We know that wearing a helmet when riding an electric skateboard is very important. But what is the best electric skateboard helmet? What are the criteria for judging a good helmet? 

What is the best full-face helmet for electric skateboarding?

Right now, the best full-face helmet for electric skateboarding is called “TSG Pass”. It is ASTM F1952 and EN1078 rated, as well as being certified by the International Downhill Federation as the best Longboard Downhill helmet available. This helmet is the one with the most safety standard certifications on the market right now. It has a large field of view and does look pretty badass. What would you want more from a helmet?

tsg pass

Check out the “TSG Pass” on Amazon

What is the best half-shell helmet for electric skateboarding?

The best half shell helmet is the “Triple 8 Dual Certified”. It is not only certified tow times like the time suggests but in fact 4 times! It has proven to be very protective and is the most popular helmet amongst skaters and BMX riders.

triple 8 dual certified helmet

Check out the “Triple 8 Dual Certified” on Amazon


Why do we need to wear a helmet when e-boarding?

For those of you who still ride an e-board without wearing a helmet, I highly recommend you to wear one. It’s clearly a personal choice, and no one can or will force you. But misfortunes happen all the time, and your life could change in the blink of an eye. Even small falls can cause major injuries. You are literally risking your life. During a fall or collision, most of the impact energy is absorbed by a helmet, rather than your head and brain.

The brain is one of the most complicated and least understood things in the universe. We know more about the surface of the moon than the human brain. As an electric skateboarder and owner of a mostly functional brain, I do know one thing – It’s a pretty important part of me and I understand how much it needs to get looked after. My brain is important and we should never step on an electric skateboard without a helmet. Whether we are doing a lap around the block or going on a long ride.

So please, please make sure that you, your friends, your kids, and your loved ones wear helmets when riding an electric skateboard.

Hopefully, I can convince someone reading this post to wear a helmet and therefore can save someone from potentially serious injury or death.

But I look like a dork when wearing a helmet!

You might still be thinking that a helmet will make you look or feel like a dork. It is normal to feel that way. In fact, we all feel that way!  But keep in mind that in the e-boarding community it is perfectly fine, normal and conventional to wear a helmet. In fact, anyone riding without a helmet not only looks but is considered as a fool.

And helmets have evolved too! Nowadays there are a lot of helmets on the market that really don’t make you look dorky. Many helmets with rad designs will actually make you look very stylish. A lot of beginners just buy cheap helmets online without measuring their heads properly. That way their helmet might not fit properly. These beginners end up not using their helmet because they feel like it makes them look “awkward.” But this is due to false fit and can be prevented very easily. I will show you how.

Me with a helmet

Check out my other articles on electric skateboard safety gear:


What is the best Electric Skateboard Helmet?

Get yourself a helmet that you like the look of, fits you and has safety certifications. Invest in a quality helmet and measure your head according to the size charts. I selected the best-looking and certified helmets that you can feel comfortable with using every day. My top picks are presented below.

Full Face Helmets for Electric Skateboards:

Full head protection is the best choice for riding an electric skateboard safely. Especially if you live in an area with other cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles or/and pedestrians. Your head will be protected in all directions and from all angles. There’s also a chance to get hit by small rocks or stones from the street. Passing cars, trucks and motorcycles can unintentionally chuck these small stones at your face and eyes. For this case, you sure want to have eye protection. That means glasses or a full-face helmet. A helmet with a visor will protect your eyes from the wind as well because no one likes skating around blind due to teary-eyes.


Fullface Helmet Certifications:

CPSC StandardEN 1078ASTM F1492ASTM F1952AS/NZS 2063
TSG Pass
S1 Lifer Fullface
Triple 8 Downhill Racer
Ruroc RG1-DX

TSG Pass

TSG Pass

The TSG Pass has a multi-layered glass fiber shell for a high ratio of surface area to weight resulting into a strong but light full-face helmet. The TSG Pass also has a wide viewing angle that doesn’t cut off your peripheral vision. Engineered not to fog up, using a combination of ventilation that draws breath out of the helmet, and an anti-fog coating to ensure good visibility at all times. Ear slots allow for a clear perception of ambient noises. The cheek pads are adjustable to custom fit different heads comfortably, and the inner liner is removable and washable. The shell is designed around the human head and shorter in the front than other helmets. This makes it safer, more aerodynamic, and more attractive. Find out more about the TSG Pass in the review from one of my trusted colleagues officialterminalx.

