Helmets are produced with different materials.
All helmet shells are protective and durable, but materials affect the cost and the weight of the helmet: the lighter it is the more expensive and comfortable it is.
The main materials used by producers are:
The realization of carbon helmets is more expensive because this material is very fine.
These helmets are used in competition by professional riders, who wear them for a long time in all weather conditions.
To reduce the cost of these helmets, producers mix the carbon fibres with other fibres called “aramidic”.
Glass fibre helmets are similar to carbon ones, but they are slightly heavier. There are many types of glass fibre, and they are used to produce many structural composites, for example in aerospace; they are synthetic resins.
When there are many fibres in the helmet, you can read on the box if it is made of “bi” or “tri” compound material.
These helmets are ideal for a long tour.
Polycarbonate helmets are “heavier” than the first two.
They are designed to redistribute the weight evenly on neck muscles.
They are perfect for short term use, for example for daily commuting or on short distances.
Evaluate well the choice or your helmet, depending on its usage.
The visor is a fundamental element of your helmet, it protects your eyes and face from direct air, waste and cold.
There are different types of visors; the two main ones are: “full face” visor or “glasses” visor.
Jet helmets may or may not have the visor, while in integral and modular helmets it is always present.
Modern helmets have integrated sunshade in the shell; you can open it by hand or by a lever.
It’s very helpful in town or when there is an intense sunlight.