Best Helmets By Age

 

 

 

by Natalie (http://www.twowheelingtots.com/child-helmets-comparison-guide/)

Helmets are not optional.  Before even sitting on a bike every child should be wearing a properly fitted, CPSC/ASTM certified helmet.  Luckily, all helmets sold in the United States must be CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) certified and most are ASTM (International Safety Standards), so just about any helmet can protect your child during a fall.  Without a proper fit however, a certified helmet may fail to protect your child from a head injury.  As a result, purchasing the right size helmet and properly adjusting it to fit your child head is essential.

All bike helmets are sized according to head circumference.  To measure your child’s head, use a soft tape measure and measure the circumference of their head one inch above their eyebrows (the thickest part of their head).  If you are unsure of your child head circumference, a chart of the average head size of kids ranging from 12 months to 8 years can be found onWhat to Look for When Purchasing a Child’s Bike Helmet.

If you already have a helmet, please visit the NHSTA’s (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) Easy Step to Properly Fit a Bicycle Helmet, to ensure the helmet is a good match for your child.  In addition, if your child is into skateboarding, be sure their helmet is certified with ASTM standards, as CPSC standards are for bicycling.  Dual certified helmets, as listed below, are certified for both.

Toddler Helmets

Lightweight is key with toddlers.  In-mold and Zip-mold construction helmets tend to weight less than Hardshell and are also more durable.  If you live in a hot climate, look for a helmet with lots of vents.  Need a helmet for a trailer, try to Specialized Small Fry as it has a flattened back, finally if you want a dual-climate helmet, go for the Bern Nina/Nino as it can convert to a snow helmet.

Infant/Toddler Helmets, 46 cm. (18 in.) and up

Brand/Model MSRP Size Weight #of Vents Reflector Visor Dial Adjust Skater Style Dual Cert Construction
Exceptional
Lazer P’Nut MIPS* & non-MIPS $60/$80 46-50 cm 270 g 16 No Yes Auto No No In-mold
Nutcase Baby Nutty $50 47 – 50cm 9.9oz / 280g 11  No No Elastic/
No-Pinch
Yes CPSC In-mold & EPS
Highly Recommended
Bern Nina/Nino (XS) $50 46-51 cm 357 g 7 No Yes Strap Yes Yes Zip Mold
Bontrager Little Dipper $35 46-50 cm   12 Yes Yes No No No In-mold
Giro Rascal (S/M) (hard to find) $40 46-50 cm   12 LED Yes Elastic No No In-mold
Specialized Small Fry Toddler $40     10 Yes Yes Yes No No In-mold
Recommended
Bell Tater $35 47-53 cm 320 g 7 No No Elastic No No Hardshell
Giro Me2 $30 48-52 cm   6 Yes Yes Yes No No Hardshell
Joovy Noodle $30 47-52 cm 226 g 14 No No Yes No No Hardshell
Recommended with Reservations
Triple Eight Lil 8 $50 46-52 cm 509 g 10 No No Yes Yes Yes Hardshell
Bell Fraction (XS) $40/$45 48-53 cm 404 g 12 No No No Yes Yes Hardshell
Nutcase Little Nutty (S) $60 46-52 cm 446 g 9 Yes No Yes Yes No Hardshell

**Lazer P’Nut MIPS is no longer available in the US** 

Helmets for 3+

Preschoolers are rough on their helmets, so durable In-mold construction is desired.  Their helmets are often not adjusted properly, so a dial-adjust, which they can do themselves, is also highly beneficial.