It is International Downhill Federation Certified and lined with EPS Impact Foam. EPS offers good penetration resistance and energy distribution. EPS foam liners are the industry standard for action sports. Includes 2 spherically rounded visors, one Electric Silver and one clear, both of which offer 100% UVA and UVB protection.

SIZE CHART – Measure around the forehead wrapping around the widest part of the head.

Size inchcm
Small21.3 – 22”54 – 56 cm
Medium22 – 22.8”56 – 58 cm
Large22.8 – 23.6”58 – 60 cm
Extra Large23.6 – 24”60 – 61 cm
TSG Pass

Price: $$$ – Check the current price on Amazon here.

It’s ASTM F1952 and EN1078 rated, as well as being certified by the International Downhill Federation as the best Longboard Downhill helmet available on the market.

Pros:
+ 2 Tough Safety Standard Certifications
+ Wide field of view
+ Available in several colors
+ Full-face construction protects your whole face
Cons:
– Pricey
– Often out of stock

S1 Lifer Fullface

The same fit, feel and protection like the Lifer Helmet with full face coverage. The Lifer Helmet uses a specially formulated EPS Fusion Foam which allows it to protect your head from multiple low force impacts as well as high impacts. The Lifer Helmet is a Certified “multi-impact” helmet and is up to 5x more protective than the soft foam non-certified helmets.  The Lifer Helmet is a breakthrough design combining the added safety of a CPSC and ASTM certified helmet with the comfort and fit of a non-certified helmet. The S1 Lifer Helmet is the best fitting High impact and Multiple Impact helmet on the market.

Specs:

  • Specially formulated EPS Fusion Foam
  • Certified Multi-Impact (ASTM)
  • Certified High Impact (CPSC)
  • 5x More Protective Than Regular Skate Helmets
  • Deep Fit Design
S1 Lifer Fullface

Price: $280-340 (dependent on style and size)

Certified: CPSC for High Impact, ASTM for Multiple Impact,

Pros:
+ 2 Tough Safety Standard Certifications
+ Wide field of view
+ Full-face construction protects your whole face
Cons:
– Pricey

Triple 8 Downhill Racer Helmet

Meets CPSC 1203 bike and ASTM F1952 downhill mountain bike racing standards

The helmet is made of a hand-laid fiberglass shell and has got a Shatter-resistant flip-up visor. The designers made it with an aerodynamic styling to limit wind resistance. Of course, it has an EPS foam liner with velvet lining. And each helmet comes with an extra fit pad insert to customize the fit.

SIZE CHART – To ensure a perfect fit, measure the circumference of your head starting in the middle of your forehead and match it with the sizes below:

Size inchcm
XS/S18.9 – 21.3 in48 – 54 cm
S/M21.7 – 22.8 in55 – 58 cm
L/XL23.2 – 24 in59 – 61 cm
Triple 8 Downhill Racer Helmet

Price: $$ – $$$  (size and style dependent)
Check the current price on Amazon here.

Pros:
+ 2 Tough Safety Standard Certifications
+ Wide field of view
+ Full-face construction protects your whole face
Cons:
– Pricey
– Lack of ventilation can cause fogging

Ruroc RG1-DX

Ruroc helmets look very differently from the other helmets. They have a very unique look and you can instantly call out when somebody has one. While the protection is very similar to other helmets this one just looks like Stormtrooper helmet.  But please note that the Ruroc RG1-DX is not really a full face helmet. Its mouth and chin guard is easily removable and doesn’t provide solid protection.

Safety Certification:

  • EN1077A (EU Ski Cert) – all sizes
  • EN1078 (EU Cycle and Skate Cert) — S,M,L,XL sizes
  • ATSM F2040 (US Ski Cert) – S, M, L
RG1-DX Ruroc helmet

Price: 300 – 360€ (dependent on style and size)

Pros:
+ Interesting design
+ Also useable for skiing/ snowboarding
+ 2 safety standard certifications
Cons:
– Pricey
– Hot in summer
– Not a real full-face helmet

Convertibles – Half shell and full face Helmets for Electric Skateboards – the Hybrids

Convertible Helmet Certifications:

CPSC StandardEN 1078ASTM F1952MIPS Available
Bell Super 3R
Giro Switchblade

Bell Super 3R (MIPS)

The Super 3R gives you a half lid and full-face helmet combined. It has a unique removable chin bar that basically gives you two helmets in one. You can remove and carry the chin bar in your backpack during long rides, and then lock it in place for that added boost of confidence for fast rides or on technical terrain. The easy, tool-free installation and removal process only takes seconds. The Bell 3R has breakaway screws, hence if you take a hard fall the visor (sun shield) will break away to avoid an overstretching neck. It comes with a Goggle guide adjustable visor system and has got an integrated breakaway camera mount.

