Motorcycle Helmet Buyer's Guide
What is the Best Motorcycle Helmet for Me to Buy?
The best motorcycle helmet for one person may not be the best helmet for another. Several things go into making a decision about which biker helmet is best for you.
While the look of your helmet is certainly important, we think all of our Predator Motorcycle Helmets are great looking, but also subjective, so we won't get into that here. Instead, here are the things you should consider when deciding what the best motorcycle helmet is for you:
Motorcycle Helmet Type
Although there are several specialty types of helmets which are worn for things like off-road and motorcycle racing, we'll concentrate on the three main types of motorcycle helmets ...
Full Face - Full Face motorcycle helmets are easily the safest type of motorcycle helmet you can wear. Not only are the top of the head, sides and chin covered and protected, but they also feature a fixed visor, which not only protects your face, but it keeps you from getting bugs in your eyes or just as bad, getting a mouthful of insects as you ride. It also helps prevent dangerous road debris from hitting you in the face or eyes. All Predator Motorcycle Helmets sold on this website are Full Face motorcycle helmets.
Half Face - Half Face motorcycle helmets typically only protect the top and sides of your head. There is no chin guard to fully protect you in the event of an accident. A half face helmet may or may not have a fixed or flip-up visor, which can help protect your eyes and mouth from insects and road debris, but you can still take it on the chin if either flies up at you. On the plus side, you won't have to remove the helmet to have a conversation with someone and the open chin area provides better venting for a cooler ride.
Modular Helmets - Modular motorcycle helmets are the "convertible" version of a motorcycle helmet. They can be worn in a variety of ways - as a half helmet - with or without a visor - or as a full face helmet that also protects the chin area. Different sections of the helmet can be removed or added, depending on your preference for any given ride. This type of helmet gives you more flexibility, for sure, but the modular design is far less sturdy during impact, which means it does not protect your head as well as a full face helmet because pieces cannot break away during an accident.
The Correct Size Motorcycle Helmet
Perhaps the most important consideration when buying a motorcycle helmet is that it fits right. If it doesn't, not only will you have a less than comfortable ride, but the helmet will not be as safe as one that fits correctly.
Measuring your head to determine your helmet size is pretty easy. Simply take a tape measure and wrap it around your head above your ears and slightly above your eyebrows. Make note of the measurement where the end touches touches the rest of the tape measure and refer to our sizing chart, below:
NOTE: If you don't have a tape measure, you can also use a piece of string. Wrap the string around your head and make a mark on the string where the end touches the rest of the string. Then, lay the string on a ruler to get your measurement and helmet size.
Motorcycle Helmet Safety
Really, all you really need to know about a motorcycle helmet is whether or not it is D.O.T. approved. If it isn't RUN! It won't be a safe helmet at all and it is illegal to wear a helmet in the U.S. that doesn't meet D.O.T. standards.
All Predator motorcycle helmets on this website are D.O.T. approved!
Motorcycle Helmet Weight
The weight of your motorcycle helmet is one of the more important things to consider. Not only will a lighter helmet be more comfortable to wear, with less stress on your neck and shoulders, but all other things being equal, a lighter helmet is also safer in the event of an accident because there is less energy transfer upon impact.
The Price of your Motorcycle Helmet
As you can see, there are several more important things to consider than price, alone. Obviously, we all have budgets and we all want to save money, so price is certainly a consideration.
Our advice: weigh the pros and cons of any motorcycle helmet you are considering and get the one that best meets your needs that you can afford.