19 Best Skateboard Helmets in 2020 – For Kids & Adults
Skateboarding Helmets are priceless. That’s it I said it. I know you see PRO skaters out there skating without them, doing gnarly tricks, jumping stairs etc. etc. But… they are PROs for a reason.
Injuring your head can be a life-changing event (in the WORST way) and whilst PRO’s can get away with not riding with helmets, beginners certainly need them.
Today I’ll be going over the best skating helmets available these days. I’ll talk about what features make them safe and what things you need to look out for. After reading this, you should be able to pick the best helmet for your needs.
19. Predator FR7
With a look similar to the Triple 8 Gotham above, the FR7 is a great helmet for all sorts of skating. It is a popular option for longboarders – but you’ll also see cyclists and scooter kids using it too.
It’s been designed with two things in mind. To be lightweight and to provide a ton of visibility. Often, downhill skaters can’t see out of their tuck very well. This helmet sits further up on the forehead, making seeing out of the tuck a bit easier.
For a tighter or looser fit, the helmet comes with pads of various thicknesses. That said, it does sit a bit narrow around the temple. If you have a big head, this helmet won’t be good for you, the Triple 8 above will be better.
With this helmet’s stylish look, it’s no surprise it is popular. However, the helmet only has the CPSC and EN certifications. It will be good for protection, but not as good as an ASTM certified helmet. Check it out for yourself here on Amazon.com.
18. Bell MIPS
The only helmet on my list to use MIPS. MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) is a technology that helps protect the head against impacts. It shifts the helmet when you hit your head, dispersing the energy without affecting the EPS too much. It also helps reduce rotational forces on impacts. Basically, it is a good thing!
However, it does increase the price of helmets. Though this Bell helmet, in particular, is affordable, some MIPS helmets cost up to $100.
The Bell helmet is stylish and low profile. It doesn’t have much in the way of ventilation holes, so it does get hot occasionally. It has a stylish matte black color, so it is low profile in that way too.
Finally, it is also dual certified so protection is guaranteed. Paired with the MIPS, this helmet will keep your head safe from brain damage. It’s easily the safest on my list. Check it out here on Amazon.com.
17. TSG Dawn helmet
Taking inspiration from the TSG snowboarding helmets lineup, the Dawn has been adapted for skateboarding and cycling. The unique ear covered look is a favorite for some skaters.
Like most TSG half-shells, it only has the CE, EN and CPSC certifications. This is ok, but a helmet with the ASTM rating will always be better. So this helmet won’t have the best protection.
It has two main sizes, one for smaller heads and one for bigger heads. This might work for some riders but others may have to use the comfort pads that come with the helmet for a better fit. If your size isn’t accommodated, the dual certified Triple 8 has more size options.
Finally, the helmet is quite low-profile and has a nice fit on the head. If you like it, I recommend you check it out here on Amazon.com.
16. Triple 8 Little Tricky helmet
Another good helmet for kids, the Little Tricky is a good alternative option to the S1 above. It has all the great features of the Certified Sweatsaver, but now in a smaller shell size, that’s a better fit for kids.
It has an extra set of pads for a better fit. You can interchange them if you want a tighter or a looser fit. Unfortunately, it has only shell size. If your kid doesn’t fit any of these, they’ll have to look elsewhere. The Mini-lifer does have more sizing options, so you can take a peek over there. Also, as the Mini-life has a ton of colors, the Little Tricky is limited to four other designs – which you can look at with your kid to decide what they like.
Finally, it has all the relevant certifications for both cycling and skateboarding.
The Little Tricky is reasonably priced too. Though a bit more expensive than the cheaper options on my list, it is worth it when you consider the quality. Find out more about the Little Tricky here on Amazon.com.
15. Raskulls Mohawk
Though fun looking and affordable, this is one of the worst helmets you can get for your kid. It has a large mohawk protrusion that glows with an LED – which is its main selling point. The mohawk protrudes upwards by quite a height and this could be an issue if someone falls in this helmet. It looks good but it could bend their head awkwardly if they fall over. This could lead to neck injuries or worse.
That said, the helmet is certified with both the ASTM and CPSC certifications – but who is to say they were tested with the mohawk? The outer shell is also a bit cheap (maybe why the price is low) and will melt if left in the heat. When it comes to fitting, it fits heads sizes between 19.6-21.2in (50-54cm). So it isn’t good for smaller kids.
Though it is quite affordable and attractive, I recommend you stay away from this helmet. The options without anything on the outside are a lot safer. Still, check it out for yourself here on Amazon.com.
