Any parent who’s spent any amount of time shopping for a kid’s skateboarding gear knows how overwhelming it gets. There’s all sorts of brands to sort through, bazillions of skateboard helmet models to choose from, and all kinds of enticing price points. Then there’s the ever-confusing marketing jargon such as multi-sport, dual sport, dual-certified, and skate style.
At some point, all you want to do is pick out the cheapest head bucket advertised as a multi-sport choice and head home. But wait, is that really the best skateboard helmet for kids that can be had for the money?
This post aims to achieve two main goals namely:
Goal #1: List and briefly review some of the best brain protectors for kids who skateboard.
Goal #2: Present a detailed buying guide post-reviews to help you stay clear-eyed while on the market looking for the finest option.
Without any further ado, let’s jump right in and find out what the finest options are so that your kiddo can skate in style and safety.
5 Skateboard Helmets That Kids Love
Here’s the list:
1. Value-Packed: OutdoorMaster Kids’ Skateboard Helmet
The OutdoorMaster Kids’ Skateboard helmet fits small heads in the neighborhood of 18.1″-20.5″ or 46cm-52cm circumference-wise. For the most part, this helmet fits true to size, but it seems to work best for rounder rather than taller noggins.
Ventilation and comfort? It breathes reasonably well, but I doubt any kid would notice it. And the lid is as comfortable as you’d expect any good kid’s skateboard helmet to be.
This children’s skate lid is available in all sorts of colorful options so that the little rider is spoiled for choice. There’s orange, black, dark blue, teal, navy blue, red, yellow, white, pint, light blue, and more for boys and girls. And it doesn’t have those dumb stickers typically found on infant/toddler helmets.
This brain bucket doesn’t disappoint in the looks department, but I’ve seen better. It’s also light, but even though OutDoorMaster describes the product as having a reinforced ABS shell, it did feel somewhat cheap. Not that being lightweight detracts from the helmet’s protective ability.
It comes with a thick EPS shell, as thick as 0.7 inches, and it offers dual-certified protection. This makes it safe enough for outdoor activities ranging from biking, rollerblading, roller skating, riding a kick scooter, riding a hoverboard, and whatnot.
What’s more, this OutdoorMaster helmet let’s you adjust the size and fit so that your kid grows into it without sacrificing safety or comfort. It has the fit adjustment dial on the back to thank for this attractive feature. The dial works, and together with the non-chaffing lime green chin strap, they help you adjust the helmet down to a nice and snug fit.
Also, the lid offers two kinds of padding that helps you adjust the fit even more and better. One thin and other thicker. Plus, these absorb sweat well, and they’re quite easy to degrime and clean. Learn how to clean a kid’s skateboard helmet in this guide .
However, this kids’ helmet for skateboarding has a sort of shallow fit. When our 4-year-old young “tester” wore it, it seemed like quite a bit of the noggin wasn’t not covered adequately. I suppose it had something to do with the shape of the head which was considerably tall. This should work much better and cover much more of a shorter, rounder head.
- Cheaper than many kid’s helmets
- Dual-certified and highly versatile
- Available in multiple colorways
- Fit adjustment dial
- 2 fit adjustment pads that are also easy to clean.
- There are even cheaper skateboard helmets for kids
- Feels somewhat cheap
- Has a somewhat shallow fit
However, the fit systems have always kept the bucket nice and snug on the head always, especially on a rounder head shape.
Overall, this is a comfortable, well-fitting, and nice-looking helmet at a great price point to boot. Being extremely versatile and size-adjustable at that price range makes this skateboard helmet for children a value-packed option that saves you money.
2. The Wickedest Kids Skateboard Helmet: Thousand Jr.
Thousand helmets are often seen on cycling heads. But they’re versatile enough that your kid can wear them for skateboarding, rollerblading, and roller skating as well.
The helmet features 6 air vents placed at the right places supposedly to create a sweat-free experience. But tell you what? Any active tyke on a wheeled board will sweat quite a bit wearing this lid. Even though this isn’t the best ventilated skateboard helmet ever made, it’s not the most uncomfortable.
Thousand kids helmet have a really clean, stylish design. Small wonder many adults and kids wear them regularly for cycling and skateboarding.
Good helmets for young and older skateboard are typically dual certified, and the Thousand one is no exception. It’s certified for skateboarding as well as cycling, but your kiddo can also use them for other pastimes including kick scooting, rollerblading, and roller skating.
