Best Full-Face Helmets For Longboarding

Ever wondered what Full-Face helmet is best for longboarding? Well, there’s no unbiased answer to this. However, here’s a collection of Full-Face helmets from trusted brands that are the most recognized and most commonly worn in the longboarding scene.

We’ll look at the features and certification of each helmet and you make the choice on which one you like the most style-wise.

Triple 8 Invader Full Face Black Small / Medium Skateboard Helmet - CE/CPSC Certified

Triple 8 Invader Full Face Black Small / Medium Skateboard Helmet – CE/CPSC Certified
Great quality/price relation. Perfect for all levels of downhill longboarders.
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$109.99

TSG - Pass Full-face Helmet with Two Visors Included | for Downhill Skateboarding, E-Skating, E-Onewheeling, Longboarding

TSG Pass Downhill Helmet
Hardshell fiberglass construction: Multi-layered glass fibre for strong, light full-face head protection.
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$299.95

The most popular Full-Face longboard helmets for downhill and freeride are:

Please note, this list is not in a best-to-worst order but should serve as a guide to help you make an informed decision. This is your first step to find yourself the best Full-Face helmet for your downhill and freeride needs.

Let’s check out which Full-Face helmets are the best and most popular in longboarding…

TSG – Pass, Pass Pro and Pass Pro Carbon Full-Face Longboard Helmets

It’s safe to say that the TSG Pass helmet is one of the most popular Full-Face longboard helmets worn on any given freeride or race.

With the design help of Martin Siegrist (three-time World Downhill Skateboard Champion in the early 2000s) TSG’s first longboard helmet ‘’The Pass’’ hit the market back in Spring, 2014 and has been a staple in the community ever since.

Currently, this downhill skateboarding helmet is available in three models; The Pass, The Pass Pro and The Pass Pro Carbon. Certification wise, there is no difference between them as they all provide protection with NF EN 1078+A1:02 2013 and ASTM F1952 safety standards. However, the major differences are weight and price.

Related: What kind of helmet is best for longboarding?

The cheapest and the heaviest is the Pass Full-Face weighing in at 1060 grams with a price tag of  250 €. Next is the Pass Pro with 940 grams at 350 €.

The lightest and the most expensive is, of course, the Pass Pro Carbon. This one weighs 10 grams less than the Pass Pro probably because it includes Carbon Fiber instead of Fiberglass. The price for a Pass Pro Carbon longboard helmet is 450 €.

Because they have so much in common, we’ll have a look at the OG, the Pass helmet. Even though the Pass Pro usually has more color options.

The TSG Pass Full-Face Helmet for Downhill Skateboarding

The Pass Full-Face helmet features a hard shell Fiberglass Construction with EPS foam and a fabric liner in a compact and aerodynamic shell design.

As opposed to Half-Shell helmets, Full-Face helmets feature minimal venting to preserve the aerodynamic performance. The Pass includes two nose vent ports on the chin guard to prevent fogging, as well as small ear slots for ambient noise.

Because Full-Face helmets tend to be a lot ”hotter” the Pass also includes an Air Flow vent system that pulls fresh air over and around the head while forcing stale air out.

A Pass longboard Full-Face helmet normally includes spherically curved visors (clear and tinted) with both scratch and anti-fog coating. In an effort to further minimize fogging the Pass helmet includes what TSG likes to call an exhalation-fogging-blocker. This means an inside soft foam available in two sizes that is placed around the nose area.

When closed the visor on The Pass Full-Face helmet is completely sealed so consequently, there’s no whistle sound or air coming in the helmet when you skate.

The interior includes TSG’s washable comfort liner and removable cheek pads that are available in different sizes for a snug fit a helmet needs to have.

The design of the Pass downhill skateboard helmet is rounded off with a secure double D-ring closure which you can, with some practice, buckle even with your longboard gloves on.

Triple 8 – T8 Racer Full-Face Longboard Helmet

The next most commonly used helmet for downhill and freeride is the Triple 8 T8 Racer longboard skateboard helmet.

With a streamlined profile and an aerodynamic design, this Full-Face helmet caters with a distinctive logo-stipe on the top and lettering around the ear area. On the back, this helmet has a higher cut for less neck restriction and a more comfortable tuck position.

Triple 8’s T8 Racer complies with U.S. CPSC Bike and ASTM F-1952  safety standards. Its construction is a mix of a hand-laid fiberglass shell and an EPS foam liner with a velvet lining.

