I think the most important consideration is fit. It may be tempting to order via internet or mail order. These venues offer the best deals. Just as with skis, try before you buy. Go to your local shops armed with price info on the makes and models you like. Try them on and if they fit, negotiate. If you can't get your price(don't forget to consider shipping cost and sales tax) order elsewhere now that you know your size. I try to do my shopping locally and am willing to pay a bit more in consideration of service and suportting local shops. I am not a wealthy person so price must be a consideration. Also, a very important consideration is ratings or certifications. There are several standards. Snell and CEN are two standard to look for. This means that the helmet in question will meet certain impact standards. I am not sure what the details are on test. Someone else in this forum may know. Apart from this, what features do you want? Closable air vent, removable sides, pink dots etc. I'm not sure but I think someone will be making a stetson shaped helmet for cowboys [img]tongue.gif[/img] .