With a huge range of lids out there, and at wildly varying prices, how do you know what’s right for you?
Your number one concern should, of course, be safety – after all. Any helmet you buy should be certified to show it has passed regulations on minimum safety standards. All major manufacturers will conform to these standards.
While a lot of modern helmets are extremely adjustable, they do come in differing sizes and it is important to get the one that best fits your head. To measure your ‘hat size’, loop a tape measure around your head above the ears where your helmet would rest and take the measurement in centimetres, then look at helmets that cover your size. Try a few on as well, as they come in different shapes and so do heads, so some will fit you better than others.
It’s now time to decide what you want the main secondary benefit of your helmet to be: some are designed for maximum ventilation to keep you cool, some for aerodynamics to help you cut through the air and some aim to keep weight to a minimum to assist you when the road points up. Some of the best modern helmets look to combine all three, but then you could be shelling out the sort of money that could buy a decent set of training wheels…
KEEP YOUR COOL
Whatever main secondary benefit you’ve gone for, ventilation should still be a major consideration. It doesn’t take much of a rise in temperature to cause an overheated head in a sealed shell helmet. Look for something with vents at the front that are angled to funnel the air across your scalp and out of the vents at the back. You don’t always need lots of vents if the few you have are well designed.
Of course, while safety and comfort should be your primary concerns when it comes to picking a potentially life-saving bit of kit, you’ll still want to wear something that makes you look and feel your best. There are numerous helmet styles now, some of them very idiosyncratic, so once you’ve narrowed your choice down to the lids that fulfil your criteria, it’s time to pick the one you like the look of best.
ANATOMIC’S HELMET PICK GOES TO – LAZER HELMETS
Read here why the Lazer Century helmet offers it all, protection, visibility to comfort.