Best Skateboard Helmets Of (February, 2021)
As mentioned previously, protection should be the priority of any helmet; comfort and appearance only come second. So I’ve only mentioned products that meet both CPSC and ASTM safety standards.
Kids' Best Skateboard Helmets (2021)
It is not common to come across products that tick almost all the checkboxes while being budget-friendly, but the WayEee helmet we have for you today is a true exception. Never have we featured a product in the budget category that is such a complete package… But with only one minor flaw.
All the people who’ve owned this helmet tend to appreciate how comfortable and convenient it is. It is not until we bought it for ourselves did we realize how accurate that was.
The materials used are extremely breathable. And 12 huge vents across the helmet let in so much air, providing a very sweat-free comfortable experience throughout the use.
Everything is built with convenience in mind, from the ultra skin-friendly chin straps to the never disappointing hassle-free adjustment knob that works every single time, effortlessly. So what’s the catch? It’s surely not the safety aspect since it feels fairly sturdy the moment you pick it up. The helmet meets all safety standards you could think of. The only drawback is the sizes & color options they offer. If your kid’s head measures anywhere out of the narrow 54-58cm range it comes in, you’re out of luck. Plus there are only two colors: black & pink.
This specific model from LanovaGear earns the title of “The best skateboarding helmet for kids” in terms of sheer value. When you invest a couple more bucks in this product, you get what the model mentioned above lacked: Options.
There are no issues with the size options with this one since it offers both small (48-54cm) and medium (55-58cm) ensuring that kids of all ages and head sizes can wear them.
And even if sizing is a little off or if your other child wants to wear it, there won’t be any problem since it comes with removable liners and adjustable buckles and knobs.
We are not done with options yet. The reason why I love this helmet so much is the 9 incredible finishes it comes in. You’ll be impressed with your purchase the moment you unbox it as it looks stunning in the matte finishes, with its minimal design and sturdy construction.
The catch here is the delicate adjustment knob. Even though extra-wide padding and both the adjustment buckles & knob ensure the perfect fit, the adjustment system can seem a little fragile at times. If you use them gently, this otherwise rather tough helmet will keep you safe for a very long time.
If you want the best in the category, then this is the product to go with. Boasting all the bells and whistles you can dream of, this is truly the best skateboard helmet you can buy for your kid.
Of course, there is this other similar model from Triple Eight that will cost you $10 more, but it comes with fewer color options and warm paddings that might be not perfect for a kid/teenager so let’s look at it this model.
This helmet excels at 3 fundamental aspects:
As this skateboard helmet is manufactured & designed by a big brand like Triple Eight, you can get an idea of how well it would be built and what the level of quality you can expect from the materials.
We have tested more than a dozen helmets for this review and very few come close to the level of comfort this helmet offers. Coupled with the excellent “SweatSaver” liners (which are removable & washable) that absorb all the sweat, to the point where not even a single drop would ever drip down your forehead, it becomes one of the most comfortable skateboard helmets on the market.As for fit, they come with additional pads solely for adjustment, which you can place to fine-tune your fit to perfection. And the protection it offers is well beyond what the budget-friendly options provide, making this a perfect option if you’re NOT on a budget.
Adults' Best Skateboard Helmets (2021)
When you buy a budget product, you expect brands to cut some corners to bring down the price. But sometimes, the trade-offs are decent enough that you end up getting your money’s worth. The best skate helmet in the budget category is all about that: The right trade-offs.
Let’s start with the good as we always do. Upon the initial testing, the one thing that impressed us the most was how lightweight this helmet was. It being not heavy primarily contributed to how comfortable it felt.
The EPS foam installed for protection is surprisingly breathable which negates the absence of any sweat-absorbing liners that you may find in higher-end helmets.
The adjustment factor is also there, making it convenient to manipulate your fit even on the go. The adjustment knobs make the straps get tighter by up to an inch which ensures a snug fit. Remember: A tight fit is essential for the safety a helmet provides you.
Of course, the sacrifices would be the overall quality of the construction. Upon our review, we found out that although the outer shell itself was rather tough (which explains the dual certification), the peripheral parts like the straps and adjustment systems did not feel solid.
Welcome to the best value section where we make the least sacrifices as we get the most of our money’s worth! And this splendid helmet from OutsoorMaster is not here to disappoint.
My initial impression while testing was how good looking the finish was. Of course, looks matter the least when it comes to a helmet, but you got to give props to a fresh design, premium finish, and 11 vibrant colors! (The neon one was tempting but we went with the white one)
It is not lightweight like the JBM’s offering but it feels light enough to seem sturdy and well made. After using it for a few days you’ll realize why it’s 3 ounces heavier – good quality construction.
