We all know that wearing the correctly sized helmet is extremely important - not just from a safety perspective, but also for comfort. Whether you’re new to two wheels or just looking to buy a new helmet, check out these top tips from #ride5000miles campaign sponsors, SHARK Helmets, to ensure you get the right fit…
Start with a base measurement
Get your hands on a tape measure - or go into your local motorcycle clothing dealer - then use the size guide to find out which size would be best for you. This base measurement gives you a starting place in a helmet range. In-between sizes? Then try both on. SHARK Helmets can offer different thickness of cheek pads too to ensure you get the best and most comfortable fit.
Try it on
Pulling the chin straps wide apart will squash the foam inside the cheek pads, making it easier to slip the helmet over your head without getting stuck. While it may look like the right size for you on the chart, it’s important to try on the helmet for fit.
TOP TIP: The easiest way to get your helmet on is to put it over the back of your head first, not directly over the top. The back of your head is the largest area to get your helmet over, so starting there and working the helmet forward - rather than down - is much easier.
Check for gaps in the padding
Once the helmet is on, it’s important that the foam all around the head is compressed - this shows that the helmet fits properly in all areas. Check there’s no excessive clearance between your head and the padding in key areas of the helmet, such as the cheeks and across the forehead.
Make sure there’s no wiggle room
For the perfect fit, the helmet should feel snug and secure but not uncomfortable. Try and wiggle the helmet from side to side and lift the back - if it’s the right fit, then the helmet shouldn’t move too freely or lift away from the head when pulled. A well-trained dealer will be able to test how the helmet fits and move it around on your head to ensure it fits well.
TOP TIP: Bear in mind that helmet sizes vary across the style and make of helmet, so make sure to try out a few different styles to find the perfect helmet fit for you.