It includes a multiview flip-up visor made from a shatter-resistant material. The visor for the T8 Racer comes in two options; clear or tint. If you’re looking for that nice mirror look TSG has, you’ll be disappointed.

As opposed to a double D-ring, this helmet has a plastic buckle.  We could debate about the pros and cons of both but a buckle allows you to snap it into place easier than the former.

The T8 Racer Full-Face longboard helmet includes two sets of fit pads that let you customize the fit. And the price? The Triple 8 T8 Racer Full-Face helmet goes for around 270 Euro or $299.99.

Predator Helmets – DH6-Xg Full-Face Longboard Helmet

With the success of its predecessors, the DH6 and DH6-X full-face helmet models, the DH6-Xg is a fairly new longboard helmet model on the market.

The DH6-Xg helmet design presents the evolution of Predator’s previous models with a more rounded off shape. The DH6-Xg Full-Face longboard helmet is as minimalistic as it gets. The only exterior embellishment is the logo lettering on the sides.

This helmet is available in Gloss Gold, Matte Gunmetal Grey, Matte Black, and Gloss Whitegold colorways.

With a pre-preg fiberglass shell, a large visibility window, internal ventilation and an air vent on the chin, the DH6-Xg weighs only 900 grams. It is the lightest of the helmets listed in this article.

The DH6-Xg meets CPSC standards and is CE-1078 certified but doesn’t have an ASTM certification.

It includes optically correct curved tinted and clear visors and a nice fleece-lined carry bag. Predator also offers additional visor options such as silver mirror, color mirror, black, and others.

The DH6-Xg is available in one size only. It accommodates head sizes in a range of 58 – 61 cm (22.9″ – 24″) with three cheek pad thickness options. This means there is no XL size, but only the range from small to large.

As per usual, the DH6-Xg buckles up with a Double D-ring buckle and a padded strap.

The price for a new Predator DH6-Xg Full-Face longboard helmet is around 350 Euro or $380.

S1 – Lifer Full-Face Longboard Helmet

Another Full-Face helmet that is commonly used by longboarders is the S1 Lifer Full-Face helmet for downhill skateboarding and freeriding. At S1 they made their well-accepted Lifer Half-Shell into a Full-Face model that shares quite some similarities.

Related: Best Half-Shell Helmets For Longboarding

S1’s Lifer Full-Face has a deep fit design with a shorter front profile to prevent excessive head whip upon impact. Inside it features S1’s EPS Fusion Foam that can withstand multiple low force impacts as well as a high impact.

Its ABS outer shell is paired with protective EPS Fusion Foam in a hard-shell construction and inner sizing pads. This helmet is certified as CPSC for High Impact and ASTM for Multiple Impact.

The field of view on the S1 Lifer Full-Face is wide for good peripheral vision. It’s paired with a removable visor with tilt mobility. The visor is mounted on the helmet in a way it potentially prevents fogging and allows proper airflow.

The Lifer Full-Face has ear holes so you can hear outside noise but does not have additional external venting. It relies on the shape of the inner foam to redirect stale air out from the bottom of the helmet.

Normally, a Lifer Full-Face longboard helmet offers an option to choose 2 visors. It can be either Clear, Tinted, Iridium or a Mirror model. S1 also includes a helmet bag, three cheek pads for size adjustment and two extra sizing liners.


There you have it, we’re at the end of this article. You now know what are the most commonly used and trusted Full-Face helmets for downhill and freeride. Skate safe, until next time …

Top 5 Half-Shell Helmets For Longboarding

Best Half-Shell Helmets For Longboarding

It will take more than just a set of good longboard bearings to keep you going. That’s why we made a list of top recommended half-shell skateboard helmets for you to check out.

If you already have a helmet for more than 3 years, you should consider replacing it with a new one. The reason is that even if it never received a hit, other factors like UV-rays, heat, and sweat can compromise its protective properties.

The following helmet models can be used for cruising, freestyle, longboard dancing or even freeriding.

To learn more about the different types of helmets for longboarding and certification criteria have a look at What kind of helmet is best for longboarding?

Triple 8 – The Certified Sweatsaver Helmet

The Certified Sweatsaver longboard skateboard helmet by Triple 8 in one way presents a combination of a soft-shell and a hard-shell helmet. It includes both high-impact EPS foam and a dual-density soft foam in an ABS hardshell construction.

