Everyone was a new rider at some point, feeling both excited and nervous is normal! We welcome new riders at our store, everyone has nearly the same questions regarding what kit to buy.
We know there is a huge range out there and you will likely be spending a lump sum on protective gear with little experience to draw upon so allow us to de-mystify the process.
We will try and keep this short and sweet so for more in-depth knowledge browse our gear guides by product type!
Required by law and a priority of your budget, make sure yours is ECE 22.05 approved for your own safety. If in doubt there is a label on the neck strap accompanied by the type of test it passed - J is for open face, P is full face testing. (Some flip helmets will have both J and P as they are certified for use in both the open and closed positions).
Open face helmets have become more popular in recent years due to the wide field of vision provided. Composite materials are now used in their production so they are safer than ever and very lightweight. The one downside? Your chin is exposed in the event of a crash.
Flip front helmets (flip up) are useful as long as they have dual-certification (J and P testing). This means they are safe to ride with in the open and closed face positions. Handy if you ride on a mixture of fast and slow roads where safety and field of view vary as a priority. Downside is they are heavier and often are too wide to fit in underseat storage.
Full face helmets give the most protection as they cover the whole face. They are also a lot quieter and warmer than an open face. Traditionally the shell shapes have narrow openings so a small field of vision, this is changing with more retro styles on the market.
Fit is paramount with helmets, the key measurement is the circumfrence of your head around the top of the ears at the widest point. However this doesn't take into account head shape and not all makes of helmet fit the same.