Bell Buzz$4050-54 cm310 g15NoYesYesNoNoIn-mold

Preschooler Helmets, 48 cm. and up

Brand/Model MSRP Size Weight #of Vents Reflector Visor Dial Adjust Skater Style Dual Cert Construction
Exceptional           
                     
Nutcase Little Nutty (S) $60 46-52 cm 446 g 9 Yes No Yes Yes No Hardshell
Uvex Hero (age 1.5-3) $50 49-55 cm 205 g 13 LED* Yes Yes No No In-mold
Uvex Quatro Junior (4+) $59 50-55 cm 270 g 9 LED* Yes Yes No No In-mold
Catlike Kitten (XS) $50 49-52 cm 215 g 23 No No Yes No No In-mold
Highly Recommended
Bontrager Solstice Youth $40 48-55 cm   16 No Yes Yes No No In-mold
Botranger Big Dipper $35 48-52 cm 250 g 11 No Yes Yes No No In-mold
Giro Rascal (M/L) $40 50-54 cm   12 LED Yes Elastic No No In-mold
Specialized Small Fry Child $40     10 Yes Yes Yes No No In-mold
Recommended
Crazy Safety Helmets(3D animals) $30 49-55 cm 270 g 6 LED Yes Yes Yes No Hardshell
Giro Rodeo $30 50-55 cm   6 No Yes Yes No No Hardshell
Wipeout Dry Erase, 3+ $30 47-49 cm ~415 g 11 No No No Yes Yes Hardshell
Recommended with Reservations
Schwinn Toddler Classic $40     10 Yes Yes Yes No No In-mold
Troublesome
Disney Toddler Microshell $30   408 g 9 No Yes No No No Hardshell
Raskullz $25 48-52 cm   7 No No No Yes No Hardshell

**Uvex Helmets LED do not come standard but are an optional upgrade.

 

Helmets for Grade-Schoolers

As kids age, their willingnes to wear their helmet usually tends to diminish.  With plenty of designs and well made helmets to choose from, allowing your child to pick out their own can certainly help.  “Skater” style helmet are also more popular these days, and while we prefer the lighter weight standard style helmets, it is more important to get a helmet you child will wear.  If your child is into skateboarding, be sure to look for a dual certified helmet that is certified for bicycle and skateboard use.

Grade-Schooler Helmets, 50 cm. and up

Brand/Model MSRP Size Weight #of Vents Reflector Visor Dial Adjust Skater Style Dual Cert Construction
Exceptional
Nutcase Street Helmet $60/$70 Small: 52cm –
56cm
Medium: 56cm – 60cm
Large: 60cm – 64cm
Small: 15.2oz/430g
Medium: 16.4oz/465g
Large: 17.6oz/500g
11 vents &
internal
channeling
No Yes Yes Yes CPSC & ASTM Hard Shell & EPS
Lazer Nut’z MIPS & non-MIPS* $60/$80 50-56 cm 300 g 16 No Yes Auto No No In-mold
Uvex Onyx $79 52-57 cm 245 g 13 LED Yes Yes No No In-mold
Highly Recommended
Bell Octane $40 50-57 cm 310 g 15 No Yes Yes No No In-mold
Specialized Flash $40     16 Yes Clip-on Yes Yes No In-mold
Bern Nina/Nino (S) $50 52-55 cm 360 g 7 No Yes Strap Yes Yes Zip mold
Nutcase (S) $60 52-56 cm 447 g 9 Yes No Yes Yes No Hardshell
Recommended
Crazy Safety Helmets (3D animals) $30 49-55 cm 270 g 6 LED Yes Yes Yes No Hardshell
Giro Raze* $45 50-57 cm   22 Yes Yes Yes No No In-mold
Bell Trigger $35 50-57 cm 273 g 23 No No Yes No No In-mold
Giro Tempest $40 50-57 cm   22 Yes Yes Yes No No In-mold
Wipeout Dry Erase, 5+ $30 49-52 cm 408 g 11 No No No Yes Yes Hardshell
Recommended with Reservations
Bell Fraction (S) $40/$45 51-56 cm 425 g 12 No No No Yes Yes Hardshell
Troublesome
Disney Child Multi-sport $30   635 g 7 No No No Yes Yes Hardshell
Raskullz (5+) $25 50-54 cm   7 No No No Yes No Hardshell

**Giro Raze is a good helmet, but the visor is prone to breaking off, but it easily fixed with some tape.