Motorcycle helmets are the life saviours; if there is one thing that you need to protect during riding, it’s your beloved brains. Full face helmets are the most common type and the most popular among the head insurance policies. Yet, there are other types that can give you the desired protection too.
Each and every type provides the rider with a certain level of safety which is usually inversely proportional to style. In other words, imagine the safety feature placed on one hand of a pivotal balance while the other hand lies style and convenience. The safer the helmet, the more it’s hard to move around with for a longer time and vice versa. Let’s take a closer look at each type to understand this concept in depth.
Full Face Helmets.
The kind of helmets that usually get featured in nearly every motorcycle website and magazine cover. The spoilt offspring of this amazing hobby that is very popular even among people who don’t ride. Full Face Helmets have the highest level of safety; your whole head is covered, the front, the back, the upper side, and your chin too. Motorcycle racers tend to wear them more as they are addicted to high speeds. The downside is it’s totally closed. The ventilation sources are usually tiny holes that are designed for a smooth air flow or the visor in case it was opened. Those helmets may offer the highest level of safety, but full face helmets are not the most convenient when it comes to practical use.
Open Face Helmets.
Now, moving on to the next type which is open face helmets, those helmets have nearly the same features of the full face ones, except the fact that the front side of the helmet is removed. This means the absence of chin protection as well as the chin one too. The Visor is usually replaced with motorcycle glasses or normal ones. As for the chin, it is totally exposed without any protection. This type is commonly used by cruiser riders (or any sort of rider that don’t go at high speeds). Open face helmets provide a huge advantage over the full face ones which are air flow. There is literally nothing blocking the air from your face, which is what some riders are going after. Less safety, more practicality.
That’s the extreme alternative for full face helmets. Seriously, this helmet nearly covers nothing but the upper part of the head. No protection whatsoever for the front, back, or chin. This helmet is usually used by riders who actually wear helmets for the sake of the law or actually to convince themselves that they are in “full gear”. However, it’s still better than going naked head as it provides somehow safety to its rider. Also, if you are a vintage fan who loves to walk around like a person from the WW2 era, half helmets will help you in achieving your goal.
Now, that’s what I prefer to call an “intermediate solution”. Modular Helmets are actually full face helmets with the option of turning it into a half one. So let’s say for example that you are riding in the city and you need more of fresh air than safety. You press a little magic button on the front side and voila, the front side slides upwards turning it into a half helmet.
Now, in case you decided to squeeze the throttle a little and hit the highway, close your modular helmet and you’ve got yourself a full face one. Another aspect that riders often skip is the ability to communicate with another person while having your helmet on. Have you ever tried to ask a passerby for directions with your helmet on? I bet all that he was hearing was an alien voice. That’s when the modular helmets come in to solve this dilemma.
However, it’s crucial to highlight the fact that even when the modular helmet is closed, it’s not as safe as the full face helmets. The reason is because the modular ones are not cast in one piece as the full face ones, that makes the front side a little bit more fragile than the full face helmets. You can’t really get everything you wish for in a single helmet, but we always see modular helmets as the best option that keeps the pivotal balance (between safety and practicality) in the equilibrium position.
Hopefully, this guide was helpful in demonstrating the different types of helmets. Now, that you have known all of the features of different helmets, make sure to choose the one that suits your needs. We wish you enjoyable safe rides with lots of unforgettable memories (pleasant ones). Happy Riding Folks!