The Bell Super 3R Mips has two safety certifications: CE EN1078, CPSC Bicycle

SIZE CHART – Measure around the forehead wrapping around the widest part of the head.

Size inchcm
Small20.5 – 22 inch52 – 56 cm
Medium21.7 – 23.2 inch55 – 59 cm
Large22.8 – 24.4 inch58 – 62 cm

Price: $$ – $$$ (size dependent)
Check the current price on Amazon here.

Pros:
+ Comes with MIPS
+ 2in1 Helmet
+ Wide field of view
+ 2 safety certifications
+ Breakaway safety feature
Cons:
– It doesn’t have top Certifications

What is MIPS:

A revolutionary new standard in helmet safety. Developed by brain surgeons and scientists to reduce rotational forces during angled impacts to the head.

Giro Switchblade MIPS

The Giro Switchblade MIPS is an ATSM Downhill Certified Full-Face helmet with a removable chin bar. So you can easily switch to rowdy when its time to push your boundaries. Like the Bell Super 3R Mips, it basically gives you two helmets in one. You can remove and put the chin bar in your bag, and then secure it in place for that attached increase of confidence for speedy rides or on technical terrain. As with the Bell Super 3R it is very easy to remove the chin bar. The simple, tool-free placing and removal method only takes a few seconds.

The biggest difference to the Bell Super 3R Mips is the level of protection and ventilation. The Bell has more ventilation holes and therefore will be a lot cooler even on hot days. The Giro on the other hand doesn’t have a lot of ventilation but more protection instead.

Price: $$$
Check the current price on Amazon here.

The Giro Switchblade has three safety certifications: ASTM-1952-DH, CE EN1078, CPSC Bicycle – with and without the chin bar.

SIZE CHART – To determine the correct helmet size, wrap a measuring tape around the head, keeping the tape just above the ears and level front to back. Once you’ve determined the measurement, you can use the table here as a guide.

Size inchcm
Small20 – 21.65 in51 – 55 cm
Medium21.65 – 23.25 in55 – 59 cm
Large23.25 – 24.8 in59 – 63 cm
Pros:
+ Comes with MIPS
+ 2in1 Helmet
+ Wide field of view
+ 3 safety certifications
+ ATSM-Downhill certified
Cons:
– Lack of ventilation
– Pretty Heavy

Half shell helmets for electric skateboards

If you’re not riding that serious and don’t extend to high speeds or just hate the design and look of a full-face helmet then you should still wear at least a Half-Shell helmet. There is also a big chance that electric skateboarding is not legal in your country or area. Therefore it is easy to understand that you want to be stealthy. I understand that full-face helmets are not very inconspicuous. With a Hub motor electric skateboard, a Half-Shell helmet and regular kick push you can easily be rated as a normal skater or longboarder.

Half-shell Helmet Certifications:

CPSC StandardEN 1078ASTM F1492AS/NZS 2063MIPS Available
Triple 8 Dual Cert
S1 Lifer
Triple 8 Gotham
Bern Watts
Thousand Helmet

S1 Lifer

S1 Lifer helmet claims to have specially formulated EPS Fusion Foam that is 5x More Protective Than Regular Skate Helmets (I think they refer to soft foam helmets). It also comes with paddings in all sizes so you can customize how tight or loose you want it to fit. A lot of people say that the S1 lifer helmet is very comfortable due to the Deep fit design.

What is Deep Fit Design? It means that the helmet will sit lower than other helmets. This will offer more protection and a better fit.  There are a lot of colors and finishes available.

S1 Lifer

Price: $
Check the price here on Amazon.

