Probably the most important piece of protective gear is a helmet. Sure it doesn’t look fancy but fortunately, more and more skateboarders are wearing skate helmets. Nowadays helmets are more comfortable than they used to be so hopefully this trend continues. If you skate street (rails, stairs etc), vert or cruise in traffic you should consider getting a helmet, better safe than sorry. It only takes one hit to ruin your life.
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The Helmet I Recommend
If you really want to be safe get a certified helmet. These helmets are tested under extreme conditions and offer the most protection. This doesn’t mean uncertified helmets are unsafe, they just haven’t been tested to get certified. Go for the Triple 8 Dual Certified helmet, it’s not even the most expensive one and they come in many colors.
It comes with a set of fit pads to adjust it to your head size. You can check it out on Amazon, but make sure you pick the right size (check out the chart below). If you want something less expensive but still reliable, go with a Protec helmet.
- Dual certified: complies with US CPSC Safety Standard for bikes and ASTM F-1492-08 for skateboarding.
- High-density ABS outer shell.
- Easy to buckle.
- Extra set of fit pads (which nobody uses).
- Absorbs sweat.
- Removable liners which can be cleaned.
Why I like This Helmet
Well first of all its dual certified, it can’t get any safer than that. If I get hit by a car I’ll be more likely to survive because it’s been tested. The straps are pretty easy to buckle and I don’t feel claustrophobic while wearing it. I really dig the matte look but that’s personal preference, there’s also a glossy version available.
Because of its dual certification, it’s also suitable for riding a bike. If I didn’t already have a helmet for mountain biking I would use this one. My helmet fits perfectly compared to the cheap one I used before and feel very soft and offer full coverage. A helmet shouldn’t be all over the place and most certainly not when you’re about to hit your head.
Another thing I really like is the removable liners. You can take them off and clean them, my previous helmet smelled awful. Before you decide to get this helmet make sure the check my sizing guide!
Picking the Right Size – Sizing Chart
This sizing chart is only for the Triple Eight dual certified helmet and the Sweatsaver Helmet. In order to get the optimal protection you really need to measure your head. Get a tape to measure the circumference of your head. Starting in the middle of your forehead and match it with the size chart. The helmet comes with a couple of pads to adjust it even more to your personal preference.
- XS 20.10 – 20.50 Inch (51 – 52 cm)
- S 20.60 – 21.30 Inch (52 – 54 cm)
- M 21.40 – 22.00 Inch (54 – 56 cm)
- L 22.10 – 22.90 Inch (56 – 58 cm)
- XL 23.00 – 24.00 Inch (58 – 61 cm)
Don’t Feel Awkward Wearing a Helmet
I admit I don’t always wear a helmet but I should. I never hit my head in all those years but it only takes one fall. If someone makes fun of you because you want to stay alive, well that’s their problem. Even pro skater Mike Vallely started wearing them and is actively promoting helmet safety.
Slap Some Stickers on It
If you want to make your helmet look more appealing, slap some stickers on it. I really like the look of the helmet and there’s a wide variety of colors, but you can make it a little bit more unique by adding some stickers.