With high speeds, technical terrain and obstacles ready to stop you in your tracks at any moment keeping a lid on it for safety is essential. Full face helmets are designed with similar technology to motorcycle helmets, providing maximum protection for impact at high speeds. A full face helmet offers so much more protection than a standard helmet, helping to protect your chin, teeth and cheeks. When powering downhill or off a hill, you could land any which way, so full face safety is crucial. Today's full face helmets are still designed to be lightweight and comfortable with strategically placed padding and ventilation. Most are goggle compatible helping designed to keep them secure without any obstruction to vision. There are still a few things to consider when choosing your helmet to ensure you get the right one:
1) Discipline specific: How much of an adrenaline junkie do you plan to be - Do you need a full face helmet?
2) Ventilation: Do you require it for any specific seasons? Some are lighter and more ventilated than others.
3) The 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: 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
Once you know what kind of protection you need, it'll be a simple process of trying out for size, thinking about the key points and exploring which brands suit you best. Brands can also vary in design functions and materials used, so if one doesn't suit, don't give up, put it back and try again. You don't have to choose by price or be put off by it either. Narrow your choices down wisely and think about how your riding will progress with the helmet and make sure it does the job you need it to.