Racing Helmets - Basic Info and Sizing Charts
Racing Helmets - Factory Sizing Charts
Determining The Proper Safety Equipment You Need To Use
Safety Equipment has never been such an important topic as it is today and the importance/emphasis grows each racing season. Therefore, is important to understand what safety products are available, and how they effect the driver's safety. Each manufacturer has their own recommended sizing and usage charts, as fitment varies from manufacturer-to-manfacturer. Here in our Technical Center, we have attempted to compile the most recent comprehensive overview of these companies and their products to help you and your driver make an informed and educated desicion as to the exact safety equipment you need to be safe while at the track.
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Racing Helmets - What You Need To Know When Choosing A Helmet
All auto racing helmet will be Snell certified with an “SA” designation while motorcycle helmets will have an “M” designation and karting helmets will have a "K" prefix, which will be on the Snell decal found inside the helmet.
The Snell Memorial Foundation® releases an updated helmet testing certification every five years. Right now the newest designation is SA 2015 and has been on the market since November 2015. For more info about the Snell Memorial Foundation®, visit www.smf.org.
Having a helmet that fits you properly is crutial to the driver's safety. The general rule when sizing a helmet is to measure your head around the forehead just above the eyebrows with a cloth measuring tape and compare that to the manufacturer’s size chart. If you do not have a cloth tape, use a piece of string or yarn to find the size of your head, then lay it out flat on a table and measure the length of the string. (NOTE: To help our customers, we have provided links to the helmet manufcturer's sizing charts below)
Any helmet you should be one you are comfortable wearing for extended periods and should fit snugly around your head and cheeks to the point that it is almost uncomfortable. This is because the soft foam padding will break-in over time and compress a bit. A helmet that is too comfortable when new will be too loose once you’ve worn it for a few sessions on the track.
If you are replacing a helmet you already have, please don’t make the mistake of assuming that the sizes are all the same from one manufacturer to the next. Just because you wear a large with Brand X, doesn’t mean Brand Y’s size large helmet with provide the same fit. Again, please refer to the factory helmet sizing charts provided below.