I like that the company behind these stylish kids helmets offsets 100% of its entire carbon footprint and then some. If you like supporting businesses that help Mother Earth live sustainably, Thousand helmets is who to support.
This lid works best for youngsters in the 19.3-20.9″ (49-53cm) head size range. Most Thousand helmets run a little bigger, but that’s not the case with this kid’s size.
It runs rather small, and I doubt it’d fit any child a day older than 5. Most kids older than 5 would have to wear the small size Thousand adult helmets. So, if your kiddo’s noggin sits between sizes, size down not up.
Like most good kids’ skate helmets, this one comes with an easy-to-use fit adjustment dial on the back. This fit wheel has a solid feel, and it keeps the dialed-in fit where it should be throughout the ride.
It gets even better — this children’s skateboarding lid comes with removable, sweat-absorbing, washable fit pads. And you can remove these sweat pads without posing any risk to your child’s little melon.
Then there’s the chin strap. This device is made of faux leather, but Thousand prefers to call it vegan leather. There’s a whole stinky side to most so-called vegan products, but I won’t join that controversy just now.
The straps work well and adjust nicely. And the safety-tested magnetic buckle didn’t at any time pinch our 4-year-old skateboarder’s facial skin.
Oh, the stickers! Unfortunately, there isn’t a guarantee you’ll get any reusable stickers. Mine came with the promised stickers, but I did bump into parents online who were bummed that no stickers came in the package.
Price? At $60-ish, it’s a relatively expensive lid. However, it’s comfortable, nice-looking, and well-constructed. But it could be cheaper. Honestly, there’s hordes of cheaper options that aren’t less protective or fit poorly.
- Removable, washable fit pads
- A solid, sturdy helmet with nice looks to boot
- Dual-certified with adjustable fit dial
- Reusable, fun stickers included
- A clean, stylish design
- Many decent but cheaper options available
- Not the best-ventilated
- Helmet runs smaller than expected
- Reusable stickers not always provided
On the whole, the Thousand Jr. is a decent kids skateboard that looks really cool and most importantly offers dual-certified protection.
3. Most Comfortable Kids Skateboard Helmet: Triple Eight LIL 8 Certified Sweatsaver
Triple Eight’s over time become one of the most popular skateboard brands on the planet. This New York-based company sells really nice kids and adults helmets, but in all honesty, they’re not cheap.
Like all T8 helmets, the LIL 8 with 8 vents located strategy to aid air circulation. The lid is comfortable, and the included sweat saver pads soak up some of the sweat. This one cools little noggins somewhat better than the Thousand Jr., but if you think you won’t need to clean the helmet, think again.
I’ve worn T8 skate helmets for years, and I love how nicely they fit and how comfortable they are, and this kid’s version, the LIL 8 Certified Sweatsaver is no exception.
It works best for young skateboarders whose heads measure 18″-20″/46-52cm. Like the Thousand and OutdoorMaster kids’ helmet reviewed above, the LIL 8 Sweatsaver helmet allows you to tweak the fit size down to a snug fit.
But does the LIL 8 Sweatsaver fit true to size? I measured my nephew’s head, and it was 19″. According to T8’s size chart, this should fit 19″ heads without a problem. However, the helmet was a little too loose even after I’d cranked it down to the smallest size.
Fortunately, when I put in the thicker fit pads, my nephew got a nice and snug fit. Definitely size down if between sizes, but there’s no guarantee the helmet will fit right.
That said, the helmet features a fit-adjustment knob on the back, and this works fine. T8 also includes a set of fit pads, one thick and the other thin. These pads are removable and washable, and they help with sweat absorption.
One feature the OutDoorMaster and Thousand Jr. lack is the under-the-chin padding. This takes overall comfort a notch higher, and it didn’t feel uncomfortable to the wearer’s skin.
I order the black rubber or matte version of this helmet, but it’s also available in blue glossy, white glossy, and neon green glossy.
This toddlers/kid’s helmet costs a little over $30, which makes it comparable to the OutDoorMaster one price-wise. Since the LIL 8 offers a chin pad as an extra feature, it’s reasonable to say it’s a slightly better deal.
When it comes to protection during a crash, both helmets are certified to both CPSC and ASTM F1492. Which means your kiddo can use this lid for riding their bike or beginner kid’s skateboard. They may also wear it for kick scooting, e-scooting, roller skating, and rollerblading.
