Skate gear will come and go, but you only get one body, so take care of it with a skate helmet and pads! Skateboarding requires a lot of trial and error, especially for beginners, but ultimately throughout any skateboarder’s time on a board. Falling down is part of the game, and protecting high-impact areas can help to give you more time skating and less time healing. If you are going to ride a skateboard or longboard, look into getting some protective gear.
Skateboard helmets are the foundation of protective gear in skateboarding and longboarding because they protect the most important part of your body. Anyone who has taken a big slam knows that helmets are an essential piece of equipment for skaters. There are a variety of helmets to choose from in all sorts of shapes, sizes and prices.
Classic helmets are what people typically think of when they begin looking for helmets. These will cover your head from the middle of your forehead to your neckline. Classic helmets are usually more light-weight and comfortable than other styles, but offer less coverage around your head. They have cutouts for your ears, as well as ventilation holes on the front, top and back. These helmets are best for general use.
Full Cut Helmets
Full Cut helmets will be very similar to classic helmets. The main difference is that they will weigh slightly more than classic helmets, fully cover your ears and cover further down your neck for added protection. These helmets are best suited for skating big vert ramps and bowls.
Uncertified helmets will offer your head protection, while having a lower price-point. The softer foam internal constriction will help to protect your head from most minor falls. These helmets primarily protect from skull fractures, but offer less protection from concussions or other related head trauma.
Certified helmets are made of a harder foam interior, which transfers impact energy away from the head much more effectively. These helmets are certified by multiple Federal and international safety agencies for their capabilities in protection. Single-impact means that a helmet is certified to protect your head from one impact before it requires replacement. Multi-impact helmets are certified to protect your head from multiple low impacts.