the head is a starting point for the entire sizing procedure. Due to varying
shapes, heads that are apparently the same size when measured by a tape
may not necessarily fit the same size helmet. The circumference of the
head should be measured at a point approximately 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 to make sure you have
the largest one.
TRY ON: A) Grasp the helmet
by the chin straps, with the front of the helmet facing you and the top
of the helmet facing down.
B) Place the thumbs on the inside surface of the straps and balance the
helmet with the index fingers.
C) Spread the helmet apart with the hands, and slip down over the head.
If the helmet slides down on the head with no resistance, you have your
first indication that it may be too large. Obviously, if it will not slide
down over the head at all it is too small. Many people unfamiliar with
helmets are reluctant to pull down if they meet resistance as the helmet
goes on. Only if the helmet is impossible to put on should you move up
to the next size, as helmets that go on snug generally fit very well once
all the way on. Remember, most people will select a helmet that is too
large for them. The eyes should be approximately in the center of the
eyeport with the top edge of the liner padding just above the eyebrows.
CHECKING HORIZONTAL AND VERTICAL MOVEMENT:
Now that you are wearing the helmet, look carefully at the way
it fits. Check to see if the cheek pads are in contact with the cheeks.
Is there excess pressure on the cheeks? Look for gaps between the temples
and the brow pad. Check the back of the helmet where the neck roll (if
the helmet has one) makes contact with the neck. Does it touch at all?
Or is it pushing the helmet away at the rear causing it to roll down over
the eyes in front? After you have made your visual check, grab the helmet
in your hands, one on either side, and try to rotate the helmet from side
to side. Note any movement of the skin while doing this, as well as the
amount of resistance to movement remembering to hold your head steady.
Next, check movement up and down, again noting skin movement and resistance.
If in either test there was little or no skin movement, and/or the helmet
moved very easily, the helmet is too large. A properly fitted helmet will
cause the skin to move as the helmet moves. And, it will feel to the wearer
as if evenly distributed pressure is being continuously exerted around
NOTE: Helmets are a little like shoes, in that they do break-in
a little. For this reason the best attitude to have when fitting is that the helmet
should be as tight as you can stand to wear it.
WARNING: This test may
be a little uncomfortable, but it is very important! Now, fasten the chin
strap, so you can check it. After the strap has been tightly fastened,
while holding your head steady, reach over the top of the helmet grabbing
the bottom edge with your fingers. Then, try to roll the helmet off your
head. If it comes off, it is undoubtedly too large. NOTE: Never buy
a helmet that can be rolled off the head with the strap fastened.
PRESSURE POINT CHECK: Finally,
unfasten the chin strap and remove the helmet. Immediately after the helmet
has been removed, observe coloration of the skin of the forehead and cheeks.
A reddening of the skin in a small area may indicate a pressure point.
Pressure points sometimes are not noticed by the wearer for several minutes,
or even hours later. They sometimes cause headaches, and are at the least,
uncomfortable. If you notice a pressure point, or experienced discomfort
there while wearing the helmet, it's too small. If you cannot remember,
put the helmet back on for a few minutes, paying particular attention
to the anticipated pressure point. If the pressure point causes discomfort
either time, go to the next larger size, repeating steps four and five.