Motocross Helmets: A Rider’s Essential Guide
No matter how much seat time you've got, sh*t happens in the dirt. Little too much juice on that hard pack? Too much front brake on that dusty downhill? No matter what's coming at you a little education will help you pick the right lid for your next moto adventure.
The Anatomy of A Helmet
Every part of a motocross helmet has a purpose. Let’s break it down:
The Outer Shell:
Made to take hits so your head doesn't have to. Think of it as a knight's armor against the cruel world. As it absorbs energy and defects punctures it will deform and even fracture, sacrificing so you don't have to.
Expanded Expanded PolyStyrene - between that hard shell and the soft comfort liner is and EPS layer. As this layer compacts it buys your brain time to slow down before it impacts the inside of your skull.
Cushy foam that cradles your head. Hopefully it's moister wicking and washable to keep ya fresh and cool.
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Top Features to Look For
Alright, let's get down to the nitty-gritty. Here's what your helmet absolutely, positively, MUST have:
DOT or Snell Certification:
Proof that your helmet meets safety standards. Because, hey, isn't that the point?
Let's avoid that dreaded F-Word - fatigue. Not your friend on the track. Stay cool, calm and collected.
BUY IT SNUG. Your new lid is going to break-in, plan for that. It's gotta fit like a glove - or in this case, a helmet.
Caring for Your Helmet
Your helmet takes care of you, so it's only fair you return the favor. How?
A damp cloth and mild detergent. Easy, right?
Keep it away from direct sunlight when not in use. Think of it as a vampire – it hates the sun.
Helmets are typically single use. Once that hard shell or EPS layer is compromised it's time to call Speed Addicts and replace it.
To Wrap It Up...
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q1: How often should I replace my motocross helmet?
A1: Every 3-5 years, or after a major crash.
Q2: Are more expensive helmets safer?
A2: Not necessarily. Look for DOT plus ECE or Snell, regardless of price.
Q3: Can I customize my helmet?
A3: Absolutely! But don't drill or make modifications that can compromise its integrity.
Q4: What’s the best way to measure my head for a helmet?
A4: Use a measuring tape around the widest part of your head – above your ears and eyebrows.
Q5: Full-face or open-face helmet – which is safer?
A5: Full-face offers more protection, especially for the chin and jaw area.