Best Skateboard Helmet in 2020 – Reviews & Buying Guide

By Steven C. Martin

Do you know how many people die or are injured from skateboarding? Here is the shocking answer:

Every year around forty people died, and 98,000 injured from skateboarding. And most of their age is 15 to 25.

This means the families lose their future every year. This future can be secured with a single precaution, which is: a helmet.

Yes, this is the truth. A helmet is a complete life-saver because the head injury is tough to cure. So, does every helmet secures the head from damage?

Technical question. This is why I designed this article. Here I reviewed the best skateboard helmets that are certified by American Safety authorities. I have also attached here three valuable parts:

  • Buying Guide
  • Helmet Maintenance Guide
  • FAQ
  • 10 Best Skateboard Helmet That Can Save You from Injuries - Certified By American Safety Authorities

    So, let's dive into the topic without burning your time. Stick with me till the end.

    1. JBM Skateboard Helmet

    My first choice is the JBM multi-product helmet. JBM skateboard helmets have years of reputation in building protective gear.

    Their products have trust. Over a million users keep their faith in JBM for this. Here is the reason why?

    I started my skating journey with this multi-purpose helmet. It can endure the highest pressure, no matter where you fall. Just tight the strap.

    The strap features unisex, which means any gender, can fit this helmet. JBM includes quality materials inside the belt and headpiece.

    For example, it has proper sweat resistance and ventilation. This is why it feels heavy in front. Yet, the EPC, PVC & PC keeps the helmet durable and adjustable for adults.

    Adults or kids can use the helmet for cycling, skating, and scootering. During their riding time, the helmet will keep them cool. This is because of multiple vents that let the sweat dry.

    Pros

    • Proper size.
    • Multi-purpose helmet.
    • Ventilation.
    • Durable.

    Cons

    • The front side is heavy for kids.

    2. Retrospec CM-1 Classic Commuter Bike/Skate/Multi-Sport Helmet

    One of the biggest reasons for keeping this in second place is its quality. It has an unbeatable product quality.

    The manufacturer can meet all the legal regulations through this product—for example, safety measures and impact absorbance.

    Safety measurements mean CPSC 16 CFR Part 120, EN 1077, EN 1078, and more. A brand gets these following approval when they meet the demands.

    The demand represents some crucial features. Here is the explanation of the features. First, the impact absorbance. Above 14 years old can use Retrospec CM-1.

    Retrospec Cm-1 allows a user to cover the whole head. It secures the skull with foam and hard materials. These represent ultimate security.

    Now, there is a question about ventilation. With eight different ventilation, it ensures a proper cool head.

    No matter what you are riding, it will save you. Besides the head safety, Retrospec comes with different colors and sizes. So, choosing the right color and size is one click away.

    Pros

    • Epoxy foam.
    • Eight different vents.
    • Multi-purpose helmet.
    • Removable foam
    • Extra foam.

    Cons

    • It does not fit the small heads.

    3. Triple Eight Dual Certified Bike and Skateboard Helmet

    Triple eight helmets are designed for two purposes: riding bikes and skateboards. It allows a user to test the product for this purpose. This sort of confidence has come from double certification.

    One is from the Bike safety standard association; another is from the Skateboard safety association. This approval brought the company huge traffic.

    I am one of them. My goal was to see a practical response. So, I picked a dummy head and put this helmet on it.

    Then I threw it on the third floor. The dummy head was secured in that test. Since it met the major requirement, I headed over for a second.

    My second test was to check the ventilation and comfort. Trust me! Triple eight frustrated me cause there is no proper ventilation.

    Yet, it covers the total head with foam wrapping. I will recommend it for short term use. Otherwise, your sweat will soak your head.

    Pros

    • Additional foam.
    • Total protection.
    • Perfect for bikes and skateboards.
    • It comes in different sizes.
    • Dual certificates.

    Cons

    • This helmet is hot for improper ventilation.

    4. SC Skateboard & BMX Bike Helmet for Kids & Adults

    The researcher found that: most of the head injury occurred in the lower head portion. This part is sensitive and tough to cure.

    SC skateboard builds a great protective helmet knowing this opinion. It looks like a half-shell. Half shell helmets are best for lower and upper head protection.

    It also has enough space for ventilation. For example, SC installed eight ventilation facilities. It will keep your head fresh and soak your sweat.

    What more, to soak the sweat, SC helmet has epoxy foam. You can change the foam because it comes in unadjusted.

    The foam adjusting procedure is a bit tough. Yet, if you follow the instruction, it takes less than 2 minutes to fit. In a word, a perfect helmet for bike and skateboard riders.

    Pros

    • Epoxy foam.
    • Fits with head.
    • Half shell helmet.
    • Durable.

    Cons

    • It's tough to glue the foam.

    5. OutdoorMaster Skateboard Cycling Helmet

    People in the Amazon said that: it is affordable. So, I clicked it to take a test. My experience says: it's affordable with some caveats.

    Let's explain the word "affordable" first. The helmet has dual certification from STM and CPSC. All these certifications are given based on comfort and shock absorbance.

