Proper Fit – It’s More Than Just Comfort
We’ve met hundreds of riders who’ve purchased the highest rated, most expensive pieces of gear on the market, only for it to be fitting too snug or loose on their body. News flash: regardless of its safety features, a poor fit won’t protect you.
Let’s start with the helmet—unarguably the most important piece of motorcycle safety equipment.
Picking out a new helmet is no task that should be taken lightheartedly. First, measure your head around the crown and compare it to the manufacturer’s sizing chart to begin your search. Next, try on the helmet. It should fit snug around the baseball cap area of your head while compressing your cheeks. At this point, it shouldn’t slide when pushed up or down, but instead it should move your whole head. On the contrary, it should not be tight enough to cause pain.
A same snug, yet comfortable fit should be accepted with jackets, pants, and gloves. A loose fit may prove more comfortable for leisurely riding, but in a crash can cause a serious issue. Should you fall down, the protective armor has potential to move and not absorb the impact in the intended area. And it doesn’t help with road rash either.