As thrilling as it may be, longboarding is a very dangerous sport. One little slip or one little wobble can leave your skull split into two. Skidding around at the mark of 56km/hour is no joke; even the most negligible movement can cause a huge impact and might even cost you your life. However, riders are often heedless when it comes to safety. They often fail to realize the importance of wearing a longboard helmet, regardless of their longboarding expertise. It is after all always better to be safe than sorry.

There are three major categories of helmets for you to choose from according to your needs. However, each kind of helmet has its pros and cons. Hence, it is always wise to first note down your requirements and then proceed on to find out which type of helmet and from which brand would suit your needs better. An important thing to keep in mind before buying a helmet is to look for approval from DOT (Department of Transit) or SNEL (Snell Memorial Foundation) this is because, these agencies set the standards for helmet safety. Therefore, their approval basically means that the helmet is approved to be used while riding motorcycles and automobiles.

 

Our Suggested Longboard Helmets

Triple 8 Brainsaver Rubber Helmet

Triple 8 Brainsaver Rubber HelmetIt is one of the most popular helmets on the market and is designed to provide multi-impact protection. This helmet is also multi-purpose and can be used for skateboarding, inline skating, roller derby and scooter along with longboarding. It also has features that help to prevent any smell from sweating and also the stinging and eye blurring that occurs because of sweat.  It also comes with a liner that has moisture wicking layers that limit sweat leakage, has an antibacterial treatment to make it almost entirely stick proof and a 360 degree wrap around design to that no liner separation can occur. It comes in five sizes and is very reasonably priced. Also, it has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon.com with nearly 600 reviews! That sure does speak for its quality.

PROTEC Original Classic Skate Helmet

PROTEC Origina l Classic Skate HelmetIt is one of the most popular helmets on the market and is designed to provide multi-impact protection. This helmet is also multi-purpose and can be used for skateboarding, inline skating, roller derby and scooter along with longboarding. It also has features that help to prevent any smell from sweating and also the stinging and eye blurring that occurs because of sweat.  It also comes with a liner that has moisture wicking layers that limit sweat leakage, has an antibacterial treatment to make it almost entirely stick proof and a 360 degree wrap around design to that no liner separation can occur. It comes in five sizes and is very reasonably priced. Also, it has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon.com with nearly 600 reviews! That sure does speak for its quality.

Critical Cycles Classic Commuter Bike and Skate Helmet

Critical Cycles Classic Commuter Bike and Skate HelmetThis is a simple, well built helmet which not only provides protection but is also vey comfortable. It has 11 vents, sourrounding the top. It has ABS exterior and EPS interior which makes this helmet industry standard for safety. This helmet can be used for other sports as well such as, cylcing, skateboarding, etc.

Triple 8 Downhill Racer Helmet

Triple 8 Downhill RacerThis helmet is spot on perfect except for the fact that it doesn’t have any air vents. But if you can ignore that one factor, this helmet is literally an all-rounder. It meets CPSC 1203 bike and ASTM F1952 downhill mountain bike racing standards. It has a hand-laid fiberglass shell and a shatter resistant flip-up visor. It also has aerodynamic styling to limit wind resistance and an EPS foam liner with velvet lining. Also, each helmet comes with an extra pad that can be inserted to customize fit.

TSG Pass Helmet

TSG Pass HelmetThis helmet is a great option if you plan on using it for purposes other than skating as well. It has a very well thought out design and comes with two visors and is almost impossible to fog up with the anti-fog system installed in it. Unlike the Triple 8 Downhill Racer helmet, this one has a well ventilation system.

Buying Guide to Choose the Best Helmet

Another thing to keep in mind is that it is not enough to simply own a helmet, it should be put into use and it should be done correctly. In order for you to wear a helmet correctly, it needs to fit you right. Also, there are certain things that you should be aware of before buying a helmet, the points stated below should help you get a general idea.

