The Ins and Outs of Helmets

It doesn’t matter what kind of bike you ride, you can be sure there is a helmet out there that fills your needs. Helmets are available in 3 basic styles: Full Face Helmets, 3/4 Helmets, and Half Helmets and come in just about any color combination you can dream up. Today, I want to highlight each design and some of the cool new features that come on the Helmets K and G Cycles has to offer.

HJC Black tibal modular HH-0840-1005-03    Let’s get started and head on over to the Full Face Helmet Department. Now you may ask yourself, “Is there really any difference from the new Full Face Helmets and they ones from 20 years ago? I will have to answer that with a big fat YES! Though maybe not “new” in design, materials and function has changed. Technologies are advancing in such a manner that helmets are becoming lighter and stronger at the same time. Many of the top manufacturers are offering Modular Helmets, which with the simple press of a button allows the chin bar and face shield to move up and out of the way. This is especially nice when you have made a quick stop and want to talk to someone without taking off your helmet or if you want to get a refreshing drink. Another sweet little addition to Full Face helmets is the retractable sun shield. This is basically a pair of sunglasses stored in the top of the helmet and when needed can be  deployed with a simple slide of the finger. This is a great feature for those of that wear glasses. We no longer have to worry about switching between our regular glasses and sunglasses multiple times on every ride. The sunshield provides the right amount of sun screening and gives us maximum vision affording us a safer ride. On warm, sunny days, the sun shield can be deployed while the face shield is raised allowing more air in, providing a cooler ride.

Full Face helmets afford the greatest amount of protection of all the helmets too. Additionally, almost all current production communication systems are designed to be installed in these helmets and offer the best overall user experience.

mat blk 34 HH-0833-0135-03    Next style coming down the pipeline is the 3/4 Helmets. Similar to the Full Face helmet, but lacking the chin bar and in many cases the face shield. A 3/4 helmet can allow those battling Claustrophobia the ability to ride with a helmet without feeling closed in since it is open in the front. As with the full face, many models include the retractable sun shields too. We often see passengers on Touring Class bikes wear the 3/4 helmets, and when asked why, several answered they have a better field of vision when gawking at the sights, and a 3/4 design allows more air movement keeping them cooler. This design also accommodates a wide range of communication devices from Factory units to Aftermarket ones and perform at unsurpassed levels.

black half helmet   Rounding out the group is the Half Helmets. By comparison, half helmets offer the least amount of coverage for the rider. On the other hand because they have an open face design, this style tends to keep the rider the coolest. As with the others, a handful of companies have units available with the drop down sun shield. Buyer beware, a large portion of the half helmets out there are not DOT/SNELL approved. Many designs are merely novelty helmets that offer no real protection during an accident. Choose wisely.

   Helmets are a personal choice from wearing one or not, to the style,to the features desired. Here at K and G Cycles we want to assist you in determining your needs and the helmet that is best suited for you. Contact us today and protect your most valuable asset, your mind.