The thing which provides safety to the rider at the time of an accident is his helmet so it’s important to wear a right fit while you are on the road. An unfit helmet might come off rider head at the time of crash which is why style and price of the helmet should not be the only features to keep in mind while buying a new helmet.
A rider should buy the best fitting and highly rated helmet to maximize his safety. To find the best fit for yourself, here we are putting together some tips to help you out in measuring your helmet size and finding a comfortable fit.
Measurements and Sizing:
You will need a small tailor’s tape to take your measurement. Due to its flexibility, accurate size of the skull is measured by wrapping it around the head. If possible, ask someone to help you out in order to get the accurate measurement. Follow the steps as given:
- Measure the circumference of your head just one inch above your brows.
- Now check the size chart for finding the best fit for your size.
The next thing you need to check is the shape of the rider’s head because due to variations in head shapes, the same helmet may not fit well on to two people of same size. So it’s necessary to know your head shape for finding a perfect fitting.
The shape of the rider’s head is one key factors in determining the range of helmets that can fit onto the rider. Different companies produce wide range of helmets for different shapes of heads which are generally divided into three categories namely oval, round and intermediate oval or sometimes called egg shape.
- Oval: is shaped for a head which is longer front-to-back than side-to-side
- Round: are helmets which are shaped for equally long front-to-back and side-to-side heads
- Intermediate oval: are designed for heads which are slightly longer front-to-back than side-to-side. Most people fall into this category and if the type of the helmet is not mentioned then it is of this type.
Once your head shape is known, then it’s not much complicated to find your fit among the helmets shaped as your head and your size.
In the beginning the helmet should be slightly tight as it will adjust with shape of rider’s head with the use. However, there are a few red flags which you need to look for while testing out your helmet. The following tests can help you in choosing the best one for your head:
- Try sliding the helmet from chin bar side to side. The helmet should not be able to move around your head.
- Push the helmet from sides in upward direction. Again, it should not move without face movement with it.
There are variety of helmets produced in different shapes/sizes to satisfy the need of millions of motorcyclists. So take your time until you find the perfect one in the light of above tips.