Are you new to the all-terrain and adrenaline world and don't know how to get prepared? Well, let me tell you that your new best friend will be an ATV helmet. Wearing the right ATV helmet is so important that it can save your life or make any damage less significant if you get into an accident. You might be wondering, what is the right size ATV helmet for you? Please continue reading through this article, and you will find answers to most of your questions and more.
To know the right size for you, you will need to determine your head's measurements and shape. ATV helmets are designed in three categories based on head shapes: round oval, intermediate oval, and long oval. To get the measurements, use a tailor's tape measure to get your head's circumference.
When it comes to wearing something on your head that will protect your life, you want to ensure that you get the right fitting in case you get into an accident. Because not everyone has the same head circumference, ATV helmets can be a little tricky to buy. Below you will find some guidance on how to get the appropriate reference when buying your ATV helmet.
What Is ATV?
If you are recently joining the extreme and adventurous world, you need to know what ATV is. ATV stands for "All-terrain Vehicle," which includes motorized rides such as four-wheelers and quads. ATVs can be divided into two types. Type I, designed for an operator or the person who will be riding, and Type II was designed to have the operator and a passenger. ATVs are not meant for everybody, meaning you should ride an ATV depending on your age and the passenger's age if you'll be riding a Type II model.
How Can You Determine The Appropriate ATV Helmet Sizing
You will need to take a few steps to get the correct measurements before purchasing an ATV helmet. We will show you the steps and a chart that can be used to determine your head's size accurately. Knowing your head's size can also save you a lot of time at the store.
ATV Helmet General Size Chart
The following chart shows standardized head circumference measurements and appropriate ATV helmet sizes.
|Size||Hat Size||Head Circumference|
|X-Small||6-5/8 – 6 3/4||20.87" – 21.26" (53 – 54 cm)|
|Small||6-7/8 – 7||21.65" – 22.05" (55 – 56 cm)|
|Medium||7-1/8 – 7-1/4||22.44" – 22.83" (57 – 58 cm)|
|Large||7-3/8 – 7-1/2||23.23" – 23.62" (59 – 60 cm)|
|X-Large||7-5/8 – 7-3/4||24.02" – 24.41" (61 – 62 cm)|
|2X-Large||7-7/8 – 8||24.8" – 25.2" (63 – 64 cm)|
|3X-Large||8-1/8 – 8-1/4||25.6" – 26" (65 – 66 cm)|
|4X-Large||8-3/8 – 8-1/2||26.4" – 26.8" (67 – 68 cm)|
|5X-Large||8-5/8 – 8-3/4||27" – 27.5" (69 – 70 cm)|
How Can You Get Your Head’s Shape And Circumference?
You might have felt a little overwhelmed with the chart or confused about how to get those sizes. If that was the case, do not worry! Just use a tailor's measuring tape and follow these steps:
- The measuring tape should be above the level of your eyebrows, almost an inch above.
- Place the tip in the center of your forehead.
- Wrap the tape around your skull, around the thickest part above your ears.
- Mark your measurement after you have wrapped your head around and have met the center again.
Note that the measure needs to be adequately taken. If you feel you are having some difficulties holding the tape and getting the correct measurement, ask a friend or a family member to either take a picture of the measurement or write them down for you. Remember that it needs to be as accurate as possible to avoid any risk of buying the wrong ATV helmet for you.
Why Are ATV Helmets Necessary?
As with any sport, doing extreme activities such as ATV riding puts you in danger and at risk of getting into an accident. Therefore, being prepared and having the appropriate safety equipment is crucial. Wearing a helmet can prevent severe head injuries because it protects your entire skull and your face. Also, by wearing an ATV helmet, you obey the law because it is a requirement for any ATV rider to have it on and securely fastened in some states. ATV helmets can also prevent fatigue because they make your head stable despite the extreme conditions you might be riding into. It is impossible to predict whether you will get into an accident or not; hopefully, you don't, but wearing the proper protection can prevent the consequences and damages of it.
Can You Use Any Type Of Helmet?
Depending on the type of ride, there is a type of helmet that is appropriate. It wouldn't make any sense to play basketball with a bat or baseball with a golf ball. It's the same for riding; you need the correct type of helmet. The reasoning behind it is that not every ride is done under the same conditions, velocity, obstacles, vehicle, or motor.
Average Motocross Helmet
This helmet is primarily necessary for dirt bike or motocross because it provides complete head protection, including your chin. The vision will typically be uncovered, but the helmet's weight offers total protection against any accident that impacts the head. A Motocross sizing chart can be a little different due to its design around the chin area; therefore, various fittings will be required so you can choose the one that is right for you.
Open Face Helmet
Open face helmets are the most frequently used. These helmets are required for motorcycles to provide head safety. You will typically see them in solid black, colorful, or with some designs on them. Suppose you rank the protection level offered by an open-face helmet. Unfortunately, the protection it offers will be small to medium. They are suggested only to be used for motorcycles based on the conditions you ride them in.
Advanced Motocross Or Atv Helmets
These types of helmets are considered the best when it comes to head protection and advanced features. Though these types of helmets can be more expensive than the others, they will be needed if you ride in dangerous or competitive conditions. Believe it or not, despite the advanced features and additional protection, these are lighter in weight. If you are very into ATV riding, advanced or ATV helmets should be a priority before going to a rally or getting into a competition.
Consequences Of Not Wearing An ATV Helmet
You have probably watched action TV shows, series, or movies where the good guy or bad guy is trying to get away from a situation, and despite having a helmet on, they crash.
Imagine what it would be like crashing without a helmet? Getting into an accident while not wearing an ATV helmet will probably cause you significant injuries and even death. Some of the most drastic consequences of not wearing a helmet are the following: brain damage, concussions, severe injuries to your neck, face, and head, and in the worst scenario, death. Motorcycle and ATV deaths occupy around 14% of yearly accidents, and for the majority of those, the riders were not wearing helmets. Wearing your helmet prevents brain damage and motorcycle death.
Life is a precious gift. It is an opportunity given that some might not have and wish they did. If you are riding ATVs, please do some research on the location you'll be riding and take the time to do the proper head measurements so you can buy an ATV helmet that is right for your head shape. ATV riding is an activity that gives us so much adrenaline and excitement, even more, if we are competing. Make sure you have the appropriate safety equipment to prevent accidents; your life is important, and so is everyone else's. Regardless of whether you are riding just for fun or in a competition, wearing an ATV helmet is extremely necessary and mandatory, depending on the location you'll be doing so. Before you have some fun with friends and family, get your measurements, rush to the nearest motorcycle store, and get the right ATV helmet for you.
Shawn Manaher loves to play with new toys and dive into new hobbies. As a serial entrepreneur, work definitely comes first but there is always room for hobbies.