The most inner soft foam is surrounded with a Sweatsaver™ Liner and resembles a similar type of protection you would find in a soft-shell helmet without EPS. This also serves as fit pads but in a noticeably thicker design as in standard skateboard helmets, which potentially offers a more snug fit.

Triple 8 - The Certified Sweatsaver Helmet

An important feature of a skateboard helmet is the venting system as you tend to overheat during strenuous skating. The Certified Sweatsaver helmet includes two vents in the front and back, as well as six vents on top in a similar design to Triple8’s logo.

With the word ‘’certified’’ included in the product name, we also need to point out what certification it has. As stated on their official website, the Triple 8 Certified Sweatsaver Helmet is best used for biking, skateboarding, in-line skating/roller skating, and scooters, as most of them are.

Triple Eight Sweatsaver Liner Skateboarding Helmet, Baja Teal Rubber, Medium

Triple Eight Sweatsaver Helmet
Classic skate helmet for kids, youth, and adults, with ABS outer shell and stink-free, moisture-wicking Sweatsaver liner.
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$44.99

Triple Eight Sweatsaver Liner Skateboarding Helmet, Black Rubber w/ Red, Large

Triple Eight Sweatsaver Helmet
Classic skate helmet for kids, youth, and adults, with ABS outer shell and stink-free, moisture-wicking Sweatsaver liner.
Amazon.com
$44.97

It is marketed as dual-certified, and yes it is. It complies with US CPSC Bike and ASTM (ASTM F-1492) Skate Safety Standards.

The Certified Sweatsaver is available in standard matte or glossy solid colors, and even two rainbow sparkling models. What’s also ”cool” about this helmet is that a portion of the sales will be donated to the Tony Hawk Foundation as stated on Triple 8’s website.

TSG – The Evolution Helmet

Next on the list is the TSG Evolution Helmet that has become widely accepted in both cycling and skateboarding. In downhill skateboarding their Pass full-face helmet is widely recognized but that’s a topic for later…

The TSG Evolution longboard skateboard helmet features an ABS hardshell construction with inner protective EPS foam and fit pads in two sizes. TSG’s Low Fit design means it sits low and fully protects the entire back and sides of your head.

TSG - The Evolution Helmet

For somewhat maximized venting, the Evolution Helmet includes altogether 14 vents, just like the Certified Sweatsaver but distributed differently. It has two vents in the front, six in the back and 6 vents on the top.

As stated by TSG, the Evolution helmet is one of the slimmest hardshell designs available and weighs 460 grams which is OK for a half-shell helmet although there are lighter ones out there (even from TSG).

TSG - Skate/BMX Injected Color (Injected White, L/XL 57-59 cm) Helmet for Bicycle Skateboard

TSG Hardshell Helmet
HARDSHELL CONSTRUCTION: For maximum safety, TSG’s hardshell construction combines a super strong injection moulded outer shell and a shock absorbing EPS inner shell.
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$39.95

TSG Superlight Skate & Bike in w/Snug Fit | CPSC & EN1078 Certified | for Cycling, BMX, Skateboarding, Rollerblading, Roller Derby, E-Boarding, Longboarding, Vert, Park, Urban

TSG Superlight Helmet
IN-MOLD CONSTRUCTION: The protective EPS is foamed directly into the shock resistant polycarbonate shell, for a super light, yet extremely stable helmet construction.
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$79.95

An added bonus to TSG products is that you can find their certification test reports on their website. Based on the reports, this helmet complies with CPSC, ASTM1492, and NF EN 1078 + A1:02 2013 which one could interpret as the French standard for CE EN 1078.

TSG’s Evolution helmet is available in quite a wide array of styles that cover anything from solid colors, various graphic designs, different colored EPS foam and diverse color combinations of their nylon adjustable straps and plastic buckles.

S ONE – Lifer Helmet

Moving on we’ll check out the S-One Lifer longboard skateboard helmet. This one stands out because it checks off all of the certification marks we want to see in a helmet for longboarding. But let’s start with the features first…

The S-ONE Lifer helmet features an outer high-rebound ABS shell with S-ONE’s own FUSI1ON EPS foam consisting of low, medium and high-density beads. To help with size adjustment it includes color-coded sweat absorbing fit pads.