The adjustment dial for tightening is present and works well until you abuse it. The outer hard shell is made to withstand all kinds of abuses but dials are not, so unnecessary tucking or pulling. One minor thing I noticed was how it sticks out from your head when you wear it – it is not a deal-breaker, but I would not call this a low profile skate helmet.
If the legend himself, the pro skateboarder Tony Hawk himself wears (and endorses) a particular brand of helmets, then they must be good. And they most certainly are.
This is the 3302-P model we have listed here, although there is another variant, the 3606 model which costs 10 bucks less and has more reviews on Amazon. So why this specific model? Upon close inspection, both variants were equally well built (no surprises there).
After wearing it, we realized how much more padding the 3302-P model had. So we do indeed get something for the extra $10. We called
Triple Eight’s sales team in New York to get a clearer idea. And they confirmed our findings “The expensive model comes with way better padding that tremendously increases comfort”. And we partially agree with their statement, it is more comfortable.
With more padding comes more heat, which is the caveat of this otherwise perfect helmet – it warms up your head a bit. But the SweatSaver liner comes to the rescue by absorbing all excess moisture. If you’re cycling with this on for hours on end on a hot summer day, you’re gonna feel the warmth. If you’re skateboarding in good weather, then there should be absolutely no concern.
We have to nitpick to find flaws in this perfect specimen of a helmet. It comes in 6 standard colors and the look & finishes look premium as it should. The adjustability, comfort, and sense of safety this helmet offers are unrivaled which helped it get the best premium helmet title in our books.
Skateboard Helmets Buying Guide For (2021)
Why Should You Wear a Skateboard Helmet?
… is a thought that pops into our minds now and then. We already know from experience that falling hurts. While a minor bruise on the knee is fine, a strong hit to the head during a fall is devastating. Unless you’re an experienced skateboarder who has perfected the method of falling (safely) you should always wear a helmet.
And if you’re a complete beginner, allow me to tell you: A helmet is a mandatory piece of safety gear that you should never disregard. The learning phase of skateboarding involves a lot of falls. Make sure none of them ends up hurting your most vital organ.
What are the different types of helmets?
In General, there are 5 kinds of helmets, (based on their design and how much of the head they cover). They are full-face helmets, half helmets, open-face helmets & motor cross (off-road) helmets. There are still a lot of other varieties that we can talk about, but let’s just stick with the basic ones today.
Even though there are numerous varieties of helmets in the market, when it comes to skateboarding, we generally see only two kinds of helmets: Full face and Half helmets. Full face is more common with motorbikes as it covers the entire head including the face. This can prove to be useful should anything happen, especially at high speeds.
Half helmets are what 90% of the skateboarders wear. As this sport does not take you at blazing speeds down the highway as a motorbike would, you don’t require the level of protection a full face helmet gives.
Thus, every skateboarder’s favorite: The half helmet is what’s sold across all stores. They are lightweight, they don’t hinder visibility, and they provide the optimal level of safety for skateboarding.
What To Look For In A Good Skateboard Helmet:
The best helmet for skateboarding should provide two fundamental things: The best protection & the best comfort.
Without the protection element, a helmet is without doubt rendered pointless. And if it is not all comfortable, you’d either spend less time in the sport wearing it or you’ll tend to not use it at all, again rendering the object pointless.
Protection: Material used, certification, amount of padding present.
Comfort: Vents, quality of the padding, skin-friendly straps, proper fit.
These will be the factors we will be talking about in detail below.
Hope this buying guide will aid you in purchasing the best skateboard helmet for you!
The best skateboard helmet should provide the most comfort to the wearer. And what is a skateboard helmet review… without a discussion on how snug these helmets get? Bland! Yes.
I’ve personally tried on a multitude of helmets of different kinds and the one thing that pops into my mind when I think of comfort is the padding.
The foam liners provide the padding and the chin straps lock the helmet in place. These two things are what contributes to the comfort element in a helmet, especially in a skateboard helmet.
And don’t underestimate the role of a good chin strap (I did when I didn’t know any better) – All of which we will discuss in detail below. So read on.
The whole point of a helmet is the safety it provides. And as it is fairly impractical for us to directly test durability and impact resistance – thankfully we have legal bodies that do this specific job for us.
So what certifications does a skateboard helmet need?
“ASTM F1492 Skateboard helmet standard” certification is what your skateboard helmet requires. The “CPSC bicycle helmet standard” is what you’ll commonly see, which does not technically qualify for a helmet for a skateboard helmet.
Let us talk about this in detail.
There are two kinds of certification.