14. Schwinn Teddy Bear helmet
The teddy face on top is actually made from cheap plastic – which is actually a good thing. When the helmet gets hit, the plastic will bend/crumple on impact, getting out of the way and allowing the helmet to do its job. This is slightly better for protection than the Mohawk on the Raskullz above. That said, the helmet itself isn’t certified.
The helmet also has fairly poor ventilation. This might be ok in winter when a warmer helmet is wanted. But it will get hot and feel uncomfortable in the summer. It might even make your kid dislike wearing it.
Though the helmet rates high on the cuteness factor, it fails when it comes to its components and protection. I recommend looking at the S1 or Triple 8 Little tricky helmets above. Though that said, this is reasonably priced. But no matter the price, no helmet is worth it if safety is not guaranteed. Check it out for yourself here on Amazon.com.
13. Retrospec helmet
Like other helmets here it has a shell made from ABS, paired with EPS foam for impact protection.
It has the CSPC and EN certifications but is missing the ASTM certification for skateboarding. It will protect your head from a single impact, but won’t be good enough for a multi-impact fall.
The EPS is thicker all-around and this may be uncomfortable for some riders, especially when it comes to the fit.
The sizing for the helmet does get a bit funky, so it can be a bit awkward to get something that fits you right. If you can’t get your sizing here, check out the Flybar for more options. That said, the helmet is massive and can look kinda dorky. If you’re looking for style points, this isn’t the one to go with. Still, it makes for a good option if you’re on a budget. Check it out here on Amazon.com.
12. Triple 8 dual certified
If you have a big head (like me), you’ll like how the Triple 8 fits. It has a more round shape so it is more forgiving than other helmets. This is also nice if you have a lot of hair. It’s available in three sizes and comes with padding so you can adjust it for a tighter or looser fit.
Finally, the Triple 8 is dual certified – with both the ASTM certification for skateboarding and the CPSC certification for cycling. You can use it for either.
Out of all the helmets on the list, this is the best option you can get. The others are pretty good, but this one is the best value for money. I’ve had 3 pairs of this so far and wouldn’t hesitate to get another. Check out the Dual-certified Triple 8 here on Amazon.com.
11. Triple 8 Sweat saver
It uses this soft foam to provide impact absorption. This soft (EVA) foam provides a good buffer between impacts, but it doesn’t prevent concussions or brain injuries. It is cushioning and soft but doesn’t absorb enough impact forces when you fall – you are almost guaranteed brain damage or a concussion if you bang your head with this helmet. The foam simply compresses. It’s why it isn’t certified.
If you want to be protected at all, don’t pick this helmet. That said, it might be ok if you just need a helmet to by-pass some regulations. Still, if you enjoy the comfort it provides, the Certified version of it below is just as comfortable, nice and will actually protect you.
10. Triple 8 Certified sweat saver
Because it has both the EPS foam and thick dual-density comfort liners all-around, the helmet is thick and heavy – but also quite comfortable. If you don’t have a strong neck, you might not like the weight of this helmet. That said, you should get used to it within a few sessions. But if you’re not up for that, a lighter helmet like the regular Triple8 or TSG superlight might be better for you.
When it comes to comfort, this helmet does great. The liners allow for a snug feel and cradle your head well. They are also removable, so you can wash them when they start getting smelly.
Finally, this helmet is certified – it has both the ASTM and CPSC certifications. You will be protected against brain damage if you bump your head in this. That said, it is a bit on the pricier side. Find out more about it here on Amazon.com
9. Outdoormaster helmet
It has a more extensive liner system than usual. It has 3 pieces of liner that are removable but are wider and spread out more around the head. This allows them to provide more comfort as they cushion more of the head. They also allow for a tighter fit too.
The helmet has a dial on the back and you can use it to increase or decrease the tightness of the helmet for a more secure fit.
Finally, it has thick EPS, a strong ABS shell and is dual-certified. The thicker ABS and EPS means that like the Retrospec, it is bulky and will look massive on your head – not what you want if you’re going for style points.
Also, watch out for sizing with this helmet. Be sure you pick the correct thing. For the price though, it’s hard to beat the quality of this helmet. Check it out here on Amazon.com.
8. S1 Mini-lifer
One of the best helmets for kids, this is an excellent option for them. S1 helmets are popular in the skating, roller derby and longboarding community. They look stylish, fit well, and provide really good protection. They have a bunch of different colors and graphic-ways you can choose from, so they fit different styles well.
