Understanding & Selecting the Perfect Fitting Zamp Helmet for Your Young Kart Racer

While any helmet is better than none, a poorly fitting helmet can compromise protection, among many other things. In this guide, you’ll learn the specifics of judging the size of a child’s karting helmet, focusing on Zamp Helmets for a tailored fit that maximises safety on the track.

The Importance of Proper Helmet Size

In motorsport, a helmet’s effectiveness is directly linked to its size. The primary purpose of a karting helmet is, of course, to provide protection in case of accidents or impacts. A well-fitted helmet ensures that it stays securely in place during high-speed racing or sudden stops, reducing the risk of head injuries.

An appropriately fitting helmet also ensures maximum visibility during racing i.e. correct visor placement and no slipping of the helmet over the drivers’ eyes, meaning that not only is it paramount for safety, but for comfort and therefore performance and outcome too.

Judging the Fit

Checking the fitment of a karting helmet is crucial to ensure safety and comfort for your child. Here are specific steps to follow when checking your child’s helmet fitment:


1. Head Placement:

Ensure your child places their helmet squarely on the head, covering the forehead and resting just above the eyebrows. The helmet should sit level on the head.


2. Eyebrow Gap:

Verify that there is a gap of about an inch (2.54 cm) or two fingers’ width between the top of the eyebrows and the edge of the helmet’s forehead area.


3. Side-to-Side Fit:

Check for even pressure on both sides of the head. The helmet should not favour one side or feel tighter on one side than the other.


4. Chin Strap:

Adjust the chin strap so that it is snug but not overly tight. It should sit securely under the chin without causing discomfort. The strap should not hang loosely, and your child should be able to open their mouth comfortably.


5. Vision and Peripheral View:

Confirm that the helmet’s visor or face shield does not obstruct your child’s vision. They should have a clear line of sight, including peripheral vision.


6. Helmet Movement:

Gently try to move the helmet in different directions, including up and down and side to side. The helmet should stay securely in place without excessive movement.


7. Glasses Compatibility:

If the child wears glasses, make sure the helmet allows for easy wearing and removal of glasses without discomfort or interference.


8. Comfort Assessment:

Ask the child how the helmet feels. Make sure that they do not experience any discomfort or pressure points during the fitting as this could indicate a helmet that is too small.


Fine-Tuning Your Fitment

At Zamp Helmets, we have two options for customising the fitment of your child’s karting helmet if you find that sizing up or down would not solve the sizing issues you’re facing.

Firstly, we have replacement inner cheek pads: these pads are available in a range of sizes (shell size dependant) and allow you to customise the fitment of the sides of the helmet if you find that this is the main area of discomfort or concern with your child’s fitment.

The second option for customising the fitment of your child’s helmet is our replacement Crown Liners. These allow you to alter the fitment at the top of your child’s helmet to better accommodate variations in head size or shape that do not warrant changing to a size up or down.

Equipping yourself with the knowledge needed to choose the perfect Zamp Helmet for your child allows you to prioritise safety without compromising comfort. Not only does this ensure your child’s safety, but it also allows them to perform at their very best because they are comfortable and confident in their equipment to support them through their racing achievements.