Best Helmets for Electric Skateboards
Riding electric skateboard is really fun, but it’s no child’s play. This little piece of technology packs some serious power and is able to go at speeds of over 20mph. I won’t go over the reasons to wear proper safety gear whenever you are riding, but when it comes to skate protection, helmet is an absolute must.
Helmets may not be the most comfortable thing to wear, but I feel that whenever you have wheels under your feet you should have a helmet on your head. Benefits of wearing a helmet far outweigh the hassles in most cases. Plus some of the helmets actually look cool. Check out these ones:
Skating helmets for electric skateboards – Top Picks 2017
ProTec Classic Bike/Skate Helmet
JBM Skateboard Helmet
Triple Eight Brainsaver Sweatsaver
Triple Eight Gotham
Bell Segment Multi Sport
Triple 8 Downhill Racer
Which helmets are good for riding electric skateboard?
For the best protection it is important to choose the right type of helmet. Each type of helmet is made to protect your head from the kind of impacts that typically are associated with a particular activity or sport, so you have to make sure that the helmet is made for skateboarding. For example, bicycle helmets usually do not protect the back of your head, and therefore are not appropriate for skateboarding. For riding electric skateboards you can use a good multi-sport helmet, a skateboarding helmet, and if you are going at higher speeds even a full-face longboard helmet.
If a helmet is marked as “multi-sport”, this means that the helmet meets safety standards for more than one activity. These multipurpose helmets usually comply with both CPSC Safety Standard for bicycle riding and ASTM Standard for skateboarding. This is a great option for people whose activities include a number of different outdoor sports.
As opposed to multi-sport helmets, skate helmets are capable of withstanding more than one (minor) hit. However, because they usually have softer foam liner, and not the stiff EPS foam like multipurpose ones, they are not that good at sustaining major impacts.
Full Face Helmets
Since some electric skateboards can go over 25mph, if you intend to ride at those speeds, it makes sense to go for a full-face helmet. These helmets protect the head, neck and the face and provide an additional support to the neck during a fall, which ensures your face is protected against bruises. The full-face helmets are uses by freeride and downhill longboarders, as their riding style requires more resistant safety gear. Have in mind that the design and riding style of electric skateboards is much closer to longboarding that to the skate-park-trick-performing kind of ride.
Do not wear motorcycle helmet when riding electric skateboard! The motorcycle helmet is quite heavy as compared to longboard helmet which makes riding difficult, and therefore more dangerous.
ProTec Classic Certified Bike/Skate Helmet
You cannot go more “classic” than ProTec Classic Skate Helmet. This helmet features clean, simple, classic styling and it’s a very budget-friendly option for protecting your head. The hard shell is made of ABS plastic. The certified version of ProTec Classic has the EPS foam liner, with plush pads designed to soak the sweat.
It has soft nylon straps and easy buckle closure, and you can adjust the position of the straps right by the ears. It features massive vents along the front, the back and the back of the helmet, and the ventilation is OK.
It’s a well-made, nicely fitting, classic helmet without many bells and whistles other brands may brag about. However, it is very affordable and it’s rightfully one of the top selling helmets. Whether it’s right choice for you, you’ll have to decide for yourself.
JBM Skateboard Helmet
JBM protective gear has been on the market for quite some time and has got some great reviews. This helmet is one of their most sought after items. It is multipurpose bike/skate/scooter helmet with hard PVC and PC shell and EPS foam liner plus and additional layer of soft foam that can be removed to clean.
The straps are very easy to adjust, it has a standard side release buckle, so just pull the straps to make it fit, and that’s it. Can it get undone? Maybe over a longer period of time, but if you ensure the strap is tight before you go, it is highly unlikely it will get undone while you ride.
The JBM helmet fits nice, it is pretty comfortable. One thing that is really great about this helmet is how well ventilated it is. It’s got 11 vents: 7 on the top, 2 on the fr4ont and two on the back. This allows for a good air circulation, which means you will not get hot in this helmet.
Speaking of hot, you will not look hot in this helmet either. It offers great protection, but because of its thick lining it looks a bit bulky. But if you favor being safe and good ventilation over not looking like a mushroom, than you will be supper happy with this helmet.
It is CPSC and ASTM certified, designed for skateboarding, cycling, BMX biking, inline and roller skating.
Triple 8 Brainsaver Sweatsaver
Triple Eight is one of the most trusted names when it comes to helmets, and their Brainsaver helmet edition is their trademark. This is a classic half-shell helmet that is so comfortable, that you’ll forget you even have it on, even during the longest commutes.