The Mini-life comes with EPS fusion foam and is rated for multi-impacts. It can take one large impact or many small ones. It also has a ton of certifications and is certified all-over the world – if a skate related certification exists, it probably has it.
The helmet comes with thick liners that carve around the head. The liners can also be changed if you need a tighter fit and you can take them out for a wash if they start to get smelly. Finally, the helmet has sizes starting at 18.5inches for the smallest size to 20.5inches for the largest size. So small to big kids are all accommodated.
7. Pro-Tec Classic Certified Skate Helmet
Coming from a brand that mainly specializes in safety equipment. This helmet is classic, affordable and is great for those looking for a no-fuss purchase. It has everything you need in a helmet, an easy to use a strap, a decent fit (if you get the appropriate size, there are many available from x-small to xx-large) and eps foam for shock absorption. It has great ventilation so it will keep cool during long sessions or when it gets really hot.
This helmet is also certified and meets the American ASTM 1492/1447 certifications, the European CE EN1078 and CPSC 1203, and finally the Australian and New Zealand AS/NZS 2063:2008. You can guarantee that your head will be protected from any hard impacts with this helmet on. You can check it out on Amazon.com.
It doesn’t have as many color options and you’re stuck with a few basic ones. It doesn’t look really stylish either. If you want a helmet with more options and a better finish, check out the Triple 8 Gotham helmet. If it is too costly, the Flybar is a cheaper certified option.
Protect has a good line up of other safety gear, you should check them out if you want to protect your elbows.
6. Triple Eight Gotham Helmet
This New York-based company also specializes in safety equipment and has an extensive line up of pads, helmets, hip pads etc. You should check them out if you’re looking to get some knee pads.
The Gotham helmet takes an on a stylish and comfortable approach to helmet safety. Of course, it has all the relevant certifications and complies with U.S CPSC bike and the F-ASTM 1492 skateboard certifications. So safety is guaranteed.
This helmet looks really great and stands out in comparison to the other helmets. In my opinion, it is the best skateboard helmet. There are loads of color options available and it’s easy to get one that matches your liking.
It only has 3 different helmet sizes, from XSmall/Small to Large/X-Large, but features an adjustable fit dial system. This means you can actually adjust it to be a tighter or looser fit, this is super useful if you’re going to grow your hair out. Having more hair actually changes how your helmet fits. So this is a great feature! You can check the helmet out on Amazon.com.
However, it is a bit on the costly side. If you can afford it, it’s a great option but if you have a tight budget, the Flybar helmets are more affordable.
5. Flybar Dual Certified Helmet
It has the same adjustable fit dial system as the Triple 8 Gotham helmet. Meaning you can get the perfect fit, or even adjust it so you can fit a beaning or a hat under it.
The helmet has great ventilation with 12 vents on the helmet. This is a great feature if you live in a hot climate as it will help keep your head cool. It will also prevent moisture from building up in the helmet.
This affordable helmet has a lot of aggressive color options to choose from. More than most of the other helmets provide. It has some helmets with graphics on them and some that simply have plain colors, there are loads to choose from. You can check them out on Amazon.com.
The helmet is reasonably priced and should fit in most budgets. However, there are no options for kids with their smaller heads. I recommend you take a look at the Protec Classic helmet if you want a helmet for a kid. But this helmet does make a great skateboard helmet for an adult.
4. Pro-Tec The Bucky
First things first, this helmet does not have any certifications so it will not protect your head from any medium to hard impacts. It’s even illegal in California, where only helmets that have passed the CPSC or ASTM certifications can be sold. However, if you just need a helmet because you want to skate in an area where it is needed, this will do. It will not offer true protection, but it is a helmet.
This helmet has a soft and moisture wicking liner. The soft liner will make it super comfortable to wear and the moisture wicking liner will absorb any sweat quickly. The quick moisture absorption properties also mean that it will dry super quickly and stay odor free. Also, thanks to not using eps foam, this is a pretty light skateboard helmet.
This helmet is perfect for use in hot climates, especially somewhere it is really humid. It has loads of vents for cooling. You can see more of it here on Amazon.com.
As I said earlier, you won’t get true protection with this. For proper protection, check out the Protec Classic. It’s in a similar price range and comes from the same company.
3. Critical Cycles Classic Commuter Helmet
Best for those looking for a cheap helmet, this option is affordable and it offers all the necessary protection. It has passed only the US CPSC safety standard but not the ASTM standard. This means it will provide pretty good protection and be good enough for most people to use. However, a helmet with both certifications is best.
