Biking, skateboarding, inline skating, pogo-stick hopping… today’s active kids do it all. And parents of today’s active kids insist they wear safety gear — especially helmets. Those growing noggins need protection from falls, bumps and crashes that result from your little one’s need for speed.
On the sidewalk or in the half pipe, kids’ helmets should be made of a durable outer shell and feature generous interior padding for both protection and comfort. Plus, they should offer adjustable straps for a proper fit, as well as additional padding inserts for extra snugness and comfort. A padded chin strap will also increase comfort and add protection in the event of a spill.
Helmets help protect the brain by reducing the amount of energy transferred to the brain during a crash or fall. Since 1999, all bike helmets are required to pass the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standard. Some helmets also tout the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) safety certification, which is the Downhill Mountain Biking Standard and features testing against greater impact energies and drop heights than the CPSC.
Active kids are healthier and happier, so let your mini me enjoy her favorite sports activity safely with one of these multi-sports kids’ helmets. We’ve rounded up the best options for value, age, fit and more to protect your child’s precious melon.
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1. JBM Multi-Sports Kids’ Helmet
Specially designed for multiple sports activities — from skateboarding to scootering to inline skating and more — the JBM kids’ helmet features a durable, tough shell of PVC and PC and a soft liner of EPS foam to absorb external pressure and protect your kiddo’s head. The JBM kids’ helmet comes in three sizes (small, medium and large) with adjustable straps and side buckle. It’s also available in 7 colors. Designed with multiple vents and breathable foam, the helmet also helps prevent overheating.
2. Razor V-17 Youth Multi-Sport Helmet
With 13 different color and pattern options available, the Razor V-17 helmet is one that stylish and safety-minded kiddos will love to wear. The youth size of the Razor V-17 is perfect for kids ages 8 to 14, fitting head sizes from 21.5 to 23 inches. Its ergonomically designed interior padding and additional sizing pad, combined with adjustable side straps, ensure a comfortable and secure fit. Plus, the 17 top and side vents keep little head cool at all times, and the side release buckles make it a breeze to adjust and fasten the chin strap. Best of all: All Razor helmets meet CPSC safety requirements.
3. Flybar Multi-Sports Kids’ Helmet
Flybar helmets feature an adjustable spin dial on the back of the helmet to ensure you achieve a snug, safe and comfortable fit. A strong, protective ABS outer shell and thick EPS foam liner protect your child’s head from impact, while 12 wide vents keep his noggin cool no matter what sport he’s doing. Adjustable straps and a strong buckle ensure the helmet is on tight; the chin strap is padded for extra comfort. Parents and caregivers will appreciate that all Flybar helmets are CPSC and ASTM safety certified, while kids will appreciate the 10 different colors and patterns available.
4. Razor V-17 Child Multi-Sport Helmet
Similar to the Razor V-17 youth helmet, the child size of the Razor V-17 helmet comes in a variety of bright colors (six, in this this case) and is designed for kids ages 5 to 8, fitting head sizes from 21.5 to 22.5 inches. The child-size model also has the same ergonomically designed inside padding and an additional sizing pad, which, combined with adjustable side straps, ensure a comfortable and secure fit for little kids. The top and side vents will help keep your child’s head cool and the side-release buckles make it easier to adjust and fasten the chin strap for a proper fit. And rest assured, this helmet also meets CPSC safety requirements.
5. Troxel Equestrian Kids’ Riding Helmet
Now with an XS size to fit young riders, budding equestrians will appreciate this redesigned Troxel Spirit riding helmet, which features a soft-touch dial to allow quick and precise size adjustment to stabilize and customize the comfort of the helmet on the rider’s head. Molded from a flexible polymer, Troxel’s FlexVisor won’t shatter into sharp pieces, reducing the possibility of cuts or scrapes in the event of a fall. Smart vent placement and Air-Channel technology in the removable (and washable) headliner maximizes air flow. All Troxel helmets are SEI / ASTM certified.