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Buyer's Guide: Gravel Bike Helmet

Gravel Bike Helmet Reviews

Gravel bike helmets are one of the most advanced, and therefore popular, biking helmets on the market today. They are designed for multiple functions that take into account everything from wind resistance to impact absorption. Gravel bike helmets are made by companies like Sidi, Moser Baer, and Bialur, and they are sold by several different retailers. The best gravel bike helmet however is hands down the hardest working in the industry simply because it has to function well off the pavement and on the trail, handle extremely high-speed riding, be comfortable for lazy day rides through rough terrain, and deal with wet, blistering climbs at low speed. Not a lot of manufacturers can say that. But then again, there are not a lot of manufacturers that make helmets that function well off the pavement.

The Gravel Bike Helmet Star Ranking System has been used by both the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to determine which helmets offer the safest helmets. In order for a helmet to achieve the best ranking possible, it must meet certain standards, and these standards have been broken down into five categories: fit, ventilation, reflectivity, safety, and bite resistance. It should also have the following optional features: foam ear pads, liner, and nose pads, as well as side and rear protection. This article will focus on the fit portion of a Gravel Bike Helmet.

First, it is important to understand that DOT standards do not apply to full face helmets, only to the two-thirds or three-quarters face helmet. All DOT helmets must meet the "star" rating system based on its fit. DOT standards for helmets generally favor a helmet's fit as being the most important aspect of safety. Helmets that fail to meet the required fit standard will have their star rating reduced, as well as their benefit to the cyclist being eliminated. The lower the star rating, the better the fit.

When evaluating the DOT comfort fit rating, many factors come into play. A number of cycling magazines provide ratings on a DYI, or Diamond of Discression rating system. DYI is an accumulative rating that is assigned to every helmet manufacturer based on its review and testing data. The higher the DYI rating, the more comfortable the helmet is. Some of the factors that may influence the comfort rating of a helmet include the materials used in the construction, the size of the face cushion, head straps, shell thickness, wind resistance, the presence of an ear pad, head pads, the thickness of the cheek pads, and even the size and color of the stickers.

A manufacturer's official guideline for helmets is also included as part of the DOT guidelines. The National Highways Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, published the guidelines in July 2021. The three main components of these guidelines are to review the helmet, to test the strength of straps and lazer clips, to test for impact and vibration absorbing ability, and to test if all three of these components are functioning properly.

In order for a helmet to receive a star rating, three of the four DOT tests must be positive. If any of the three components are less than three stars, the helmet is given a low star ranking. For example, if the DYI rating is sixty and it has a D rating of fifty then it would receive a rating of fifty and not a star rating. However, if the helmet had one hundred and twenty-two stars and it received a star rating of two hundred and thirty-one, it would receive a rating of two hundred and forty, rather than a star ranking.

When determining the DOT comfort fit rating for a bicycle helmet, it is important to remember that the three sizes of DOT comfortable sizes are mips, cups, and standard. For the cup and mips sizes, the inner liner size is different than the shell. Furthermore, mips helmets are always equipped with stickers acknowledging their mips size. A standard size helmet should have a D cup, which is one half of an inch across. This provides ample protection for the forehead, temples, and cheekbones.

The other component that is used in the star scoring system is the DOT lazer rating. The DOT lazer test is conducted with a fiber optic attachment to the helmet. The light passes through the surface of the helmet and the reflectors reflect the light back to the operator. The greater the number of reflectors, the better the visibility. Helmets that receive a star ranking of five or higher in the star rating test are recommended to have at least three sizes of lazer bulbs, but many manufacturers do not have this feature available.

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