Before looking for a helmet you always have to ask yourself two questions: how much and how will I use my future helmet?
This is because on the market there are different types of helmets and each has been designed for a specific use. So if we go to create large categories of helmets, we can do it according to their use. There are 4 large types of helmets:
Once we have identified the type of helmet we want to buy we have to go and give ourselves some priority, or what can we look for in a helmet: lightness, comfort, resistance to wear over time?
Based on these we can orient ourselves on certain models rather than on others. Let's see the various features that distinguish a helmet from the other ...
One of the main characteristics of a helmet is the material in which its outer shell is composed.
This has the task of dampening the initial energy of a potential impact and then distributing it on the underlying material (very often similar to polystyrene) which will carry out the bulk of the work in terms of protection.
I make this premise because it is common belief that an outer shell of higher quality goes to better protect the pilot.
The structure of the outer shell (which can be made of composite fibers or plastic materials) determines more other factors, such as weight and durability over time. For this reason, a composite fiber shell will be lighter and longer-lasting, while those in thermoplastic are heavier and less durable over time. The thermoplastic may also be slightly affected by temperature changes.
On average, fiber helmets are more expensive, but not always, this is because there are many other features that can go to define the list price of a helmet.
The linings are one of these features.
Almost all modern helmets have removable and washable interiors, which can however be very different from each other.
The materials as well as the technologies used for interior design will determine their comfort, their longevity, the perceived noise and the overall fit of the helmet.
It is therefore good to evaluate the quality of the interiors based on the use that we will make of our helmet: if used many times during the year, at different temperatures, it is good to consider a model with good and well padded interiors; if, on the other hand, the helmet is used occasionally during the summer period, even less consistent and cared interiors are fine.
The best interiors are present on all high-end helmets, and recently also on medium-range helmets that focus on qualitatively excellent interiors, while saving on the outer shell that remains in polycarbonate.
The visor is another important part of the helmet.
The main difference felt will be that of the visual amplitude given by a visor rather than another.
However, the technical diversity can be many. It can affect the thickness of the visor, its stiffness or its treatment.
If we use the helmet even in winter it is good to take a helmet equipped with Pinlock, the system that creates a vacuum layer through a double visor that protects the visor from fogging.
The mechanism that regulates the visor to the helmet is then very important because it depends on the noise and the quality of the closure of the visor itself. Almost all of them are quick release to facilitate removal / replacement of the same.
I also remember that the Fumé and Mirror visors are not approved for road use but only for track use. If you use it on the road, you may run into fines.
Also on the models from Touring is almost always present the sun visor retractable, very useful in the sunniest days.
Then we go to see the ventilation.
These are very important especially on full-face helmets that, remaining always closed, need more ventilation. Good ventilation is given by the presence of front air intakes and rear air extractors.
Thanks to this last one creates a flow of air inside the helmet.
It must also be taken into consideration, however, that a super ventilated helmet may be a noisier coat than a helmet without ventilation.
On average on top of the range helmets the ventilation is always excellent, while on the cheaper helmets it is not always so valid. Definitely not an essential feature, this is one of the best points to "avoid" if we want to save something in the purchase of the helmet.
Let's finally talk about the closure of an helmet. Most modern helmets use a micrometric closure, often made of plastic or, in the most expensive models, steel. This type of closure is very fast and comfortable to adjust.
But if we are lovers of speed and track this closure can not be used in the circuits.
In order to go at lightning speed in complete safety, the double ring closure, also called double D, remains the most effective and safest.
The mechanism is a bit more complicated to assimilate, but once taken the hand will be as easy as drinking a glass of water ...
Almost all high-end helmets use this type of closure.
Then there are other features and options that vary from helmet to helmet, such as the provision for intercom, the schooner in the neck area, the provision for eyeglasses, the removable nosepiece and many more ...
To conclude we can say that there are many characteristics to consider before buying your helmet. Surely a sport pilot will be oriented towards a model in composite fibers with double ring closure and without sun visor.
On the other hand, a Turist motorcycle will prefer a modular with all the added comforts. The most important thing is always to consider our needs other than the price.
But remember, in our shop low price never means low quality, thanks to the incredible discounts on most of the range of helmets find medium-high range models at low prices is really a breeze!