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About Your Helmet (Fitting and Facts)

Anatomy of a Helmet

1 Microthin outer shell is light and durable.

2 Vents forces cool air through helmet.

3 Polystyrene liner absorbs initial shock by compressing on impact. Some models have reinforced shell for added strength.

4 Fit pads fine tune size and absorb sweath.

5 Strap suspension and buckle hold helmet securely.

Helmet liners absorb serious impact only once and won't protect you again. Some of our helmet manufacturers will replace your helmet after a crash - ask us for details.

Helmet Laws

Proper Helmet Strap Adjustment

A properly worn and adjusted helmet is a safer helmet. Helmet straps adjust in several ways:

1 The yoke buckles (plastic pieces connecting front and rear straps) should rest at the corner of your jawbone, below your ears.

2 In use, the side yoke straps must be taut with the helmet level on your head as you fasten the chin strap.

3 Excess chin strap webbing can be trimmed and the cut edge melted to prevent fraying.

Three Tests for Secure Helmet Fit

1 The shake test. Shake your helmet from side to side. Fit pads should hold it snugly in place.

2 The open-mouth test. When you buckle the chin strap and open your mouth, you should feel the helmet press firmly against the top of your head.

3 Peel-off test. If you can "peel" the helmet off your head to the front or rear when the chin strap is tightened, the straps need to be tightened.

The helmets we sell are certified by at least one of the major independent testing laboratories: The Snell Memorial Foundation, The American National Standards Institute and/or the American Society for Testing and Materials. Tests include analysis of the shell and liner's impact absorption, and the security of the harness.
Remember to replace your helmet if you fall on it. The liner absorbs serious impact only once and will not protect you from a second impact. Some of our helmet manufacturers will replace your helmet after a crash - ask us for details.

Level Helmets Keep You Safe

A helmet is not safe if you do not wear it correctly. The most common mistake we see is a helmet that's not level on the head, exposing the forehead, nose, and chin to injury in a fall.

The helmet should rest your head so the front rim is just above the eyebrows. All other adjustments should be made without altering this position.

Please be careful when adjusting the straps - it's easy to pinch some skin or pull hair when fastening the chin strap. Ouch! When children like their helmets, they're more likely to wear them.