It’s Helmet Week here at Dover! A helmet is perhaps the most important piece of equipment a rider will purchase. Choosing the right helmet requires a rider to find a model that is aesthetically pleasing, appropriate for use in his or her riding discipline—and most critically—well fitting. A helmet purchase can represent a significant investment once all these factors are met, so proper helmet care is also critical. We’ve put together some helpful resources about riding helmets so that you can arm yourself with the knowledge to get the most out of your riding helmet.
How to Measure Your Head for a Helmet
A correct fit is critically important to allow your riding helmet to perform its job correctly.
Using a measuring tape will allow you to measure the most accurate size for your head. The shape of the helmet should also be considered, in fact some models within helmet brands are designed to fit a more oval shaped head, while others are better for a round shaped head. Once you have an idea of size and shape, place any potential helmet on your head to check for overall fit. A properly fitted riding helmet should not slide freely up and down or pivot when you shake your head side to side. Continue reading our full riding helmet measuring and sizing guide here.
Riding Helmet Storage and Care
Storing and caring for your helmet properly can help extend its useful life and ensure it works as well as intended if ever put to the test. Always store your helmet in a temperature controlled area, as extreme heat or cold can damage the materials it is made of. Allow your helmet to air dry if it becomes damp to help keep it fresh; deodorizers formulated specifically for helmets are also available. Additionally, specialty cleaning products can be used to eliminate build up of perspiration, grease and dirt. Continue reading our tips on helmet storage and care here.
Helmet Hairstyling Tips
The length, thickness and type of hair you have will affect the way your helmet fits, so consider how you will wear your hair with your helmet when fitting. While you may choose to leave your hair out of your helmet for schooling, if you are planning to compete your discipline may require you to contain your hair underneath your helmet. The goal is to have you hair lay as flat to your head as possible under the helmet. A hair net or two can help to achieve this while keeping your hair neat and tidy. Continue reading our helmet hairstyling tips here.