Pros:
+ High certified (Certified Multi-Impact [ASTM] and Certified High Impact [CPSC])
+ proven to be one of the safest helmets on the market
+ Choice of many colors
Cons:
– Sometimes too small (better size up)

Triple 8 Dual Certified

Complies with U.S. CPSC Safety Standard for Bicycle Helmets for Persons Age 5 and Older and ASTM F-1492-08 Safety Standards for skateboarding. Triple 8 put everything they know about helmet tech into this updated version of our timeless shape. This helmet is Dual Certified for Bike and Skate and has also a model with the patented MIPS Technology low-friction layer to reduce rotational forces caused by angled impacts. The company worked closely with our top riders invert, longboarding, BMX, commuting, and derby to refine the shape, fit, and function.

Complies with CE EN 1078 – Helmets for pedal cyclists, skateboarders, & roller skaters and with AS/NZS 2063 – Bicycle Helmets

SIZE CHART – To ensure a perfect fit, measure the circumference of your head starting in the middle of your forehead and match it with the sizes below:

Size inchcm
XS/S19.7 – 21.5 in50 – 55 cm
S/M21.5 – 22.75 in55 – 58 cm
L/XL22.75 – 24 in58 – 61 cm
Triple 8 Dual Certified

Price: $
Check the price here on Amazon.

Pros:
+ 4 certifications, guaranteeing premium protection
+ MIPS available
+ Available in several colors
Cons:
– Sometimes too small (better size up)

Triple Eight Gotham

The helmet is very urban styled. The Dual Certified Gotham helmet just got smarter, with MIPS technology. MIPS is a low-friction layer in the helmet that absorbs much of the rotational violence during a fall. The Gotham also features the patented Conehead EPS liner, Triple Eight logo vents and a subtle brim. Few other helmets come close to the comfort, safety and good looks of the Gotham with MIPS. It is completed with their renowned Sweatsaver Fit Pads for added comfort. It has an adjustable Fit Dial System, with reflective dial, to create a custom fit. It has got a grooved EPS for excellent air flow.

Dual Certified: Complies with U.S. CPSC Bike and ASTM Skate safety standards

Triple Eight Gotham

Price: $ (size dependent)
Check the price here on Amazon.

SIZE CHART – To ensure a perfect fit, measure the circumference of your head starting in the middle of your forehead and match it with the sizes below:

Size inchcm
XS/S18.9 – 21.3 in48 – 54 cm
S/M21.7 – 22.8 in55 – 58 cm
L/XL23.2 – 24 in59 – 61 cm
Pros:
+ Dual certified
+ Snazzy design
+ Great cold weather helmet
+ MIPS available
Cons:
– No Air Vents | could overheat in hot weather

Bern Watts

The Watts is Bern’s blue-collar special. With a baseball-hat-inspired hard visor, true all-season versatility, and classic Bern styling, the Watts is at home on the morning commute, during the evening beer run, at the ski area, and on the bike path. Featuring our Crank Fit dial-adjustable fit system, tried and true EPS/ABS construction, and a moisture-controlling premium liner, the Watts fits, looks, and feels great. The Watts also passes both bike and snow safety certifications, making this a true all-season lid!

Bern Watts

Price: $ – $$ (dependent on size)
Check it out here on Amazon.

SIZE CHART – To ensure a perfect fit, measure the circumference of your head starting in the middle of your forehead and match it with the sizes below:

Size Hat Sizecm
S6 1/2 – 752 – 55.5 cm
M7 – 7 3/855.5 – 59 cm
L7 3/8 – 7 7/859 – 62 cm
Pros:
+ Triple certified
+ Bike light compatible
+ All-season customization
Cons:
– Air vents don’t accommodate many locks (Too small)

Thousand helmet

Lightweight helmet at 410g (s), 450g (m) or 490g (l) it is built to meet CPSC and CE EN 1078 standards. The helmet includes 2 sets of interior padding for a custom fit. It has a secret pop lock that lets you lock your helmet with your bicycle.

Thousand helmet

Price: $ – $$
Check this model here on Amazon.

If you can’t choose between sizes, the company recommends to take the smaller size.

