Keeping your head safe while karting is very important. You only have one head and brain, so you need to keep it as safe as possible. There are so many different helmets for you to choose from. As a result, you might be confused as to which is the right one.
We’re here to help make the decision process easier for you. In this article, we’ll show you the best karting helmets that you can buy as well as features to keep in mind before choosing one.
Vega Trak Full Face Karting Helmet
- Fiberglass/Kevlar shell composition
- Optically correct lock-down shield meets karting requirements
- Wick-Dri comfort fit liner is removable and washable
- Flo-thru mouth, front and rear exhaust vents
- Comes standard with 1 year warranty on parts and workmanship
This helmet is made out of a combination of fiberglass and Kevlar, which also meets safety standards. There are vents in the helmet to make it easier for your head to breathe and stay cool.
There is also a liner inside the helmet that will help wick away moisture. Plus, it is removable. You can even wash the liner if it starts to smell or get too wet. There are plenty of sizes to choose from in both adult and children sizes.
• Full-face helmets offer the best protection
• Plenty of different sizes available
• The wick away liner is removable
• Liner is also washable
• Can be a little expensive
• Their sizing chart seems to be a little off
GDM Duke Full Face Helmet
- Meets or exceeds dot fmvss-218 motorcycle helmet safety standards
- Aerodynamic shell design constructed using an advanced lightweight composite poly-alloy
- Liner and cheek pads made with a hypo-allergenic and nylon
- 7 points of ventilation with chin, rear & forehead vents
- Flush-fit, side-coverless face shield that is optically correct, compound-curved, scratch resistant
This helmet is the most popular helmet that GDM makes – and for great reasons. In many categories, this helmet exceeds safety standards. There are removable cheeks pads and a liner inside, which can also be washed. This means they won’t begin to smell due to sweating.
The liner and pads are made of hypoallergenic materials, which is a bonus. The visors are UV resistant as well and come in tinted or clear.
• It is lightweight and stylish
• 7 vents strategically placed around the helmet
• Liner and pads can be removed and washed
• Pads and liner are hypoallergenic
• The sizing runs big for many people
• Some people have had issues with the straps
Bell Revolver Evo Modular Helmet (Editor’s Choice)
- Helmet shown with optional tinted shield. Ships with clear shield only
- Lightweight Polycarbonate/ABS Shell Construction. Click Release Shield for fast, easy and tool-free shield replacement. NutraFog II anti-fog, anti-scratch and UV protected shield
- Velocity Flow Ventilation system with Flow Adjust. Drop-down sunshield offers "on the fly" protection from the sun. Contoured Cheek pads. Removable/washable interior
- Exclusive Magnefusion magnetic strap keeper. Chin Curtain to prevent cold air from entering the helmet. Padded chin strap with D-ring closure
- Industry-leading Five-year.DOT approved. Meets the FMVSS 218 Standard
This modular helmet is a top-of-the-line choice. It is very sleek and stylish and considered a big upgrade from the Revolver helmet. This helmet even comes with a 5-year warranty. The chin strap has a ring closure and is padded for extra comfort.
There is also a curtain in the chin area to keep air from getting in your helmet while you’re riding. Lastly, the interior of this helmet can be removed and washed.
• Comes with a 5-year warranty.
• Washable and removable interior
• Chin area has a curtain to keep air from entering
• Chin padding adds extra comfort
• Easy flip down visor
• Many different sizes to choose from
• May be more expensive than other options
• Not that many color choices
Features to Keep in Mind
The fit is one of the most important things you should consider when buying a helmet. If it doesn’t fit you properly, it may not protect your head and face the way that it should.
Ventilation is another big feature, since it will keep your head cool and prevent your helmet from smelling. You want to ensure there is enough vents for proper airflow and that they are placed adequately.
Most helmets come with a clear visor, which isn’t a bad thing. But you may want to consider getting other visors as well. Tinted visors can help if it is sunny outside or if you want to avoid rays from the sun.
There are even visors that will help reduce fog during low temperature and wet days.
Straps are also an important feature to remember. You will want the straps to be adjustable to help you get a better fit. It is also good to choose straps that have a secure closure. Some riders like to choose straps that have padding as well to make it more comfortable.
Karting Helmet Fitting Guide
As mentioned, a good fit is crucial when buying a helmet. If it doesn’t fit right, you are putting yourself at risk if there is an accident.
First, you will need to measure your head, which is easy to do and can be done in minutes at home. All you need is fabric measuring tape and a friend. Place it a little above your ears and eyebrows and then measure the circumference of your head.
Sometimes, it can be difficult to get a fully accurate measurement. You may want to measure a couple of times to be sure. Keep the tape flat and even across your head – this is where a friend is needed.
Test it Out
If you are planning on buying a helmet in a store, try them on first to ensure it fits right. The helmet should not move around when your head moves. You want it to be secure, but not too tight either.
It may feel a little snug when you are placing it on your head, but that’s okay. Fully put the helmet on but do not force it onto your head.
Check for Pressure
Once you try the helmet on and wear it for a few minutes, remove it. Once it is removed, check your forehead, ears and chin to ensure it hasn’t left any pressure marks. Your skin shouldn’t be red or uncomfortable at all.
Bike Helmet vs Karting Helmet
The main difference between motorcycle helmets and karting helmets is that bike helmets are designed for riders that lean forward a little. Karting helmets are designed for people who will be in a sitting position. Also, most badass motorcycle helmets come with fire protection as well.
The lenses and visors are also different on each helmet. Visors on bike helmets sit up higher, which can make it difficult for you to see certain parts of your kart. These are just a few of the differences.
While there are some differences between bike and karting helmets, some people can get by with a bike helmet. As long as you choose a helmet that meets or exceeds safety standards, fits properly and doesn’t obstruct your vision, it will work.
These were just some of the best helmets on the market that you can choose from. Hopefully this has helped you on your journey to buying a new karting helmet. If your helmet ever becomes damaged, or is beginning to wear down, please replace it with a new one.