If maximum safety is your priority from your helmet, then the Full Face Helmet is the choice for you, offering optimal face protection. Although Full Face Helmets are only mandatory for those who ride on racetracks, they are strongly recommended for all riders.
Whether you are riding in the city, on the road or on the track, a motorcycle or a scooter, a Full Face Helmet offers you the best protection and helps minimise noise. They are equipped with ventilation systems as well as efficient anti-condensation solutions, making Full Face Helmets suitable for all seasons and perfect for long journeys and riding at high speeds.
Whether you are searching for cheaper helmets or more technical headgear with characteristics developed for competition, on iCasque.co.uk you will find Full Face Helmets for all budgets.
Covering the entirety of the face, the Full Face Helmet is the most protective of any type of motorcycle helmet. A favourite amongst riders of high-powered machines, it is nonetheless suitable for all riders, for long or short journeys. A comfortable option, full-face helmets are aerodynamically efficient as well as very effective at dampening down engine sound. Not only that, the full-face helmet is the number one option when it comes to sheltering from cold and wet weather, making this style the preferred choice of riders everywhere.
With a wide range of models and prices, we have made your quest easier by summarising the technical characteristics to look out for.
Outer Shell :
Whichever material is used in producing a helmet, be it carbon fibre or injected polycarbonate, you are assured the same protection, certified under ECE Regulation 22.05. With injected polycarbonate, sometimes called thermoplastic resin, the price rarely exceeds £300. Pro : More reasonably priced. Con : a heavier option than other materials.
Composite fibres are lighter than their polycarbonate counterparts, and are therefore prized on long journeys. They do come in at a slightly higher price, starting at around £150.
Finally for extreme lightness, nothing beats the carbon fibre shell. Top of the range material in the past reserved for the ‘elite’, i.e. helmets for professional competition. As for all top of the line materials, the fabrication of a carbon fibre helmet demands time and specialised equipment, which therefore elevates the cost somewhat.
Full Face Helmets all come ready-fitted with a long visor, which will always be clear and uncoloured, conforming to strict European standards.
The majority of screens are anti-scratch treated, and some couple this with anti-fog coating. However these anti-fog treatments cannot match up to the miraculous results achieved by affixing a Pinlock lens (exclusively for full-face helmets). To maintain the ultra-high efficacy of the Pinlock lens, it must be replaced yearly.
Some models are kitted out with internal sun visors. Practical, as the visor can be lifted or lowered by a simple flick of a lever, you avoid not only the issue of finding sunglasses which fit your helmet, but you save yourself the trouble of pulling over and taking off your helmet every time the sun comes out.
The Interior of Your Helmet :
The interior of your helmet consists of an inner liner and cheek pads. Made up of varying technical fabrics, these may be deodorising, hypoallergenic, antibacterial, fixed, partially removable (i.e. the cheek pads) or entirely removable and washable (making maintenance much easier). Motorbike equipment manufacturers are ever improving the quality of their inner liners to make the helmet as comfortable as possible. Many full-face models have specially shaped inner pads at the level of your temples to accommodate spectacles.
For a full-face helmet to be comfortable all-around, assure that the model you select is kitted out with a good ventilation system. Without this, you may suffer in both the summer (perspiration) and winter (condensation).
Sound Insulation :
Most riders get a kick out of hearing the roar of their machines, however those of us who ride daily prefer a helmet that will dampen the noise during long journeys.
Without a doubt, Full Face Helmets are the most sound-proofed choice amongst the various classes of helmet. Helmets augmented with entry and exit points (such as those intended for use on the racetrack) allow air to flow more easily, but on the other hand the noise reaching the rider’s ears will increase as a result. The option remains open to supplement ear defenders.
Chin-Straps/Retention Systems :
Easy to use with one hand as well as with gloves, the Micro Metric system is also commonly used for skis, and works by inserting the toothed strap into the buckle. To tighten the strap, simply push the strap further into the clip.
Double –D straps are often considered to be the real biker's choice. Furthermore, this is the retention system that most efficiently resists being removed in the case of an accident, and is for that reason the only buckle style permitted on the racetrack. The two-ringed buckle does require a bit of practice to get used to, but is without doubt worth it. The strap is passed through the two rings and then back through the first and is adjusted as necessary. This ingenious, time-honoured system is both robust and efficient.
The seatbelt style Quick Release buckle, though being easy to use thanks to the simple mechanism, is in the process of being phased out. This style of buckle has been known on occasion to unclip itself, rendering it less reliable than other clips. Thus, the major manufacturers are tending more towards Micro Metric buckles.
There is still of course your look to take into account.With over 1200 full-face helmet models on iCasque.co.uk we cater to all tastes. So whether you’re wanting something understated or eccentric, you will be spoilt for choice. Just be sure to bear in mind all safety as well as aesthetic features, because on a bike, it isn’t the colours of the helmet that’ll save your life …