Motorcycle helmet laws are once again at the center of many heated debates. Whether you wear one every time you ride or only when legally obligated, we want to hear from you. For those looking into choosing the right helmet, we’re going to break it down and give you some background on what you should choose and why. There is a lot to think about when purchasing a helmet and before you shell out the cash, consider the following:
1. Safety Ratings:
There are two safety rating systems used regularly in the United States, the DOT mandatory standard and Snell Certification. A DOT rating is the mandatory standard that ensures the helmet can handle impact, prevent penetration, and fastens securely. The Snell standards are stricter than those mandated by the DOT and are optional. They’re named after the late Pete Snell who died in a car-racing accident. A Snell approval means that the helmet exceeds DOT stands and holds up to more extensive testing. Below are a few budget friendly options that meet or exceed DOT standards- click on the photo to learn more about them!
2. Materials and Cost
Many materials that are lighter (fiberglass and Kevlar) are also more costly, but you don’t need to go to an extreme in either direction for quality and cost effective protective gear. The outer layer of the helmet is usually made from molded poly-carbonate plastic (the less expensive option) or a fiber composite or a Kevlar-like material.
This helmet is made from a poly-carbonate composite shell, providing lightweight protection at a budget friendly price- $58.49.
The shell of this black hybrid helmet is made of an advanced fiberglass spectra composite weave that meets of exceeds Snell and DOT standards.
3. Helmet Design Options
A full face helmet design offers the greatest amount of protection for your eyes, face, chin, ears, and neck.
An open-face or three-quarter design is often times the more popular option. This style will protect the ears, eyes, head, and neck if used with proper eye gear.
A half-helmet design provides less protection than the previous two, but allows the user more use of their peripheral vision.
For more information or to learn more about the different designs featured in this post, visit http://www.kandgcycles.com/Motorcycle-Helmets/.