What are motorcycle helmets actually made of?


It is always greatly treasured that Motorcycle helmets are to serve on-road protection and safety. Thus, each headgear’s quality, without doubt, should be prioritized. In other words, a helmet is composed of a shell, a foam layer and a soft padding. A headgear’s shell is assigned to spread impact over a wide area as well as to prevent piercing, whereas the foam layer is designed to absorb such unexpected impact and your head is then protected. Last but not least, the soft padding ensures a snug fit against the head.

These functions are all significant; that’s why the materials used in the making process of a headgear must be highly durable and robust. Such high-end materials will make one’s investment worthwhile, and to boost up his/her protection, having a good grasp of a motorcycle helmet’s component is critical.

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From their outer components…

What makes a high-quality helmet outstanding compared with other basic models? The secret chiefly lies in the shell. A rigid outer shell is an indispensable part that covers the rider’s head and protect it from unexpected impact of accidents or crashes. Besides, the shell aims to avert the internal padding from being exposed to the weather and wearing away. There are several materials used in the making of a sturdy outer shell, including: thermoplastic, fiberglass, advanced fiberglass, Kevlar and carbon composite.

Normally, these shells are made of fiberglass along with other substances to become sturdy enough to survive through impacts or crashes. Moreover, this material can remain intact and new despite the helmet’s exposure to moisture. Even though fiberglass helmets are tougher, their weigh is less than those made of thermoplastic. Kevlar is also a noticeable material in the making of helmets, since shells made of Kevlar is stronger and even lighter than fiberglass ones.

To the inner sides!

Umpteen motorcycle helmets use similar foam layers. They are mostly originated from EPS variations (EPS: expanded polystyrene foam). This material is lightweight and solid yet truly effective during impact. Furthermore, polystyrene helps enhance the sense of comfort and safety spread onto your head. As a porous material, it allows air to pass through and provides ventilation inside the helmet.

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The lining is made from anti-bacterial materials to absorb beads of sweat more effectively. If your headwear’s lining is removable, you should take it out prior to any cleaning or maintenance. And before storage, make sure the lining is dried out, then bacteria and mold cannot develop inside. Cheek paddings serve as a supporter to keep the headwear a snug fit and to make sure the hat will not fall off during impact or accidents. They are usually made of soft foam to make users relaxed and comfortable.

Although a manufacturer may have different material choices during their making process, they all boil down to top-notch quality of motorcycle helmets. Riders should get well equipped with these pieces of information so that they know more about what they are wearing or what they plan to buy before making a sensible decision.


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