S1 - Lifer Skate Helmet

As for the venting system goes, the Lifer helmet includes only 11 vent holes with five circular and six teardrop shaped vent holes distributed throughout the deep fitting design of this helmet.

S-ONE Lifer CPSC - Multi-Impact Helmet -Moxi Leopard Print - XXX-Large (23.5

S-ONE Lifer CPSC – Multi-Impact Helmet
Specially formulated EPS Fusion Foam, Certified Multi-Impact (ASTM) and High Impact (CPSC), 5x More Protective Than Regular Skate Helmets.
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$65.00

S-ONE S1 Lifer - Black Matte - Medium (21.5

S-ONE Lifer CPSC – Multi-Impact Helmet
Specially formulated EPS Fusion Foam, Certified Multi-Impact (ASTM) and High Impact (CPSC), 5x More Protective Than Regular Skate Helmets.
Amazon.com
$60.00

Most importantly, the Lifer is a certified multi-impact and a certified high impact helmet for skateboarding, longboarding, BMX, scootering, roller skating, and roller derby. As such, it is marked with 4 certification marks: CPSC, ASTM F-1492, CE EN 1078 and the AS/NZS 2063:2008.

Second, to plain color designs, the Lifer is also available with double glitter paint jobs and even fun designs like watermelon and leopard.

Predator – FR7 EPS Certified Skateboard Helmet

The Predator FR7 skate helmet is less used in Europe than the US but still well worth its place on the list. This is also the only one of the listed longboard helmet models that is marketed for longboard freeriding.

Longboard Helmet: Predator – FR7 EPS Certified Skateboard Helmet

With a somewhat different look, the Predator FR7 skate helmet features a high-density protective shell with an EPS foam liner accompanied with fit pads. Venting is somewhere in the middle with a total of twelve air vents, but what makes it special is the stylish front visor.

Predator Certified Skate Helmet FR7 - Black, Small

Predator FR7 Half-Shell Helmet
Comes with a fit kit including additional foam pads to allow adjustment for maximum comfort & snug fit. Dual-certified for skateboarding, it meets all Consumer Product Safety Commission standards for the best in impact protection.
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Predator FR7 Certified Skateboard Helmet Matte Red Size M/l

Predator FR7 Half-Shell Helmet
Comes with a fit kit including additional foam pads to allow adjustment for maximum comfort & snug fit. Dual-certified for skateboarding, it meets all Consumer Product Safety Commission standards for the best in impact protection.
Amazon.com
$54.95

The Predator FR7 longboard helmet is available in multiple color options with a standard fit and weighs about 500 grams. That’s 40 grams more than the TSG Evolution helmet, but it makes up with its style points.

If we have a look at the certification, it complies with the American CPSC and the European CE EN 1078 safety standard.

Nutcase helmets for Adults

We’ll end this list with a  wild card that is the Nutcase helmet for adults. What got them to the list is the various funky graphics and color designs that make them interesting to look at and also provide certified protection.

Longboard Helmet: Nutcase helmets for Adults

Nutcase helmets are the only helmets on the list that feature an in-mold construction of a PC shell and inner protective EPS foam. Some of them have a dual-position spin dial fit system which lets you further adapt the fit, as well as 3M reflective straps and a Fidlock™ magnetic buckle.

Related: REKD Ultralite In-Mold helmet for longboarding feat. Mirko Paoloni…

On some models, the shape is a tad shallower but includes a snap-in visor similar to the fixed one on the Predator FR7 longboard helmet.

The Nutcase helmets for adults are mainly marketed for urban bicycle riding, however, you can use them also for skateboarding.

With a CE EN 1078 certification, these are appropriate to use for longboard cruising and longboard dancing, however, we wouldn’t recommend them for freeriding as we would suggest at least an ASTM certification for that.


There you have it, our pick of best longboard helmets for cruising, longboard dancing, freestyle and even freeride if you chose to not wear a full-face for that.

We hope this article will help you choose the right helmet for you and your riding style or at least provide you with information about what to look at when taking the step towards your safety.

Longboard Helmet - Best longboard helmets

Longboard helmet – What kind of helmet is best for longboarding?

Longboarding is all fun and games until you crack your head open like a watermelon on hard asphalt. Many have learned this the hard way but there’s no need for you to join the club.

