Full face motorcycle helmets offer the most protection of all the motorcycle helmet styles. The motorcycle helmet is the most important piece of gear that you own if you are a motorcycle rider. Most states require that you wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle, but some do not.
In those states where motorcycle helmets are not required there are often injuries when accidents occur involving a motorcycle. Quite often the injuries could have been avoided if the rider had been wearing a helmet.
There are many different types of helmets in terms of style, flip up, full face, off-road, open face, and shorty helmets. You should check and ensure that whatever helmet you buy meets DOT standards and that it has a Snell rating. A Snell rating means the helmet offers the highest level of production available.
Choosing a helmet is a personal choice; however a full face helmet is the best choice for a couple of reasons. A full face motorcycle helmet gives the protection of a chin bar and a tinted face shield which can also customize the look of the helmet.
The ventilation system is what makes or breaks a motorcycle helmet. Helmets that are high quality have close fitting shields and snug padding around the bottom of the helmet to cut back on the noise of the wind. The trade off with that is that it promotes fogging. Manufacturers try to avoid the fogging by installing breath deflectors at the top of the chin bar.
The best ventilation systems have air ducts in the styrofoam safety line to suck hot air away from the scalp of the rider. Manufacturers try to avoid the fogging by breath deflectors at the top of the chin bar. Try to get a field system that has a handy design that is tool free. You will find that many mid to high range helmets have this feature.
A full face helmet should feel natural so that you will forget that you are wearing one. Below is a list of the benefits and features of a full face motorcycle helmet:
- ISO Headfoam
- Poly Alloy Shell
- Flow Ventilation
A lightweight helmet will normally cut back on neck and shoulder strain and will offer an aerodynamic and ISO headform. Aerodynamic helmets are standard for all quality full face gear. Full face helmets are constructed to offer less resistance at top air speeds. The advantage is in the ability to ride longer and faster without damage to the rider's neck and shoulders.
Due to the ISO technology, a form fitting secure interior is created by the helmet. An important feature of your helmet is its shell as it prevents flying rocks and debris from damaging your head. Most importantly, if you are involved in an accident the shell of your helmet could save your life. The ideal helmet make is an outer shell designed out of thermoplastic poly alloy.
The one feature that sets the quality standard for a helmet is the ventilation system. A cool flow of air keeps you from becoming too hot on warm days and reduces wind noise. Quality airflow features are vents in the front and side vortex, exhaust vents in the lower back of the helmet, and built-in neck roll exhaust vents.
When purchasing a full face motorcycle helmet, try it on a number of times to find possible problem areas. Make sure the helmet rests just above your brow, use a mirror to see how the helmet fits your head. Test the fit by trying to get your thumb between the helmet and your forehead, the helmet should rest tightly on your forehead with no room left for your thumb. Always check for red marks after taking the helmet off.
If your motorcycle helmet is not DOT approved and Snell certified your insurance may be affected. The best thing to do is contact your insurance company about the helmet you are using to find out if it is approved.
Avoid noisy helmets as they distract the bike rider and can cause extra fatigue. Lower quality ventilation systems are the major cause of noise in helmets. The more aerodynamic your helmet is and the better the vents, the less noise there will be. Cheaper helmets are are most often noisier helmets.