Triple Eight helmets are known to be very comfortable. What makes this skating helmet different is a soft terry cloth material on the padding on the inside, which makes it very comfortable to wear and it wicks away the sweat so your head will stay dry. Thus the name of this model: Sweatsaver. It is also very well ventilated, so it’s breathable and keeps your head cool.
The Sweatsaver version is designed with skating in mind, it is a multi-impact helmet, which means it’s able to withstand multiple hits. The ABS shell features multi-impact protection so you will be able to use this helmet for a long time. The straps are adjustable, and a little rubber band is what holds them in position. There are so many color options, you can choose between glossy or rubber finish, number of killer colors of the liners and it really looks great. This is the helmet you’ll love wearing.
If you are using your electric skateboard for commuting, and do not ride at speeds over 25 / 30mph this is a perfect helmet for you. It is a quality half-shell that will fit comfortably, provide all head protection you need and keep sweat out of your eyes. There is also a CPSC certified version of the Triple 8 Brainsaver, with the EPS liner, which means it is designed to withstand harder blows, but it’s much less comfortable. The EPS model does not have a soft sweat soaking layer.
If you are looking for a quality half-shell skate-style helmet that fits comfortable, and won’t boil your head – this is the one. A quick note: this helmet does not meet ASTM or CPSC standards, but it’s a helmet with long tradition, many people have bought it, used it and loved it. Even though I wanted to put only certified helmets on this list, I’m going to make an exception for this one, because I really love it. However, it means that this helmet is illegal in California, so if that’s where you live, check out the Triple Eight Gotham I described below.
Triple Eight Gotham
Triple 8 Gotham is a dual certified helmet that combines style, comfort and safety into one product. It has a little bit of a different cut than your traditional skate-style helmet with a subtle brim up front. The materials that this helmet is made with are great, the ABS shell is very sturdy, but it feels very nice on touch, like it’s rubberized. The liner is a patented cone-head EPS foam which has superior shock-absorbing capability and supposedly makes the helmet lighter. The Triple 8 Gotham still weight just over a pound, though. It has got Sweatsaver fit pads for added comfort.
The fit is awesome, the helmet stays in proper position without being too tight. It is fully adjustable, not just the straps, but there is a dial on the back of the helmet that allows you to customize the fit and make it as safe as it gets. It sits a bit low, so if you have a low forehead, it might come down to your eyebrows, which can obstruct your view. The vents are a bit small, but the airflow is decent. For sizing, the triple eight has made a very useful fit guide, so make sure to follow it.
Speaking of its looks, this is pretty stylish helmet. It is sleek, well designed and it comes in plenty of cool colors with matte finish including one that looks normal by day, but has special reflective coating so it lights up by night, and it will make you super visible.
Bell Segment Multi Sport
This is a classic skate-style helmet, but its design is what makes it stand out among so many other skate-style hard foam multi-sport helmets. Despite its ABS hard plastic shell, the Bell segment feels very flexible and fits like a cap. What makes a difference is EPS foam liner made out of 9 segments. Each segment of the liner rests on a reinforcing internal skeleton, which allows the helmet to flex, and adjust to the shape of your head. This makes the helmet fit very comfortably. It features 8 external vents, which in combination with segmented liner allows for a decent air flow. It comes in a number of amazing colors including kryptonite green and purple comet.
The helmet is very well constructed, although the shell feels kinda “plastic-y”. You can tell that this is not a premium product, but neither is the price, so this is really not a flaw. The weight is just under a pound.
The Bell Segment is CPSC, ASTM F-2032 and ASTM F1492 certified, which means it is suitable for biking, BMX and skating. It comes in all sizes from small that fits kids, to large that fits an adult head easily. Fit is more or less as expected, but if you are in doubt go for a bigger one.
TSG (stands for Technical Safety Gear) is a manufacturer of safety gear designed by the riders for the riders. TSG Pass is the TSG’s first full face helmet. It is designed for downhill longboarding, so it’s appropriate for the high speeds you will be able to reach on your electric longboard. It comes available in four sizes and four different colors: black, white, satin purple and satin fire read, and there are couple of sick color options if you are willing to pay more. It also comes with both reflective and clear visor.
One of the features that makes this helmet stand out from other full-face longboard helmets, such as Predator, is a “horseshoe”. Horseshoe is a small piece of foam that goes over your mouth and drives the air down, so it prevents your visor to fog and your helmet to get hot if you mouth breathe. The ventilation system is also very good: there are two holes on the front that force all the air up along the visor, through the three holes at the top, and back out through the three holes at the bottom of the back of the helmet.
