To determine the right size for a motorcycle helmet, you need to measure the circumference of your head. This is best done above your eyebrows. The measured circumference in centimeters gives you an indication of what the correct size for a motorcycle helmet would be. I can require some skill to measure it correctly, so please make sure you measure it a few times to get a real good indication. You can find the sizes which brand use in cm below. Are you in between sizes? Then go for the smallest one.
It’s not just the size that is important when choosing the right motorcycle helmet. The fit of the helmet and the shape of your own head also play their part. Not every brand uses the same fit for its helmets. In general, three types of fits are used; oval, round-oval and round-shaped. These fits work well with similar face and head shapes.
Does your face have an oval shape? Then the length of your face often is 1.5 times the width of your face. Your head is widest at the temples, although the cheekbones may come close in width. The hairline isn’t overly wide or narrow, but rounded.
A round-oval face and head has a longer proportion. The length of your face is more than 1.5 times the width of your face. Your face often doesn’t have an evident widest point. The point of width of your cheekbones often corresponds to the point of the temples. The hairline is narrower and and the jawline is slightly pointed.
The proportions of a round head and face is relatively short. The length of your face is less than 1.5 times the with of your face. Your cheekbones are the widest point of your face. The jaw is rounded, as is the hairline.
A new motorcycle helmet should fit tightly around your head. Of course, there shouldn’t occur any painful pressure points, but a slightly pressing feeling isn’t a bad thing. Does it put some kind of uncomfortable pressure on the front or back of your head? Chances are, that the fit of the helmet doesn’t fit the shape of your head. Or perhaps the helmet is just a size too small. To provide the best protection, your helmet must fit properly. A tight fitting motorcycle helmet can’t shift the moment you fall and need it to provide that protection. Also, a tight fitting motorcycle helmet will always be quieter than a motorcycle helmet that’s slightly too big. Keep in mind that the lining and cushions of the helmet will shrink a bit when used regularly.
Do motorcycle helmets that are specially made for women exist? Yes, they do. But only in terms of graphics and colour ways. These helmets are often produced in smaller sizes too. You won’t easily find a helmet that’s smaller than size XXXS. Most helmet manufacturers produce helmets from size XXS to XXXL. Arai, Shark and Caberg, among a few others, are some exceptions. These brands also offers helmets in size XXXS. Overall, all motorcycle helmets are unisex when it comes to size. So as a lady you also have plenty of choice. In terms of colour choice, there is way more choice when it comes to helmets than there is to motorcycle clothing for women!