How to adjust a riding hat harness correctly
The safest helmet is the one that best fits your head, but even a perfectly fitted helmet can’t protect you if it doesn’t stay on during a fall. That’s why it’s so important that your helmet harness is adjusted correctly so that your helmet stays in place and provides the maximum protection it’s capable of.
Before you adjust and buckle your harness, test to make sure that your helmet does not rock backwards, forwards, or sideways. Instead, it should lock down over the occipital bone at the base of the skull and provide a snug, even pressure all the way around. Once you have a correctly fitted helmet, ensure that it won’t budge by adjusting your harness to fit correctly with the following steps:
- Check the length of your chin strap. When adjusted correctly, it should sit just under the chin and gently touch the bottom of the ear lobe.
- Buckle the chinstrap. Once it is buckled, you should be able to fit one finger between the strap and your chin. You should be able to talk comfortably even when the strap is snug. If it is too loose, it could allow the helmet to shift.
- Adjust the rubber band on the chin strap so that it lies close to the harness buckle. This will help keep any extra webbing or leather material secure so that it won’t slip through the buckle.
- Tighten and tie the laces at the back of the helmet. This is one of the most important steps and should always be done last. Secure them tightly to help the back of the harness grip the skull and hold the helmet in place, but don’t allow them to be so tight that they force the front part of the harness uncomfortably around the throat.
Once your harness is fully adjusted, you’ll be ready to enjoy your ride knowing that your helmet will be there to protect you should the unexpected occur.
Photos by Amy Dragoo.