    The said features got the strongest support for two liners. These are the layers of foam that come separated. This means you can adjust it according to the head size.

    Whatsmore, OutdoorMaster allows you to wash the helmet with ease. The materials are removable. So you can remove and dry it out under the sun.

    This helmet also offers a comfortable strap. It will not put any mark on your chin for long time use. Plus, it is durable.

    Pros

    • Easy to fit.
    • Removable materials.
    • Dual certificates.
    • Chin protection.

    Cons

    • I don't prefer it for kids.

    6. Flybar Skateboard Helmet

    As you have read, most of our previous helmets are multi-purpose. Flybar is not beyond them. It has dual certification from CPSC and ASTM.

    A helmet manufacturer gets this approval when it meets the demands. The demand means shock absorbance and impact resistance.

    To know more about shock absorbance, I tried it with a heavy-duty hammer. Trust me! It crashed outside, but inside: it's amazing. No crash. In a word, smooth.

    I also tried the Flybar for two other purposes. One is to check the ventilation; another is to see comfort.

    The ventilation facilities allow airflow in twelve ways. This means your head will calm even if you are in an active session. That's great!

    The next one was comfort: I checked here the design, size, and foam liners. All these three factors seem to be decent.

    But there is one complaint. I could not attach my go pro. Apart from the problem, it's good to go

    Pros

    • 12 ventilation
    • Different sizes and colors.
    • Made from ABS Shell.
    • Comfortable.

    Cons

    • I could not fit my go pro.

    7. Bern Unlimited Watts EPS Summer Helmet

    "It is safe and well ventilated." That's what is said in the description. But the truth is different. Here is why?

    I ordered this Bern helmet back in November. The mask came after two days and looked decent. So, I decided to put it on a test.

    My first test proved durable, but the second one proved me wrong. This is because of poor ventilation. I sweat like a monkey.

    Thank god! The epoxy foam soaked my germ. Epoxy foam is removable to wash and dried up. You can use it for up to 6 to 7 months at random.

    Like the foam, the straps and materials are well-shaped. These are durable, and the strap is easy to adjust.

    It fits the helmet with your head like a secure cover. In a word, the helmet is durable.

    Pros

    • Easy to adjust.
    • Removable foam.
    • Perfect for bike and skateboard riders.
    • Available sizes.

    Cons

    • The ventilation facilities could be better.

    8. Triple Eight Sweatsaver Liner Skateboarding Helmet

    Perfect helmet for skateboard riders. It does not offer multi-purpose riding security, but proper protection for skateboard kids.

    Once again, it's preferable for kids. Triple eight describes their helmet as a sweat saver, which is true. They built a unique technology for that.

    Now, there is a question like how good is odor control? For reducing that, Triple eight used stink-free technology. It does not harm skins.

    Triple eight also introduced different foam liners. The liners are removable, and you can wash it after every use.

    The helmet also has an impact protection approval for kids. I gifted this to my student last year. He is nine years old and still roaming his roof with it.

    However, i don't know that much about ventilation. But Jeff (my students) said he liked the helmet.

    Pros

    • Perfect for kids
    • Easy to use.
    • Stink free.
    • Easy to adjust.

    Cons

    • I don't prefer it for tiny heads.

    9. Pro-Tec Classic Certified Skate Helmet

    Like the other helmets, Pro-tec is also offering the same features. Now, what makes it different? I believe the price. It is not much or less. A moderate range so far.

    The helmet offers safety with soak resistance. Pro-Tech took safety approval from the highest authority. Based on this information, here is something more about the helmet.

    First, the locking system: it fits with the chin, and does not leave any mark. It's well-adjusted and offers removable foam. You can clean it after use.

    Plus, the foam liner adjustment is easy. I want to write about the pad. The pads are comfortable. It can absorb shock by ensuring maximum comfort.

    However, one thing ranked this helmet number nine, that is sweat. It destroys the strap lifetime. The helmet has no sweat protection.

    Pros

    • 11 ventilation.
    • Comfortable pads.
    • Straps are easy to adjust.

    Cons

    • It has no sweat protection option.

    10. Punisher Skateboards 11-Vent Multi-Sport Skateboard and BMX Helmet

    I was searching for a girls' helmet. And Punisher is a real game-changer for me. It is a complete combination of girls. Here is why?

    The ventilation is good with eleven airflow options. It will keep the girls' heads fresh at active sessions.

    At that time, the helmet can endure the shock absorbance. This absorbance power is not as good as other high-end helmets.

    Here is the reason for not good: ABS shell plastic is the inside saver. This means adults cannot use this helmet.

    Only 5 to 10 years old are recommended by the Punisher skateboard. Other than that, it is decent in size, colors, and shapes.

    The company offers various colors with lucrative designs with chin fittings. For adjusting with chins, Punisher offers a durable strap. You can prepare your kid within a minute.

    Pros

    • Perfect for kids.
    • ABS shell plastic.
    • Color variety.
    • Safety certified.
    • Multi-purpose helmet.

    Cons

    • I wish the material could be better.

