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.
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$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.
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$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.
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$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.

Bufers Jeans by Bufers Protective Clothing

The Bufers Longboard Jeans by Bufers Protective Clothing

We’ve seen our fair share of D.I.Y. and reinforced skate pants, but The Bufers combine a little bit of both. By pairing material reinforcements and internal protection on high impact areas, these longboarding pants offer solid protection against road rash.

The Bufers Jeans longboard pants

Regardless if you’re already past the beginning phase or you’re just starting out, those nasty road rashes are always out to get you.

The Bufers denim longboarding pants are created for everyone who would like to save their skin and avoid the burning shower feelings after a skate session. They are also compact enough to pack them in your bag for a skate trip.

While most longboard pants are only reinforced with Kevlar or Cordura fabric and do not provide any extra protection, the Bufers are a step in the right direction. Similar to crash pants they feature protective inserts placed inside the denim pants and strategically mapped on key areas you’re most likely to tear and destroy during a fall or learning how to slide.

The Bufers Jeans protect the common high abrasion areas on the hips, the seat, knees, as well as the front and side of the shins. By pairing together material reinforcement and protective elements, the Bufer Jeans look tough and durable.

The internal protection is also available separately for you to start your own D.I.Y. project. It can be easily installed in any type of pants you desire, all you need is an iron and a hot air gun. Once placed, the buffers firmly stay in place and provide a comfortable protection.

What provides the impact and material protection are the solo buffers made from a 2 mm thick high-quality polyurethane combined with a 2 mm soft and lively plastic.

With a fusible interlining that consist of a base material and thermoplastic resin, they also allow you to easily place them on any pair of skate pants with the help of an iron.

Bufers Jeans are available in four denim colorways with stretch inserts tailored to your size, priced at 195 EUR. Another option is store bought jeans with 7 installed buffers, priced at 99 EUR (including jeans), while the Solo Buffers are available in packs of 7, 9 or 13 starting at 49 EUR.

The Bufers Shorts and Overalls

Bufers Protective Clothing also provides two other designs of protective longboarding pants in the form of shorts and overalls.

The Bufers Shorts are created for pushing and cruising around the city, hence their light at breathable design. These shorts include inner or outer protective pads on the hips, seat, and knees. Paired with shoulder straps and a mesh back inlay, these pants can also hold a spine protector.

If you’re a fan of the overalls, the Bufer Overalls will help you skate safely when freeriding and downhill skateboarding. They, as well as the other two models, can have a custom design of the fit and placement of the protective buffers. The Overalls include internal or external buffers on the knees, hips, shins, and seat.

Visit the official website to learn more about Bufers Protective Clothing.
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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.

TSG 2017 Joint Knee Guards

The new TSG Joint Knee-Sleeve Pads

Primarily made for all-mountain bike riders, the new Joint Knee-Sleeve Pads by TSG will most probably be picked up by the longboard community in the same manner as other mountain bike gear, one of which are the G-Form Pro X Knee Guards.

The TSG’s Joint pads feature a washable slip-on Lycra sleeve with a Softshell construction and an articulated PU foam which provides protection.

TSG added a vented mesh back and cut-outs at the back of the knee with the addition of an anti-slip silicone laminate on the Lycra sleeve for the guard to stay in place when riding.

At first glance, the TSG Joint  knee pads might looks similar to G-Form protective pads, but before I started judging, I did a short search to see which similar products are available on the market.

I found out that a brand called Demon has in the past introduced it’s Demon X D3O Smartskin knee pad, similar to the shape of G-Form back in 2015. Also SixSixOne, another mountain bike brand, did their own take on the shape with their Recon knee pads in 2016.

Despite the common shape and technology, the difference between the brands are that they are not so commonly marketed in the longboarding world.

Because G-Form is so popular amongst longboarders, I decided to make a side-by-side comparison of their Pro-X Knee Guards and the new TSG Joint Knee-Sleeve Pads. Let’s have a look shall we…

G-Form Pro-X  vs. TSG Joint Knee-Sleeve Pads

Both pads share a design of a slip-on knee guard with protective panels placed on the front of the knee to provide flexibility and protection. Although both feature and elastic compression fabric, the difference is that the G-Form Pro-X include a RPT Impact protection, while the TSG Joint Knee-Sleeve Pads include a Softshell construction with added PU Foam.

 

Both can be machine washed and have a mesh back panel which provides extra breathability and moisture-wicking properties. However, the TSG design also includes a cut-out at the back of the knee.

The difference is also the weight. A pair of large G-Form’s weigh 170 g, whilst a pair of TSG Joint’s weigh a bit more, 520 grams to be exact. This is due to its Softshell construction and extra padding on the lover sides of the knee.

Price wise, the G-Form Pro-X cost 75 euros on their official site, while a pair of the new TSG Joint Knee Pads will save you 5 euros, with a price of 69,95 euro.

For more information about the TSG Joint Knee Sleeves visit https://www.ridetsg.com.