Measuring helmet size: How to do it right

by Pramith

You measure helmet size when you need a new helmet for cycling, motorcycling or other sports. Only the right helmet offers optimal protection and won’t slip if things get wobbly. You can find out how to measure correctly here.

Measure the helmet size

In many sports, a helmet is worn to protect the head from injury. In addition to cycling and motorcycling, this also includes scooter riding, skateboarding, inline skating, horse riding or playing football, for example. Always measure the helmet size in the same way.

  • Take a tape measure and sit upright. There should be nothing in your hair or on your head to get in the way. Therefore, loosen braids, remove hair accessories or take off your cap and hat.
  • Now place the measuring tape at the front of the forehead, about one centimetre above the eyebrows.
  • Take the tape measure around the back of the head at this height, also about one centimetre above the ears, until you come back to the starting point in front.
  • Read the tape measure number that immediately meets the beginning of the tape measure. This is the centimetre of your head circumference and is also your size for caps or hats.
  • It is important that you do not hold the tape measure loosely when measuring, but do not pull it too tightly either. It should be snug against your head without constricting or constricting.

Finding the right helmet

Once you have measured the circumference of your head, you can now use tables to find the right helmet. There are tables available in stores for every type of sport.

  • Find your head circumference in the table and read off which helmet size you need.
  • For a bicycle helmet, for example, a head circumference of 57 to 58 cm corresponds to helmet size M.
  • If your head circumference is between two sizes, opt for the larger version so that nothing pinches or squeezes.
  • It is also important that you do not only consider the helmet size. The fit also plays a crucial role. Depending on the shape of your head, every helmet can turn out differently, despite being the right size.
  • So try out every helmet and test whether it fits well, tightly and stably, whether it is comfortable and allows enough air to reach the head, whether it does not slip, nothing pinches and nothing is squeezed.
  • Many retailers also let you try on helmets. Just ask for it. That way you can be sure you’re taking the right helmet home with you.

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