How Do I Choose an ATV Helmet?

If you want to buy an ATV helmet, first decide your intent about what kind of riding you are going to do. The biggest influence over your choice is the intent. 

If you are riding mainly for occasional off-road excursions, then motocross design is a good fit for you. A tarmac with occasional off-road calls for a dual-sport helmet, and if you look for more comfort, then nothing is better than a full-face version of it. A ride for agricultural purposes demands an open face or even modular helmet.

What to Look for In an ATV Helmet?

#1 Motocross Style Peak

When the rider in the front sprays mud and gravel through their rear wheels, this helmet comes in handy. The peaks are supposed to be designed to detach from impact.

#2 High-Quality EPS Layer

Good quality off-road and dual-sport helmets have materials with variable density for absorption. This will protect you from concussions in case of accidents.

#3 Lateral Force Protection

A variety of shell and liner designs have been created, keeping off-roaders in mind to reduce lateral movement. A helmet with a layered liner that allows slip minimizes the chances of whiplash.

#4 Wide Aperture

Off-roading cannot be done without a pair of goggles. Make sure your helmet has a wider aperture to accommodate oversized goggles for a better ride.

#5 Quick Release Linings

A good quality and safe helmet will have removable cheek pads and linings. This is required to avoid any extra injury to the neck or head of the rider in case of accidents.

Safety and Comfort Features:

#1 Full Face Visor

US riders while driving on a Tarmac prefer a full-face visor. It protects from debris and reduces fatigue.

#2 Sun Visor

A drop-down sun visor is usually found on a dual-sport helmet. It protects the rider from UV radiations and is optically correct, ensuring a safe ride.

#3 Venting

When you are riding hard and have a long day in a saddle, a well-designed venting system is necessary. Make sure that the front of your helmet has adequate venting.

#4 Washable and Removable Liners

Fully replaceable components of an ATV helmet ensure longevity. It is essential to keep things fresh, and a good ATV helmet should have removable and washable linings.

Types of ATV Helmets

#1 Open Face Helmets

The open-face type of helmet does not cover the complete face. Instead, it covers the entire head area, but the face is exposed. The only disadvantage of this type of helmet is that you’ll require to wear proper eye protection glasses or face masks. 

#2 Full-Face Helmets

This is probably the safest type of helmet for any rider. As the name suggests, full-face helmets are the completely covered ones that safeguard both the head as well as the face of the rider.

This type of helmet is also the heaviest of all. But, you do not have the concern to wear masks or other accessories to protect yourself from dust, windburn, sunburn, highway debris, or even bugs. 

#3 Modular Helmets

Modular helmets are the most versatile and flexible of all as they can operate as both full-face and three-quarter helmets. So, it means it can also be used as an open-face helmet.

#4 Off-Road Helmets

Off-road helmets are covered on the top, secure the head, and have chin and mouth guards. So, it only keeps the face are exposed. You should ideally consider wearing face masks or eye protection for this type of helmet as well. 


In the end, the price range is also a good filter while choosing a helmet. Consider all the necessary features and make a safe choice for your head and your pocket as well. 

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