- A popular brand many kids and adults love
- Looks like a real helmet
- Features comfy padding around the chin
- Size adjustability
- A reasonable price point
- Fits larger than the size chart suggests
Aside from being a tad looser than what the size chart says, the LIL 8 is a good buy. You can buy one of those plastic fohawks some older tots detest, or you can buy a real skateboard helmet, the LIL8.
4. Kids Skateboard Helmet With the Best Graphic: Triple Eight LIL 8 STAAB Edition
The LIL 8 STAAB version is pretty much the same helmet as the plain LIL 8 model. It looks similar to the LIL8 if you ignore the STAAB graphic on the side of the outer shell.
Like its graphic-free sibling, the STAAB version is designed for 18-20″ heads. It fits more or less the same way as the LIL8, plus the deal includes 2 fit-adjustment SweatSaver pads.
And like all Triple Eight skateboard helmets, the STAAB model features the usual Triple Eight logo on the outer shell.
But unlike most T8 skate helmets, the LIL8 STAAB has a nice graphic on the side, one that some kids can’t stop loving. Because the STAAB graphic somehow energizes the ride while making the youngster feel like Kevin Staab!
Whether your kiddo will get as good as his hero Kevin Staab someday depends on how hard they practice skateboarding and whether their noggin stays protected the entire time.
Fortunately, the STAAB kids’ skateboard helmet provides dual-certified protection. A thick EPS core absorbs impacts from small and bigger skateboarding falls.
Like every properly safety-certified skate helmet, this one minimizes the risk of traumatic brain injuries. But no helmet guarantees protection against concussion.
So, teach your kid how to ride a skateboard .Encourage them to get out and practice as often as possible.
It’s fully certified for bike riding as well as skateboarding. Your child may also use it for other fun outdoor activities such as inline skating, kick scooting, and roller skating though.
Made of a strong and easy to clean synthetic material, the straps fit and adjust well. And even though this securing device lacks padding under the chin, it’s in no way uncomfortable or less secure.
Also, this small-size children’s skate helmet lets you crank down the size to a tighter fit so your kid’s noggin stays adequately covered throughout play.
Out of the box, this lid felt light, but it was a little heavier than the OutDoorMaster and Thousand Jr. It felt as light as the LIL8. But that’s because both helmets weigh more or less the same. The LIL8 weighs roughly 0.7kg/1.54 pounds versus 0.68 kg/1.49 pounds for the STAAB version. I wonder if the STAAB weighs slightly less because it lacks the chin padding.
One thing I’m yet to wrap my head around is why the STAAB costs nearly $20 more than does the LIL8 model. Oh, maybe it’s the graphic. If you feel the artwork is worth the extra expense, then go for it.
There’s one more thing. The STAAB comes in neon blue matte for boys and neon pink matte for girls. But that’s not a whole lot of color options.
- Comes with a nice graphic that many kids love
- Dual-certified protection
- Works for boys and girls who want to feel like a little badass rider
- Pricier than a similar product from the same company (LIL8)
Overall, the STAAB is a reasonable buy if you’re willing to look past the seemingly unjustifiable higher price.
5. Best-fitting and Lightest Kids Skateboard Helmet: S1 Mini Lifer
Established in 2010, S1 Lifer’s been focusing on making really nice and well-fitting helmets. I can’t figure out for the life of me why this company isn’t giving Triple 8 a run for their money. Like T8, S1 Lifer is a US-owned helmet company, and its helmets fully meet the ASTMF1492 for skateboarding and CPSC safety certification for cycling.
I recently watched an engineer at S1 Lifer testing one of the brand’s helmets, and the video made it crystal clear that buying non-certified helmets is an extremely bad idea.
This company counts on its proprietary EPS foam, Fusion Foam, to protect the user’s noggin. All S1 Lifer’s brain buckets absorb over 700G’s of crash energy, which means less than 300G’s ever reach the wearer.
If any helmet fails to reduce impact energy to somewhere lower than 300G’s, there’s no guarantee it’ll keep your young skateboard safe if the worst happens.
The majority of S1 Lifer’s lids are low-profile options that cover the head adequately without restricting head movement. Moreover, these helmets (including the Mini Lifer for kids) are surprisingly lightweight. In fact, these are some of the lightest skateboard helmets I’ve tested.