Whether you’re going to only cruise on a longboard or if you’re planning to skate downhill, you have to consider that sooner or later you will fall and slam your head. The right longboard helmet will help you walk away without having serious head injuries or even save your life.

In this post, you will learn what kind of helmet is the best for longboarding, which ones aren’t good and how to choose the best longboard helmet for your needs.

For a summarised version, check out the table below:

Model

Type

Best For

Characteristics

Rating

Price

S1 Lifer


Half Shell Freestyle and cruising, entry level helmet Weighs 0.8 lbs
Certified Multi-Impact (ASTM) and High Impact (CPSC)
14 sizes available
4.8
check reviews
Check Price

Triple 8 Sweatsaver


Half Shell Freestyle and cruising, entry level helmet Sweat saver liner
Under 1 lbs
4.6
check reviews
Check Price


Triple 8

Full Face Downhill and Freeride- Advanced riders Certified Multi-Impact (ASTM) and High Impact (CPSC)
Hand-laid fiberglass shell & Shatter-resistant flip-up visor
EPS foam liner with velvet lining
4.5
check reviews
Check Price

Fox Head Rampage Comp Imperial Helmet
Full Face Downhill and Freeride- Advanced riders Channeled EPS allows air to pass through
Made of fiberglass
Poured PU Chinbar construction for added protection
4.7
check reviews
Check Price

There are two main types of longboard helmets you should consider depending on what skateboarding discipline you (plan to) practice:

  • FULL FACE and
  • HALF SHELL helmets.

Half shell helmets are best for cruising, dancing, slalom, and freestyle. They generally offer less protection compared to full face helmets. Full face helmets provide more protection and are best for fast downhill skateboarding and freeride.

Full face helmets are more expensive than half shell helmets, so it’s very common practice for beginners to start with a half shell helmet and then buy an additional full face helmet later when they start skating down hills.

1. HALF SHELL longboard skateboard helmet

As a standard helmet in skateboarding, a half shell helmet (also known as “bucket”) offers basic protection suitable for cruising, longboard dancing, freestyle, slalom, street skateboarding and similar activities like roller skating or cycling.

However, a half shell helmet is not the best option for downhill skateboarding or longboarding. The classic bucket shape protects the top and back of your head, as well as the forehead, but it doesn’t protect your face, eyes, ears or jaw.

Hard-shell vs Soft-shell helmets

Most half shell longboard skateboard helmets have a “hard-shell”, which means that they are made of an outer ABS molded shell that cradles the inner lightweight EPS foam liner designed to disperse and minimize the impact. Definitely, avoid “soft-shell” helmets as they have a more flexible external layer and a softer multi-density foam liner which doesn’t provide the same level of protection as hard shell helmets with EPS do.

Longboard Helmets- Hard-shell vs Soft-shell helmets

Related: The Holy Grail of Comfort and Protection – The Certified Sweatsaver

Another somewhat less popular shape of half shell helmet is a retro full cut which covers your ears as well. In addition to the safety aspect of it, a full cut helmet will also keep your ears warm when skating during wintertime. What doesn’t fall into the full cut category are half-shell helmets with removable ear pads you most often see in snowboarding or skiing.

Two types of Hard-shell helmet construction

There are two construction types of hard-shell helmets if we look at how the EPS liner is bonded with the outer shell: these are called a hardshell construction and an in-mold construction.

Longboard Helmets - Hardshell vs In-Mold Construction

Related: REKD Ultralite In-Mold helmet for longboarding

A Hardshell Construction means that the outer shell and the inside EPS shell are not directly bonded together but rather glued on various contact points. If you’ve ever had a skateboard helmet wherein both pieces came apart due to longterm wear, this is the reason why.

S-ONE S1 Lifer - Black Matte - Medium (21.5

S-ONE Lifer CPSC – Multi-Impact Helmet
Specially formulated EPS Fusion Foam, Certified Multi-Impact (ASTM) and High Impact (CPSC), 5x More Protective Than Regular Skate Helmets.
Amazon.com
$60.00

Triple Eight Sweatsaver Liner Skateboarding Helmet, Black Rubber w/ Red, Large

Triple Eight Sweatsaver Helmet
Classic skate helmet for kids, youth, and adults, with ABS outer shell and stink-free, moisture-wicking Sweatsaver liner.
Amazon.com
$44.97

An In-Mold construction means that the EPS is foamed directly into the outer shell. This results in an extremely stable bond between the components that are not dependent on the glue strength otherwise used in the hardshell construction.