This helmet has a lot of color options available, allowing for a bit of personal customization. I think the bamboo print makes for a pretty cool looking skateboard helmet, I would probably get that for myself.
The helmet is very snug so it’s important to measure your head size accurately. Especially if you have a lot of hair. Some have complained that is too tight, but it is easy to get used to.
It is also a bit heavier and bulkier than other helmets. So it will make your head look kinda big when you wear it haha. The bulkiness comes from the EPS foam used, so you know impact protection is truly guaranteed! Check out this helmets thickness here on Amazon.com.
This helmet is decent, affordable and is great for most uses. It easily competes with the Flybar and JBM helmets. However, if you want the best of the best. Go for the T8 Gotham helmet or more affordable Protec Classic.
2. JBM Skateboard Helmet
Another affordable skateboard helmet option. This helmet is pretty basic, it features all the elements you need for a good helmet with a few basic color options you can pick from.
It has the CPSC and ASTM certified EPS foam, a chin strap buckle, adjustable straps and finally soft sweat liners for comfort and moisture absorption. It is basically a more affordable version of a Triple 8 helmet, but won’t be as comfortable to wear.
Though it gets the job done, some of the brighter color options look like they have a cheap finish to them. I suggest you go for the duller colors, or simply black or white for a classic, good look. You can check more of this helmet out on Amazon.com.
However, this helmet is also bulky like the Critical cycles one (which has better color options by the way) and can be a bit heavy for young kids. I recommend it for teenagers and adults mostly. The Triple 8 Gotham has great helmets for kids if that is what you’re looking for.
I think this is a great helmet if you’re on a tight budget and need something to protect yer’ brain.
1. TSG Superlight
Last, on my list, this helmet is said to be the lightest skateboard helmet. It is unique as the EPS foam is placed into the impact resistant polycarbonate outer shell. This helps make the helmet lighter. Fewer materials that are high quality are used.
The helmet also sits lower than the others, providing the best protection to the lower back of the head. Whilst most helmets already provide good protection, this one clearly goes the extra distance.
TSG makes this helmet in one size only. You can adjust the sizes by adding or decreasing the inner padding provided. This is okay for most but eliminates children being able to use this helmet. The helmet would be too big for their heads.
It is the only helmet on this list EN 1078 certified. This means it’s passed the European safety test for skate and bike helmets. It also has the US CPSC certification. I suggest you take a look at this helmet on Amazon.com.
This helmet is on the costly side, but it spares no expense in safety. If you want the best protection, go for it. TSG also make other great safety gear and has featured on my list of longboarding helmets.
Why are helmet certifications so important?
These certifications are what guarantee to you that the helmet you are going to wear will protect you from an impact should you bop your head pretty hard. Otherwise, without regulations, any company could sell you a helmet with any old material and say it will protect you when it won’t actually. That’s why they are really important.
Different regulatory bodies have different requirements for helmets. By far the best one your helmet can have is the ASTM one. The others (CPSC, EN 1078) are great and ensure your helmet will be protected. However, the ASTM one is more strict and requires helmets to protect from higher impact forces and from the smaller impacts that might follow. Eg. if you fall and then your head bounces twice.
So if you want maximum safety, the ASTM certification is the best a helmet can have.
Definitely get a new helmet if you fall and hit your head in one.
What other gear might you need?
So now that you’ve got the helmet of your choice, you need relevant matching gear to maximize safety. Especially if you’re a beginner or if you want to try a new type of skating. Check the gear you can get below:
- Knee pads – These protect your knees from hard impacts and stop them from getting scraped up if you fall when going fast. Super useful for beginners because they are going to fall a lot and falling on your knees is the safest way to do so.
- Elbow pads – These ones protect your elbows and absorb any force if you land on them. Elbows are vulnerable points on your body and they usually get scraped up. It’s not super necessary but it’s nice to have them protected.
- Wrist guards – These prevent your wrist from getting sprained and your palms from getting painful injuries. I highly recommend them. Getting hurt on your palm really sucks.
- Hip pads – These padded shorts protect your bum and your hip. They are really underrated and they go a long way when you have them. Having a bruise on your bum/injury on your hip can be really uncomfortable and painful. I also highly recommend them.
Which helmet works best for you?
There are definitely a lot of options to choose from. For me, quality always dictates what I buy, especially when it comes to something as important as a helmet. If it’s gonna protect the most important part of my body, it better be good. Also, if I’m gonna be wearing it all the time, it better be comfortable.
If you’re undecided, the Triple 8 Gotham is great if you have the money or the Flybar if you have a tighter budget.