At 0.5 pounds, the Mini Lifer is easily the lightest helmet on this list. I bet your little one will want to wear their lid all the time because it doesn’t kill their little weak necks and heads.
This brain bucket also looks good, but none of this compromises safety in any way. Your little one still gets 100% dual-certified protection.
The Mini Lifer isn’t just a kid’s helmet. It’s an option that’s made specifically for toddlers and young children. Even though this helmet doesn’t offer size adjustability, it fits true to size, and the company says to size down if in between sizes.
If you’re looking for a skateboard helmet for a 3 year old, the Mini Lifer’s size X-Small got you covered. This size is for 18.5″ noggins, and the deal includes fit pads to make fit adjustment easier.
Size Small fits 19″ heads while Medium works best for 19.5″ noggins. As for youngsters with really large domes (20″ heads), you may want to choose size X-Large for them.
Do the sweat liners really work for sweat? Yes, but I can’t say they’re exceptionally absorbent. My son owns this lid, and he likes wearing it, but not when it’s hot and sunny outside. Even though the helmet features multiple air vents for breathability, the liner sleeps a bit on the job, and sweat streams down to the eyes.
While some little skateboarders embrace warm sweat and view it as a sign they’re shredding hard, some may hate it and start wearing the lid less often. Fortunately, replacement fit pads are readily available on Amazon and the manufacturer’s site, and they’re pretty inexpensive. Be ready to order a replacement pad set every 4-6 months of frequent shredding.
Color options? The Mini Lifer skateboard helmet for toddlers and children comes in at least 5 cool colorways. These color options include lagoon gloss, white gloss, cyan matte, black matte, and tan matte.
At a $70-ish price point, this isn’t a cheap kid’s skate helmet. In fact, this is the priciest option on this list of the best skateboard helmets for kids. But the fit is great, the profile low enough, the lid light enough, and protection high enough.
However, there’s no fit adjustment dial on the rear, which means this lid won’t grow with your kid. This can be a major bummer for some. Still, the helmet fits really well if you measure the head correctly, and it’s works excellent for young skateboarders with round heads.
- A super lightweight option
- Dual-certified protection
- Shell designed specifically for toddlers & children
- 2 sets of fit adjustment pads
- Low-profile fit without compromising coverage
- Sweat pads could be better quality
- There’s a bunch of similar choices that fit as nicely without costing that much
On the whole, this is a great helmet for toddlers and children. It’s an extremely lightweight skate helmet for little skateboarders, and it fits like a glove. Still, the price could be lower, and future models should include a fit dial at that price point.
Kids Skateboard Helmet Buying Guide
I put together this guide in the hopes that it’d help any parent lucky enough to bump onto this page choose a brain cover that actually works for their young skateboarder.
Whether you’re shopping for a 6-10 year old kid or a teen, this resource got your back. If your child ends up with a cute, properly fitting skateboard helmet that’s certified to ASTM F1492 and CPSC 1203, I’ll smile and mutter, “it wasn’t in vain.”
Below is a list of what to watch out for while assessing different skateboard helmet models for your tyke:
Size the Helmet Correctly, Otherwise Don’t Purchase It
If you remember only one thing by the end of this guide, let it be that skateboard helmet size is the most fundamental aspect. Get the sizing wrong, and your kiddo might as well skate without a helmet. Because any helmet that’s too large flies off when danger shows up. And an extremely tight brain bucket cuts out circulation while squeezing the sanity out of your kiddo’s head.
How to Avoid Skateboard Helmet Sizing Issues
So how do you make sure to pick out an option that’ll fit your kid’s noggin without issues? It’s simple: measure the circumference of your grom’s dome. The measurement you obtain is a pretty reliable way of calculating the right helmet size.
Here’s how to measure your child’s head circumference for skateboard helmet fitment:
- Wrap a string or a soft tape measure starting from the middle of the back of the head toward the side and finally the front of the head.
- Note down the reading on a piece of paper. In the case of the string, use a ruler or yardstick to get the measurement.
- Visit the manufacturer’s website and see if you can find the size chart of the model you’re wanting to buy.
Pretty easy, right? But what if the little noggin’s measurement places them in between two helmet sizes? Unless otherwise advised by the manufacturer, size down. If the company’s models run small, definitely size up.
Tip: I suggest that you spend some time combing through the web for reviews of the option you’re looking at. You might find fit-related information that the helmet maker says nothing about.
