How to Choose a Helmet, Sizing and Fitting

Choosing a helmet is not just about finding the size in your favorite style. It is about buying a helmet that protects your head in the event of an impact. The fit of the helmet determines how much safety it can provide.

The Department of Transportation's safety rating is valid ONLY if the helmet has a proper Fit.  The impact-absorbent lining is designed to handle any shocks to your head. If there is too much space between the helmet and your skull, the lining will not be able to protect you adequately. On the other hand, if the helmet is too tight, it will only be uncomfortable. It will become a distraction, and possibly even painful until you stop using it. A good fit prevents both problems and allows the helmet to do its job.

Not all helmets are the same when it comes to fitting. That does not mean that you have to pay a lot of money to get proper protection. There are many affordable options on the market for all head shapes and riding styles. You must understand what you want when you are choosing your helmet.

Sound overwhelming? Do not worry; the process does not have to be a daunting task. With our comprehensive guide, a tape measure, and a friend ready to lend a helping hand, you can easily do it at home!

 

Why a MicroDOT Helmet?

This is a golden age for riders, with more options than ever before! And while it is great to have all those options, it can be confusing when trying to find the perfect helmet.

Open Face Helmets are the least restrictive helmets. 

If you want full visibility without obstructions, a helmet that weighs lighter than a water bottle, a helmet that does not hurt your neck, that is easy to put on and off and is DOT approved, then a MicroDot Helmet is the perfect choice for you.

 

  1. DETERMINE THE SHAPE OF YOUR HEAD

Now, it is time to find out the shape of your head. People generally fit into one of two head shapes: long oval or round. To find out what you have, take a photo of your head from above. Make sure to flatten your hair down as much as possible since it can darken your head's shape. When looking at the picture, is your head almost round like a bowl, or is its long oval like an egg?

 

  1. DETERMINE THE SIZE OF YOUR HELMET

Now, it is time to find your helmet size. Helmet size is a bit strange for most people as we do not use head size as frequently as say, waist, shirt, or shoe size in daily life. Fortunately, it is not difficult to find out! You can do this next step yourself, but we recommend that you ask a friend to give you the most accurate measurement.

Measure the circumference of your head with a smooth string or a tape measure. It should go over the eyebrows and around the head's back, including the broadest part. If using a string, you will just need to place it against a ruler after measuring to calculate length. 

Compare your result with the helmet's size chart, and you will determine what size you need to order.

Now that you know your head shape and measurement, you are ready to place your order!

When your helmet arrives, grab the straps, and slide it over your head. It must be noted that helmets are not designed to be comfortable while your head goes through the padding, and you may have to adjust your ears. That is normal, like fixing your socks after you put on shoes. The focus should be on the fit when the helmet's in place.

 

Check the Fit.

If the helmet fits you, you should feel the padding against your head. After that, grab the straps and adjust them. When doing this, the forehead's skin should move, not the helmet. If it feels tight, be aware that most helmet linings soften by about 15-20 percent after the first 15-20 hours of use.

 

Wear the Helmet

Leave the helmet on for 15 to 30 minutes. Just sit down, maybe watch your favorite TV show. Pressure points are what you are looking for. Please note that this half-hour period must be spent off the bike.

 

Does It Feel Good? Go for A Ride!

Wearing a helmet will not be as comfortable as sitting at home without one. That being said, you should feel comfortable wearing the helmet for half an hour each time. After the first 15-20 hours, the helmet should be fully molded to your head, making it fit even better. Enjoy your new helmet!

 

Common Problems

  • "My ears bend when I put the helmet on." 

That is normal. As long as you can push your ears into a natural position and do not hurt, you are ready. Again, it is about how the helmet fits once it is in position.

 

  • "I really can't tell the shape of my head." 

Get a friend to help you get that bird's-eye view of your head. Flatten your hair as much as you can to check your shape.

 

  • "I can't even stick my head into the helmet, even though the chart said it was my size!" 

That should be your size. You have to consider that some helmets have more padding than others. Hold the helmet by the two straps, with your thumbs pressing the straps against the helmet. Gently extend the opening of the helmet a bit, and then try to pull it over your head. If it still does not fit, do not force it!

 

  • "I wear glasses or sunglasses when I ride. Does that change the helmet I ask for?" 

Probably not! Most helmets today have some goggle housing. You may look at the  riding glasses from MicroDOT Helmets.

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