Always Buy a New Snowmobile Helmet
With a used snowmobile helmet, you have no way of knowing if it is damaged on the inside where it may not show.
Helmets Last About 5 Years
Many snowmobilers replace their helmets every 5 years due to noticeable safety enhancements from new materials, design and production methods, in addition to snowmobile helmet liners wearing out due to: perspiration, hair oils, cosmetics and normal wear.
Sbowmobile Helmet Safety Ratings
The D.O.T. (Department of Transportation) and Snell offer helmet safety info on the performance of helmets in crash situations.
D.O.T. certified rating requires that all snowmobile and motorcycle helmets sold in the United States meet with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 218. NOTE: While some snowmobile helmets are tested by the D.O.T., many do not undergo testing. If a snowmobile helmet manufacturer determines their helmet is meeting D.O.T. specifications, they are allowed to sell it as "D.O.T. rated."
Snell Certification: William "Pete" Snell died needlessly in a racing event in 1956 when his helmet failed to protect him. The Snell Memorial Foundation was formed in his memory. Snowmobile helmet manufacturers voluntarily submit their helmets to the Snell foundation and pay for an extensive range of Snell testing procedures. Details on Snell helmet certification testing is available at:
Sbowmobile Helmet Styles
Choosing between the 3 main snowmobile helmet styles depends on your personal taste and riding preferences.
- Full Face Snowmobile Helmets:
Cover your entire head and offer more warmth, comfort and less noise than the other two options. If you like trail riding at a leisurely pace, full face snowmobile helmets are a great choice
- Modular Snowmobile Helmets:
Also cover your entire head, but offer the convenience of a flip-up face plate. If you like speed, hill climbing and deep powder rides, a modular helmet provides you with a quick “cool down” from overexertion by easily flipping up the front. Modular snowmobile helmets are also popular with people who wear glasses. On the down side, modular snowmobile helmets are not as warm or as soundproof as traditional full face snowmobile helmets
- Sno-cross (also known as motocross) Helmets:
Are similar in style to a dirt bike helmet. This helmet is open in the front with a duck bill visor. When choosing a sno-cross style helmet consider adding goggles, a breath box and a head sock or balaclava’ for extra warmth, This style snowmobile helmet is very popular with more aggressive riders who like to race
Motorcycle vs. Snowmobile Helmets
Keeping the face shield fog free is the main difference between motorcycle and snowmobiles helmets. Dual pane on a full face helmet, electric shield and breath guard (also known as a breath box) are essential options.