For example, I once bumped into a boys’ skateboard helmet that my son really liked. But after immersing myself in the reviews on Amazon, I learned that the helmet’s sizing ran a little large. So I sized down, and the fit was perfect.
Check the Helmet’s Safety Certifications
Safety is the MOST important reason for wearing any kind of helmet. When it comes to kids skateboard helmets, you want to keep an eye out for the safety certifications below:
- CPSC 1203
- ASTM F1492
- CE-EN 1078 (for skateboarders and bike riders based out in Europe)
If you based out in the United States, be sure to choose a brain bucket that holds up to both the ASTM F1492 and CPSC 1203 safety standards.
Even though no U.S. law requires the use of a helmet while riding a skateboard, covering your noggin is a really good idea. It’s true that no helmet of any kind actually counteracts concussions. However, both the CPSC and CDC agree that gearing up can prevent traumatic brain injuries.
If your kid doesn’t own a bike and has made it clear they’ll exclusively skateboard, choose a dual-certified helmet. That is, select an option that can take multiple minor blows and one major hit.
ASTM F1492 Skateboard Safety Helmet: The Real Deal
The ASTM F1492 standard for skateboard use relies on a ultra-thick protective foam known as EPP. And EPP is an abbreviation for Expanded Polypropylene. This foamy material is hard, which means it doesn’t get irreparably damaged after only one normal tumble on a skateboard.
Skateboarders fall many times, but since the spills don’t happen at very high speeds, the hit doesn’t shatter the EPP foam. Your kid can safely use their ASTM F1492-certified after a small or moderately big fall. But if they hit their head on some really hard surface such as asphalt or pavement, or concrete, it’s best to replace that helmet.
CPSC 1203: Is It Protective Enough for Skateboarding?
No, it isn’t sufficient protection. In fact, most of those options you see described as skate-style on many online stores aren’t actually safe for skateboarding. They’re only CPSC-certified, which means they’re essentially bike-riding head buckets that are NOT certified for skateboarding.
The US demands that all helmets sold to its citizens fully meet the extensive and stringent safety requirements of the CPSC 1203 Bike Safety Standard for riders aged 5 and older.
For riding a bike, this standard suffices. But for skateboarding and biking, be sure to choose a dual-certified (not dual-sport or multi-sport or skate-style or anything else) helmet.
CE EN 1078: This is an EU-formulated skate and bike safety standard that’s similar to ASTM F1492 and CPSC. However, helmets made to this standard may be lighter and potentially less protective compared to dual-certified ones.
If a helmet is only certified to the EN 1078 standard, treat it as you would any non-certified brain bucket.
CPSC 1203 vs. ASTM F1492
CPSC 1203 requires the impact test line be drawn at a lower point on the front of the helmet than on the back. But with the ASTM F1492, the rear impact test line sits lower than the front one. What this means in everyday language is that an ASTM F1492 provides more head coverage on the back vs. a CPSC 1203 which gives the wearer greater protection on the front.
The reason the ASTM F1492 is a MUST-have certification is that young and aged skateboarders typically fall rearward. A skateboarder often hits the back of their head vs. the front part of the head for cyclists when they go OTB (over the bar).
When these two stands work together, your kiddo has the front and back of the head fully covered. This realization boosts their confidence while out skating, and your peace-of-mind multiplies.
Multi-sport vs. Dual Sport vs. Skate Style Helmets: What’s the Difference?
If you see a helmet described as skate-style, multi-sport, or dual-sport, understand it’s a cute little way of saying it’s not a truly dual-certified helmet. It’s a CPSC-certified helmet meant for bike riding, scootering, and recreational roller skating. In other words, a helmet described this way isn’t suitable for riding a skateboard, and it’s not what you want to purchase for your kiddo.
Skate brands know how important being dual-certified is for the skateboarding community. So it’s unlikely that they’d have any motivation to conceal information like this. Don’t let them reel you in with with deceptive marketing.
Retention System, Chinstrap, and Sweat/Fit Pads
If there’s one feature you want to have on a kid’s skateboard helmet, it’s a well-working retention system. Often referred to as an adjustable dial fit system, this helmet technology effectively converts the protective gear into a one-size-fits-most option.
A one-size-fits-most helmet enables you to create a custom fit for the young skater, a fit that conforms to their head size and shape. If your little one has one of those heads that are sort of hard to find a helmet for, consider choosing one that expands or shrinks as needed.
