Best helmets for skateboarding include those that are dual certified for use both during cycling and skateboarding. Basically, so long as a helmet meets the ASTM F1492 and CPSC certification it is considered dual-certified. So, next time when you are looking for cool skateboard helmets, do not skip the dual certified ones. This piece seeks to clear uncertainties on whether a dual certified helmet is suitable for skateboarding. In any case, it comes with an added advantage as you can use it when cycling too.
Suitable Dual-Certified Helmets List
The list below comprises of several helmet manufacturers and a few of their brands that are dual certified.
Vigor Sports: Audio helmets
Triple Eight: Brainsaver Dual Certified, Gotham, Lil 8
Top Gear: Model 18
Shred: Bumper Light
S-One: Kid, Lifer
POC: Receptor +
Helmets R Us: Model 17
Bell: Ramble full face for kids, Reflex, Full Flex, Segment, Bike Candy, Injector, Psycho, Maniac, Shield, Exodus, Surge, Trans, Local
American Safety: ASHP Safeguard 11
Proper Helmet Selection
Though the list is quite comprehensive, one might want to know if some other brand meets the suitability requirements. Utmost care in selection is important alongside other factors. For example, some manufacturers may list a product as good for skateboarding yet it has not attained the set standards. Therefore, it is upon you to verify whether a product will work for you, and in regards to safety considerations too.
As indicated above, the U.S law requires CPSC certification for any bicycle helmet. However, there are no specific laws on skateboarding helmets, with reference to certification. The only issue would be a helmet listed as double-certified not having any valid certification. That would be disastrous for bike users and in contravention to the law. The manufacturers further have to indicate the certification type on a sticker in the helmet or the packaging.
Check Certification at all Times
When one outgrows a helmet, they are left with no choice other than upgrade. If they had been using a certain brand, it is not surprising that they would not bother look for other brands. Unfortunately, a brand may have a smaller version certified and its larger version not certified. For instance, take a situation where they use a thinner inner lining in the large version. Certainly, the regulatory bodies will deny certification. So, an unsuspecting customer might buy the large version assuming certification as per their previous size.
Again, some manufacturers list their helmets as dually certified. Please note that is different from dual-certified. The trick is some have the CPSC and CEN European skate/bicycle helmet standards. Note, they do not have the ASTM F1492 certification as it is a little bit hard to get. Such a helmet, therefore, is not suitable for dual use in the U.S.
Advantages of a Dual-Certified Helmet
Primarily, a bicycle helmet mainly aims to neutralize hard impact. One accident, and that’s it for the bike helmet. On the other hand, a skateboarding helmet should receive and survive as much hammering as possible, over time. The skateboarding helmet also covers most part of the head. Hence, a combination of such properties only translates into better protection. It also kills two birds with one stone as you will not have to buy two separate helmets.
Other than those listed above, you sure will come across many helmets that claim to be dual-certified. Luckily, you now know what certifications to look for to ascertain that. You can even go to the certification websites to gather more facts with regards to confirming the same.