Skateboarding helmets are always a highly-discussed part of skating. Just like the ski and snowboard helmet debate, the helmet debate has long raged in skateboarding. You’ll probably notice that many skaters don’t bother wearing a helmet. However, as a beginner, we would recommend wearing a skateboarding helmet when you go out. Why? Put simply, it will protect your noggin when you slam.
There are dozens of horror stories about skate slams and skulls that you can read about online. Ultimately the choice is yours, but as a beginner, we would definitely recommend wearing a helmet when you skate. The beauty of these helmets is you can also wear most of these helmets for other sports too, like snowboarding, BMX and road cycling.
How do you check if a skateboarding helmet fits properly?
- Choose a size that you think might fit your head. Skateboarding helmets often come up in XXS (extra, extra small) up to XL (extra large).
- You want to make sure there isn’t too much room in the helmet to move around. Check the pads are already touching the skull to give a snug fit.
- Shake your head from side-to-side and back-to-front. The helmet should not fall over your eyes or backwards off your head. It should sit tight on your head without being so tight that it gives you a headache.
- Check that it complies with the European safety standard EN1078 for skateboarding.
- Visit a skate shop. It’s way better to visit a skateboarding shop than buying online because you can try on a range of helmets in store to choose which one suits your head shape.
Just like skiing or snowboarding helmets, you should replace your skate helmet regularly as sweat can break down the padding over time. Whenever you have a big slam, you should definitely replace your helmet because it won’t be as protective any more.
SFR Essentials Skate Helmet
We are big fans of the SFR Essentials Helmet. It is minimalist, reasonably priced and comes in a rainbow array of colours. You can also choose from a gloss or matt exterior. The SFR Essentials has a low-cut shell for optimum comfort and fit. Each helmet comes with extra pads so you can adjust to fit your noggin.
DVS Logo Skate Helmet
DVS also make a rad array of skateboarding helmets. We like the DVS Logo helmet because its streamlined outer looks good, but it also offers top quality protection. Inside it is filled with a high impact absorbing EPS foam liner encased inside an injection moulded ABS hard shell. So you can skate easy knowing your head is well protected in this lid.
Bern Team Watts Skate Helmet
With a baseball cap inspired visor, the Bern Team Watts helmet is one of the most popular designs on the market. It is made with Bern’s tried-and-tested Thinshell ABS/EPS hard foam construction. It is safe, durable and strong plus it meets both skate and snow safety requirements, which means you can use it in the skate park and on the mountain.
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Pro-Tec Classic Certified Skate Helmet
Founded in 1973, Pro-Tec have been making skateboarding helmets for decades. They have listened to what skaters need - and designed a product to match this. We recommend going for the Pro-Tec Classic Helmet as a good all-rounder. It is equipped with EPS foam and is multi-certified CPSC, CE, ASTM and AS/NZS 2063:2008. Basically this means it has passed a huge number of safety tests and will keep your head as well protected as it can be.
REKD Elite Skate Helmet
Durability, comfort and protection are at the centre of the REKD Elite skateboarding helmet design. Alongside the usual ABS/EPS shell, this helmet is lightweight and has extra support at the back of the head. The Elit is made with scratch-resistant rubber finish so it won’t scuff as easily and the reinvented air vents improve air flow keeping you cool. The option of 6mm or 8mm padding inserts will help keep the helmet snug to your head.
TSG Superlight Skate Helmet
TSG stands for Technical Safety Gear. These guys make a whole range of helmets from full-face mountain bike helmets to snowboarding and skateboarding helmets. With a name like Superlight, it pretty much tells you all you need to know about this helmet. At just 300g, it will feel super light on your head. The low profile shape won’t restrict your vision or movement. It has a clean, minimalist look for helmet purists.
Triple 8 Certified Sweatsaver Skate Helmet
Tony Hawk is the frontman for Triple 8 skateboarding helmets for good reason. Based in New York City, this company are the first and only to make a helmet which fully integrates EPS foam with a soft foam liner and Sweatsaver fabric. They are known for being super comfortable, so if you are one of those people they can never find a comfortable helmet, try Triple 8. The Certified Sweatsaver is dual certified for skate and bike safety.