Buying a helmet requires you to go through a series of steps to find the one that fits you just right
If you think that finding the right helmet simply means going into a store or online, choosing a helmet that fits your budget, paying and getting it delivered to your house, think again. There are a lot of steps that go into buying a helmet that’s right for you and fits you perfectly.
The first and most important thing you need to do when buying a helmet is figure out the shape of your head. The shape of the human head differs ever so slightly from human to human. Some people’s heads are oval, while others tend to be more circular. Different helmet manufacturers make helmets for different head shapes, and before putting your money down on one, do your research and figure out which one works for you.
Measure the head size
The most common method for figuring out your helmet size is to measure around your forehead, approximately one inch above the eyes. This is the point where your head is at its widest, and the reference point most major helmet manufacturers use. However, make sure that you measure according to the way a particular manufacturer recommends, if you’ve already picked a brand for yourself.
Try it out
Before you buy a helmet, make sure you spend a good 10 to 20 minutes wearing it. The purpose behind this activity is to make sure that the helmet is not creating any pressure points on your head. If you find an area of your head to be slightly sore or you have a bit of pain at one point, it means the helmet is not the right fit for you and is creating pressure at that point. It’s better to pick a different helmet at this point.
Once you have figured out what your helmet size is, it’s time to ensure a snug fit. You can use additional cheek liners to achieve this. These can be bought in different sizes, to achieve the desired result. These liners fit over the existing liner of your helmet and are super-easy to install. The goal over here is to ensure that the helmet cannot rotate around your head. If you are able to rotate the helmet around your head, it's too big for your head.
Having completed all of the above steps, you will have chosen a helmet that fits you perfectly. It is imperative to do so because the ability of a helmet to stay on your head in the event of a crash depends on its fit. If it’s loose, it will fly off your head in such a situation and if it’s too tight, it will make you uncomfortable when riding.