Ever wonder if you’ve got the proper and safe fit when it comes to your riding helmet? Or perhaps you’re in the market to buy a new one and aren’t sure if the one you’ve picked out is best?
We cannot stress enough how important it is to know how to properly select and fit your helmet. Your riding helmet, after all, is a critical piece of safety equipment.
Here is a five-point safety checklist for ensuring the correct fit:
1. FRONT – The helmet should sit firmly in place about an inch above the eyebrows. If it’s more than one inch it’s too small, and less than one inch it’s too big.
2. SIDE – The straps on the side should meet just below and in front of your earlobes.
3. BACK – A snug-fitting helmet is best. The harness on the back should prevent the helmet from moving forward. Avoid using your hair to create a proper fit.
4. THROAT – The strap under your chin should be snug but not too tight. Tilt your chin up and down to test it and ensure the right fit.
5. TEST – Grasp the helmet with two hands and rock it back and forth. The skin and eyebrows should move with the helmet.
Ok! Now that your fit and safety check is complete….LET’S GO RIDING!