    Skateboard helmet buying guide

    It has seen that most of my reviewed products are mixed. Some of them are multi-purpose, or some of them are skateboard oriented. So, what did I consider before choosing the right product?

    Here are the details. I applied the following theory for each product.

    Head fittings

    First, I checked the head fittings of the helmet. This is a primary task for any buyer. To perform the task, you must know the head size. Here is the primary head measurement of the US people.

    • Men= 7 ⅜
    • Women= 7 1/4"

    If you want an exact measurement, here is another tip for you.

    • Take a measurement tape, then place 2.5 cm over your eyebrow.
    • Next, you will wrap the tape around your head.
    • Write down the size.

    This way, you can understand the right measurement of your head.

    Choose the type

    The next thing was to choose the type of helmet you need. In my review, I promoted a multi-purpose and skateboard helmet. These can also be used for bike riding scootering. So, choosing the type is the second choice for any buyer.

    Check the ventilation

    After choosing the type, it's time to look at the ventilation. Ventilation is one of the significant parts to meet the requirement. If a helmet does not have proper ventilation, it's like hell.

    You will sweat and start to dehydrate. Even it will be tough to concentrate on an active session.

    So, keeping your head cool is crucial. For that, I recommend checking the minimum of eight ventilation in your future helmet.

    Safety laws

    Certifications from American safety authorities play a vital role. Their approval ensures whether you are safe or not. So, check the state laws regarding skateboard helmet safety. In my review, I mentioned all the safety licenses. Here are some essential certifications:

    • CPSC 1203 Certification (USA)
    • ASTM F1492 Certification.( USA)
    • CE EN 1078 Certifications (Europe)
    • AS/NZS 2063:2008 Certifications ( Australia)
    • ASTM F1447 Certification ( USA)

    Helmet construction

    Checking material construction is another crucial part. Here are the things you should check.

    • Exterior: this part absorbs the highest impact. It should be strong enough. This is why I recommend ABS shells. These materials are sturdy and keep the interior safe from impact.
    • EPS Foam: one of the strong and industry standardized foam. This foam is a true assistant to exterior shells. It ensures not only comfort but also shock absorbance. Plus, the airflow adjustment is good.
    • Comfort Liners: I call this pad a guardian. The pads secure the head from external impact and keep the user head cool. This is possible for sweat absorbance technology.

    So, it's wise to look at the materials.

    Strap adjustment and quality

    At last, I recommend you to see the strap adjustment. How good the helmet fits with you? This is also depending on the straps. Apart from fittings, you need to check the material quality. Some materials cannot absorb sweat. As a result, it starts to deteriorate.

    frequently asked questions

    What is the best skateboard helmet?

    The best skateboard helmet does not mean a brand. It defines comfort safety, material quality, fittings, and price range. So, if all the factors meet your requirement, that helmet is the best. I don't prefer to promote any brand to answer the question.

    What are skateboard helmets made of?

    Well, most skateboard helmets have three elements: ABS plastic, Kevlar or fiberglass composite carbon. These materials are engineered to absorb shock. Thus, your head stays no matter what impact you face.

    Are skateboard helmets safe for biking?

    Skateboard helmets are not safe for biking. These are made to fight against a moderate force, not to fight against machinery force. So, it is recommended to use a bike helmet for bike riding. Using a bike helmet can save you from a skateboard accident. But a skateboard helmet cannot keep you from biking. These are not sturdy.

    Can skateboard helmets be used for snowboarding?

    Look, every sports manufacturer researches the market before launching their product. So, skateboard helmets are designed to protect the accident from skateboarding.

    It's not like that you will not get safety. Your ultimate protection is the prior thing. Based on this consideration, use a snowboard helmet.

    Why should skateboard helmets be mandatory?

    Helmets are used for safety. Every recreational activity has a potential risk. To reduce this risk, I believe precaution is essential. Using a helmet can reduce the potential risk from a head injury. One of my friends died from not wearing a helmet. That is why helmets are mandatory.

    Skateboard helmet maintenance

    Maintaining your helmet can increase the lifeline. This is what experts say. Here are some of the best maintenance tips for you. Follow the instructions. Keep your memories alive.

    Remove the odor

    Sweating causes odor inside your helmet. It also becomes a hub for bacteria. So, using rubbing alcohol and white vinegar can help you to get rid of this odor.

    How to clean a skateboard helmet?

    Follow these steps:

    • Pour lukewarm water in a bowl.
    • Add one tablespoon shampoo in the water.
    • Soak a sponge into the mixed liquid.
    • Rub the helmet with the sponge.
    • Do it 3 to 4 times.
    • Then clear the helmet with clean water.
    • Let your helmet dry under the sun.

    This is how you can clean the helmet. Apply this cleaning process two or three times a week.

    Signing out

    Losing the close one from your life hurts more than anything. I had been through that situation last year. One of my friends died in a skateboard accident. He was ignorant of helmets all the time.

    Perhaps a little precaution could save his life. I believe you will choose the best skateboard helmet from here. So, ride safe and stay safe. Life is beautiful.