Dirt biking is fun, and feels truly liberating to those who enjoy it. With such feelings of freedom in abundance, it is natural for the question to be raised as to why a dirt bike helmet should be worn when it can inhibit such feelings.
There is an inherent level of risk involved with dirt biking. Usually any injuries suffered can be very minor and brushed off. However, the risk is always present for more serious injuries, no matter how cautious or experienced the rider is. This is one reason why it makes sense for dirt bike helmets to be worn.
When a dirt bike helmet is worn, though, it should not be just any old dirt bike helmet. If it is being worn for safety, which is the primary reason dirt bikers wear them, it really should offer protection for the rider. Otherwise it is about looks only and that only goes so far when enjoying the risky business of dirt bike riding.
To determine how much safety and protection dirt bike helmets offer, you can just look for a DOT or Snell label or sticker in the helmet or with the packaging. Both the United States Department of Transportation and Snell have high safety standards that are applied to the testing of any helmet that wants to comply with their safety standards. If the helmet does not pass their rigorous testing, it is not given the safety seal of approval.
To truly offer optimal safety, though, the helmet should fit correctly. This comes down to selecting the right size and trying on the helmet to ensure it fits properly. Sizes come in the general letter format for small, medium, large and extra large. They also can appear as numbers, based on head measurements., though the actual measurement will not be the numerical size.
For example, if a measurement taken around the head, one half inch above the eyebrows equals 24 inches, the helmet size will not be a “24”. It may be a 7 5/8. The helmet packaging should list a chart that matches the measurement equivalencies for size. The manufacturer website should do the same.
Once the right size is identified, the helmet must be tried on to assess correct fit. It should be snug, but not tight. The padding will compact over time, so that should be taken into account. When secured with the strap, the helmet should not move around, even when the head is moved around with vigor. Also, the wearer should have a clear field of vision. The helmet should not cause neck strain, either. If it does, a lighter weight helmet should be sought.
Once the right helmet is found, there isn’t any reason not to wear it. They can be hot, but the padding inside can help absorb sweat. Getting removable padding will help keep the inside of the helmet fresh and clean because it can be replaced as needed with new padding.
Though used dirt bike helmets may seem like an economical choice, they can come at a price you don’t want to pay. Though some may find the prior owner’s sweat and odor build up inside to be objectionable, there is an even better reason to avoid them. Helmets deteriorate naturally over time and if there has been any kind of accident with the helmet, it can have a weak point that will reduce its effectiveness in protecting you. Your head and safety is well worth the expense of a few extra dollars.
If the budget is tight, new dirt biking helmets can be found on sale in a number of places and in a number of ways. Additionally, if friends and family request gift ideas for you and their budget may allow for it, ask for a helmet. Multiple people can chip in together to get one for you as a gift, as well.