A helmet is one of the most important protective items you can wear while riding your dirt bike, but not all helmets are created equally. Choosing the right helmet can make a difference in the protection you receive during an accident and comfort during your ride. Before shopping for your next helmet be sure to keep the following factors in mind:
Certifications: Make sure the helmet meets safety standards by looking for DOT or Snell safety ratings. Snell ratings are considered more stringent than DOT ratings so helmets baring a Snell sticker often provide better protection and have been through more thorough testing.
Helmet Type: There are three types of off road helmet: full face, open face, and motocross. A full face helmet will cover your whole face and head; while the open face helmet covers just the top portion of your head, leaving your face and chin exposed. The preferred choice of most riders is the motocross helmet. This type of helmet covers most of your face and has a strong piece to protect your jaw. When paired with goggles to protect the eyes, motocross helmets offer strong protection as well as ventilation not offered by full face helmets.
Fit: Making sure your helmet fits right is another important aspect of buying a helmet. Helmets that don’t fit correctly hinder comfort, visibility and protection. Be sure to measure your head and pay close attention to the manufacturers sizing information. Check out Dennis Kirk’s helmet sizing tips for more tips on helmet fit to ensure you pick the right helmet for your head.
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