- ASTM F1492 Skateboard helmet standard
- CPSC bicycle helmet standard
Now you can spot which one is for bicycles and which one is for skateboards.
All the brands require the CPSC certification to legally sell skateboard/bicycle helmets in the United States.
But the CPSC bicycle helmet standard only checks for single impact resistance. Bicycle helmets are designed for a big single impact whereas skateboard and skate helmets are designed for multiple impacts.
That is where the “ASTM F1492 Skateboard helmet standard” comes into play. This is the certification skateboard helmets should have since it requires multi-impact-resistant helmets.
Unfortunately, no law in the US says a helmet marketed for skateboarding needs to have any kind of certification. So companies simply settle for CPSC certification and not the ASTM that they should be striving for.
Nevertheless, CPSC is a good certification and the lack of ASTM is nothing to worry about. But if you’re an extreme adrenaline junkie and crash often, you might want to look for a helmet that comes with the ASTM certification as well.
The size of the helmet is crucial and you need to determine correctly what you need to order. X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-large, or XX-Large – These can get confusing at times. A slight mismatch and the helmet fails to efficiently do its job.
How to measure the size of the head for your helmet
Grab a measuring tape. Now you need to wrap it around the head, placing it about a centimeter above your ears. Properly measure the length of the tape required to completely cover the circumference of the head. Note down the number in inches/centimeter.
Now head to the product page, wherein the description you can spot the size chart. If your head measures 22 inches, then look for that number and which size fits it. If you’re a 58cm like me, you’d probably require a medium. Take your time, get the correct size.
Since you got the size figured out…
How to see if a helmet fits you properly?
- Put on the helmet. If it’s a snug fit, you’re good to go.
- Try to unfasten it, if it falls over your eyes, you need a smaller size.
- While unfastened, try to shake your head. If it stays, you’re good to go.
- Try squeezing a finger inside while fastened. If possible, it is not TOO tight.
- Additional: Remember to always go for a bigger size for growing kids.
Are vents in a helmet useful?
Vents in a helmet benefit the wearer in many ways.
Let’s start with the simplest, that is: it lets in a lot of air, preventing your head from getting hot and sweaty. This becomes especially important when you wear the helmet for long stretches, where comfort comes into play. The comfort factor is elevated with the addition of breathable fabric which in turn aids in increased evaporation – further complimenting the vents.
More vents = less heat (due to improved airflow)
A more inherent advantage of having vents (which, quite frankly, not all of us think about at first) is the weight reduction. And we know, the lighter it is, the longer we can wear it without the need to remove it. A heavy helmet is never comfortable!
Lastly, it is the aerodynamic factor. Most good helmets in the market come with multiple vents, on the sides, top and rear. These vents ensure optimal airflow, which not only cools down the interior but also reduces drag which helps you gain that speed quicker!
Even the best skate helmet in the world is no good if it can’t adhere on top of your head during a fall/impact. That is why the straps/buckles need to be reliable and also comfortable.
You wouldn’t want to have the straps on all the time if they irritate your skin. So the comfort indirectly plays a part in your overall safety if you think about it.
The straps and buckles should be tight enough to provide a snug fit but no too tight so that it hurts to wear them (especially after 10 minutes)
Pro Tip: to gauge the level of comfortability of your helmet, don’t assess it right away after putting it on. Strap the buckles and wear the helmet for a good 10 minutes (spend the time looking at your phone or reading a book) and then assess the comfort. Did you feel happy and relaxed when you took it off? If yes, you might want to consider another model.
The straps should be skin-friendly, for obvious reasons, and it should be easily adjustable.
Integrated dial fit system is a fancy term for a new kind of mechanism that delivers precise & convenient adjustment – some of the models we feature in this article have them so keep an eye out!
The entire point of a helmet is the protection it offers, and not discussing that would render this guide pointless! So let’s break it down – like any other helmet, there are only 2 components that provide protection: An outer shell and the inner foam.
Now, the outer shell of almost all the industry-leading skateboard helmets is made of ABS. Now if you’re keen on learning what those letters stand for, then it is Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, which is a fancy name for plastic. But it’s not just any run-of-the-mill plastic! It is high impact resistant with great tensile strength.
The material has many other properties that make it the ideal choice for a lot of industries, but the impact resistance is what we need to focus on. The way it distributes the sudden energy from a high impact is what makes it special.
But if you truly despise Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene for some odd reason, you can always go with (expensive) alternatives like a fiberglass composite carbon fiber or even Kevlar.
The hard outer shell only does half the work. The rest of the heavy lifting is done by the foam inside the shell. A soft protective liner is seen in all helmets which slows the force of the impact and cushions the blow. The intent is to prevent our gray matter from hitting the inside walls of the skull, and this is exactly what these foam liners achieve, technically.
