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Choosing a new helmet can be quite a challenge. The look of a helmet is often the first thing your eyes gravitate to. However, the fit of the helmet is just as important, if not the most important!
Over the years we’ve picked up a few tips and tricks that can help you pick out the best helmet suitable for your needs. To help you on your way in making a choice, we have made a step-by-step plan for you, so that you can choose a new helmet with confidence!
The circumference of your head provides a good guideline for the size of a helmet. Use a tape measure to measure the widest circumference of your head. For most people, this point is about an inch (or about 2,5 cm) above your eyebrows, along the junction of your ear, and over the lump on the back of your head.
Every head is different, but your head can also be categorized. There are roughly three shapes: round, oval, and round oval. Most motorcycle helmet manufacturers provide a predominantly round-oval fit so that they can appeal to the widest possible audience. Keep in mind that the fit of a helmet is very complex and difficult to describe. Small differences are therefore possible within these three categories!
- Round head shapeDe lengte en breedte van het hoofd zijn bijna gelijk, de maten van oor tot oor en voorhoofd tot achter op de schedel zijn bijna identiek.
- Oval head shapeThe length of the head is greater than the width. The ear-to-ear measurement is smaller than the measurement from the forehead to the back of the skull.
- Intermediate or round-oval head shapeThis is the most common shape motorcycle helmets accommodate for. The length of the head is slightly greater than the width. The measurements are slightly bigger from the forehead to the back of the skull, compared to ear-to-ear.
With the data from the previous steps, you can now determine which helmet fits the shape of your head. In the description of every helmet on our website, you can check which size fits the number of centimeters that you measured in step 1. There are of course a lot of different types, styles, and colorways for helmets, but the main categories are:
-Full face helmetsHighly regarded and recommended for its high safety ratings. This type of helmet has an integrated chin bar, while a visor protects you from wind, rain, and dust.
- Modular helmetsOften similar in looks compared to a full-face helmet, this style offers a chin bar that can flip up. And this type of helmet is often equipped with features that ensure the comfort of the rider.
- Off-road helmetsOff-road helmets are equipped with a peak that offers protection from sunlight, branches, and dirt flying up in the air. You will have to add a pair of MX goggles to protect your eyes.
- Jet helmetsAlso known as ¾ helmets or open face helmets, these helmets don’t have a chin bar or they have a removable chinpiece, just for looks.
- Adventure helmetsMade for both on and offroad fun, these helmets are often called Dual Sport helmets as well. They combine the peak and lightness from an MX helmet with the visor and comfort of a full face helmet!
- Multi helmetsThese crossover helmets have the feature of being customizable and having high safety ratings. A great way to get the best of both comfort and safety.
Now that you have gone through all the steps and cleared all the coins from the bank, it is time to order the helmet! We have helmets available, in all kinds of styles, types, designs, and sizes. We ship directly from our own stock so you’ll have your helmet, as soon as possible, no matter where you are in the world!
Woohoo! Your helmet has arrived! Now you can finally try it on. Take the helmet out of the box and put it on. Check the size and fit in the following ways:
If the helmet (in the longitudinal direction) is too big, you will hit the inner shell with your nose without too much effort. Sliding a little bit is allowed, but this must be done with a fair amount of resistance.
Again, a little sliding is allowed, but with resistance. If the helmet comes off the face completely at the temples, the helmet is too big.
Keep in mind that the inner lining has to be adjusted first and the helmet will therefore become a bit wider when used. The cheek pads in particular usually feel quite tight in the beginning but quickly become more comfortable.
We recommend keeping the helmet on for an hour. In the meantime, watch an episode of your favorite series or run the vacuum cleaner around the house. Is the helmet still good after this hour and do you not suffer from pressure points on your head? Then you have made a good choice and we congratulate you on your purchase!
If you have found a helmet that is perfect for you, you’ll be able to enjoy riding with it for the years to come! But remember, a motorcycle helmet has an expiration date, after this date, it is not guaranteed your helmet will keep you safe during a crash or fall. So do take good care in knowing when to replace your helmet!
Because we want you to enjoy your motorcycle helmet to the fullest, we have written a blog about how long a motorcycle helmet lasts. We have listed some tips on how to get the most out of your helmet. These tips include tips for keeping your helmet clean, both on the inside and outside. But also tips for replacing parts of your helmet, like the inner liners or visor.
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