Motorcycle Helmet Comfort and Fit Guidelines
Although the weather has been nice enough to take your motorcycle out, you’ve been putting it off for a few weeks. Not because you don’t want to feel the cool wind on your face as you ride along the Potomac, but because you don’t want to deal with your pesky helmet. Every time you put it on, you instantly get a headache as it simultaneously pinches and shifts all over your skull. It even tried to kill you last year when the chin strap got caught on your Adam’s apple. Yep, the only thing between you and the open road, is two pounds of ill-fitting plastic.
You obviously need to buy a new one, but how do you make sure the new one won’t cause the same problems?
A proper fit is extremely important for both motorcycle and bicycle helmets alike. If a helmet doesn’t fit properly, not only will it not be comfortable, but it could potentially be dangerous if it’s too loose or slides around when you move.
A helmet should fit snuggly, not rock back and forth, side-to-side, and feel comfortable and secure. Follow these basic steps to make sure you’re choosing the best helmet for your head, your safety, and your comfort.
- Use a manufacturers fitting chart and measuring tape to find the correct size for your head.
- It should fit tightly—shouldn’t be able to move when you shake it—without feeling uncomfortable, or impeding your vision. If you wear glasses, be sure to try them on with the helmet.
- Press down on the top of the helmet to make sure it is still comfortable and surrounds the whole of your head.
- Wear it for at least five minutes to make sure it doesn’t irritate any portion of your head, neck, or skull.
Comfort and fit are essential for a good helmet. Take the headache out of wearing your helmet by making sure you have the right style, size, and fit—it may wind up saving your life.
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