We talked about the comfort the chinstrap is supposed to offer but what about the crucial element that contributes to the comfort the most? Yes, we are talking about the padding and the liners.
As discussed above, the soft cushiony foam is the one that serves as a shock absorber should something go wrong. But this foam is also what keeps our head snug and comfy inside the helmet.
If the padding is too little, the comfort and safety go down.
If the padding is too much, the heat factor goes up.
So it is all about that perfect balance.
Fortunately, all the products that we have lined up for you today come with an adequate amount of padding. Most of the models on display come with a removable inside liner which makes cleaning/washing so much convenient. Especially if you’re a clean freak like me, non-removable liners can’t be annoying, to say the least.
If sweat is your concern, instead of a spot-free liner, we’ve got good news for you too. Even though my head doesn’t sweat much, that is not the case with my friends. So they often look for special liners called “Sweatsaver liner” and such that do an amazing job in absorbing (and in-a-way eliminating) moisture. So look for these specific liners if excess moisture is what ruins the fun for you.
The last thing you need to look out for in the best skateboard helmet is the layers of liners and how soft they are. Again, try the helmet on and keep it for some time to properly assess the comfort and amount of padding. Try not to go overboard with the whole “multi-layer” padding since it tends to keep the heat in more.
There are countless stories of people having a “very bad day” and thanking their loved ones for forcing them to buy good certified helmets. Countless stories where people suffered injuries all over their body (after a nasty crash) except their heads, which remained untouched.
$50 spent wisely on a decent helmet today can save your precious life tomorrow.
And we hope that today we helped you pick the best one for you and your loved ones.
Frequently Asked Questions
In short words, no, there are certainly not. The simple reason being that skateboard helmets are made to take small multiple impacts at low speeds and NOT designed to withstand a high-speed impact that is common in biking accidents.
It should fit snug. Too tight and your face will start to hurt and you’ll get a headache. Too loose and the helmet is no longer giving you the level of protection it should be giving. Try to squeeze your pinky finger into the helmet while wearing it - if it barely gets in, you’re good to go.
Triple Eight The Certified Sweatsaver Helmet is currently the best skate helmet out there. It has got the dual certification, proving that it provides the necessary level of protection. It also features one of the most comfortable liners fitted to a helmet ever!
In the United States, skateboard helmets are required to have the ASTM certification which is a lot harder to get than the European EN 1078 certification. Many of the lightweight helmets that easily get the European certification don’t get the American one.
Yes, there most certainly is. Bike helmets are designed for one big crash at high speeds while skateboard helmets are for repeated small falls at low speeds. Besides, skateboard helmets require ASTM certification for multi-impact whereas bike helmets only require CPSC certification for single impact
The “ASTM F1492 Skateboard helmet standard” and “CPSC bicycle helmet standard” are the two common certifications you’ll see. Most of the lower end skateboard helmets will have only the CPSC certification (which is not quite enough) while the best skateboard helmet will always have both (ASTM being the main one)
CPSC mainly checks for how much impact the helmet can withstand in a single accident. Helmets with these certifications should be replaced after one crash. ASTM on the other hand test for multiple impacts. So you do need to replace a helmet with this certification every time an accident occurs.
No, certain helmets don’t require certification. While bicycle helmets are required by law to have the CPSC certification to be sold, there is no law in the US that states a skateboard helmet should meet any kind of standard.
Usually, it would be mentioned in the description of the product. If you’re buying from Amazon, you’d always see them mention the helmet having either a single CPSC certification or both CPSC and ASTM together. After the purchase, the certifications would be mentioned in the legal papers of the product as well.
It depends on which state of the US you’re living in. Generally, you’re required to wear a helmet on motorized vehicles like e-skateboards and motorbikes. With “human-powered” devices like skateboards, you’re good without them. But in most states in the US, people under the age of 16 are legally required to wear helmets while riding a bike or a skateboard.
If your helmet only has a CPSC bicycle helmet standard certification, then it is recommended to have it replaced after a significant crash/fall. If the helmet has the ASTM certification, which tests helmets against multiple impacts, then you needn't replace it often.
Triple Eight is the brand Pro Skateboarders tend to use, including the legendary Tony Hawk. You can check out his special edition helmet here: Triple Eight Tony Hawk Signature Model
Triple Eight Dual Certified Skateboarding Helmet is a premium model from Triple Eight made entirely keeping protection and safety in mind. It boasts impact-absorbing EPS liner and Conehead liner construction which are pretty unique to this model.