Pros:
+ Dual certified
+ Pop-hole for locking
+ Good Looking
+ Lightweight
Cons:
– Poor Ventilation
– Pricey

Best other electric skateboard gear

Helmets with integrated LEDs

LED Helmet Certifications:

CPSC StandardEN 1078ASTM F1492AS/NZS 2063MIPS Available
Lumos Matrix
Lumos Street
Lumos Kickstart

Lumos Matrix

Lumos Matrix

Price: $270 – $290
Check it out here on Amazon.

Lumos helmets have integrated LEDs on the front and the back of the helmet. It really helps a lot when it comes down to be seen at night.
The popular Lumos helmet has now its upgraded model. Lumos offers two models the Lumos Matrix and Lumos Street. Both come with the ability to indicate turns and automatic brake lights. The Matrix has a bigger LED Panel at the back of the helmet with which you even can “program” your own backlighting modes. Lumos Street is a bit simpler and only has three LED stripes integrated into the back of the helmet. The helmets come with a 10h battery runtime and a remote with which you indicate the turn signals. With all this tech and safety features the helmet only weigh 580g. That’s damn light! You can also connect to the Lumos App to track your rides and share data with Apple Health or Google Fit. The best thing about the Luimos helmets (besides all the cool tech) is its safety certificates. It has 4 of them! CPSC / F1492 / EN1078 / AS2063, so you can be really comfortable because your beanie is well protected! You can pre-order it on their website and here on Amazon.

Pros:
+ Multi-Certified
+ Stylish
+ Front and Rear LEDs
+ Turn Signal Indicator
+ MIPS available
Cons:
– Pricey

Lumos Street

Lumos Street is a bit simpler than the Matrix and only has three LED stripes integrated into the back of the helmet. White LEDs at the front and red ones at the back dramatically increase your visibility at night, increasing your safety. It gets even better; accelerometers built into the helmet detect acceleration and braking; when braking is detected, the back of the helmet glows brighter. Turns can be indicated by blinking arrows, which point out the intended direction of the turn. This helmet has received tons of rave reviews and is a fan favorite. You can take a detailed look at their website.

Price: $220 – $240
Check it out here on Amazon.

Pros:
+ Multi-Certified
+ Stylish
+ Front and Rear LEDs
+ Turn Signal Indicator
+ MIPS available
Cons:
– Pricey

Lumos Kickstarter

It has white LEDs on the front side and red LEDs on the backside. It will dramatically increase your visibility and therefore it will automatically be a safer ride. It has some more advantages as well. There are accelerometers built into the helmet that can detect acceleration and braking. Because of that, you will have breaking lights. So if the accelerometer detects breaking the red backlight on your helmet will glow brighter. And you can even indicate your turns with blinking arrows (that will point in the right direction) on the helmet. It has a ton of positive reviews. Customers seem to love this helmet. You can check it here on Amazon.

Price: $160 – $180
Check it out here on Amazon.

Pros:
+ Multi-Certified
+ Front and Rear LEDs
+ Turn Signal Indicator
+ MIPS available
Cons:
– Pricey

Foldable helmets

Foldable Helmet Certifications:

CPSC StandardEN 1078
Morpher Helmet
Overade Plixi

Morpher Helmet

Morpher is a foldable bicycle helmet. It began raising funds on November 1, 2013 through Indiegogo to launch a new line of helmets. When folded, the helmet has four internal magnets that help to keep it flat. Morpher produces a CPSC model. You can check the price here on Amazon.

Overade Plixi

Overade has a folding hardshell helmet called the Plixi with a complex folding mechanism. It meets the CPSC and CEN helmet standards. Consumer Reports rated its impact performance as very good in their 2016 helmet article , but downrated it for fit and ventilation. Check the price here on Amazon.

Things to consider before buying an electric skateboard helmet

There are numerous important factors to consider when choosing a helmet for electric skateboarding to protect your head. So before you rush for the best looking helmet on the shelf, think about your purchase and how it can keep you safe and comfortable while riding.

Half-shell or Full-face helmet?

We can distinguish between two categories of helmets: full-face helmets (with chin/jaw protection and often a visor) and half- or egg-shell Helmets. The main difference between these two styles is that a full-face helmet offers protection to your jaw area as well. High-performance riders, who are e-skateboarding with high speeds like to wear these full-face helmets. Daily commuters who don’t want to attract attention and are riding at lower speeds often wear half shell helmets.
If you’re commuting, ride at lower speeds (up to 25km/h), not very regularly, and put empathize in looking like a normal skater you can pick a half shell helmet.