Multi-impact vs Single-impact helmets

When a helmet receives an impact, the EPS foam liner gets deformed or cracks in order to disperse the energy of the blow but with this, it becomes structurally compromised. Some helmets can take more than others…

Helmets can be multi or single-impact which indicates how many impacts they can withstand before they should be replaced with a new one. As the name suggests, the single-impact helmets should be replaced after they’ve received a single hit while the multi-impact helmets can withstand multiple impacts.

However, it’s also important to understand that multi-impact helmets are made to withstand a single high impact hit and/or multiple low impact hits before they need to be replaced. This means that if you’ve used your helmet for a longer time period, it’s more likely it received multiple small impacts due to handling and transport, potentially resulting in loss of protective properties.

2. FULL FACE longboard skateboard helmet

Compared to the half shell helmets, the full face longboard helmets provide more protection as they cover the entire head and protect your eyes, face, jaw, and ears.

Also read: Best Full Face helmets for longboarding

Most of the full face helmets come with a removable visor in different tints that protects your eyes from dust and bugs, as well as sun rays blinding you while you skate. They are built pretty much the same way as all other hard shell helmets; with an outer ABS molded shell, an inner EPS foam liner and additional foam padding for a better fit.

Also, a full face helmet is required at almost all downhill skateboarding/longboard events, so if you want to participate at racing or freeride events, you will have to have it.

TSG - Pass Full-face Helmet with Two Visors Included | for Downhill Skateboarding, E-Skating, E-Onewheeling, Longboarding

Predator DH6 Downhill Helmet
Top choice for many pro and amateur riders looking for the ultimate in lightweight protection and style.
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TSG - Pass Full-face Helmet with Two Visors Included | for Downhill Skateboarding, E-Skating, E-Onewheeling, Longboarding

TSG Pass Downhill Helmet
Hardshell fiberglass construction: Multi-layered glass fibre for strong, light full-face head protection.
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$299.95

Designed to be as aerodynamic as possible, full-face helmets don’t have many vents but it all comes down to what’s the safest for you.

Unfortunately,  full face helmet manufacturers share very little information about how big of an impact or the number of impacts their helmets can withstand. To make sure that you’re getting the best level of protection with your helmet, you should also check for certification marks the helmet might have (more information below).

Longboard helmet certification marks

When buying a longboard skateboard helmet it is extremely important to choose one that obtained the right certification marks. This ensures that the helmet was properly tested and that it met the required safety standards for this sport.

An example are the Icaro helmets used in DH some years ago…well the brand had to warn customers that that’s not really what they were made for…

Warning: There are shops out there that are selling paragliding helmets like Icaro SkyRunner and claiming that these are “ideal for downhill skateboarding”. That is not correct. Do not use Icaro helmets for downhill skateboarding or longboarding because they have EN 966 certification for free flight and microlight sports, not for skateboarding. You’ve been warned and the folks at Icaro are saying the same thing:

Anyone selling a helmet has to ensure that it is certified for the sport in which it will be used. Selling an uncertified helmet is an offence liable to criminal prosecution! Source

Here are the certification marks that your longboard skateboard helmet should have…

ASTM – American Society for Testing and Materials (USA)

ASTM is an international standards organization that develops technical standards for different kinds of materials, products, systems, and services.

When you want to buy a half shell helmet for cruising, dancing, and freestyle riding, you should look for an ASTM F1492 certified helmet. This is a standard specification for helmets used in skateboarding and trick roller skating. Helmets that comply with this standard are designed to protect your head for more than one moderate impact, but for a limited number of hits.

Another mark you may find is the ASTM 1447 for use by recreational bicyclists or roller skaters. These helmets, however, provide less protection than those with an ASTM F1492 mark.

If you want to buy a full face helmet for downhill and freeriding look for ASTM F1952; this is a standard for helmets used in downhill mountain bicycle racing, which also provides performance criteria for chin bars on full-face helmets.

CSPS U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USA)

As an American government standard, a CSPS certification means a helmet is safe for bicycle use. Currently, the CSPS does not have a standard specific for skateboarding helmets, but they are tested and marked with the CPSC 1203 certification for bicycle helmets.

