How to Break In a Full-Face Helmet

by Madison Velding-VanDamUpdated October 25, 2017
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Full-face helmets are face- and skull-covering protective headgear regularly used by motorcyclists and BMX riders because of their heightened safety effectiveness. The full-face helmet has greater chin protection, which is a frequent area of impact in motorcycle crashes. However, full-face helmets have drawbacks, such as an increase in head heating and uncomfortable padding. Consequently, speeding up the break-in process is an interest of full-face helmet wearers.

Check the Helmet Size

Measure your hat size and make sure it is compatible with your full-face helmet's sizing.

Wear the full-face helmet to feel if any padding areas seem too loose or too tight.

Take off the helmet to see if any parts of your head are sore or if your forehead has red markings. Excessive soreness or markings likely indicate the helmet is not the right size.

Place additional adhesive-backed helmet padding into the full-face helmet in areas that feel loose or inadequately secured to your head.

Break In the Full-Face Helmet

Wear the helmet as often as possible when not riding, but not so long that it will create soreness or blistering.

Use something to maintain pressure on the insides of the helmet when you are not wearing it to more quickly loosen the padding materials.

Wear the helmet when riding once the inside feels comfortable.

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