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How to Select an Off Road Helmet

Posted on 22 Mar 2012 in ATV and UTV, Dirt Bike | 3 comments

Off Road Helmets

A helmet is one of the most important protective items you can wear while riding your dirt bike or ATV, but not all helmets are created equally. Choosing the right helmet can make a difference in the protection you receive during an accident and comfort during your ride. Before shopping for your next helmet be sure to keep the following factors in mind:

Certifications: Make sure the helmet meets safety standards by looking for DOT or Snell safety ratings. Snell ratings are considered more stringent than DOT ratings so helmets baring a Snell sticker often provide better protection and have been through more thorough testing.

Helmet Type: There are three types of off road helmet: full face, open face, and motocross. A full face helmet will cover your whole face and head; while the open face helmet covers just the top portion of your head, leaving your face and chin exposed. The preferred choice of most riders is the motocross helmet. This type of helmet covers most of your face and has a strong piece to protect your jaw. When paired with goggles to protect the eyes, motocross helmets offer strong protection as well as ventilation not offered by full face helmets.  A motocross helmet also offers a greater field of view compared to a full face helmet and also has the added protection of the chin bar compared to an open face helmet.

Fit: Making sure your helmet fits right is another important aspect of buying a helmet. Helmets that don’t fit correctly hinder comfort, visibility and protection. Be sure to measure your head and pay close attention to the manufacturers sizing information. Check out Dennis Kirk’s helmet sizing tips for more tips on helmet fit to ensure you pick the right helmet for your head.

For further information on what to look for when buying a new helmet, check out our Helmet Buying Guide.

Now that you know what to look for in an off road helmet be sure to check out our NEW Bell Motocross Helmets!



  1. Denise / March 26th, 2012 1:24

    I want to know what the specs are for on road helmet.

    • Sarah / March 26th, 2012 18:33

      Thanks for your input Denise, we will keep this in mind when we are writing new blog posts. Be sure to subscribe to our blog so you don’t miss out on any future posts that you may find helpful 🙂



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