If you're on this page, then I have to assume that you're thinking about a full face helmet and you need some information to help you shop for one. I'm not going to tell you to wear one, but I will tell you how you should wear one and some things to look for. There are plenty of resources on the interwebs which will tell you that wearing a full face helmet will save your brain, period.
What Kind of Helmet Should I Get?
The short answer is this: the one that fits you the best. Hopefully this particular helmet will also have the best safety standards, including DOT to ride legally in the United States. But also a snazzy Snell 2015 sticker on the inside. Chances are, the more expensive it is, it will fit you better. I know it's not what you want to hear but those brand spend a LOT of time and money to create not only the safest helmets, but the most comfortable ones. The more you ride, the more you will appreciate a premium helmet.
How Should It Fit?
It's incredibly difficult to size a helmet on the internet. That's why I moved to Philadelphia to work in a showroom filled with the best selection of helmets. All I can say is that you should watch this video from Arai Americas.
Generally speaking, you want a snug fit and buy the size knowing that it will get a little looser and break in over time. Here are a few other tips:
- Never buy a size that fits perfect the day you try it on in the store, it will always break in so you need to assume that it will loosen up as it breaks in
- Never buy a helmet based on colors/graphics/designs; every helmet has a different fit/shape. You *must* find a helmet that fits you well so it can save your brain from serious head injury/trauma, not your self image.
- Always buy a new helmet when you buy a used motorcycle. You don't want his/her used helmet, you need one that fits you, not them.
- Know your head's measurement in cm/in and general shape
- Never buy a helmet that causes pressure points in one region of your head e.g. forehead. If one spot stands out, it will probably get worse over time.
Look at helmets that have some sort of options when it comes to resizing/adjusting fit, like Shoei or Arai. These brands allow you to order different cheekpads and headliners in millimeters to you can fix things later if you made sizing or fit mistakes early on.
- make sure you have Zero pressure points (like your forehead hurts or the back of your head feels squeezed)
- it should all feel equally uncomfortable until you break it in
- snug, enough so when the helmet is on (unstrapped) a person can't move the helmet up and down
- only enough room in front of your forehead to fit your fingertip (not the whole finger!)
- cheekpads can be changed, most of the time! dont fit your helmet solely by the cheeks
- when you put the helmet on the first time, it can be weird. try putting it on again a few min later to see if any pain or pressure you felt before goes away (I find most ppl new to helmets have this happen a lot)
- when you think you want to buy a helmet, make sure you wear it around the house (without throwing away any tags or boxes) for at least an hour to give you an idea of how it's going to break in and feel when you go riding