When it comes to mountain biking, the most important piece of equipment you can have is a helmet. Wearing a helmet is a no-brainer for any rider, experienced or beginner.
But there are several types of helmets on the market and choosing the right one for your ride can be confusing. One of the most popular types of helmets for mountain biking is the full face helmet.
A full face helmet offers more protection than a standard open face or half shell helmet. It covers the entire head, including your chin and jaw, offering protection from impacts and debris.
A full face helmet also provides more ventilation than an open face, which makes it great for hot summer days on the mountain. The downside is that they are heavier and not as breathable as an open face helmet.
The biggest factor in deciding whether or not you should wear a full face helmet while mountain biking depends on what type of riding you are doing. For downhill riders who are tackling steep, technical trails at high speeds, a full face helmet is essential. The added protection will help keep your head safe in case of an accident or crash.
For cross country riders who are riding trails with fewer obstacles and at slower speeds, an open face or half shell helmet may be sufficient. It’s still important to protect your head from impacts but you don’t need as much protection as downhill riders do.
Whether or not you should wear a full face helmet while mountain biking depends on what type of riding you are doing. For downhill riders tackling steep and technical trails at high speeds, a full face helmet is essential. For cross country riders who are going at slower speeds with fewer obstacles, an open face or half shell helmet may be sufficient.