Usually, the adjustable dial fit system on most kids and adults skateboarding lids is operated via some wheel or knob. You turn the wheel, and the system tightens a little around the head for a snugger fit. And when you turn the wheel the other way, you loosen up the hold on your head to alleviate pressure points.
One common complaint skaters have with this wheel-based fit adjustment tech is that it doesn’t work for all head shapes in the same way. Some people use it and get really good results while others get nothing but headache and pain.
But when such a helmet works, which is most of the time, parents love it. It allows your child to shred with it for quite some time without needing you to retire it due to sizing reasons.
Fit Pads/Sweat Liners
Many kids’ and adults’ skateboard arrive with two sets of padding designed to achieve two critical aims namely:
- To promote sweat absorption
- To support helmet fitment
As far as wicking away sweat, not all interior helmet liners are created equal. Some absorb sweat reasonably well while others do pretty much nothing. I’ve owned a helmet or two that had a supposedly absorbent sweat liner but guess what? Steaming hot sweat still found its way into my eyes and stung like hell, detracting from the overall enjoyment.
Many options that offer pad-based fit enhancement come with a set of thinner pads and another consisting of thicker pads. In most cases, each pad set enables to size down or up one full size. While they don’t always work, they do a lot of the time.
Look for padding that’s thick enough and with sweat-wicking abilities. Most importantly, be sure the liner is removable and washable. Because your kiddo will certainly heat up during action, and being able to peel off the sweat pads and clean them up is highly desirable.
Unless you decide to go with one of those non-certified soft-foam skate-style helmets, it’s safe to assume that every helmet comes with tested and proven chin straps and buckle straps.
Some helmet companies actually perform helmet roll-off tests on their models. Any helmet that passes this test has tons of staying power even after it’s been shoved around by crash energies.
How Do I Know My Kid’s Skateboard Helmet Fits Right?
A safely fitted skateboard helmet for a kid stays nice and level on the head and neither tries to kill the head or float on it! Instead, it covers the back of the head adequately, the sides of the head, and the front of the head down to the brow line. Your young skateboarder gets zero headache/pressure points and can move their neck and head with ease. As for the chinstraps, it should lay flat on the chin and shouldn’t keep sliding around. And the side straps should converge somewhere under each year, forming the let V.
Signs that your kid’s skateboard helmet doesn’t fit correctly:
- If it moves easily from side to side or up and down when you apply some force, the fit is too loose and that helmet remains unsafe.
- If you can slip two fingers under the chinstrap after fastening the helmet and adjusting for fit, that’s not a good fit.
- If the helmet’s top piles pressure points on any part of the head, the fit isn’t OK.
- If the helmet tilts backward, fits too tight or barely hugs the noggin, you need to further tweak things.
Can My Kid Use Their Bike Helmet to Ride Their Skateboard?
Yes, your child can use their CPSC-certified bike helmet to ride a skateboard recreationally. But if they’re a badass kid skater who’s always doings gaps, grinding ledges, skating vert, doing ollies and whatnot, a strictly bike helmet wouldn’t provide enough coverage. For any kind of skateboarding that’s beyond just cruising around and enjoying the outdoors, I can’t emphasize ditching a bike-only lid for a dual-certified helmet.
Helmet Weight: Lightweight Lids Get Worn
Heavy helmets aren’t inherently bad, but when they keep dissuading your kiddo from wearing a helmet because it’s too heavy, that’s a problem right there.
Good skateboard helmets for kids come in at 0.5lbs or lighter. And of course the lighter the helmet the better. Lightweight kids skateboard helmets are often constructed using high-quality, low-density materials. They’re solidly built helmets that do a great noggin protection job without snapping your kid’s weak-ish neck.
In contrast, a brain protector that weighs all your worries and then some tires out the neck and kills the young dude’s or girl’s desire to use it. If I were to rate the selection factors in this guide in order of importance, helmet weight would come right after size, fit, and safety.
Another wonderful reason to buy a lighter lid is that these choices tend to have more airflow holes compared to their bulkier counterparts.
Ventilation: Does the Helmet Actually Cool Little Noggins?
Another thing to keep an eye on is ventilation. Truth be told: skateboarding helmets aren’t the best breathers out there. They’re not as breathable as bike helmets, but decent ones don’t lock in steamy sweat making the interior helmet environment smelly and uncomfortable.
