What is the best motorcycle quick release helmet strap you should buy? There are a couple of things to keep in mind. It is important to ensure it has the features that you are looking for in a quick-release strap.
It is also important to determine whether the quick release will be easy to use once you are wearing riding gloves. Generally, quick-release straps are made of either metal or heavy-duty plastic.
A metal release is the safest option as it is less likely to break. Avoid any product where the metal has been altered. If going with plastic make sure that it is heavy-duty to avoid malfunctions and check whether it meets the necessary safety standards.
The following three quick-release helmet straps are some of the best and most popular on the market currently. Each represents a different style of quick release to accommodate different riders’ preferences.
Best Motorcycle Quick Release Helmet Strap
ECHO Quick Release
The ECHO Quick Release has been on the market since 1987 and has undergone several improvements over its lifetime. It is quick to install and easy to use.
Made from tempered steel and a surrounding body of high-impact nylon, the ECHO can be fitted to any motorcycle helmet strap up to a width of one inch.
When it comes to safety, the ECHO exceeds both the DOT MVSS 218 and Snell (M2005) safety standards, which should give anyone peace of mind that it is going to stay secure in the event of an accident.
The quick-release is easy to install and can be installed over the D rings on the helmet. Step-by-step instructions for installation are provided.
Priced at just $8.99, the ECHO Quick Release is affordable and easily one of the most popular options on the market today.
The Helmet Shop Helmet Quick Release Buckle Kit
This is a stainless steel ratcheted-style helmet buckle. It comes as a kit to make it easy to install on your helmet straps, without any need for specialist tools or stitching in, as is the case with several competitors’ products.
The product is installed over the D-rings. A helpful video can be accessed via a QR code which shows the installation process in detail. When installed it lengthens the helmet straps which can prove useful for some riders.
The ratcheted system makes it easy to use, even while wearing gloves, which is a big advantage, as many systems require riders to remove their gloves to secure the helmet chin strap. This is an excellent alternative to the pinch and squeeze type releases. It is priced at $14.95.
Ryde Wear Helmet Quick Release Chin Strap Buckle
The Ryde Wear Helmet Quick Release Chin Strap Buckle fits most full-face motorcycle helmets and is a favorite among dirt bikers. It is simple to install over the D rings.
The product uses a push-button system, making it another quick release that is simple to operate while wearing gloves. It comes with a strap stop slider to stop any excess strap from flapping in the wind while riding.
The Ryde Wear product exceeds Snell and DOT FMVSS NO. 218 Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, meaning it is unlikely to fail in the event of an accident. It is priced a little higher than some of the other products at $21.95.
The Magnetic Buckle is a relatively new product on the market and offers a different type of strap release.
It is easy to open and shut with gloves, utilizing a simple push to release system. Magnetic buckles are typically made from aluminum alloy or heavy-duty plastic buckles.
Any questions regarding the safety of the plastic buckles can be alleviated by choosing a brand that complies with FMVSS 218 (DOT) and ECE22 safety standards.
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About the author:
Michael Parrotte started his career in the motorcycle industry by importing AGV Helmets into the North American market. He was then appointed the Vice President of AGV Helmets America, total he worked with AGV Helmets for 25 years. In addition, he functioned as a consultant for KBC Helmets, Vemar Helmets, Suomy Helmets, Marushin Helmets, KYT Helmets, and Sparx Helmets.
In 1985 he is the founded AGV Sports Group in cooperation with AGV Helmets
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