How to Pick a Side-by-Side Helmet

Can-Am walks us through the basics of a good off-road lid.

Can-Am’s here to help us pick a helmet.YouTube

We’re big proponents of safety gear, and that starts with the right helmet. While side-by-sides can feel like a car from behind the wheel, the truth is that they’re an off-highway vehicle. That means they don’t boast the same safety features as your family pickup. From roll bars to flying debris, there are all sorts of hazards just waiting to turn a good ride into a bad day. That’s why we always gear up before hitting the trail.

But choosing the right helmet for your application can be daunting. Your side-by-side isn’t a car, and it isn’t a motorcycle. So what do you buy? Can-Am recently turned out this helpful video aimed at cutting through the noise to give you some idea of what to look for. Can-Am says there are three basic choices: Motocross, Enduro, or Full-Face. The first two are lighter and usually require goggles, while the third is heavier, but offers the bonus of a visor. All three offer the advantage of a peak, which is helpful if your machine doesn’t have a windscreen.

The video points out that more than style, correct sizing and certifications make the difference between the right helmet and the wrong one. Our advice? Head to your local dealer and try on a few lids to find the one that’s right for you. In the meantime, check out Can-Am’s video below.

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