CE certification mark (EU)

If you’re buying a helmet in Europe, it should have a CE certification, which means it meets the health, safety and environmental protection requirements of the European Economic Area (EEA). For longboard or skateboard helmets the most common is the CE EN 1078 certification.

This standard specifies the requirements to withstand a single high impact and a few puncture impacts for bicycling, skateboarding or in-line skating.

Warning: Pay attention to the CE mark if you’re buying a cheap skateboard helmet from China. Chinese manufacturers apply a logo similar to the CE mark, which actually means China Export and has nothing to do with the CE certificate.

AS/NZS 2063:2008 (Australia)

Longboard skateboard helmets which have this certification mark meet the current Australian Standards certification to withstand a single high impact in non-motorised recreational bicycling.

So that’s it…

When buying a longboard skateboard helmet make sure that it’s a hard shell helmet with an EPS liner and that it’s certified. If you hit it hard, replace it to keep skating safely 🙂

How often should you change your longboard helmet?

Depending on what kind of certification your helmet has, a single or multiple impact, you should replace it if you went through a hard slam or a serious crash.

Even multi-impact certified helmets that went through numerous hits don’t offer the same amount of protection as when they did when they were new. With each slam, even these helmets provide less and less protection. If you don’t know if the helmet still offers good protection, you should replace it.

If you’ve been wearing your helmet for a few years now and never experienced a crash, you might also want to consider replacing it. The materials of the helmet can age and lose their protective properties more rapidly when exposed to sweat and heat, meaning they will not offer the same protection. Because of this, it is advised to replace a helmet after 3 years, even if you never exposed it to a fall or a crash.

Are other helmets like cycling or motorcycling helmets also good for longboarding?

Any helmet is better than no helmet but to maximize your safety it’s best to wear a helmet that is certified for the sport you’ll be practicing.

If you can’t get your hands on a skateboarding helmet, use whatever you have but be aware of the following downsides;  Cycling helmets don’t offer enough protection, motorcycling helmets are too heavy and paragliding helmets (like Icaro SkyRunner) are not really made to be smashed against the asphalt and do not have certificates required for skating.

Longboard helmet alternative - POC mountian bike helmet

The best alternative to a longboard full-face helmet would be a mountain biking helmet. An example is the POC Coron Air Carbon SPIN mountain bike helmet on the photo which includes all of the certification mentioned above.

However, these are bulkier, feature lots of vents which means that they aren’t as aerodynamic as you want them to be. The downside is also that they don’t come with a visor, so you would probably have to make one yourself.

Do you really need a longboard helmet?

You may have heard about skateboarders not being fans of helmets and that they take away the freedom. In case you need convincing, especially after seeing many street skateboarders hatin’, you should know that the stats are not on your side.

Check out these results from the research done in 2014:

Longboarders suffered twice as many injuries to their heads and necks (23.3% vs. 13.1%, p < 0.000) and twice as many severe neurological traumas (8.6 vs. 3.7%, p < 0.000) while skateboarders suffered more injuries to their lower extremities (33.7% vs. 24.7%, p < 0.002). Source

Keep it safe out there!

REKD Ultralite In-Mold helmet for longboarding feat. Mirko Paoloni and Simon Lechner

Mirko Paoloni and Simon Lechner took a 10-day skate trip to sunny Tenerife where they tested the new REKD Ultralite In-Mold helmet. They hit some of the gnarliest and most scenic spots on the Island and came back with loads of footage to prove it…

REKD Ultralite helmet

Last year, a UK based company REKD Protection released the REKD Ultralite In-Mold helmet. The REKD Ultralite is an EN1078 and CPSC certified in-mold helmet. Relying on the certification, the helmet should provide enough protection for both beginner and pro level longboarders but can also be used for other sports like roller and inline skating, BMX etc.

Good helmet for longboarding?

Obviously, when skating at high speeds, it is better to consider wearing a good full-face helmet rather than a half-shell helmet. However, if you’re more experienced and know what you’re doing, riding downhill and at higher speeds with a half-shell is not a sin. Better any helmet than no helmet. In case you decide to buy and have one half-shell helmet for all your skate activities at least make sure that you’re getting one that’s certified and produced by a well-established company, like REKD.

In-Mold Fusion Technology

REKD Ultralite helmet is produced using their In-Mold fusion technology. This allows for the inner EPS core and the outer PC shell to be fused together allowing for helmet to be more compact and lightweight as well as more durable.

