How to Choose a Motorcycle Helmet

Motorcycle helmets protect the face and head and help prevent the occurrence of traumatic brain injuries. This makes them the most important piece of motorcycle clothing every rider will buy. There are many styles and brands to choose from, with price tags anywhere from less than $50 to $2,000 or more for high-end designs. Although most riders are going to want a helmet that fits comfortably into their budget, the choice in a helmet should not be made based on price along.

Most impacts to motorcycle helmets have been shown to be to the area around the face. That means that an open-face or three-quarter design helmet is not going to provide the essential protection the rider needs. Not only will a full-face design protect the head and face in case of a spill or impact, it will also prevent the wind and insects from getting in eyes and teeth.

Inside the Helmet

The layers inside the helmet are essential for absorbing the impact and diverting the effects away from the wearer’s head. The problem is that when shopping for a motorcycle helmet, it isn’t possible to judge by sight how well the interior of the helmet is constructed. A DOT or Snell sticker is evidence that the helmet has met the standards of the US Department of Transportation or the Snell Memorial Foundation. Either of these stickers says that the helmet has sufficient shock absorbing capacity, can withstand hitting a sharp object, and that the chin strap will stay fastened without breaking during impact.

Try on a Helmet for Comfort

Construction is only part of the formula for selecting the perfect helmet. Comfort and a good fit are also important to the safety of any helmet. Buyers should always try on several helmets to learn which one feels like the best fit. The buyer should make sure the helmet will not come off even with effort including moving their head from side-to-side. Any helmet that passes all these tests without discomfort to the wearer should be a good choice.

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