One important consideration is the helmet’s fit, which should be uniformly snug. Moreover, its wearer should not feel any points of additional pressure, although the initial fit should be rather tight, as the liner will compact within a few rides. As helmets come in different shapes, one brand or design may fit better than another may. Qualified sales representatives can ensure proper fit.
Another major consideration is safety certification. All helmets in the United States should have Department of Transportation (DOT) certification. Many helmets will also have a Snell rating, which indicates the level of protection provided. If possible, individuals should choose a helmet with a favorable Snell rating.
Other factors that bikers should think about include a helmet’s venting, weight, and lining. Many helmets have removable linings to facilitate periodic cleaning.