How to Shop for a great helmet.​

How to Shop for a great helmet.

Here is a checklist for things to consider when helmet shopping.

How to shop for a great helmet? Finding the right helmet can be challenging. I’ve compiled a list of things that make a great helmet for me, and I’ve thrown in a few extras especially for smaller head sizes. Also, there are a lot of different types of helmets out there (Check them out here). This post is not focusing on a specific helmet type, it’s a guideline on features to look out for when choosing the right helmet for you. 

1. The helmet needs to fit.

This is obvious, but before buying a helmet go and try it, make sure it fits, Most motorbike shops have assistants who can help you.

2. The lighter the better. (especially for smaller headsizes)

As a petite person, my neck can’t support a heavier helmet. Lighter helmets reduce additional pressure on the neck, especially if you ride a naked bike. Look out for carbon fiber helmets or junior helmets. 

3. It has to have the right safety testing (DOT/SNELL/ ECE 22/05)

DOT/SNELL and ECE 22/05 have the following tests; Impact Testing, Positional Stability (Roll-Off) Test, Dynamic Retention Test, Chin Bar Test, Shell Penetration Test, Faceshield Penetration Test: Additionally, the ECE 22/00 includes a few more tests; retention standard testing for slipping, abrasion, retention, and durability.

4. Having a Pinlock is a must, especially for cooler country climates.

Pinlocks help with anti-fog, if you ever take your motorbike for a spin in cooler weather it will fog up, decreasing visibility: That’s why it’s important to make sure your helmet has a ‘pinlock ready ‘ or pinlock insert possible’ feature.

5. A headset space built in

If you go on long tours, or like listening to music, headsets are a must. I have tried several headphones and none compare. Having space for a headset makes it easier to insert one and avoids the speakers sticking out, which can add extra pressure to your head. 

6. Shell size matters. (Especially for smaller headsizes)

Most adult helmet manufacturers use the same sized shells and change the inner padding to adjust the sizes, that’s why even if you wear an XS it will look exactly like an L on your head. Most junior helmets have smaller shell sizes.

7. Ventilation

Ventilation is also important when buying a helmet, as it makes the helmet more breathable. Most helmets have chin, forehead and scalp vents which you can usually close too. Keep a check on this.

8. Sun Visor

Sun visors are tinted visors, that are built into a helmet. They are one of those things that you don’t really notice until the sun is shining in your face and then your glad you have them

9. Does it have a Double D -ring safety fastener?

Double D ring safety fasteners are the safest fasteners available when it comes to helmets. In a crash, these are extra secure when keeping the helmet on your head. There is nothing high tech about them, but having this feature is definitely a plus when choosing a great helmet. 

10. The Price

Helmets can be expensive, and most light adult helmet comes with a hefty price tag. So if you’re on a budget, finding one which meets the above but is at an affordable price is great value for money. Here is a list of my top 3 Junior helmets 2019.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Priya

    Thanks so much this article is so insightful.

    1. Petitebikers

      Thank you!

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