Fortunately, most skateboard helmets for kids and adults come with a decent number of holes that aid air circulation a great deal. Some may have 6 air vents while others may have as many as over 11 holes.
Theoretically, the more air vents the better, but is that always the case? Not in my experience. Some helmets may be described as having internal air channels that take ventilation to a whole new level. But I inspected a slew of helmets over the years that were supposed to have “internal air channels” on top of the usual vents. And I can’t think of any way those helmets felt cooler than regularly vented ones.
Here’s the thing: no skateboard helmet no matter how well-ventilated provides a sweat-free experience. Zero, zilch, nada.
Is a Visor Necessary on a Kid’s Skateboard Helmet?
Not really, but there’s no problem if the visor is there. Kids’ skateboard helmets typically don’t come with a visor, and boarders don’t feel like the lid lacks in any way. That said, I’ve seen one or two brands whose helmets feature a sun visor. Thousand helmets come to mind.
When a skateboard or a mountain bike helmet has a visor, it’s integrated into the overall design and isn’t detachable. It blocks sunlight while enhancing the looks of the head bucket. Fortunately for your grom, one of the skateboards reviewed on this post boasts a sun shade/visor.
Best Skateboard Helmet Brands
I keep saying that brand isn’t the be all end all when it comes to choosing the right helmet for young boarders and teens. Unless the option you’re eyeing comes from some fly-by-night brand, you should be good… as long as the helmet is properly certified.
But if you’d prefer to buy from companies that have built up a great reputation in the skateboarding universe, here’s a bunch to start you off :
Triple Eight: Probably the most popular skateboard helmet brand on the planet today
OutdoorMaster: A pretty recent establishment (2015) which has grown in leaps and bounds to become a brand hosts of boarders respect
Bell: Popular but not the safest skateboard helmets known.
Pro-Tec: Quite popular, but not as well-liked as Triple 8
S1 Lifer: Has been around since 2010 and its engineers claim (though tests) that the company’s helmets are 5 times more protective compared to non-certified skate-style helmets.
TSG: A brand that’s earned a tremendous amount of respect among skateboarders, longboarders, and mountain bike riders. TSG helmets makes some of the best-fitting helmets on the market today.
Thousand Heritage: Essentially a cycling brand started by a dynamic due who breathe and live road safety. They’re retro-styled helmets that look amazing on most heads, and all of them have a sun visor.
What other skateboard brands have you bumped into while researching kids’ skateboard helmets?
Best Price for Kids Skateboard Helmets
How much does a good kids skateboard helmet cost? If you do your research comprehensively, you’ll find there are $25-$40 helmets with a great noggin protection ability. While some cheap ones are good in every respect, there’s also a high likelihood that some may not even certified. No matter how good-looking a dual-sport, multi-sport, or skate-style helmet appears, pass the deal up if its protective capabilities is in question.
All that said, I’ve learned that the best of the best deals oscillate between $50-$100. There’s boatloads of $70 options that have garnered thousands of great customer reviews online. To save you time, I searched for and reviewed 5 boarding helmets that kids and their parents have come to really love.
Safety Tips for Kids While Skateboarding
- Do not allow children who’re not yet 5 years old to skateboard.
- Do not let your lad or lass to rush out for some action while its raining.
- While kids aged 6-10 years can safely skateboard, make sure to keep a vigilant eye on them.
- Make sure the skating surface your kiddo is riding on isn’t full of cracks, rocks, and other objects that might cause falls.
- For older children who can play without supervision (teens), have them wear something reflective to increase visibility.
- Make sure your little one also wears good skateboard knee pads, wristguards, and elbow pads alongside the helmet.
- Skateboarding in rainy or wet weather is a bad idea as is skating in a high-traffic area at dust especially without supervision.
- If you notice cracks, marks, or other signs of degradation on the skateboard helmet, consider replacing the helmet.
- Unless the manufacturer says you can, adding stickers to the helmet’s exterior or painting it is discouraged.
How to Make Your Kid Wear Their Skateboard Helmet
1.Help them understand from the get go that they’re not allowed to skate anywhere without at least putting on a helmet.
2.Be a good caring parent and always use a helmet while boarding.
3. Consider joining the child as he/she learns how to ride a skateboard, and always be in a helmet. No better way to preach the helmet gospel than practicing it yourself.
