Pink and purple fashionable helmets have entered the motorcycling scene – women’s motorcycle helmets. The color and design of these helmets stand far apart from men’s helmets, and they are far more fashion oriented than the masculine helmets.
There is a possible hazard with women’s motorcycle helmets because safety, not fashion, should be the prime concern for buyers of motorcycle helmets. While manufacturers often rely on sex appeal for their designs, that should be a minor detail on the consumer’s side when purchasing a helmet.
It is easy to tell the difference between women’s helmets and those designed for men, thanks to the manufacturers. Colors and styles of the helmets are typically gender specific, but the sizing convention is also a clue because women’s motorcycle helmet sizes are typically smaller than men’s in the same general category.
Since more and more women over the last three decades have been riding motorcycles, women’s motorcycle helmets come in so many styles. A woman who wants a trendy and safe helmet need not sacrifice one for the other – she can get both in one helmet. An excellent example of a woman’s motorcycle helmet that is both stylish and functional is the Icon Racing’s “Hooligan Gloss Helmet.” Although the name does not denote femininity, the helmet is shaped unmistakably for a woman and is available in a pink-purple hue. At the same time, this helmet has all the necessary safety features. It meets all the standards set by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Snell; it is made of a fiberglass shell; the dual-density styrene liner in the helmet reduces the risk of head trauma. This helmet is truly both beautiful and functional.
Because riding motorcycles is still perceived to be primarily a man’s activity, men tend to be more experienced and knowledgeable than women in purchasing helmets. Before shopping for women’s motorcycle helmets, a first-time buyer should learn about the wide variety of women’s helmets that are in the market. She should get a basic knowledge of DOT and Snell safety standards for helmets. She should understand the importance of proper fit as a factor in determining the level of protection a helmet can provide. She should also be knowledgeable about the trade-offs in a woman’s motorcycle helmet – those pertaining to safety, comfort, heat-flow, ventilation and other factors in rider’s comfort. Since the female face is generally more delicate than a man’s, women tend to buy helmets that maximize facial protection.