Size and Fit

When selecting the helmet it’s important it fits properly and feels comfortable. While we can suck down a cap or a Beanie how we want to, a helmet should sit horizontally on your head.

How to properly measure your head to fit a helmet:

To measure your head properly you need a measuring tape or a cord (a cellphone cord will also work) as well as a pocket rule or folding meter stick. You need to wrap the measuring tape around your head. Put the measuring tape or cord above your eyebrows (not at the hairline) level around your forehead. The tape/cord should abut on your head but not gush. At the intersection, you can easily read off your head circumference. If you use a cord, you should mark the intersection and then measure the length from the beginning of the cord to the marked point.

Congrats! Now you´ve successfully measured your head circumference. That enables you to shop for a helmet online. For that, you just need to look at the size charts and search for your circumference.

Tips for the perfect fit

Firstly, we adapt the helm width:

Normally we can adapt the helmet width with an adjustable strap. The most comfortable helmet might not necessarily be the most expensive one.
Check: Try to shake your head and bending yourself over without closing the chin strap – you should not lose a helmet that way that fits ideally.

Secondly, we adapt the chin strap:

The chin straps should run falt and tightly past the ears down to the chin. For off room for maneuvers, it is recommended that one finger should fit between the strap and your chin when the buckle is closed and the chin strip adjusted accordingly.
Check: With accordingly adjusted and closed chin strip you should not be able to pull the helmet to the top and away from your head.

Speed

At what speed are you riding? If you extend speeds over 25 km/h (15mph)  then you should get a full-face helmet. Falls at that speed can cause severe damage. At low speeds, a fall on the face can hurt a lot but often you “just” get bruises and abrasions. But at higher speeds, you could break your jaw bone. This is a very serious injury and you want to make sure it won’t happen to you. You would also want glasses or a helmet with a visor to protect your eyes from the wind. Because no one likes skating around blind due to teary-eyes.

Safety standards

You’ve only got one brain.  If you ruin it, you’d have to trade your e-boarding hobby for eating puree from the hospital cafeteria for the rest of your life. And your loved ones need to take care of you for a long, long time. You don’t want that, right? So, please wear a helmet with actual protecting quality. You can judge the protecting quality of a helmet with safety standards that do impact ratings.

“A helmets outer shell is usually made of polycarbonate plastic, kevlar or fiberglass. The core is generally constructed of polystyrene or polypropylene foam which upon impacts crushes. This process absorbs the energy that would otherwise have been forced upon your skull. So, after an impact (which can also occur if your helmet is dropped onto the pavement) it won’t be able to provide the expected level of protection even though the outer shell may still look like it’s in a good condition.”

The hard grey or black foam inside a helmet is called EPS (expanded polystyrene). EPS absorbs the majority of impact force, so make sure the EPS is certified by CPSC standards. The EPS being certified doesn’t necessarily mean the helmet is, so watch out for that.

AS/NZS – Standards Australia and Standards New Zealand

ASTM – American Society for Testing and Materials International

CPSC – U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

CSA – Canadian Standards Association;

DOT – Department of Transportation;

EN – Euro-norm or European Standard from the European Committee for Standardization;

Snell – Snell Memorial Foundation.

You will likely come across these safety standards regarding helmets:

  • CPSC Standard: Safety Standard of “The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission” for Bicycle Helmets
  • ASTM F1492: Standard specification for helmets used for Bicycling, Skateboarding, Trick Roller Skating
  • ASTM F1952: Safety Standard for Downhill Mountain Bicycle Helmets
  • ASTM F1447: Safety Standard for bicycle helmets
  • Snell N-94: This Standard describes helmets for use in non-motorized sports which includes bicycling. Helmets certified to this Standard, by the fact of this certification, have met all the requirements for the Snell Memorial Foundation’s Standard for bicyclist helmets. The Snell Memorial Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to research, education, testing and development of helmet safety standards.
  • EN 1078: European Safety Standard for Helmets for pedal cyclists, skateboarders, & roller skaters
  • AS/NZS 2063: Australian/New Zealand Safety Standard for Bicycle helmets.

The bare minimum: a helmet should at least have the weakest certification. The bare minimum is the  ATSM F1492 certification for skateboard helmets.

