How do you choose the right motorcycle helmet?


Choosing a helmet is extremely personal, but there are […]

Choosing a helmet is extremely personal, but there are a few notes that can be shared.

Basic rules on how to choose a helmet:

  • What is the “best” helmet?

    That is one of the worst questions I continuously see people asking, and one that scares me.

    It is always great to hear opinions, however, it’s your head and your needs on the line, so what may be the best for me is not necessarily the best for you.

  • Head shape

    Not all heads are the same shape, neither are helmets.

    That means that you should use a helmet design suited for your head.

    This may be easier said than done as brands tend to not spread this information as much as I believe they should.

    Trial and error, messages to the brand, and/or finding a shop that really knows their stuff may be necessary.

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    Does price matter?

    Yes and no.

    A good helmet is more than shinny graphics, it’s also amongst other things R&D, safety ratings.

    The price tag does not mean everything, and you can see that when you compare the price of a specific helmet for X dollars, and the same helmet with a Rossi design for X+ dollars.

    It’s literally the same helmet with different colours and graphics.

    Do those graphics improve your safety or comfort? Not at all.

    Feel free to choose whatever you like most, after all and as we said, it’s your helmet.

    Just don’t be fooled that the most expensive helmet will be the best.

    • Certifications

      Some are more outdated than others, and they don’t all necessarily handle things the same way, still, they are the closest we have to a safety approval stamp.

      Do some research and read a bit on helmet certification to get yourself up to speed.

      In the end of the day, you will want to choose a safety certified helmet over one with no certification.

    • Types of helmet

      There are a few different helmet types for different kinds of use.

      I believe that although we can use one helmet for more uses than it was designed for, it’s important to keep in mind that there are limits to that.

      For your own safety you shouldn’t be riding an enduro helmet for a track day at local speedway, as you shouldn’t be using a half-helmet for enduro.

      With this in mind, audit your needs and choose your helmet accordingly.

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    • Types of fasteners

      Different helmets will use different fasteners, and they do provide different types of safety, different types of easiness to use and even maintenance.

      The most common fasteners used are the D-rings or Double D-rings, the micrometric, and ratchet fasteners.

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    By going over this list, you can make a shortlist of the available helmets on the market that suit your needs.

    Once they are shortlisted, you can choose the one that you like the best as you know it will meet you needs perfectly.

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