Helmet fit and sizing can be confusing for anyone, but since most helmets are made for men, it gets especially murky for us women.  Luckily we are here to help you navigate this and give you a few suggestions on how to have a good hair day once you are in your lid.  We will review measuring, head shape, the helmet cavity, padding systems and how your helmet should feel.

To start, check out the video link to learn how to measure your head here. This will give you a circumference measurement that directs you to a size in the size chart, and most manufacturers go from XS - XXL.  This will typically be a smaller size for women.

Next, we want to teach you about head shape. We humans are all beautifully individual, and our noggins are no different.  Shape is just as important as size but sometimes overlooked.  For women, we have a few different traits in our heads and faces that affect how we shop for motorcycle helmets.  The female head is generally smaller and narrower than a male head, and we typically have higher cheekbones – all of which affect how a helmet fits.

Some of you may have seen the Head Shape Chart commonly used for fitting motorcycle helmets that categorizes our noggins from everything to an elongated oval to a circle.

It’s a bit odd and can be confusing, but with the visual explanation here, we can help you understand how motorcycle manufacturers talk about our heads.

Typically women will be in the intermediate or long oval shapes, but everyone is different, so try a few to see what feels best.

Now, let’s talk cavity depth.

The cavity is the domed interior part of the helmet shell.  

This is important to review if you plan to wear a bandana or headwrap under your helmet. Headwear can add friction between you and your helmet for less slipping. It offers you better protection as it stays in place and creates less messy, matted hair for better hair days!

Just make sure to try on your helmet with any headwear that you will be normally wearing while riding.

Next, steers us to the internal padding system.  There are crown pads and cheek pads.

Some manufacturers offer different crown pad sizes to give more or less depth in this cavity region for a better fit.  So think customization – use the crown padding and/or the headwear to ensure a good fit with room for a good hair day.

Now it is time to look at the cheek padding.

Most helmets' manufacturers offer additional sizes in cheek pads to be able to customize a better fit for numerous head shapes.  This is usually the easiest but least known way to customize the fit of a helmet.  The SHOEI GT Air Full Face has the option for four different sizes of cheek pads and three size options for crown pads.

Another way to use the cheek pads is with an Air Pump system.  The SCORPION EXO-2000 Full Face offers pump action to inflate and deflate interior cheek pads with air for a truly customized fit.

And ladies! There is one helmet on the market specifically designed for women.  

The SCHUBERTH C3W Full Face is engineered for the smaller female head frame and has super formable memory foam padding to make a custom form to each face shape.

It also has the “pony bump” divot in the EPS liner that can accommodate a ponytail to give us a waaay better hair day!

Lastly – how should it feel?

Snug is the answer. If your helmet is not snug to your head, it could do terrible things, like block your vision or lift in the wind causing strain and pain. It also won’t protect you as intended in a crash if it’s slipping or loose to your head.  If the helmet moves or your fingers fit easily between your head and the helmet you need a different size or shape.  

The helmet should fit snug around your head and face with no pressure points.

After your helmet is on and the strap is secured, roll your head both front-to-back and side-to-side.  It should feel comfortable and stay in place.

Then, wear the helmet for 10-15 minutes to feel if any uncomfortable pressure points develop.  Typically this will happen at the forehead, temples and back of the head.  If so, try a different size or shape.

Bottom line is that you need to try on your new helmet to see if it’s right for you.  

And since J&P Cycles has a 120-day hassle-free return policy, you can test out your pick and make sure it is the best fitting option.

Buy it and try it -- we take care of you!

Contributed by Melvina Kleverova Zilliox