Buying A Helmet; The Ultimate How-To Guide

Buying A Helmet; The Ultimate How-To Guide

Buying a new helmet doesn't have to be this daunting chore if you know what you're doing.

That's why we have put together this quick guide for you to use; whether you are looking for a refresher or you are completely new to the world of motorcycles.

HELMET SAFETY RATINGS:

In Canada, you must wear a certified helmet to legally ride your motorcycle around. Helmets with a DOT, ECE, or SNELL certification will let you ride from one end of Canada to the other without worry about provincial helmet standards, you know - when the borders open up again.

 

DOT | FMVSS218  ECE | R22.05 SNELL | M2015
North American standard, does not require a chin bar for testing. European standard and the most widely used safety rating in the world. Non-profit organization. Incredibly strict and picky. Many race tracks require SNELL-approved helmets because of this.

HELMETS BY TYPE:

  Full Face
Offers the most in terms of safety and soundproofing

 

Modular / Flip-Up
Similar to a Full Face with the added versatility of having a flip-up chin bar.

* The flip-up mechanism introduces a hinge to an otherwise solid structure, which weakens the helmet. This option is still safer than an open face or half helm.

Open Face / 3/4 Helmet
These helmets do not cover the rider's face. There are options to get models with or without a face shield.

*These are inherently less safe than full-face or modular helmets however offer more protection than a half helm. 

Half Helm / Brain Bucket
This helmet is iconic to "old-school" bikers. It allows you to feel one with the elements while riding.

*This of course means that there is the least amount of protection available. 

So, which option is the best?

There is no single right answer. The type of helmet that you choose should reflect your style and comfort. It is important that your helmet, regardless of what you choose, fits you like a glove so to speak.

How often do I need to replace my helmet?

You should be replacing your helmet every 5 years unless of course, it has incurred any damage.

 

FITTING A MOTORCYCLE HELMET:

To determine what shape you are, look in the mirror or ask a family member to help. Use a flexible measuring tape to measure your head's circumference at the largest point.

 

Determining your head shape:

 

Three prominent head shapes exist for helmet sizing - round oval, intermediate oval, and long oval.

Round Oval:

Both front-to-back/ear-to-ear measurements are nearly the same.

Intermediate Oval:

The most common head shape. The front-to-back measurement is slightly longer than ear-to-ear.

Long Oval

Head shape is longer from forehead to the back of the skull vs. ear-to-ear.

 

If you need any additional help or have any other questions about fitting your gear, reach out to us! We are always booking appointments for Riding Gear Fittings.

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