Compared to other helmets on the market, weighing just 290 grams (S and M size) and  310 grams (L and XL size), the REKD Ultralite helmet is up to 1/3 lighter compared to similar helmets in the same price range of approx. 45,00 Euros.

The helmet is really lightweight and very comfortable. The fit is really good, it feels snug but not too tight. We skated for hours in Tenerife and it really made a difference to wear a lighter helmet, you don’t feel as warm or as tired so easily. ~ Mirko Paoloni

Extended comfort with super low-profile and anti-bacterial line padding

Its designers put a lot of thought into the REKD Ultralite helmet in order to deliver a great protection-to-weight ratio. However, apart from being extremely lightweight, thanks to REKD’s exclusive shape which features a super low-profile and premium anti-bacterial lined padding, the Ultralight helmet offers a great deal of comfort as well.

You can really feel the difference when you wear an In-Mold helmet, you can barely feel like you’re wearing one which helps you to ride for longer without getting too hot and sweaty! But for when you do sweat, REKD has put in antibacterial padding that has been heat-stamped with their logo. The padding is really premium and very well finished, making the helmet super comfortable to wear ~ Mirko Paoloni

For more info about REKD, visit https://rekdprotection.com.

Triple Eight NYC - The Certified Sweatsaver with Tony Hawk

Triple 8 – The Certified Sweatsaver Skateboard Helmet

Triple 8 NYC announced two new exciting news. The first one is the release of their new half shell skateboard longboard helmet ‘’The Certified Sweatsaver’’ and the second is their welcome of Tony Hawk to the team.

Here’s why this news is exciting…

Triple 8’s Certified Sweatsaver is a ‘’bucket’’ skateboard helmet in a hard shell ABS construction with high impact absorbing EPS foam and thick dual density soft foam surrounded by their plush Sweatsaver fabric.

The brand states this is the first and only helmet to fully integrate EPS foam and dual density soft foam. They’ve created what they like to call a dual certified skateboard helmet or The Holy Grail of Comfort and Protection.

Triple Eight NYC - The Certified Sweatsaver
Triple Eight NYC – The Certified Sweatsaver

The Certified Sweatsaver Helmet is available in various color models and complies with both U.S. CPSC 1203 and ASTM F1492 Skate Safety Standards.

Feature-wise it includes multiple ventilation vents on the front, top, and back of the helmet, 2 sets of fit liners and an adjustable strap with a plastic buckle.

As Triple 8 mentioned on their website, a portion of the sales will be donated to the Tony Hawk Foundation to continue its mission of empowering youth by creating public skate parks in low-income communities.

No Sweat - Helmet / Hat liner

NoSweat disposable liners for helmets or hats

In the past, I’ve seen some black snapback hats with white salt marks, guys squeezing sweat from their helmets and have spent a lot of hours travelling in a car smelling of skaters. Although this liner might not be helpful for people who hardly break a sweat while skating, I think some of you might find it interesting.

About the NoSweat helmet liner

NoSweat is a replaceable liner for hats and helmets mostly used in mainstream team sports, but it can also be applied to skateboarding.

NoSweat disposable liners for helmets or hats

It consists of 5 thin and lightweight layers of fabric that breathe and absorb sweat, while simultaneously reduce odour. Furthermore, it also eliminates fog buildup, making it a good add-on to a full face helmet.

Application to any head gear is super easy. First you peel off the label covering the adhesive, then you place it inside your helmet or hat and finally firmly press it along the edges to make it stick.

Designed to not damage the interior of your headgear, it’s also easily replaceable. The brand offers two grades of adhesive, standard for helmets, and extra strength adhesive for streetwear hats.

NoSweat offers two grades of adhesive, standard for helmets, and extra strength adhesive for streetwear hats.

Depending on how much you sweat while skating, NoSweat recommends replacing the liner after every use, but you can probably use it for maybe 2-3 sessions.

Currently they only ship to the US and Canada, but the brand wants to expand internationally. For more into, visit the NoSweat website.

In conclusion, I like the idea and the easy application. Making a helmet less stinky is always great and avoiding sweat burning your eyes is welcomed. But I didn’t really find any info regarding the price and how much sweat it actually absorbs. All in all, if it works, it ain’t stupid.

What do you think about NoSweat liners?

Do you find this product useful or do you think it’s totally unnecessary? Would you use it? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.