The very first thing you should consider when purchasing an ATV helmet. In fact, some state and county laws require helmets to be worn at all times when operating an ATV. Following your state laws will keep you from incurring a fine, losing your license, or losing your ATV. Beyond that, there are several other considerations that include safety, comfort, and durability.
Your ATV helmet will experience a lot of intensity on the trails, so make sure you invest in a quality helmet that will last. Cheap helmets will yield cheap results, so save up a little more money and make a bold purchase. You’ll be glad you did.
ATV helmets differ from other types of motorized helmets in that they are made for off-road travel or motocross racing. Your main choices include:
● Full-face. Provide excellent protection due to the built-in face shield and chin/mouth extensions
● Open-face. Provide less protection, but are also less restrictive.
● Off-road. Prove full protection with additional molding to protect the chin and the jaw. Off-road helmets also provide excellent ventilation and a flip-up visor
Experienced ATV riders look for the following features in ATV helmets:
● Comfortable padding
● A good seal around the ear
● A neck roll that nestles against the back of the head and neck
● Zero protruding components, such as face shield attachments or strap fasteners
● DOT and/or Snell certifications
● An EPS liner
● A VESC-8 or ANSI Z-87-certified face shield
New vs. Used
Experts recommend you avoid purchasing a used helmet. Although helmets are well-built, they go through a lot of abuse. Therefore, the materials and components start to break down with time. Most helmets don’t last more than five years. Keep in mind that the sole purpose of a helmet is to protect your head and neck upon impact during an accident. Therefore, you don’t want to take chances with a used helmet.
Size and Fit
The right-sized helmet ensures comfort and safety. A helmet that is too large can be highly dangerous during an accident. Large helmets are also noisy due to increased wind resistance.
Here is how to find the right fit for your helmet:
● Determine the widest circumference of your head by measuring it.
● Try on a helmet one size smaller and one size larger.
● If the helmet feels loose or fits too easily, then it is too large.
● If the helmet feels snug but not too tight, then it is the right size.
● You should also be able to see clearly in all directions without adjusting the helmet.
● Finally, the helmet should be worn low and on the forehead above the eyebrows.
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