The fit is great, the pads on the inside are very soft. All adjustability lies in cheek padding, no additional padding in the cranium. So I suggest you try it before you buy it to see it fits your head as it’s supposed to. It might be a bit heavier compared to some other full-face helmets, but it makes up for it with a great fit and comfort. Also, the field of view is super wide, which paramount is for riding alongside traffic. There are no blind spots in this helmet sidewise, the only spots you can see the helmet are above and below. The high nose & padding in the chin guard are there to help save your jaw/teeth/nose in the event of a crash, no other lid comes close.
Overall it’s an amazing helmet. It looks cool, the general build quality is really high-grade, it fits insanely comfortable and it’s super safe. If you consider helmet to be the insurance for your head, TSG pass is the best investment.
Triple 8 Downhill Racer
This is the first full-face helmet by Triple Eight designed for downhill longboarding. It was designed to give the widest range of view and it’s cut higher in the back to make the helmet more aerodynamic, yet comfortable. It holds up to the most rigorous bicycle, downhill mountain biking safety standards
This helmet is made of fiberglass, it has a shatter-resistant flip-up visor that is very easy to open and close, even with the gloves on. The liner is made from EPS foam with velvet lining, so its’s comfortable.
The ventilation is not good, there are no vents to allow air into the helmet and the visor tends to fog. But overall it is a very good, quality helmet that will keep you safe should anything happen.
The Predator DH6 is the first ever production helmet designed specifically for downhill skateboarding and it complies with multiple safety standards. The DH6 is the top choice for many pro and amateur riders looking for the ultimate in lightweight protection and style.
It features clean, simple lines for aerodynamics, a large visibility rande and a ratcheting flip-up visor system that doesn’t require any tools to adjust. The double D-ring chin-strap closure provides maximum safety. A small chin guard vent combined with an internal ventilation system helps keep you cool and prevents visor from fogging.
The helmet comes in one shell size with and the fit is adjusted with fit kit of pads including 2 size cheek pads. A regular tinted visor comes installed and a clear visor is included in the box. The DH6 comes in a nice fleece bag, that you can use to store your helmet when not using it.
How to choose the right helmet?
To make sure your helmet is just what you need you need to consider couple of things:
Even the safest skating helmet is not safe if it doesn’t fit properly. That is why, getting the right size is essential. The way to measure your head size for a helmet is by using a measuring tape. Measure approximately 1inch (2.5cm) above your eyebrows (forehead) and around the complete circumference of your head. Ensure the tape measure is a close fit and measure a few times to ensure you get the correct size. Then, look at the manufacturer’s size chart and pick the right size.
A skateboard helmet should fit snugly all around, with no spaces between the foam or padding and your head. It should not sit too high or low on the head. To check, make sure the front rim of the helmet aligns with your eyebrows and the back of the helmet does not touch the top of your neck. The chin strap should be centered under the chin and fit snugly, so that no more than one or two fingers fit between the chin and the strap.
In the past skate-style helmets were infamous for being poorly vented and overheating easily. These days, helmets are better-ventilated and more comfortable than ever before. Modern designs feature more vents, which allow air to go through the helmet and keep your head cool. Avoid the low quality models that do not have vents and have poor air circulation, even if they are cheaper, you will just end up not wearing it at all. If you can’t stand the heat, take one of the better ventilated models. They do (arguably) offer lower level off protection, but any skating helmet is better than no helmet.
Different activities call for different levels of protection and skateboard helmet safety laws vary, depending on which state you’re skating in. Some states mandate that riders under a certain age must wear a helmet at all times. Other states, such as California, have laws requiring all riders under 18 years of age must wear a CPSC-certified helmet at all times. Keep in mind that the helmet you choose must meet CSPC regulations, which usually include an EPS protective liner, so check your state’s regulations before placing your order. ASTM F1492 is the safety standard that covers helmets used for skateboarding.
CPSC Certified Helmets: California requires that all skateboard helmets must meet the requirements of the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Section 890.4 of the Streets and Highways Code enforces these standards in California and will not allow Warehouse Skateboards to ship non-CPSC Certified helmets to California.
Remember that skateboard helmets will not last forever. You must replace your helmet when it starts showing some serious wear and tear. Hope this post helped, and make sure to check out our constantly updated picks of top electric skateboards.