*Home * *How2Buy * *Helmets * **Children* * *Promotions * *Pamphlets * *Statistics * *Laws * *Standards * **Quick* * **New* * *Briefs * *Services * *Press * *Links * *Sitemap * *Search * *Translate * *Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute* Skateboard Helmets skateboarders ------------------------------------------------------------------------ The Two Minute Summary * You always need a helmet when you board. You will crash eventually. * Even a low-speed fall can scramble your brains. * Laws in some states and skateboard parks require helmets. * Buy a skateboard helmet for skateboarding, not a bicycle helmet. You will get better coverage and protection built for skateboarding. * Skateboard helmets should meet the ASTM F1492 skateboard helmet standard. *If you have six minutes, please read on!* skateboard Six Minutes More Your brain is probably worth reading this! Need One? What do you expect us to say? You need your brain to work so you can skateboard, and don't just lie in bed and slobber the rest of your life. You don't know how hard pavement is until your head really hits it. If you do a wrist or an arm or a collarbone it heals, but the brain is different. Besides that, helmets may be the law in your area, and you can't use most skate parks without one. skateboarder What to Look For A skateboard helmet softens the impact when the foam liner inside crushes or slowly deforms. The hard shell on board helmets holds up under multi impacts. Bike helmets use thin plastic that crushes permanently the first time you hit hard. The best interior foam for skateboard use is probably Expanded PolyPropylene (EPP). It looks like bike helmet foam, but feels a little bit rubbery. Unlike bike helmet EPS foam, EPP recovers and is good for the next hit. The helmet must stay on your head. It's not a cap, just sitting there. It will fly off while you are flying through the air. So it needs a strong strap and an equally strong buckle. And you need to remember to fasten it. Skateboard helmets are often black. If you want to be seen on the street, get a bright color. skateboard cartoon Standards A sticker inside the helmet tells what standard it meets. True skateboard helmets meet ASTM F1492. Some "skate-style" helmets only meet the CPSC bicycle helmet standard. Those are bike helmets, not skateboard helmets, even if there is a skateboard on the box. They work for boarding, but not as well, and don't last as long. How to Buy Some of the best skateboard helmets are "dual-certified" to both the ASTM and CPSC standards. Check our Dual Certified Helmets page for the latest list. Those helmets are designed for skateboarding and bicycling. skateboarding woman When to Replace a Helmet? If you really have a skateboard helmet that meets the ASTM F1492 standard you don't need to replace it every time you crash, but someday you will. Replace the buckle if it cracks or a piece breaks off. If your helmet is a CPSC-certified bike helmet, it must be replaced after every crash. Skate Helmets for Biking? Do not use a skate helmet for bicycling unless it has a CPSC bicycle helmet standard sticker in-side! skateboard ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Links to this page are encouraged. We update frequently, so if you put this page on your own server it will be quickly outdated! Available as a pamphlet in Word or pdf format . If they don't work for you, contact us at info@helmets.org or at the postal address above and give us the postal mailing address where we can send you a paper copy to reproduce. We can't mail it on paper to your email address! ------------------------------------------------------------------------ /This page was last revised on: January 1, 2014. / BHSI Logo Contact us . *Home * *How2Buy * *Helmets * **Children* * *Promotions * *Pamphlets * *Statistics * *Laws * *Standards * **Quick* * **New* * *Briefs * *Services * *Press * *Links * *Sitemap * *Search * *Contact *