4. Walk the shopping journey together with your child. Ask them which color they’d like, if they’d like to have some graphics, and whatnot. Get them to feel it’s their helmet and not yours that you’re shopping for. They’ll want to wear it more often.
5.Develop a reward system of sorts to encourage the budding skater to helmet up.
6.Make sure the helmet is cute and light.
How to Clean Your Kid’s Skateboard Helmet
Kids hate dirty, smelly skateboard helmets, and they don’t want to ride in them. To prevent this from happening, be sure to clean the helmet after each use and store it properly.
To clean a kid’s skateboard helmet right, you need the following:
- A soft piece of cloth or sponge
- Dry cloths/paper towels
- Some mild shampoo (for neutralizing odors)/mild soap
- Kitchen sink or plastic tub with clean water
- Toothbrush (old one OK) or Q-tips
Now that you have every supply you need, it’s time to get down to business. Follow the steps below to clean your kiddo’s skateboard helmet and leave it smelling like good fragrance:
1.If the helmet uses removable and washable sweat liners, peel them off. Be sure to consult the user manual to learn how to correctly take the pads off. Also, consider taking a before-photo so you can use it for guidance while putting the pads back into the lid after the clean.
If the pads are quite soiled, try rubbing off each pad against the others. And if there’s deeply embedded soil in the straps, give them a thorough scrub with a toothbrush.
2. prepare some soapy solution by adding a few squirts of mild soap (baby shampoo should also be OK).
3. Immerse the removed pads as well as helmet into the soapy water.
4. Use a piece of soft cloth/microfiber to agitate the pads as well as the inside and outside of the helmet.
5. To clean hard-to-access areas, use a toothbrush or a Q-tip and get every grain of dirt out. You can also the toothbrush to scrape dirt and debris off the chinstrap and side buckle straps.
6. Rinse off the soap using clean water and let the helmet dry out completely.
7. Let the clean kid’s skateboard helmet dry out without your help.Helmets of all kinds shouldn’t be dried out using direct sunlight or any kind of human-made heat source. Avoid using space heaters, open flames, or radiators of any kind. Instead, use some dry paper towels to dry off the straps and other parts of the lid.
Once completely dry, put it in a helmet storage bag or store it in some other recommended way. Here’s a more detailed post on how to clean a kid’s/adult’s skateboard helmet.
Where to Store Your Kid’s Skateboarding Helmet
Below are storage ideas for your and your kid’s boarding helmet:
- Put the helmet in its storage bag and place it under the bed, closet, or any other place as long as it’s not too hot or cold. This rules out hot garages and hot car trunks. Garages can really heat up in the summer, and this can cause bubbles to appear on the surface.
- Use a garage sports equipment organizer: This idea definitely costs money, but it helps declutter your house while keeping your sports gear in one place for easy access.
- You can also create a DIY skateboard and bike helmet rack and solve the problem for good.
- Any available space in some shelf? Try fitting the helmet in there.
Best Children’s Skateboard Helmets: Final Thoughts
When it comes to picking out a decent helmet for your skateboard-riding kid, there isn’t one but several considerations to keep top of mind.
Comfort, style, material, brand, and price are all important, but not nearly as critical as fit and safety. The best skateboard helmet for children above 5 isn’t a specific model or brand for the most part. The best lid for the tough noggin projection job is anything that fits the head perfectly while offering dual-certified protection.
But purchasing the finest brain protection for your kiddo is one thing, but if the lad or lass doesn’t wear it for whatever reason, it’s 100% useless. Fortunately, you learned a few tips on how to get a kid to want to gear up pre-skateboarding.
Did any of my recommendations interest you? Or do you own one of them and would like to share with us here what you like or don’t like? Let’s know what you think in the comments box below.
I'm Esther Moni, a proud stay-at-home mom and a psychology graduate of the United States International University (USIU) . I hate it when anyone calls me a housewife, because what does housewife even mean? Being a mother of two babies and a pup, Bailey, as well as being Ricky's wife tires me to no end, but I still manage a smile at the end of it all. And when my boys aren't done doing mischief, I juggle writing a post on parenting or baby gear performance for this blog and running my little counselling office based out in Nairobi. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/esther.moni/">Visit my Facebook profile here</a>, and this is my <a href="https://ke.linkedin.com/in/esther-moni-3841b573/">LinkedIn profile</a>, and here's my <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKcVb3NNDrURDH8C0KiAE1g/">nascent youtube channel.