New vs second hand

Before I go any further – Do NOT buy a second hand/used helmet! Not only will you be dunking your nose in some other guy’s stinking, sweat-soaked helmet. But far more importantly, you just don’t know if the previous owner has already had a hard fall with his helmet. We have no idea if the structural integrity has already been weakened or not. Helmets need to be replaced regularly.

Field of view

The field of view is very important for an electric skateboarder, you want to be sure you’re able to detect holes and cracks in the pavement to avoid them or at least prepare to ride over them. Especially if you ride in urban areas you should get a helmet with a decent field of view (FOV). In cities, you constantly need to look out for the traffic.

Weight

Nobody likes heavy helmets! They will make you tired when riding for extended periods of time – and your neck will thank you.

Price

Only buy helmets from known brands, trying to get the cheapest helmet is a mistake.  Unlike other parts of your body, you only have one head – and the rest of your body can’t function without it. Do whatever you can to protect it.
A half lid helmet will normally cost between $30-90.
Full face helmets can cost anywhere between $150-400.

Design and graphics

Get yourself a helmet you really like.  No, the graphics won’t protect you in a crash, but you may find yourself not wearing the helmet because you don’t like the look of it.

Climate / Weather

You should buy a helmet according to the climate of your region. If you often ride in a very hot area, many and well-placed air vents and sweat liners are a must. If you live in a cold place then a warm helmet without many air vents should be your first pick.

Cooling and Air Vents

Air vents are the holes that you see on and around the helmets. They function as the cooling system. The size and number of vents on helmets vary between brands. These are absolutely key. You won’t want to ride in the middle of the summer if you don’t have great ventilation on your helmet.

Sweat liners

When you’re skating you’re gonna sweat. The sweat liner helps to minimize the amount of sweat that runs down your face while skating. One thing to note is that sweat liners should be replaced fairly regularly as they tend to build up bacteria over time.

Why not using a motorcycle helmet?

Motorcycle helmets are designed for crashes when going over 65mph. Because of this, they have a lot of EPS foam for appropriate protection, but this also makes them really heavy. When it comes to skating and longboarding, motorcycle helmets are overkill. They have a bad field of view, are uncomfortable to wear on your head and can make your head really stiff.

Helmet types that do work

  • Bicycle helmets (especially downhill bicycle helmets)
  • Skateboard helmets
  • Longboard helmets (especially downhill longboard helmets)

When should I replace my electric skateboard helmet?

Helmets are built to protect your head and therefore to last. Helmets usually take a lot of abuse to break, but you shouldn’t wait for it to be completely destroyed before getting a new one.

Helmet manufacturers recommend replacing a helmet after 3-5 years of use, or 7 years after the production date of the helmet, or if the helmet sustains damage from a crash.

Bike, skateboard and longboard helmets are designed to be one-time-impact protective gear.  The foam that absorbs the blow is intended to crush under pressure, but the material does not rebound.  Thus, once an area is crushed, it will not protect the rider on subsequent crashes.

Should I Replace a Helmet After Dropping It?

”Generally the answer is probably not. Helmets are one-use items, but are quite durable otherwise, at least the ones we certify. Frequent dropping or spiking a helmet on the ground, or other hard surfaces may eventually degrade the helmet’s performance. Similarly, if the helmet falls to the ground at highway speeds unoccupied, the owner must be aware that some degradation may have occurred. In general, the real damage comes when the helmet contacts an object with a head inside”

Summary:

  • Did you crash? Replace it.
  • Did you drop it hard enough to crack the foam? Better replace it.
  • Is it from the 1980s? Replace.
  • Is the outside just foam or cloth instead of plastic? Replace it.
  • Can you not adjust it to fit correctly? Please replace it.
  • Do you still like wearing it? If not better get a new one!

Final thoughts

Buying a helmet when you have an electric skateboard and ride it regularly is inevitable. “But I’m looking like an idiot and I’m just not cool if I wear a helmet!” Nowadays it is in reverse, riders without a helmet look just like idiots. Because they’re not aware of how dangerous this could be. You will often exceed speeds of 10 kilometres per hour. You’re also riding on hard pavement! Every fall can cause severe damage to your body and especially your brain. So please wear one!

I hope you enjoyed reading my article. If you have recommendations of another helmet I am happy to read them! Have I forgotten to include something? Feedback is highly appreciated at e-skateboarder!