Before you start your search for a motorcycle helmet, or take the next step towards buying a helmet, you should be aware of how motorcycle helmets are meant to fit. When buying a helmet, how do you know that it fits correctly? Buying a helmet that offers maximum protection requires you to have an understanding of the proper sizing and fit. For both safety and comfort, it is essential that you wear a proper fitting motorcycle helmet. Many new riders end up buying a helmet that is too large. While this may be comfortable, it may not be tight enough to remain on your head during a crash, and will therefore provide less protection than a properly fitted motorcycle helmet.
Most helmet manufacturers have size charts to assist you in choosing the appropriate size. Most helmets come in small, medium, large, and extra-large. Keep in mind that not all helmets are made the same; sizes often vary between manufacturers. Before buying a helmet, you’ll need to have an idea of your approximate size. Measuring the head is a good starting point for determining your correct motorcycle helmet size. Measure around your head at a point about an inch above the eyebrows, which will result in the largest possible circumference. Hat size can be another rough starting point for determining your motorcycle helmet size.
When buying a helmet, always be sure to try it on, either at the store or when it arrives in the mail. When trying on a full face motorcycle helmet, make sure that the helmet rests just above your browline. Try to fit your thumb between the helmet and your forehead. The helmet should rest so closely against your forehead that there is no room left to fit a finger. Conversely, if you feel like the helmet will leave red marks on your skin or it’s so tight that it is uncomfortable to get onto your head, it may be too small. Make sure that it does not obstruct your field of vision. Shake your head to check that the helmet feels secure, not too loose, on your head. If you wear prescription glasses, make sure that you’ll be able to wear them comfortably with the helmet.
If you are a woman, it is also crucial to understand the differences between men’s and women’s helmets. Although these differences are subtle, and you may even not notice any stylistic differences, buying a helmet that fits you correctly is crucial if you want for maximum protection while riding. If you accidentally end up buying a helmet designed for men, it will not fit as well as a helmet designed for women. In addition to potential design variations, most women’s motorcycle helmets are slightly smaller than the same size in men’s motorcycle helmets.