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Mountain Bike Helmets - MTB & BMX

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For everyone who rides downhill Mountain bikes or BMX bikes, mountain bike helmets are the single most important piece of equipment. Although back in the day some people rode without helmets, it's just not safe to do—and any serious rider won't.

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Mountain Bike & BMX Helmets

At BTO Sports we carry a wide range of styles of mountain bike helmets and BMX helmets so you're sure to find the right look and fit for your riding lifestyle. mountain bike helmets and BMX helmets have reaped the benefits that science, engineering, and technology have had to offer in recent years. Today's MTB helmets feature added coverage, with more emphasis on protecting the back of the head. BMX and MTB helmets look a lot like motocross helmets, with a full-face design.

Mountain bike helmets are either full-face or half-shell. Full-face helmets look like Check out our helmets and cover the entire head; they also have a chin guard which protects the part of the face. Half-shell helmets look somewhat like road bike helmets, and mostly protect the top of the head. Full-face helmets are the more common choice for both BMX helmets and MTB helmets for more aggressive downhill riding. Both half-shell and full-face mountain bike helmets have visors which protect the eyes from mud, rain, and sun.

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These visors are typically adjustable, letting you pick their angle based on your course or the weather (just like you adjust your car's sun visor as you drive) to get more or less protective power for your eyes. Even so, both half-shell and full-face MTB helmets can be worn with goggles, and this is the preferred choice. They are more secure than glasses and offer more protection (and most downhill riders consider glasses with full-face helmets to be a fashion “don't”). For the rider who loves to tackle aggressive courses, serious off-road challenges, and steep descents, full-face mountain bike helmets are probably the best choice.

They cover and protect the entire head from injury and provide the most coverage. If serious or violent crashes are at all likely for you given your style and preferences, the design of full-face MTB helmets includes the additional benefit of the chin guard—extra insurance against eating dirt and losing teeth. Unlike half-shell MTB and BMX helmets, they can also safely be worn with a neck brace. There are down sides to the full-face mountain bike helmet, of course. They are the heaviest type and also the least ventilated. This can take some getting used to.

The biggest difference between mountain bike helmets and helmets for road riding is the removable visor designed to protect the eyes from mud, rain, and sun. Since road cyclists are more often leaning forward, this kind of visor is more likely to be in the way; for mountain bikers, though, who are likely to be more upright, the visor is perfect, and obviously, protection from those kinds of elements is far more important to off road mountain bike riders. Half-shell helmets can be worn with either goggles or sunglasses.

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Mountain Bike Helmets

If you have the ability to invest in carbon fiber models which are lighter, that helps. Full-face MTB helmets also cover your ears, making it harder to hear and a little trickier to get in and out of. Still not sure which kind of MTB or BMX helmets might be best for you? Reach out, we'd love to talk to you about our mountain bike helmets. At BTO Sports, we are available for all of your questions, and we have the expert knowledge to answer them because we ride too.

Mountain bike helmets are not what they used to be—they are many times better. Made with modern, lightweight materials and designed for maximum safety and comfort, the mountain bike helmets designed and engineered today allow you to go lighter without sacrificing safety or looks. Most mountain bike helmets today are half-shell helmets, which cover half of the head and leave the face uncovered.

Some half-shell models also feature additional side and rear coverage for the head; this is especially useful for “enduro” riders, those who favor a more aggressive riding style that includes descending at top speeds over any kind of terrain. Clearly this kind of cycling makes impacts much more likely, so additional protection is a smart call. (One cautionary note: half-shell helmets cannot be used with Leatt style neck braces which require full-face helmets.

BMX Helmets

Full-face models are another variety of BMX helmets. These provide increased protection compared to the half-shell designs because they enclose the entire head. They can also be combined with a Leatt style neck brace and goggles for some very aggressive styles of riding in order to prevent the over-extension of the neck during a serious impact. These BMX bike helmets look a lot like motocross or motorcycle helmets, but they're definitely different. Most significantly, they are designed, built, and certified for different impact speeds.

Full-face BMX helmets are designed for the predictably violent crashes of truly aggressive riding. They come with a chin guard your face against rocks and abrasion. Although they are safer, these BMX bike helmets do have their down sides; they can feel suffocating to the uninitiated as they are the least ventilated type of helmet. The fact that these BMX helmets cover the ears means added protection but lessened ability to hear. They are also heavier than half-shell models for obvious reasons.

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