Picking the Right Snowmobile Helmet for Your Adventure Outdoors
A snowmobile helmet must fit well to provide protection and safety. When purchasing a helmet consider its size, comfort, and fit. Also inspect the helmet for a DOT Approved rating and/or Snell Approved (third party safety accreditation) rating. This will ensure your helmet will protect your head in the advent of a mishap.
Be wary of snowmobile helmet sizing. One brand name’s “Large” may be another’s “Medium.”. If available, use a tape measure to measure your head’s circumference. Take measurements at a couple of locations - such as about an inch or so above your eyebrows and a point at the back of your head that gives you the largest circumference reading. Look at the manufacturer’s sizing chart to compare their sizing to your measurement.
Once you determined a base size, make a point of trying on a few helmets. If your head’s measurement lies between two sizes, go for the larger size. Also consider that you will most likely be wearing some a head-stocking or balaclava. Think about how the extra layer may slightly affect the helmet’s fit. Personal comfort is all important. If it feels comfy, it might be the right helmet.
The helmet should be snug causing your skin to move when you move your head. When the helmet is placed on your head fasten the chin strap. Grab the helmet at its back and try to pull it forward as to roll it off your head. This process is uncomfortable. If the helmet comes of it is too big for you head. If it stays put, you have the perfect fit. Another key indicator is if you can stick your entire finger inside the helmet at your fore head, the helmet is too big. Your finger should only go as the first finger joint.
Before making your final decision, check for pressure points between your face and the helmet. These will show up as reddish areas on your forehead or cheeks after you remove the helmet. A helmet with a slight pressure point may seem okay while in the store, but that pressure point will grow in discomfort while trail riding.
Remember, modular helmets for snowmobiling should protect the entire face as well as the head. They should also have a full face shield to block wind at high speeds without impeding vision. Snow cross helmets have an open face area and require goggles for operation. When it is not too cold out, half shield helmets may also work for your adventure. All helmets designed for snowmobiling have extra insulation for warmth.
Joe’s Sports and Surplus stocks Zeus modular and motor/snow cross helmets along with Choko modular and motor/snow cross helmets. Come in and check out our selection. Try on a helmet; we will help you choosing the right helmet for you.