Proper Helmet Fit
By Liz Miller
For the best protection, don't rush when adjusting the straps to fine tune your helmet's fit. You will probably need to shift the straps where they are threaded through the helmet so they intersect on both sides just below the ear lobes.
Refer to the drawing below for fitting guidelines. Tighten the chin strap so the helmet covers your forehead (that's where your brains are, remember!). The fit should be snug enough that your helmet will remain in place during vigorous activity: it should not slip to the back of your head. This all-too-common problem happens when the front straps are not shortened or not snugged to just below the ear lobes.
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