Which motorcycle helmet to buy? What types of helmets are there? Which one is the ideal for you? We tell this in this definitive guide on motorcycle helmets.Return to the shopping guides
How to choose a motorcycle helmet. The definitive guide with 10 tips and tricks
Shopping guides ● 22 February, 2023
It has been said and repeated, perhaps even a hundred times but here, I will never let me repeat: the motorcycle helmet is the most important equipment for your safety. So, we decided to offer you the definitive guide to know how to choose your motorcycle helmet perfectly.
Make yourself comfortable, at Motocard we put in teacher mode “helmet for roads” and we explain everything you need to know: what types of helmets do they exist? What are the most used materials? How to choose the size ? How to keep it in perfect condition and all about the approvals and certifications.
Well, where to start then? By the basics. That is to say, before even thinking about buying a motorcycle helmet, the first thing to do is to identify your needs. Do you ride a lot on a motorcycle? What kind of motorcycle? and what budget you want to dedicate to this purchase.
Types of helmets
For the moment, we will set aside the off-road (motocross, etc.). Not because it does not interest me but because I do not want to mix everything. We will identify 3 themes to talk about the motorcycle helmet in the most general way possible: the type, range and materials.
Regarding the type of helmet, there are 3 main families:
The full-face helmet
The best known of all, usually the first one that comes to mind when we talk about motorcycle helmets. As you can see, it’s a one-piece helmet that protects the skull entirely. It covers the chin well, and protects against frontal, lateral, posterior, superior impact, in short in all directions.
They incorporate a screen and offer a high level of soundproofing. The full-face helmet can also be provided for Trail motorcycle users, so there is the Trail Adventure full-face helmet that will be designed for both asphalt and off-road use. On this type of helmet, there is for example a visor or a removable screen if you want to replace it with motocross glasses.
There are also adjustable helmets
As its name indicates, here its particularity is that it is flexible. That is to say that the chinrest is slaughterable, you can raise or lower it. Important thing: to drive legally with the chin strap open, it is absolutely necessary to check that the helmet counts the double homologation P / J. It’s the only way, to really have a two-in-one, driving in jet mode or in full mode.
These helmets generally offer a wider field of view and are primarily designed for Touring bikers. More and more we can see them also on the users in town. Not surprising when you see how practical this helmet is.
Finally, there is the jet helmet
As you can see, there is no chin rest. It is therefore half of the face that is discovered. In terms of safety, it’s night and day with the full-face helmet. You will be significantly less protected. However, for small trips in the city in summer, they can seduce more than one. Surely for its more vintage look.
So we just talk about the type and we will now talk about different ranges. To find out which is the best motorcycle helmet? There are ranges at helmets. It’s like everything and there are entry-level, mid-high-end, and high-end.
There are frankly no big mysteries here. The more materials, components and techniques of innovation are worked, the more you’ll go up a step in the range. It’s like comparing a Porshe and a Dacia (with all the respect of the world).