Helmet Buyers Guide

When buying a motorcycle or atv helmet, there are five basic styles to consider:

Full-face helmets are exactly that -- they cover your entire face. Because of this full face styles offer the most amount of protection for your head as humanly possible. Many fullface biker helmets have the ability to swap out visors for sunny day or night riding, and most include multiple ventilation openings to allow for more or less airflow as you see fit.

Modular Helmets look almost identical to full-face, but are actually a mixture of full-face and open-face, with a front chin-guard and visor that flips up to expose the whole of your face. While not offering as much protection as full face due to their flip mechanisms, they still offer a large amount of safety for all riders. Some modular motorcycle helmets allow the rider to remove the whole front piece and reattach it later as needed. Some also include separate visors for when the front piece is flipped up so that the rider is still protected from glaring sun while also having maximum airflow.

Open-face, or 3/4 helmets, cover the head completely and most of the chin and cheek area for almost all motorcycle riders, and give a great deal of safety and protection while still giving a great deal of comfort on hot days. Most open face helmets still offer additional ventilation options and some have attachable shields as well, adding a decent amount more comfort and protection. If you're interested in an open face that does not include a face shield, be sure to grab some sunglasses or goggles, as some states require wrap-around eyewear by law.

Half-helmets cover the entire top of the head and generally cover part or all of the ears for most riders. While they cannot offer all of the protection that other helmet types can, all of our half helmets are still DOT approved and tested thoroughly by the Federal Government Department of Transportation to ensure the most possible protection for coverage area. Almost every half lid we carry at will additionally feature a small visor for the frontal area to block some incoming sun..

Motocross helmets and ATV helmets are designed specifically for off-road riding on dirt bikes and ATVs. MX helmets cover the entire head as well as the chin, but lack any kind of visor; and because of this we recommend that you always wear a strong set of goggles. Dirt helms are designed to be safe, but also lightweight. Available for riders of all head-sizes, including children and younger/inexperienced riders.

At LeatherUp we're proud of our selection and our guaranteed low prices on every motorcycle helmet we sell. Whether you're in the market for a racing-replica or, you're you're looking for a boldly colorful lid to make you and your cruiser stand out in a crowd you're sure to find it here in our store. Be sure to check out our measuring guide to make sure you order the biker helmet that nicely fits to your head.