes down to a few factors. First is again the type of riding you will be doing. Features like quietness and weight will be more important to a long distance rider to help reduce neck fatigue and for a quieter, more enjoyable ride. While a short distance rider won’t care as much about these features. A hard rider or racer will be more concerned about features like better ventilation to keep them cool and field of vision to help them see better at high speeds.
Finally there is your budget, which will obviously play a big role in your decision. There are many different helmets in many different price ranges, that’s why knowing what I listed above will help you out. You can find some very nice helmets on the lower end of the price spectrum but you will have to sacrifice some features. If you have a higher budget than it just comes down to what helmet appeals to you the most. Keep in mind, out of all things a helmet is not something that you want to cheap out on.
I hope these 5 tips will help you in your hunt for a new motorcycle helmet. Taking them into consideration will surely help you cut down your choices and make for a much better shopping experience. A helmet is the most important piece of equipment, so do your research to find the best one for you. After all it is protecting your head and having a quality one can mean the difference between life and death. Check out the video below for more info.
This article was written by Steve H, the editor of Helmethelp.com, a website that helps you shop for motorcycle helmets, with reviews and ratings on the top helmets on the market.