A Parents Guide to the 5 Best Skateboard Helmets (UK Edition)

Buying skateboard helmets and pads can be a confusing time. So we’re creating a guide to help you decide which skateboard helmet you should buy and later we’ll be providing a guide to pads, if you want to know when we’ve released our guide to pads, please follow the blog.

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As well as giving you a guide to the best skateboard helmets available we’ll also use the time to tell you about safety standards, break down jargon, and allow you to be a much more clued up person about skateboarding. It’ll take away all the grey areas from buying a skateboard helmet and will enable you to purchase with confidence.

Kiddiemoto Girl’s Helmet

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The Kiddiemoto Pastel Dotty helmet is a helmet we’ve found to be pretty good at getting primary school girls to wear when we’ve been providing lessons. It also isn’t the standard pink or flowery design that comes on many girl’s helmets.

The Pastel Dotty helmet comes in a variety of sizes, and we’ve found the 48-52cm size to be fit well for smaller head sizes, such as primary school kids. The best thing about Kiddiemoto helmets is that they come with a fitting dial.

Many skateboard helmets don’t have this dial, and you have to use foam pads to tailor their size and fit. Doing so can become an arduous task and take a while and still not be entirely correct. With the dial on the Kiddiemoto helmets, you can get an exact fit quick and easy.

You can easily set it up to fit around various hairstyles. You can get away with leaving your child’s hair in a ponytail, and it’ll only take a second to adjust the helmet to fit if you take the ponytail out.

Key Features Key Specifications
Dial fitting Colours: White with multicoloured spots
Lightweight inner shell Weight: 400 grams
Internationally safety approved helmet Sizes available: 48 -52 cm, 53 58 cm, 58 – 60 cm

TSG Nipper Mini

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The TSG Nipper Mini helmet comes in a variety of colours and an excellent small size for your children. The TSG uses its own in-mould construction technique. In-mould means that the protective EPS is foamed directly into the shock resistant polycarbonate shell, for a super light, yet extremely stable helmet construction.

To allow you to easily customise the fit, TSG has included a set of die-cut interior pads. They are a bit more fiddly than using a dial to fine-tune fit, but once you have the hang of working with them, you’ll be fine.

Key Features Key Specification
In-mould construction Colours: Purple, green, black, orange, bunny, strawberry
EPS impact foam Weight: 210g
Die-cut interior pads Sizes available: 48 – 51 cm, 52 – 54 cm

Triple 8 Brainsaver

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The Triple 8 Brainsaver is a helmet that nicely tells you it’s purpose. The main selling point of the Triple 8, as well as its protective purposes, is its Sweatsaver liner. The liner will stop you getting that lovely sweat odour in your helmet. The liner is also replaceable, and you can buy new Sweatsaver liners.

The helmet is also designed to take multi-impacts, I still prefer to dispose of a helmet after a crash. Knowing that the helmet can live on is a great reassurance on its quality though.

As with most helmets, it comes with a hardened ABS outer shell, we’ll discuss shells and foams below.

Key Features Key Specification
Multi-impact design Colours: Black, blue, green, grey, white, orange
ABS outer shell Weight: 210g
Sweatsaver interior Sizes available: 51 – 52 cm, 52 – 54 cm, 54 – 56 cm, 56-58 cm, 58 – 61 cm

Protec Classic

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The Protec Classic is precisely that. It has a look that everyone recognises as a skate helmet. Protec is one of the leading brand names in the sket helmet and protection market. What they don’t very probably is not worth knowing.

The Protec Classic is similar to other skate helmets in our review in that it has an EPS foam inner surrounded by an ABS plastic shell. The Classic is available in a massive range of sizes, you can find a helmet for both you and your child in their range.

Key Features Key Specification
High impact EPS foam Colours: Green, black, blue, white
Moulded ABS outer shell Weight: 549 g
Classic looks Sizes available: 52-54 cm, 54-56 cm, 56-58 cm, 58-60 cm, 60-62 cm, 62-64 cm

Phzing Skateboard Helmet

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The Phzing Skateboard helmet is one of those Asian products that have found their way on to Amazon. It has all the necessary safety certificates, has one more vent than other helmets in the guide, and a chunky dial to fit the helmet correctly.

It is also under half the price of some of the other helmets. If you can live without a brand name, the Phzing can be a great purchase. If you don’t like their name, you can even put a sticker over the Phzing logo, and no one will ever be any of the wiser.

The Phzing would be our choice for the savvy consumer.

Key Features Key Specification
13 vents Colours: Black, blue, red
Dial fit Weight: 550 g
EPS foam Sizes available: 50 – 54 cm, 55 – 57 cm, 58 – 61 cm

What is a skateboard helmet made from?

A skateboard helmet has two main ingredients. An ABS outer shell, ana an EPS foam inner.

The shell

The outer part of a helmet is called the shell. Most skateboard helmets are made with ABS plastic, using this is mainly a price concern. You can pay more for more exotic materials such as carbon fibre. The shell is the part that sets the helmet design and weight. A lighter shell will bring a big weight reduction to the whole helmet.

ABS stands for Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene. You’ve probably seen it everywhere as it is a cheap and easy thermoplastic to work with, you’ll find that Lego bricks are made from it. It is an easy product to paint and glue/bond with other materials. That is why it is common on skateboard helmets.

The inner

Expanded polystyrene (EPS) is used for a liner for the ABS shell. It will absorb teh energy from most head strikes. It will cushion your head and help to lower the damage from a head injury.

What size of skateboard helmet do I need?

correct skateboard helmet fit

No matter how cool your new helmet is, it won’t work if it isn’t fitted correctly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to measure your head

  1. Use a soft tape measure to measure your child’s head just above the eyebrows and ears. Keep teh tape level all the way around.
  2. Take the measurement at the forehead as it’ll be the easiest place to read.

Proper fitting of a skateboard helmet

Now take a helmet of the size you measured. It should fit snugly and touch your child’s head all the way around. They should be able to move their head around and not have the helmet move, do this before you clip the chin straps together. You may have to use/remove pads to get the helmet to fit. If the helmet comes with a dial, this process will be a lot easier.

The final tips

  1. If your child looks up, they should be able to see the front of the helmet.
  2. The chin straps should make a “Y” on each side of your child’s head. The two legs should meet just below your child’s ear.
  3.  When the chin strap is tight, your child should still be able to open their mouth, but you won’t be able to get the strap to come over their chin if you pull it.

Safety standards for skateboard helmets

Skateboard helmets that are sold in the UK must by law reach a certain safety standard. Currently, that is the applicable EU safety standard. The EU safety standard is EU1078, and it came into being in 1997, so pretty much every helmet should have that certification.

The standard’s key features are:

  • Test anvils: Flat and kerbstone
  • Drop apparatus: Guided free fall
  • Impact velocity, energy or drop height flat anvil: 5.42–5.52 m/s
  • Impact energy criteria: < 250g
  • Roll-off test: Yes
  • Retention system strength: Force applied dynamically. Helmet supported on headform.

You’ll also find some helmets with the American standard ASTM F1492, some will also list their CPSC standard. CPSC only allows them to be sold for bike riding in the US. The ASTM F1492 is more applicable to “trick” orientated sports. Watch out for dually certified helmets generally they are certified to the CPSN and the lower EU CEN standard. Both of these are lower than the ASTM and EU1078 standards.

 

 

 

 

 

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