Are You Sure You Want to Ride in a Half Helmet?
Half helmets offer some protection, but critical areas (your face and chin) are left exposed. Many riders are comfortable with this risk, but we want to ensure that you understand the differences in protection afforded between a half helmet and other helmet styles. If you want the feel of the wind in your face but would prefer more protection, consider an open face helmet instead - you get the same open face offered by a half, but you get increased protection around the back and sides of your head.
35% of helmet impacts occur on the chin bar and 17% take place on the sides/bottom of the helmet. For maximum protection, wear a full face helmet. For good protection, wear an open face helmet.
About Our Half Helmet Recommendations
Founded in 2000, our team at wBW has collectively tested more than 2,500 helmets, jackets, boots, gloves, accessories, and more. We do not fluff reviews. A riders safety is heavily dictated by how they ride and what they wear while doing so. Our goal is to help riders make informed decisions about the gear they invest in to protect themselves.
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