Choosing the correct size snowmobile helmet is crucial to its effectiveness. A helmet that is too loose will not protect your head when it flies off in the event of an accident. On the other hand, a helmet that is too small will be very uncomfortable and could cause some serious pain to your head. A helmet that is too small may also not fit at all which defeats the purpose of even buying a helmet. Let’s talk about how to choose the right size snowmobile helmet.
How To Find Your Snowmobile Helmet Size
Generally whether you are shopping online or in stores each brand of snowmobile helmet has a sizing chart. Now, like shoes, each brand’s sizing is going to be a tad different. It’s just the way it is. The sizing chart is going to be most important if you are shopping online. Being you can’t try these helmets on while looking at them through your computer screen you will want to make sure you have an accurate measurement of your head at the widest part and you will also want to make sure wherever you are buying the helmet from has a good exchange policy. This will help ensure that you won’t be stuck with a helmet that does not fit your noggin.
How To Measure Your Head
Measuring your head can either be done with a flexible measuring tape, like one used by a seamstress or by using a piece of string and measuring how long it is. Either way will work. If you choose the string method, place an end of the string on your forehead. Next wrap the storing around the widest part of your head until you make it around to your forehead again. Mark on the string where the end you started with meets the string again. Finally measuring the distance between the start of the string and the mark you made on the string. This is the circumference of your head and will help you choose which size helmet is best for you.
When measuring it is very important to measure the widest part of your head to get the largest measurement you can to ensure the helmet you pick out will fit over that section of your head. We suggest measuring a couple times and having someone assist you with this to ensure accuracy. Measure twice, buy once!
How Should The Helmet Should Feel
We have been asked this question a lot. Should it be tight? Should there be wiggle room? The answer is it should be comfortable and stay on your head. You do not want your helmet to be so tight that you can’t get your face mask or balaclava on underneath it or so tight it starts to give you a headache. This will make your riding experience miserable. You also don’t want it too loose that it wiggles around or falls in front of your eyes. I don’t think I really need to explain why this is a problem. Your helmet should fit comfortably with your balaclava on and stay in position on your head naturally. You want it to fit snug like a baseball hat.
We highly recommend going to a local dealer if you have the ability before purchasing the helmet as it gives you the opportunity to try them on and ensure a good fit. This is what we do then typically go back online to get the color scheme and design we want. This is also a great way to take advantage of deals that may be available online that are otherwise not available in stores. If you find the one you want in stores while trying it one, by all means buy it and support your local dealer! If they don’t have what you are looking for don’t hesitate to ask if they can order what you are looking for.
Thank you for taking the time to read this article on how to find your snowmobile helmet size. We hope it helps and that you find the helmet that fits you the best. If you have any other types or recommendations, please leave them in the comments below. Braap on!
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