  1. Size: It is very important that your helmet fits you perfectly in order for it to work right. Hence, when buying a helmet, always try it on and make sure that it fits perfectly before buying it.
  2. Strap adjustment: When buying a helmet, also check the straps and the push button to make sure that it works properly and that the straps are not too loose or too tight on your chin.
  3. Composition: A very important thing to look for is the composition of the inner and outer materials of the helmet. The best helmet would be one that has a soft interior and a hard and sturdy exterior. Also, it is wise to look for inner materials which are removable and washable.
  4. Shape: The best shape for helmet is the round shape; any other fancy shape might cause neck injury upon impact. Keep that in mind.
  5. Put it to test: there is no better way to find out if your helmet works without having actually testing it by allowing it to do what it was made to do. Always test the durability of the helmet so that when something bad does happen, it doesn’t bail out on you.
  6. Weight: Always try to find a helmet which is not too heavy. Heavy helmets can actually cause more damage than good during an impact.
  7. Certification: Although an uncertified helmet isn’t necessarily bad it is still better to go for a helmet which is certified this is because, a certification would mean that it had been tested and also that it fulfils all necessary requirements in terms of protection.

What kind of material is a longboard helmet usually made from?

In general, longboard-skateboard helmets are usually made in a shape that resembles a bucket and has a very hard exterior which may be made out of ABS Plastic, Fiberglass Composite, Carbon Fiber or Kevlar. The interior is made from soft foam protective liners that can absorb shocks during impacts, preventing severe injuries. In some helmets the interior may also be made from a stiff but light styro-foam material known as EPS foam. This material provides a higher protection compared to the normal interior lining.

Before we proceed to elaborate the types of helmets, there is something that you should keep in mind. NEVER use a motorcycle helmet while longboarding simply because you happened to have one at home or for whatever other reason. Because, the motorcycle helmets tend to be a lot heavier and can end up causing more damage than good if an accident takes place since the added weight can almost guarantee a fatal outcome.

Now that we have got all that out of the way, let’s focus on the three categories of helmets to find out which would protect out head better:

The Standard Skateboarding Helmet

Skateboarding Helmet

This is the most basic kind of helmet. It is very popular among both professional and amateur skateboarders. It is lightweight and quite sturdy and provides good head protection during a fall or collision. However, it does not provide any protection to the jaw and face area of the head. Even though it is very comfortable, this kind of helmet happens to provide the least amount of protection in comparison to the other kinds. It is however certified by the CPSC but has not been approved by the SNELL.

A few examples of Standard Skateboarding Helmet are:Triple 8 Brainsaver Rubber Helmet with Sweatsaver Liner, Triple 8 Certified Rubber Helmet, etc.

The price range of these helmets can go as low as $20 and can go above $100.

Full Face Long Board Helmet

Full Face Long Board Helmet

This helmet provides full protection to the head including the jaw and face area. This helmet has a full face visor which allows the rider to see everything clearly even when he is on the move at very high speed. CPSC has approved this helmet but only for use when riding non-motorized forms of vehicles.

A few examples of Full Face Long Board Helmet are: Triple 8 Downhill, Triple 8 Racer, 661 Comp Helmet, Bell Transfer 9, etc.

The price range of these helmets can start from as low as $75 and can go way beyond $350.

DOT or Snell helmets

These helmets are very popular among motorcycle users and dirt bike riders. However, this helmet has a smaller visor compared to the full face helmet and it does lower the rider’s ability to get a perfect view of the road but, these helmets provide the highest possible level of protection to the rider.

DOT or Snell helmets

Longboarding is a very dangerous sport and the longboarders are at constant risk of head fracture, traumatic brain injury, bleeding inside the skull and so on. With such a high probability of injuries already on the line, being any more careless with safety measures would really be a stupid mistake. It is always better to be safe than sorry, after all, there is no such thing as being “too careful”. Therefore, put on your helmet, fasten your strap and then go win the field!