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What to Look for When Buying a Dirtbike Helmet

When it comes to riding at high speeds, a dirtbike helmet will protect you from danger in more ways than one. While it will protect your head in an accident, it can also help keep any branches, mud, or other debris from flying into your face and distracting you while in motion. 

In a marketplace saturated with different helmet options for dirtbike riders, you are probably wondering which one is the best for you? That question can be answered based on a combination of helmet features, your own body, and your personal preferences. Still, there are some general best practices you can apply while shopping for the right one. 

Here are some tips when looking for a new dirtbike helmet: 

Helmet Features

Each helmet will offer some industry-standard features as well as some specific to that brand or model. Some are also geared toward more experienced riders and others meant for entry-level customers.

Comfort

Put simply: You should wear a helmet that is comfortable to wear and also offers suitable padding to protect your head. When you are shopping for helmets, you should try on multiple varieties with different shapings and padding. 

You don’t want to ride with a helmet that is uncomfortable, or even painful, to wear. This will distract the rider and interrupt your focus on the trail ahead of you. 

Protection 

Padding should provide a comfortable experience, but it should also protect you against head trauma in the event of a crash or fall. Suspension features play a major role here, too. This can help you from injuring your neck or upper spine. 

Here, shell quality plays a major role. Do not purchase a helmet with a flimsy shell. You want a shell that feels sturdy and suitable for protecting you on your ride. If a shell depresses when you press your thumb on it, that should raise some red flags. 

When at a motorsports shop, we recommend asking your sales representative about the padding and suspension features on the helmet you are most interested in. They can help explain the features in detail and recommend other solutions if another option better matches the specifications you’re looking for. 

If you are uncertain about safety features, we recommend you look for one approved by the Snell Foundation. The organization was founded in memory of racecar driver Pete Snell who died from head injuries while wearing a helmet that did not meet adequate safety standards. 

The Snell Foundation issues certifications to helmet models and manufacturers to assure consumers that these products are constructed to the highest standards and verified by a reliable and informed third-party. For motorsports, they verify helmet quality based on these four primary standards: 

  • Impact Management – Will the helmet’s construction, head positioning, and other protective features prove suitable for protecting against collisions with large objects? 
  • Positional Stability – Will the helmet remain in its proper position without the need for continuous user readjustments while riding – especially if thrown from the vehicle? 
  • Retention – Are the chin straps effective enough to hold the helmet in place before, during, and after impact? 
  • Extent of Protection – How much of the head is actually protected by the helmet. 

Though the Snell certification standards dive into more detail, these are the general criteria a dirtbike helmet must meet to receive the seal of approval. On the Snell website, you can also browse a selection of certified helmets

Helmet Ventilation 

Dirtbike helmets will cover your mouth and jaw to prevent you from accidentally inhaling any debris your tires kick up on the trail. No one wants to inhale a cloud of dust or clump of mud while riding. 

In addition to a comfortable helmet shape and padding configuration, you should purchase one with adequate ventilation. For most riders, we advocate that you choose a helmet with the most ventilation possible to help you maintain a healthy airflow while riding the trails. 

Beyond defending against airborne debris, you want one that also allows for breathability in hot weather. This will also help counter the risk of heat exhaustion and allow you to keep focused. 

Ease of Maintenance 

Like any piece of gear, your helmet may require periodic maintenance to ensure peak performance at all times. Unless you are someone who possesses specialized knowledge in helmet repair, you probably prefer a model that will not cause you much trouble in this regard. 

When shopping for your next helmet, ask your sales representative about helmet parts availability. Some questions you might want to ask include: 

  • Does the helmet manufacturer sell replacement parts (including padding)? 
  • Will it be difficult for me to find replacement parts for this specific model? 
  • Does this one use standard fasteners, bolts, and/or screws, or proprietary varieties? 
  • Is this model generally known for requiring difficult repairs? 

Helmet Weight 

Depending on your body type, helmet weight will play a major role in your buyer’s journey. An excessively heavy helmet can not only cause discomfort to the rider but can also result in a higher risk of injury. 

Overall Quality for Price

As with any consumer product, you can browse a variety of dirtbike helmets and differing price points. You do not want to buy a cheap helmet with equally cheap performance specifications. Similarly, you should avoid expensive helmets with bad reputations among more experienced riders. 

We recommend that you research various dirtbike helmets before making your decision. Some search terms you might want to enter when browsing online include: 

  • Best entry-level dirtbike helmets
  • Best dirtbike helmets for the price
  • Best affordable dirtbike helmets 

Use these terms and similar ones to acquire some initial intel before stopping by your local motorsports stores to browse their inventory. An informed consumer walks away with a better product in their hands. 

Have More Questions About Shopping for Dirtbike Helmets? 

We hope this guide to buying dirtbike helmets helps you in making the best decision possible. We value your safety and want you to enjoy riding to its fullest without worrying about the quality of your gear. 

If you have any further questions after reading this dirtbike helmet guide, feel free to contact us anytime. You can also stop by our shop in Pocatello, ID if you’re nearby to speak with one of us in person. 

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