Saturday, May 12, 2007Riding Helmets Part 2 - Finding the Right One So now I know all about the standards and why we should make sure to always use a certified helmet when riding. Next is to actually start looking for just the right one. My first stop was Ebay, which had a wide variety of choices in new, used, certified, non-certified with sizes and colors galore and prices ranging all over the place. The online tack shops were just about the same with too many options and features that made my head spin. At least now I had an idea of the range of prices out there and what to expect so my next stop would be the local tack shops.
I also took some time to look up fitting guidelines to make sure that what ever we ended up choosing would work as it was designed to. I found that the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs had the best advise for finding just the right helmet. Some of the best suggestion they made were:
- Put the helmet on and wear it around the tack shop for several minutes.
It should fit snugly from front to back and from side to side, but not so tightly that it gives you a headache.
- After wearing the helmet for about five minutes, take it off and look in a mirror. In addition to checking your hair, look for marks on your forehead. If there are marks, try the next bigger size.
Over all our adventure buying a helmet really was a trying experience and required us traveling to 3 different shops to find just the right one. We ended up going back to our first stop the next day to pick up the one that fit the best. My advise to you if you are in the market for a new helmet is to remember that helmets vary in size and shape, several helmets will need to be tried so plan on spending quite a bit of time. You will end up having "a bad hair day" but should be able to find a great helmet.