There is more to the fit of a motorcycle helmet than just the measurement around your head. But that’s a good place to start!
Measure your head at its widest point. This is normally just above your eye brows. Use a cloth tape measure for the most accurate measurement. Keep the tape above your ears and make sure it feels firm but not overly tight.
And here is how that measurement translates into helmet sizes using the following Helmets Size Chart:
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With the most likely size established, it’s time to try it on:
To test your motorbike helmet is the right fit for you, first put the helmet on your head. Then secure the chin strap up so you can fit no more than two fingers between the helmet and your jaw.
When trying on a helmet, it should fit snugly the whole way around your head. The cheek pads should touch your cheeks without pressing uncomfortably. There should be no gaps between your temples and the brow pads. If the helmet has a neck roll, it shouldn’t push the helmet away. On full-face helmets, press on the chin piece to ensure that the helmet or face shield does not touch your nose or chin.
Try to rotate the helmet from side to side and up and down. On full face helmets your cheeks should follow the movements of your helmet while remaining in contact. If the helmet moves or slips it’s probably too large and the wrong size for you. Ensure that you can’t roll or simply lift the helmet off your head. If you can do so, it is sure to come off in a crash!
Your safety is the most important consideration when buying a motorcycle helmet. If you are unsure about what size is best for you, come into one of our stores and a GetGeared advisor will be more than happy to help.
WHY SIZE REALLY DOES MATTER
Motorcycle helmets are the most important part of any motorcycle riders gear. A helmet’s job is to protect your head during impact, preventing or reducing head injury and saving your life. There is a lot more to helmets than just providing a hard shell between you and the outside world.
Motorcycle helmets are constructed from four mains parts: The hard outer shell, the EPS liner, the chin strap and the comfort lining.
The hard outer shell is the first point of impact in a crash. Its main function is to disperse the energy across its surface by fracturing out from the point of impact in a controlled manner. That is why a helmet that has been dropped should be replaced. Hairline fractures prevent a broad dispersion of the impact force. The shell also prevents any objects from penetrating the helmet.
The EPS liner then absorbs the energy of the impact by crushing with the energy dispersed, a bigger area of EPS padding absorbs the impact more easily; effectively the EPS padding is what protects your skull and brain.
KEEP IN PLACE
The chin strap (when properly fastened) makes sure that the helmet remains on your head. While the comfort pads ensure that the helmet remains in position during the crash.
Your helmet needs to fit tightly: A helmet that fits loose may be comfortable but can cause injury by allowing your head to bounce inside the shell from side to side.
So this is why it is vital that your motorcycle helmet fits you well. If the Helmet is too big, or loose, it may not remain on your head when it’s needed the most or even increase the risk of injury.
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