Polaris RZR Helmet And Safety Buyer's Guide
Apr 28th 2019
Through conversations with countless RZR owners as well as first-hand observations of our own at the track and in the field, we here at Everything Polaris RZR have noticed that a lot of guys and gals don’t wear any head protection when ripping it up on their side-by-sides. Some Polaris RZR riders think that Polaris RZR helmets are superfluous; after all, why would you need a helmet when you have an aftermarket seat, a high quality five-point harness, and a roll cage stronger than the golden gate bridge? True, running proper UTV safety accessories is a definite must, but it’s not enough. If you’ve ever rolled a side-by-side before (or any vehicle for that matter), you probably know how it feels to head-butt a side support beam. And unless you’re some kind of powers-sports masochist, this is likely an experience you wouldn’t want to go through ever again.
Be it a full-face skid lid or a half-shell brain bucket, unless the metal plate in your head from the last rollover gives you enough protection, wearing a Polaris RZR helmet when riding is worth considering at the very least. If nothing else, an RZR helmet with goggles will help keep mud out of the eyes of riders without windshields. And if you ride with your family, proper protective measures should be your highest priority. So without further ado, lets delve into the best Polaris RZR helmets for side-by-side racing, hill climbing, rock crawling, and general riding.
Best Children’s RZR Helmets
Although your own cranial CPU might run a bit slow after years of bumps, whoops, jumps, and hard turns, your kids’ or grandkids’ brains are full of endless potential, and that is something worth protecting and preserving. However, be very careful when choosing a youth helmet for your little co-rider, as full-face off-road helmets (and even half shells in some cases) can be too heavy for young necks to support. Depending on the age of your youth rider, those bulky motocross helmets are likely too large. And if you do find one that fits, these types of helmets often sit too close to their collar bone, and can cause serious harm on impact. Furthermore, while booster seats and Polaris RZR bump seats can help, safety belts and harnesses tend to cross children at head height, which lifts up their helmets and places their heads in precarious positions.
For children under the age of ten, as long as they are strapped down in a proper car seat, a light bicycle helmet or ski helmet is the best option. In addition to helmets, neck braces and HANS (head and neck support) devices like those worn by NASCAR drivers are also advised for children. Even the lightest of helmets and the smallest of fender benders can cause whiplash. Thus, the small foam pillow styles of neck braces and supports are a great way to provide that extra bit of support needed to prevent broken necks and pinched nerves. If Dale Earnhardt wore a helmet with a neck guard, surely it must be a cool thing to do. Even those go-kart type neck rolls are better than nothing, especially when the your child’s safety is on the line. So regardless of whether they're tagging along with you, or driving their own youth-size Polaris RZR 170, don't let your kids rip without first donning the appropriate safety gear!
While protecting the neck is important for riders of all ages, as children’s necks begin to develop in their teenage years, full-face helmets become a more appropriate option. Still, though, a lighter youth-style helmet is advised, as it will not only put less strain on the neck, but also fit better. The Youth Sector Shear Helmet by Thor is one of the better options on the market. It comes in a variety of colors and styles for the most expressive of youngsters, it is ventilated with a nose guard to prevent mud, dust, and debris from entering, and most importantly, its ABS shell and dual density EPS impact dampening lining is DOT / ECE 22.05 approved, meaning that a high degree of head and brain protection is guaranteed!
Best Adult RZR Helmets
So you’ve got your children protected, now it’s time to protect your own dome. When you’re not rocking your double beer-can-holding hardhat with a two-to-one suction straw, the Trekker Helmet By Fly Racing is a quality yet low-price option for riders of all skills and abilities. And if your buddies give you crap for wearing a helmet, take solace in the fact that you won’t be the one getting head trauma should an accident occur. We’ve spoken with too many riders whose lives have been saved by helmets, which is why we cannot disregard them. When you roll your RZR at 60MPH, the stock cage bends inward and becomes pear shaped. There is a high likelihood that your head will hit the ground, and although you might get knocked out, if you're wearing a proper Polaris RZR helmet, you won’t pull a Humpty Dumpty and have your dome broken like an egg.
Many riders wear the Moto X helmet just to keep mud out of their eyes, and an O’neal helmet with quick-detach goggles works great for such purposes as well. FLY Racing makes quality UTV helmets, but when it comes to lightweight, leading edge, helmet technology, few companies can rival the SE4 Composite Baja Helmet by Troy Lee Designs. Constructed using the latest composite manufacturing techniques, the cost of this helmet is a small price to pay for superior protection. People talk about spending over $1500 on Polaris RZR audio equipment and never bat an eye, so why be a penny pincher when it comes to helmets? Blow your budget on safety gear and live to save up for the rest!
Speaking of stereo equipment, why not kill two birds with one stone and get an in-helmet audio system. The Rugged Radios Helmet Kit, for example, pipes your favorite tunes directly into your helmet. A good helmet will muffle the sound of even the best in-cab stereos, and if you are able squeeze ear buds in while your helmet is on, you’ve got yourself a helmet that is probably too big for your head.
Life Is All About Choices
Some RZR owners are religious about helmets, never riding without one. These same riders are likely to do the same thing in cars — not even backing out of their driveway without clicking in their seatbelt. It only takes one wrong move to create a catastrophe, and if you’ve been in, witnessed, or heard about UTV accidents, you’re likely among the group of aforementioned riders who always wear helmets. Sure it may sting a bit to have your hard-earned pay pried from your wallet for a helmet, but if things take a turn for the worse and you end up rolling your buggy, you’ll have zero regrets. Because in the end, would you rather be a few hundred dollars poorer, of have a fence post impale your skull? Whether you rock a half bucket or a full face, be it on a dirt bike, Harley, snow machine, or quad, Polaris RZR helmets are literal lifesavers!