Advantages of Full Face Helmets
Full Face helmets offer a variety of advantages for most riders. Not only does the full-face helmet provide adequate protection but it also allows airflow going in the front and out the back.
The built-in face shield offers protection from bugs, rocks, rain, and wind. Additionally, many newer models come with an optional flip-down/up tinted visor inside, like seen on fighter pilot helmets. This can also provide sun ray protection and prevent facial sunburn.
Many full-face helmets are now equipped with built-in speakers for Bluetooth music and communication systems. The venting on full-face helmets typically allows for that “wind through the hair” feeling, without the risk associated with riding helmetless.
Studies have shown that there is over a 40 percent chance of hitting your chin if you fall with your helmet on. A Full-Face Helmet offers the most injury prevention should that occur. It is also said and recommended due to it being lighter and quieter than a modular helmet. With modern composite materials, such as carbon fiber, the weight of modern full-face helmets is typically less than older ¾ helmets.
The old myth that a full-face helmet will block one's peripheral vision is just that, a myth. The helmets are required to have an opening that allows at least 5 degrees more peripheral vision than the typical human possesses.
Despite all the benefits outlined above, there are people who get claustrophobic in a full-face helmet. For those riders, there are many exceptional ¾ helmets available that have many of the features found in a full face, although chin and nose protection is minimal.
The key to any helmet is to get one that fits right and is comfortable for your head shape, which means that trying them on prior to purchase is essential.