Mountain Bike Helmet Buying Guide

Answer the following questions and/or think through the points.  This will help with the correct bike helmet choice.

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Helmet Size

It is essential you buy the correct sized helmet.  Use goRide’s How to Size & Fit a  Bike Helmet.  Please be aware that most of your head growth is done by the time you reach 6yrs old (this is an average head growth, you or your child may be different).  After this age your head will change shape allowing for maturity of your face.  This means that most helmets will need to be replaced due to wear & tear rather than becoming too small.  This also allows you to invest in the best you can afford knowing you will get good use from it – you can not overdo protection of your head.

Helmet Adjustment

How does the helmet adjust?  It is essential that the adjustment system of the helmet is good enough (rear dial & adjustable straps) and used well.  You must fit the helmet to your head shape so that it will stay on and over your head in an impact.  Mountain biking is a sport where accidents can happen with some frequency especially if you ride at speed and challenge yourself.   Again go to the Size & Fit information page.

Helmet Shape

All bike helmets sold in New Zealand need to meet a minimum safety standard. To get maximum protection when mountain biking we suggest a helmet shaped like your head – round and smooth. No protrusions or protrusions with impact release systems. Being round and smooth allows the helmet to slide better along a surface, reducing the peak forces with sudden stopping. An outcome that reduces the risk of a head injury.  The shape of the helmet needs to provide good coverage of the head. Coverage from above the eyebrows to right down low at the back of the head (where the head meets the neck).  See a helmet that works for you.

Materials & Construction

Different brands use different materials and construction methods which effects the overall performance of the helmet. As well as full head coverage and a fit system a good mountain bike helmet should have

  • MIPS technology (Multi-directional Impact Protection System)
  • in mold polycarbonate construction for strength
  • air flow system for ventilation
  • google compatibility or integration
  • breakaway camera/light mounts

Matches to your level of riding

There is a huge range of mountain bike helmets on the market.  Generally as the price goes up the features and protection are greater.   Ventilation and airflow systems will get better.  Antimicrobial, wicking pad materials will be of a higher spec. Head coverage becomes greater – removable chin guards or full face helmets.  Independant strength tests may have been preformed giving a helmet certification for race use.  So match the type of riding – your risk level – to the helmet features.

goRide’s Women/Girls Youth Mountain Bike Helmet Solutions

Multi - Environment Helmet
Helmet
Protection/Features
MIPS equipped,Roc Loc 5 Dial fit system. 14 vents, Goggle compatible.
Level of Mountain Biking
Best suited to: Beginner - Intermediate Mountain Biking. Best all round recreation helmet
Size Range
S,M Ranging from 51cm-59cm
Cost

$159.00

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Performance Helmet
Helmet
Protection/Features
MIPS equipped,Reinforced polycarbonate shell,Roc-Loc Air Fit system, 16 vents, Google integration & grip, Breakaway camera/light mount
Level of Mountain Biking
Best suited to Beginner - Intermediate - Advanced Mountain Biking.
Size Range
Womens S,M. Ranging from 51cm-59cm
Cost

$249.00

SHOP
Mountain Bike Helmet Chin Guard
Helmet
Protection/Features
Removable chin bar,MIPS Equipped,Float fit system, 33 vents, 784grams.
Level of Mountain Biking
Best suited to Intermediate - Advanced -Downhill Mountain Biking
Size Range
Unisex S,M,L Ranging from 52cm-62cm
Cost

$369.00

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Mountain Bike Helmet - Certified Chin Guard
Helmet
Protection/Features
Certified for racing, Removable chin bar, MIPS Spherical, Float fit system, 25 vents, 850grams
Level of Mountain Biking
Best suited to Racing, Downhill, Advanced technical, best protection available. Best protection for head or neck injuries
Size Range
Unisex S,M,L Ranging from 52cm-62cm
Cost

$549.00

SHOP

goRide’s Men/Boys Youth Mountain Bike Helmet Solutions

Multi- Environment Helmet
Helmet
Protection/Features
MIPS equippedRoc Loc 5 Dial fit system.14 vents, Goggle compatible.
Level of Mountain Biking
Best suited to: Beginner - Intermediate Mountain Biking. Best all round recreation helmet
Size Range
Mens S,M,L. Ranging from 51cm-61cm
Cost

$159.00

SHOP
Performance Helmet
Helmet
Protection/Features
MIPS equipped,Reinforced polycarbonate shell,Roc-Loc Air Fit system, 16 vents, Goggle integration & grip, Breakaway camera/light mount
Level of Mountain Biking
Best suited to Beginner - Intermediate - Advanced Mountain Biking.
Size Range
Mens S,M,L,XL Ranging from 51cm-65cm
Cost

$249.00

SHOP
Mountain Bike Helmet - Chin Guard
Helmet
Protection/Features
Removable chin bar, MIPS Equipped, Float fit system, 33 vents, 784grams.
Level of Mountain Biking
Best suited to Intermediate - Advanced - Downhill
Size Range
Unisex S,M,L Ranging from 52cm-62cm
Cost

$369.00

SHOP
Mountain Bike Helmet - Certified Chin Guard
Helmet
Protection/Features
Certified for racing, Removable chin bar, MIPS Spherical, Float fit system, 25 vents, 850grams
Level of Mountain Biking
Best suited to Racing, Downhill, Advanced technical, best protection available. Best protection for head or neck injuries
Size Range
Unisex S,M,L Ranging from 52cm-62cm
Cost

$549.00

SHOP
For other types of riding (town, recreation, road) see the BIKE HELMET BUYING GUIDE  or KIDS BIKE HELMET BUYING GUIDE

MAKE YOUR PURCHASE A SUCCESS…

Adjust to the head for a SNUG Fit.

get Safe – when you first purchase your helmet you need to invest some time to make the necessary adjustments to make the helmet fit snugly to the head. Then you need to do a pre-ride check- that is a quick helmet check before you goRide. 

Caring for your helmet

Role model good habits with your helmet, how do kids learn…by watching you.  Wear your helmet every time you ride a bike, don’t drop it or throw it, store it in a safe place, hang it by the chin strap not through the V-straps (otherwise you will be forever adjusting it) 

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