Selecting the right type of motorcycle helmet for the style of riding you will be doing is an important factor when you are buying motorcycle gear. In this article we will cover the main type of motorbike helmet available in most motorcycle shops, the full face helmet, and look at the main features to be aware of in this helmet type along with some of the different pros and cons to consider.
We will also look at how to make sure you get the right fit when purchasing a motorcycle helmet online and look at some of the most popular brands and models available at online retailers like Amazon.

Full Face Helmet

 
A full face helmet is the most popular type of road bike helmet used for sports bile riders. As you can see from the image, the helmet covers all of the head area and has coverage and protection around the chin area.
These helmets have a visor system that is able to be moved up and down to allow for full face protection from road debris or weather conditions when required. They also usually have a ventilation system built in so when the visor is down, there is still air flow coming into the helmet, keeping you cool in summer and stopping the visor from fogging up in winter.

Full Face Helmet
When buying a full face helmet make sure you get one that has a quick release, or easy change visor. Any decent brand helmet will come with a clear visor as well as a tinted visor, and being able to swap them over quickly without the need for a tool is important. The tinted style visor is great for during the day, to cut down on glare and looking into the sun, but you need to change them over before riding at night or you won’t be able to see anything with the visor down.

Another feature to look out for is a motorbike helmet that has removable and washable cheek pads. After wearing the helmet for a while, especially during summer, things can get a bit sweaty and smelly in your helmet so the ability to remove some internal elements and wash them will prolong the life of your helmet and make it more enjoyable to wear.

As with all motorcycle helmets, make sure the one you are considering buying is DOT safety standard approved, or whatever the safety standard is in your country. You should also make sure the helmet comes with a helmet bag as well.

These full face helmets are the style most used for motorcycle racing on the track. A racing helmet has all the same characteristics but generally has more graphics and styling options. You can buy a racing helmet that is a replica of the one your favorite racer wears, like Valentino Rossi.

Below we will cover the three different leading helmets in this category, covering budget, average and high end cost. Buying a helmet online is a great way to save some money when you are buying your first helmet or replacing a different one.

Budget


The IV2 (Ivolution Sports) helmet on the right is the best selling budget full face helmet on Amazon. It has excellent user reviews and they have sold thousands.

Ivolution Sports, Inc was born out of a desire to create cutting edge helmet designs that provide top notch performance at a low price and doing it all while looking great! Their helmets are produced in one of the best factories in the world alongside some of the most prestigious brands in the industry.

For around $50 you can’t go past this helmet for price and the features included. It comes with both a clear and tinted visors, removable check pads and a full ventilation system. You should really check it out and read some of the positive owner comments.

Mid Price


The O’Neal Fastrack II is stylish and comfortable. It features an advanced, lightweight design and comes equipped with an integrated Blinc Bluetooth communication system–allowing riders to talk, listen to music, or hear GPS directions.

It features an adjustable multi port flow-through ventilation system and an oversized spoiler on the top of the helmet which is one of its most clever features.

It has been designed to pull the tornadic buffeting that occurs on the rear of all helmets away from the rear of the helmet. This makes the helmet much quieter and more stable at highway speeds. It also has a washable, removable comfort liner with technical fabric. This is a fantastic helmet with high end features at a good price point.

High End


The O’Neal Commander helmet is loaded with the newest in Blinc Bluetooth Technology. Some of it’s features include

  • DOT/ECE safety standards
  • Anti fog and Scratch visor
  • Dropdown sun visor
  • Washable suede comfort liner
  • Shell design for flowing ventilation throughout the helmet.

The comms system has 10 hours of talk time and 130 hours standby time, 2 high quality speakers with full stereo sound, 1500 foot rider to rider intercom, Listen to GPS voice commands, One touch control for call answering or rejecting and re-dialing, Incoming phone call overrides intercom, music and navigation audio, Lithium-polymer battery with a power charger – all replacement parts available.

Sizing

Proper fit is vital to the performance of a helmet during an impact, obviously it must stay securely on the head and not allow your head to move around inside the helmet.

All of the helmets listed above should have sizing and fitting guides on the product page. These will explain how to choose the right size to fit your heads dimensions and shape. We would recommend going to your local motorcycle accessories shop and try on a bunch of different helmets to find the most comfortable fit for you, then do some research online to find the cheapest price.

As a guide though, when buying a full face helmet you want to ensure a snug fit without it being too tight or without too much pressure being applied. You also need to make sure that the helmet isn’t too loose where the helmet can freely wobble around without your head moving.
If you can’t get to a store to try some on, you will need to take a measure of the circumference of your head.
A small metal tape measure or cloth tape may be used to make your initial measurement. You can also use a string, which can then be laid against a measuring tape.

Measure the circumference of the head at a point one inch above the eyebrows in front, and at a point in the back of the head that results in the largest possible measurement. Take several measurements and use the largest one.

Then using the chart below you can work out the approximate size helmet you should be buying.
Use this link to see a great range of Full Face Helmets at different price points.

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