Blog posts tagged with 'motorcycle helmet'

Half Shell Helmets: Pros and Cons

There is a lot of disagreement on the subject of half-shell helmets, so it makes sense to look at the pros and cons.


  • Wearing a half-shell keeps you legal. Look, we all know that some motorcycle riders would just as soon not wear a helmet at all, at least when the weather is nice. But many states and countries require the wearing of helmets. And in those jurisdictions, a half-shell that meets local safety standards (some don’t) is the least amount of helmet you can wear.
Full Face vs Half Shell helmet

You can buy a helmet almost anywhere. As a result, many of us have a shelf full of helmets to show off our bad choices. Motorcycle helmets are generally subject to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (49 CFR 571.218) commonly referred to as the DOT standard. In addition, some helmets may be certified by the Snell Memorial Foundation. The fact that a helmet is certified by both Snell and DOT does not necessarily mean that it is superior, but the absence of a DOT certification is an invitation for a ticket from your local highway patrolman if you happen to be pulled over for any other violation.