02-15-12-half-helmet.jpgTime and time again we hear about people talking about the smallest half hel-met and we hear them asking where they can find one. The truth of the matter is that the smallest helmet isn’t always necessarily the best one.

There are a number of things that you should think about when you begin your search for the smallest hel-met. One thing that you might want to ask yourself is will the smallest half helmet provide you with the neces-sary protection. Many times those who try to make a hel-met that is really small will skim on the parts that matter the most.

One part of the helmet that manufacturers might take shortcuts on is the inner padding. In order to make the outer shell of the helmet small, you have to reduce the size of what is inside of the helmet right? This isn’t necessarily the best way to go because it reduces the effectiveness of the helmet all together. DOT helmets are made to meet certain standards that are set in place in order to provide safe helmets for riders. If your helmet does not meet these standards, then you should question whether or not it is right for you. Beware of those that claim to have the smallest helmet because it may not necessarily be the safest one for you.

Appearance often has a lot to do with how riders pick their gear. The helmet is certainly no exception, which is why many riders really don’t care what it looks like on the inside as long as it looks good on the outside. Unfortunately, this isn’t the right attitude to have when it comes to your helmet. Safety should always be your number one priority.

Finally, you might want to inspect the materials used to make the sup-posed smallest half helmet before you purchase it. There may be some instances where manufacturers will skim on the materials used in order to make the helmets smaller. This means that the outer shell might be thinner than normal. Again, this isn’t going to make the safest helmet for the rider. Instead, look for helmets that have thick polycarbonate shells that will hold strong against high impact pressure.

The next time you shop for a helmet, ask yourself whether or not you are willing to sacrifice your safety for the appearance. This might help you make your decision when considering which one to buy.

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