Skateboard Helmet Guide
|Skateboard helmets seem to be one of those things that no one wants to spend too much money on. In fact get yourself down to your local skate park and count how many skaters even bother!! But, hitting your head is all too easy in skateboarding, and for that time you DO slam your skull into the road or curb, you will be glad you bought the best skateboard helmet you could!|
- You should always wear a helmet when you board. EVENTUALLY YOU WILL CRASH! Do you know how hard concrete is?
- Even a low-speed fall can mush that soft squidgy grey stuff inside your skull! You need this, especially if you want to keep on riding, a broken wrist or collar bone heals scrambled brains don't!.
- Make sure you buy a helmet specific for your sport, the guys that have designed them have spent years often from painful experience testing them for that sport, then they hand them over to the man to be certified.
- In the UK the standard for skateboard helmets is EN1078, in the US it gets a little confusing the CPSC certification covers bicycles and ASTM F1492 is the skateboard helmet standard. DO NOT buy a helmet that does not have as a minimum the American certification, click here for more info on the standards
ALL Skateboard Helmets sold by Boardology are UK and EU certified to the EN 1078 standard.
How to choose a Skateboard Helmet
Once you have checked that the skateboard helmet is right for your sport you then need to get the right one for your head. The most important thing here is a proper fit. You want the helmet to be comfortably touching the head all the way around, level and stable enough to resist even violent shakes or hard blows and stay in place. It should be as low on the head as possible to maximise side coverage, and held level on the head with the strap comfortably snug. Check the straps to make sure they are good quality and securely fastened, when done up you should be able to get no more than two fingers between the helmet and the forehead. If buying on-line see our size and measurement guide.
How does a Skateboard Helmet Work?
Skateboard helmets are designed to soften the impact of a fall, the form inside the helmet crushes or slowly deforms on impact absorbing the worst of the shock, while the hard outer shell on skateboard helmets is designed to withstand multiple impacts (bike helmets tend to use thinner plastic that breaks immediately the first time you hit hard, if you are using a bike helmet make sure it is also certified for skateboard use - see section on certification.
The best interior foam for skateboard is considered to be EPP (Expanded Polypropylene), this looks a lot like the foam you can find inside a cycle helmet but feels more rubbery, EPP recovers and is good for the next hit.
OK so you've decided to wear a helmet, but it still isn't cool is it? at least with the straps hanging you get some credibility back, but it will fly off while you are flying through the air WHEN you fall, so while you are sitting there dribbling in your armchair you can curse the money you ever spent on the thing that didn't stop you being turned into a vegetable anyway!!!
Strap it and buckle it while you ride, look cool while you are hanging!
The information on this site is provided as a guideline only. It is your responsibility to learn and understand the proper techniques associated with safe participation in these activities. Boardology Ltd assumes no liability for user application of the information provided in this site andany application of the information is at your own risk. Always follow manufacturer instructions and the directions of a certified instructor.