Best Skateboard Helmets

You Have to Wear a Helmet, so Choose a Great One

Skateboard helmets are one of those things that no one wants to spend too much money on. Most skaters don't even want to wear a helmet. But hitting your head is all too easy in skateboarding, and for that time you do slam your skull into the curb, you will be glad you bought the best skateboard helmet you could. This list should help you pick out the right one for you.

Pro-Tec has been the name in skateboard helmets for many years. They really know what they are doing and are worn by a huge chunk of the pro skateboarder world. Pro-Tec has several helmets on the shelves, and you should be equally safe with any of them. The Pro-Tec Classic is on the cheaper side but only because it doesn't have any of the special bells and whistles that other Pro-Tec helmets have. If you want high quality for an affordable price, the Classic is a great choice. It comes in a wide variety of colors. For a little higher quality, the Pro-Tec Ace helmet is a good one. It has more shape and can be used safely after a crash. Normally, manufacturers say to replace them, so this is unusual.

TSG ("Technical Safety Gear") is another strong name in skateboard and snowboard safety gear. Plus, their helmets and logos look pretty sweet. The TSG Evolution is a great skateboard helmet choice -- it's comfortable for a helmet and comes in more than 30 colors and styles. The TSG Superlight is also a good choice -- you sacrifice some protection, but lose a lot of weight. It sounds like a dangerous trade, but you should be safe enough. TSG also makes super-light helmets that it advertises for use in multiple sports.

Bern makes some very cool looking skateboard and snowboard helmets. And they should do a good job of protecting your head. The Bern Watts helmet and Baker helmet have bills, like a baseball cap. They look a little like construction hard hats or World War II Allied helmets. Bern also makes the Brentwood, a light helmet that can combine with a visor or fit over your cap if you get a large enough helmet. Bern helmets can also come with EPS Block foam technology, which springs back to its original shape after an impact, so you can re-use the helmet. Or if you want, the helmets can also be bought with regular EPS foam.

The Triple 8 Brainsaver skateboard helmet is a good quality helmet. They are built well and have a good combination of tough solid foam and lighter foam for extra comfort. The foam is anti-bacterial, highly absorbent and unusual in skateboard helmets. It's best to try on before you buy. Triple 8 also has a 2009 Old School helmet designed for more aggressive skaters with extra padding for the back of your head and removable ear flaps.

S-One makes both CPSC certified and non-certified helmets. Why non-certified? Because the non-certified can have softer foam and ride lower on your head, making them more comfortable. Being non-certified doesn't mean it won't protect your head, but it does mean that the U.S. government doesn't think it's strong enough. Still, for a picky skater who won't wear a helmet because it's not comfortable, S-Ones are your best bet. The Damager is a great choice for a certified S-One helmet. 

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