1 - The Visual Examination
Begin with visually examining the
shape of your head. Everyone is different
and your head shape is very important
to insure a proper fit as is the actual
size of your head. Notice specific
features: Does the eyebrow area protruding
from forehead, or is it flush with
the forehead? Is the forehead protruding
in any way, or is it flat? Are your
cheeks full? If you have a full head
of hair, is it thick or thin? All
of these features and attributes take
up volume within a fitted helmet.
2 - The Measurements
Getting the correct head measurement
for your helmet is the most important
step to getting the right fit for
you. Due to varied head shapes and
sizes, heads that may look the same
size or even when measured by tape
may not necessarily fit within the
same size helmet. When measuring your
head, find the longest distance around
your head. This is generally just
above the eyebrows, and around to
the back of the head sitting just
above the ears. Make sure that you
have the largest measurement possible,
for this is essential for getting
the proper fit.
to Try on a Helmet:
To properly try on a helmet,
while holding onto the helmet by the
chin straps, make sure that the front
of the helmet is facing you, and the
top of the helmet is facing the floor.
Place your thumbs on the inner section
of the helmet straps and balance the
helmet with your index fingers. Then,
whilie spreading the straps apart,
pull up the helmet and slip over your
head. This may take a little practice
to get a fluid movement down.
and Vertical movement:
While the helmet is securely in position.
Take careful note of the way that
the helmet fits your head. Make sure
that there are no gaps between the
pads, there they are in direct contact
with your cheeks. Make sure that there
is not too much pressure. Proper protection
should not be a discomfort. Many helmet
manufactures have removable cheek
pads and replacement pads available
with varied thickness.
Check for any gaps that my be between
the temples and the crown padding.
Make sure to check the back of the
helmet as well where the neck roll
comes in contact with the skin. Is
there any contact? Or does it push
the helmet away at the rear, this
would cause it to roll down over the
eyes in the front. Make sure there
is no movement in the helmet's fit.
Grab the helmet securely with both
hands, one hand on each side, try
to rotate the helmet from side to
test may be uncomfortable but it is
imperative to insure proper fitting.
While the helmet is located on your
head, fasten tightly the chin strap,
while holding your head steady reach
over the top of the helmet and grab
the back of the helmet's bottom edge
with either one or both of your hands.
Try then to roll the helmet forward
off your head. If it comes off or
even comes close to coming off, then
the helmet is too large of a size.
Lastly, remove the helmet, and immediately
inspect for any irritations at the
forehead and cheeks. A reddening of
the skin in a small area could indicate
a pressure point. For a short length
of time and pressure point may not
be noticeable, but over time can cause
"Following these simple
steps will help you find a helmet
that is comfortable and a correct
fit per maunfactures' guidelines."