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Head Shape and Helmet Weight Help

Helmet Shape & Weight

Understanding the SHAPE and WEIGHT of your helmet can help maximize your enjoyment and safety on two-wheels. Helmets typically fall into three head shape categories - Intermediate, Long Oval and Round. You will know what head shape fits you best when you identify the style that fits snugly without points of increased pressure (hot spots), or areas with no contact between the helmet liner and your head. In addition to helmet shape, helmet weight is a fundamentally important consideration depending on how and where you are riding. You can find some texture on these fitment elements below:


Round Helmet Shape ROUND HELMET SHAPE

  • The least common head shape
  • More spherical than their more oval counterparts
  • Riders with round head shapes are likely to feel “hot-spots” at the temple along with extra space at the forehead when wearing intermediate or long oval helmets


Intermediate Helmet Shape INTERMEDIATE HELMET SHAPE

  • The most common head shape
  • Slightly thinner than it is long
  • Most helmets made for the North American market follow this shape
  • Often referred to as an Intermediate Oval


Long Oval Helmet Shape LONG OVAL HELMET SHAPE

  • Less common head shape
  • Designed for riders whose head is substantially thinner than it is long
  • Riders with this head shape tend to feel “hot-spots” along the forehead and some extra space at the temple when wearing intermediate or round helmets


Helmet Weight HELMET WEIGHT

  • Helmet weights generally run between 3 - 4+ lbs
  • Helmets between 3 and 3.75lb are considered to be on the lighter end of the spectrum
  • Reduced helmet weight cuts down on rider neck fatigue
  • Advanced design techniques shave ounces while adhering to stringent safety standards
  • Lighter helmets tend to be more expensive due to the use of premium materials
  • Weights listed on RevZilla.com are based on Large helmets with all liners included