Headgear: Choosing the Right ATV Helmet

You have already taken the time to pick the ideal ATV for you or a relative. You did your research, maybe test drove a few to make sure that the vehicle had the right"fit" and found one that matched both your budget and your personal sense of style. Your shopping is not over yet. Along with having the right ATV for either the paths or working out in the area, you're going to need the proper safety gear to go along with it. Gloves, jackets, pants, and boots are definitely on the list, but the most important piece will be your helmet.

How do you go about finding a helmet that fits properly? Just how tight is too tight? How loose is loose? Are all helmets the same? Starting with the last question, not all helmets will be the same. You want to find a helmet specifically designed for use on a vehicle like an ATV or a dirt bike. You don't want to find a helmet that someone may use on a normal street motorcycle. Most ATV helmets protect your mind and have a face protector that extends across the mouth. When you first place the helmet on, it might feel because of all the padding inside. If you can slip the helmet over your head with no feeling comfortable, then you know that it's too large. Consider shaking your head side to side and going through as many motions as you can to see if the helmet shifts or slides when you move. Also, try to choose how the helmet feels. Does it feel cumbersome? Do you feel you would be able to wear it for longer than 15 minutes?

The thing to search for is how readily the helmet comes off. If you're in an accident or get thrown out of your ATV, you do not want your headgear to go flying off in one direction and you in another, which defeats the purpose of having a helmet. Now that you have got the helmet on adjusting the chinstrap and cinch it tight under your chin. Grab the helmet and try to take off it by pushing on it. Does the helmet slip down over your eyes and come off? Try moving the side to side. If you can feel your skin changing with the helmet and the foam padding, then you know you have a solid match.

Women have yet another thing to look at when they go to search for a helmet. How a woman wears her hair will make a difference in what size helmet she receives. If she has, then there is no problem. If each time she goes riding, she French braids her hair or tucks it up under the helmet, then she may need to go with a size that is larger than she would if she did not put her hair up. The hair takes up space, and if you do not account for that, your helmet won't be a perfect size.

Children's helmets are another issue. So many parents are extremely money minded when it comes to getting clothing and gear for their kids that they may be tempted to find a helmet a size bigger for your child to "grow into." Unfortunately, you can't cut corners when it comes to buying a helmet. It has to fit with no exceptions. As mentioned before, a helmet that is too big is as dangerous as having no helmet. If you are interested, you can look at helmets from caetla.cc!