Should Motorcycle Helmets Fit Tight?

Should Motorcycle Helmets Fit Tight?

Undoubtedly, a motorcycle helmet is one of the crucial motorbike gear which you shouldn’t ignore. In this world full of different size helmets, the question arises, should motorcycle helmets fit tight? 

A good helmet should fit perfectly on our cheeks by pressing it but not stopping the blood flow. By rotating the helmet, you can identify whether the helmet is tight or not. The well-fitted helmet shouldn’t rotate but should compress your cheekbone if you ever try it.

Let’s look at what it means and what you can do about it. 

While writing this post, I leave no stone unturned so you can choose the best helmet for yourself. 

Should Motorcycle Helmets Fit Tight?

A motorcycle helmet is the most crucial gear in rider life, and that’s why it’s even more crucial to know the perfect sizing of your helmet. 

In an ideal condition, your motorbike helmet shouldn’t block the blood flow going to your brain. 

Also, your motorbike helmet shouldn’t be too loose that it starts to wobble. 

You can identify the perfect helmet for you by wearing it. 

In ideal conditions, the motorcycle helmet shouldn’t start to rotate. But it should press your cheek area when you try to rotate it. 

Worry not! I’ve included the step for helmet measurement through which you can know your head size later in this post. 

Why Your Helmet Shouldn’t be Tight?

So far, you understand some ways through which you can know how tight your motorbike helmet is. But have you ever wondered why your helmet shouldn’t be tight? 

According to experts, your motorbike helmet shouldn’t be too tight because it will start to stop blood flow from going to your brain. In the worst-case scenario, the too-tight helmet will make you faint while riding a motorbike, which is extremely dangerous. 

Let’s not go into an extremely dangerous situation for once. 

But the too-tight helmet will make you uncomfortable and start to press your cheeks bone which will be highly uncomfortable for you. 

And to avoid the situation, experts all around the globe ask to avoid wearing too tight motorbike helmets. 

How Tight Your Helmet Should Fit?

Now you understand why experts do not recommend wearing a tight motorbike helmet. Now the question arises, how tight should your helmet fit? 

According to some industry experts, the ideal motorbike shouldn’t press the cheek and interface with the blood flow. The motorbike helmet also shouldn’t interface with the neck movement while riding. 

But it doesn’t mean you can buy a too loose motorbike helmet. The perfect helmet should complete the above criteria. 

If your current helmet does not complete the above criteria, it will be a red flag for you. 

I’ll highly recommend changing the current with the best-fitted helmet. 

Can You Go with a Loose Helmet?

Many people got confused while purchasing the helmet according to their needs. And now the question arises, can you go with a loose helmet? 

The too-loose helmet is equally dangerous as wearing a tight motorbike helmet. No doubt, too-loose helmets are comfortable, but they start to wobble when riding at high speed. It means you won’t be able to concentrate on riding while wearing a loose helmet. 

And that’s why experts all around the globe ask you not to wear a loose helmet. 

How to Measure Your Head Size? 

Now comes the most-awaited question of this blog post. Before measuring your head size, I want you to have a measuring tape, ruler if you don’t have a measuring tape. 

Step no: Step nameDetails 
1Prepare to take measurements. The very step of measuring your head size is to prepare yourself for the head Measurement. 
2Measure your head size. Ask your friend to measure your head size through the measuring tape just above your eyebrows. Don’t stop taking head size even if your head isn’t oval. 
3Match the readingIn this step, you need to match the readings you got with the measurement table.

Step 1: Prepare to Take Measurement: 

The very step of measuring your head size is to prepare yourself for the head Measurement. 

Before going further in the step, you should have a measuring tape and ruler (if you don’t have a measuring tape). 

Also, ask your friend to measure your head size since no one can measure your head size effectively.

Step 2: Measure Your Head Size: 

It’s the meat-containing step, thus the most crucial one, and you can’t afford to make any mistakes here. 

Ask your friend to measure your head size through the measuring tape just above your eyebrows. Don’t stop taking head size even if your head isn’t oval. 

Note down the reading, both in Cm and inches. 

If you are measuring head size through the string, you need to follow the same procedure and mark where the string completes one rotation around the head. 

And after measuring head size, you need to place a string against the ruler. 

Note down the reading, both in Cm and inches. 

Step 3: Match the Reading: 

This is the second most crucial step when measuring your head size. In this step, you need to match the readings you got with the measurement table.

I’m not including the helmet measurement table here because every helmet has its own table. 

While your head size is universal which through which you can buy the best helmet for you. 

Does Head Shape Impact Helmet Tightness? 

Ok, so far, you understand the proper steps for measuring your head size. But not everyone has the same head size. Now the question is, does the head shape impact the helmet tightness? 

According to some industry experts, your head shape impacts a lot on the helmet’s tightness. Even if you measured head readings and matched the helmet size chart, the helmet could be tight for you. And to avoid this situation, you should at least wear the helmet before buying it.  

And that’s experts always recommend wearing the helmet at least once before buying it.  

Also, read my previous post where I’ve discussed how a helmet can save your life. Click here to read.

How Can You Measure Your Head Shape? 

So far, you understand the head shape impacts the helmet tightness a lot. Now the question is, how can you identify your head shape? 

Identifying the head shape is pretty simple, and you can even do this in just five minutes. 

You just have to ask your friend to click a picture of your head above your head. 

See your picture carefully and see whether your head is in a long oval (narrow from the side). 

If your head shape is between oval and long oval, consider it an intermediate oval. Don’t forget to tell experts about your head shape when going to purchase a helmet. 

Fortunately, almost all Americans have an intermediate oval head shape. And you can easily find an oval-shaped intermodal helmet almost everywhere. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why your helmet shouldn’t be tight?

According to experts, your motorbike helmet shouldn’t be too tight because it will start to stop blood flow from going to your brain.

How tight your motorcycle helmet should be?

According to some industry experts, the ideal motorbike shouldn’t press the check area and interface with the blood flow.

Can you buy a loose motorcycle helmet?

The too-loose helmet is equally dangerous as wearing a tight motorbike helmet. No doubt, too-loose helmets are comfortable, but they start to wobble when riding at high speed.

Does your head size impact your helmet fitting?

According to some industry experts, your head shape impacts a lot on the helmet’s tightness.

What would a too-tight helmet do with you?

The too-tight helmet will make you uncomfortable and start to press your cheeks bone which will be highly uncomfortable for you. 

Final Verdict:

Should motorcycle helmets fit tight? A good helmet should fit perfectly on our cheeks by pressing it but not stopping the blood flow. 

In the worst-case scenario, the too-tight helmet will make you faint while riding a motorbike, which will be an extremely dangerous situation.

By rotating the helmet, you can identify whether the helmet is tight or not. 

The well-fitted helmet shouldn’t rotate but should compress your cheekbone if you ever try it. 

I’ve also mentioned some steps to measure your head size and shape, which will surely help to buy you a well-fitted helmet.