here really is nothing like the reassurance that your head, both beautiful and brainy, is protected come should you come a cropper. Helmets were once heavy, uncomfortable, and let's be honest, not the most attractive. Nowadays they are lightweight and designed for specific disciplines with key features and functions to meet your riding needs. Helmets now offer a better level of protection than ever before. You may be looking for a new helmet or your first, either way here are a few things to consider:
1) Discipline specific: Do you need a helmet for road or off-road riding? Does it need to be a specifically designed for attaching extra equipment?
2) Ventilation: Do you require it for a specific season - do you need more or less ventilation?
3)Size/fit: Padding can be quite bulky or very limited so when trying helmets it is crucial to make sure you have the correct size despite the padding. You can add or take away padding, but a helmet that almost swivels around your skull is no use on any impact.
4) Comfort/Padding: Does it fit securely? Once you have the right shell size it should feel snug with some slight movement allowing room for your head to expand comfortably. Is the padding too thick or not thick enough? This can alter how the helmet feels, so make sure the fit is true.
Nowadays helmets not only offer protection you in a collision, but during hot and cold seasons they provide a barrier from UV rays and windy or wet weather. Along with adding extra visibility to the rider they also offer a surface to mount lights or cameras. Today's helmets are available in a range of sizes and profiles to fit any and all. With an incredible amount of colour combinations being seen is just about guaranteed, whether amongst cars and pedestrians or rocks and ramblers. Although some helmets are designed for a specific discipline, there's nothing stopping you using your MTB lid for road riding. However, most MTB helmets offer more protection at the back of the head for off-road tumbles, so a road specific helmet might not be the best choice for your mountain biking. As for full face, let's keep them for for downhill, enduro and high-intensity events. Tip: Look for adjustable helmets with a dial at the back. These fastening systems are very handy during your ride when your head starts to expand with the heat and the shell need's loosening whilst on the move.