We can with certainty say that the most important bit of motocross gear you’ll ever own and wear is a Helmet.
Motocross is a high speed sport and with speed comes the risk of crashes and injuries. Your head is the most precious part of your body and the one that is the most difficult to repair.
Make sure you protect your head in the best possible way! This is in fact true regardless of the sport you’re interested in.
There is a few things you need to know and consider when buying yourself a new motocross helmet.
But don’t worry we’ll guide you and help you make an informed decision.
The Best Buy according to us at Mx-Gear.com
- Pre-preg Carbon Carbonite Shell
- Dual-density EPS Removable Liner
- Color: Matte Black
- Sizes: XS –> XXL
- Meets or Exceeds SNELL and DOT standards
- Price: from $305
The Different kinds of Safety Standards
When looking for a helmet you should be aware of the different kinds of safety standards that are out there.
These standards are there to help you pick a helmet that have been tested and have met, or exceeded, the different levels of safety standards applied. Different parts of the world have their “own” standards.
In the United States, the applicable standard is the Department of Transportation, more known as DOT. In Europe on the other hand it’s the ECE 22.05 which is the standard in over 50 countries. Great Britain has their own British Standard (BS) and in Australia helmets have to be Australian Standards certified.
The standard considered to be the leader is however the Snell Memorial Foundation. The Snell rating is done worldwide and is the one to look for.
Look for a Sticker
Tested and certified dirt bike/motocross helmets will have a sticker on the rear of the shell saying which standard they conform to.
Here´s a rundown and comparasion of the different safety ratings. They base this on motorcycle helmets but it’s more or less the same.
The Fit and Feel of the Helmet
How the new helmet fits on your head is the most important part.
A very expensive helmet that is fitted no good – is a big waste of money.
The motocross helmet should fit perfect on your head and not feel tight in any area. Bear in mind that the liner will compress a little after you start wearing it. So if it feels just a little too tight when you first try it, it will probably end up just right.
When you are trying on the helmet, make sure you push it back and forward on your head. It should wrinkle your brow when pushed forward and should not slide back on your head when pushed backwards.
Different people have different shaped heads so some helmets will fit better than others. This is why you shouldn’t take your friends favorite helmet and buy the one he or she likes the most, at least not before you have tested it properly.
The Safest Helmet according to us at Mx-Gear.com
- ODS™ (Omni-Directional Suspension) Technology
- 3K Aerospace -grade Carbon Fiber Shell
- Air-Gap Technology advanced Airflow
- Color: White/Carbon
- Sizes: XS –> XXL
- Meets or Exceeds ECE and DOT standards
- Price: from $718
Different Helmet – Different Features
Consider what features you think are important when deciding what type of dirt bike helmet to buy. Then use our interactive chart and choose your preferences to see which helmets fit your selections.
Dirt bike helmets all have different features such as venting, weight, appearance and price.
We think that you should spend the most you can afford on your helmet, after all – it’s a pretty important piece of gear.
Things to consider:
- Does the helmet have a removable liner? – These are very convenient for washing, there’s nothing worse than a smelling helmet.
- What is the construction of the helmet shell? – There are all sorts of constructions on the market now, carbon fiber/kevlar, fibreglass shells and composite fibre shells.
- Is the helmet light or a bit on the heavy side? – The weight of the helmet can be a factor, especially if you wear it during a longer period. A lighter helmet are preferred.
- Crash replacement? – Some manufactures have a crash replacement policy in place. This can help you a lot if the worst case senario would occur.
One to also consider is that different brands of helmets have different sized eyeports. For example, Arnette and Scott goggles seem to have bigger frames than other goggle brands, so make sure your goggles can fit in the eyeport of the helmet.
Shopping for Your Dirt Bike Helmet Online
The Best Budget Choice – Helmet | Mx-Gear.com
- Injection molded Polycarbonate Shell
- EPS Liner in different sizes
- Limited Edition
- Color: White/Blue/Yellow
- Sizes: S –> XXL
- Meets or Exceeds ECE 22.05 and DOT standards
- Price: from $169
You can make some great savings if you buy online, but the problem is you will then buy the helmet untested.
If your online shop of choice, for us it’s a given, have good costumer service and handles returns in a great manner then you won’t have much trouble buying online though.
You might be better of heading down to your local dealer, if possible of course, and try on some helmets and decide what suits you the best.
If you have your helmets already tested and just want to make the purchase, then online is the way to go.
Buying a Second Hand helmet?
We strongly advise against buying a second hand mx-helmet.
The problem is that you’ll have no idea what’s been done to it, even if it looks like it’s in good condition. The inner cast may have been damaged without anything visual from the outside. If the helmet has been involved in a serious crash it might be just about ready for the trash.
Make sure you Always buy a Helmet from a trusted dealer!