A good ATV helmet is a must…no mater your gender
There is no denying the importance of wearing a helmet when you ride an ATV. Here are five of the best women’s ATV helmets available today.
It all happened so fast. I was ripping down the trail and really enjoying myself. My Yamaha Banshee was smoking fast and I was hauling the mail. The next thing I knew, the ground was coming up to meet me in that surreal moment. You don’t even have time to think about how much it’s going to hurt. In fact, all I remember thinking was how odd it was that the ground was coming up to meet my face. Thankfully, I was wearing a good, high-quality helmet that took the brunt of the impacts to my head. Everyone needs to wear a good, high-quality helmet when they ride an ATV. While the construction of a helmet doesn’t differ between men’s and women’s ATV helmets, the style and fit does to a degree. Here are five of the best women’s ATV helmets on the market today.
Women’s ATV Helmet Fit
Before we get into the ATV helmets themselves, we need to talk about fitment. Women’s ATV helmets fit just like men’s in terms of sizing. In fact, the helmets aren’t sized by sex, but by a standard “Adult” sizing. To find your size, you measure around the thickest part of the head, usually one inch above the eyebrows. Match that circumference to the helmet company’s size chart and get the right one for you.
An ATV helmet should fit snug, meaning you shouldn’t be able to poke your fingers in underneath it without it being uncomfortable. But the helmet should fit on its own without causing discomfort. One easy test is to quickly turn your head one way or the other and then abruptly stop. The helmet should stop, too, and not move.
And one other piece of important advice about fit – take out your ponytail! Helmets are not designed to fit over a ponytail at all, and trying to make one fit is bound to be uncomfortable and extremely dangerous. Find the helmet that fits best, put it on with your hair laying down and after it is fit and secured with the chin strap, you can put your hair into a ponytail behind and below the helmet.
Below we will look at five of the best women’s ATV helmets. These cover a variety of price points, but all are designed to keep you safe when you are out on the trails in your ATV or UTV.
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Fly Racing Carbon F2 Shield MIPS
What makes the F2 Carbon a great women’s ATV helmet is that it is lightweight with a carbon matrix composite shell. It has a Coolmax liner to help deter sweat, or glowing as my wife would say. There are tons of vents, too. The F2 is also equipped with Multi-Direction Impact Protection System (MIPS), which is the latest in brain protection advancements. You’ll see many of the top helmets offered today have MIPS technology. There are lots of fresh new colors for the 2019 F2, including pink and teal. The best part is the price, as you can score one of the Fly lids for under $300! That’s a great price for one of the best ATV helmets for women you’ll find anywhere.
Fox Racing V2
Fox Racing is probably the most recognizable brand of riding gear and lifestyle clothing on the market today. It produces some of the most advanced riding equipment and the helmets they make have a great reputation for fit and safety, as well as style. The V2 has a lightweight fiberglass resin outer shell, and ten vents for cooling. It costs right around $300 and matches up well with the new 2019 Fox riding gear.
HJC CX-MX2 Dakota
HJC helmets are very popular because they offer a lot of great features at a price that is easy to afford. For less than $100, the CX-MX2 has a polycarbonate outer shell and HJC’s Advance Channeling Ventilation System venting to keep your head cool. The price of these helmets makes them a great choice for occasional use, or for beginning riders. You’d be hard pressed to find a more affordable women’s ATV helmet with this kind of quality.
Bell MX-9 MIPS
The story I related at the beginning about how my helmet saved my life? Yeah, that was a Bell helmet. The MX-9 incorporates the MIPS system and has a polycarbonate outer shell for strength without the weight or higher costs. The MX-9 lids can be had for less than $200 and feature a great fit and some sweet styling. It has a five-year warranty and ventilation that you control to fit conditions and your own taste. It’s one of the safest and best ATV helmets going, making it an key addition to our list of women’s ATV helmets.
Troy Lee Designs SE4 Metric
One of the more advanced women’s ATV helmets on the market, the TLD’s SE4 is a composite matrix outer shell matched to a full EPS inner liner with MIPS technology. The SE4 has 22 intake vents for maximum cooling and airflow and contoured cheek and chin padding to make this one seriously safe and comfortable helmet. Yes, it costs $450, but you get what you pay for in terms of quality and style. Troy Lee set the bar for custom helmet painting, so his own brand helmets are some of the best looking on the market today.
If you are going to buy a helmet, you would be wise to protect your investment with a quality helmet bag. A helmet bag doesn’t take up all that much more room than the just the helmet, but it will keep your lid safe rather than rolling around in your trunk or the back of your truck getting all dinged up.
One option we like is the Ogio Head Case ($59.99), which is designed to fit any size helmet with or without a visor. It features integrated foam panels and fleece interior to cradle your brain bucket when it’s not on your head. This helmet bag also has a protective zipper teeth closure to help prevent scratches, while an exterior zippered accessory pocket is a great place to store your phone or wallet.
Women’s ATV Riding Gear
While a helmet is the most important piece of safety equipment for ATV and UTV enthusiasts, don’t forget the rest of the safety gear you should be wearing every time you ride. The good news is that there is more riding gear designed specifically for women than ever before – not just men’s gear in women’s sizes.
Fly Racing has a growing collection of women’s ATV riding gear. The Fly Racing Kinetic line in particular has options cut to fit women with unique colors and patterns. The Kinetic jersey has integrated mesh ventilation panels, comfort-stretch and stretch-rib materials for improved fit and a tagless printed collar. The Kinetic pants are designed to provide an anatomically correct fit for women. The Kinetic gloves are lightweight with a reinforced double-layer palm.
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