Triple Eight Gotham MIPS Helmet Review

MIPS Triple Eight Gotham helmet

There’s a reason Tony Hawk wears a Triple Eight noggin protector, and there’s a reason you should read this Triple Eight Gotham MIPS helmet review. I recently reviewed the Gotham Dual Certified skateboarding helmet, and while the MIPS version is pricier, many riders willing pay the price difference. This post is about why lots of people love this lid, and why you may want to consider the option.

It’s never all-roses for any product regardless who the manufacturer is, and the Gotham MIPS helmet is no exception. I’ll lay all its little flaws on the table, too.

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Triple Eight Gotham MIPS skateboarding helmet
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Triple Eight Gotham MIPS skateboarding helmet
Looks good, features MIPS protection-boosting technology, is CPSC certified, and boasts adjustable fit pads with moisture-wicking ability as well as Triple 8's Adjustable Fit Dial System. It's not dirt cheap, but it certainly is affordable

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Features and Specs of the Gotham Dual Certified MIPS Helmet

 

1.Dual certified and fully complies with U.S. CPSC Bike & ASTM Skate safety standards

2.MIPS technology for reducing rotational forces from angled impacts

3. SweatSaver fit pads for fit adjustment and moisture wicking

4.Adjustable Fit Dial System with a reflective dial so you can effortlessly create a custom fit.

5. Grooved EPS liner for excellent air flow

6. ABS outer shell with patented Conehead EPS liner technology

7. Product Dimensions:  Not provided, but it should have the same dimensions as the non-mips version (13″ x 9.15″ x 7.3″)

8.Helmet Weight: I lbs/1 pound

 

Design of the Gotham Dual Certified MIPS Helmet

 

The Triple 8 Gotham isn’t any different than its non-MIPS version, the dual certified Triple 8 Gotham helmet. The features and specs are the same, but the product I’m reviewing here boasts MIPS rotational energy dispersion technology.

Design-wise, the Gotham MIPS features the same clean, minimalist, urban-styled look with a subtle brim. It’s round, offers ventilation holes (Triple Eight logo vents) on the front and top as well as exhaust ports on the back. But while this product provides decent air circulation, it doesn’t have as many vents as some competing options on the market.

A round helmet may slide off better on pavement or wherever than an option with edges, but you won’t (as of this writing) find any evidence supporting the superiority of any shape as far as protection.

Product Weight and Dimensions

 

This helmet comes in at just 1 pound or 1 lbs. It’s not the bulkiest nor the most lightweight helmet. The lightest helmets (usually the best ventilated) may weigh as little as 0.7 lbs, and I’ve seen full-face options that weighed over 1,600 grams (3.5 lbs).

In other words, this helmet is light enough that even a child will want to wear it again and again. In terms of dimensions, the lid measures 13″ x 9.15″ x 7.3″, it’s compact enough.

 

Now, let’s talk about the helmet’s ability to protect heads.

 

MIPS Technology

 

Pretty much every skateboarding, longboarding, or roller skating rider these days ceaselessly sings the praises of this reportedly amazing head protection technology. Almost every safety expert I’ve read or listened to says to always make sure a lid is MIPS before purchasing. But does MIPS do what it says it does? Does a MIPS option offer better noggin protection than a non-MIPS version?

 

What’s MIPS?

 

MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System. During a crash, different kinds of forces hit are at work. Some forces hit the helmet directly, others are rotational, and others are angular. According to the literature I’ve read, MIPS helps reduce rotational forces/energy. Those who swear by MIPS say the technology dampens rotational forces “in certain impacts” to quote Giro, a big-name U.S.-based helmet brand.

 

Does MIPS Make a Difference?

MIPS may or not provide a significant increase in head protection. Although brands such as Giro and the researchers behind the technology suggest the tech may offer some benefits, I couldn’t find any documented evidence that this “additional layer of protection” actually confers any benefits.

I’ve worn a couple MIPS helmets, and I like them, mainly because they look cool. But I’ve never tested whether this tech that’s become the new buzzword around safe riding actually works! Nor do I want to.

A Snowboarder Recently Tested MIPS

 

A beginner snowboarding friend of mine recently crashed on their snowboard, testing the efficacy of MIPS. In their words, “I crashed, and I didn’t know if my Gotham MIPS helmet would do its job. As I hit the ice, it felt like I was floating or some cushy feeling like that. But while I got painful bruises and cuts elsewhere, my head was intact. I didn’t get a concussion, but whether that was down to me wearing a MIPS lid I don’t know.”

Conclusive Evidence Needed

 

Future research might produce tangible data regarding MIPS potency. Until then, it’s just a new-ish tech that may or may not boost noggin protection, and doubters will keep asking pertinent questions as to whether it makes any difference at all. After, all MIPS is a just thin, low-friction plastic layer (as far as I can tell) that adds a few millimeters of sliding space around the head so rotational impact can be re-distributed.

As for me, I’d choose a MIPS helmet over a non-MIPS option any day. It’s not like MIPS reduces protection, you know, and what if it actually makes a difference? My safety is something I take seriously, I need me more than I need the few bucks I have to fork over for that added peace-of-mind.

 

ABS Outer Shell

 

The inner components of this helmet stay covered by a hard ABS outer shell. The outer shell is the first line of defense and ensures your melon doesn’t come into direct contact with hard or rugged surfaces or obstacles. But the outer shell, hard as it is, isn’t what mainly shields your head against impacts in a fall. More on that in the next section.

Now, ABS is tough and lightweight, and ABS shell lids are molded rather than glued together. Typically, brainsavers with mold construction tend to be better quality than ones where the components are simply glued together.

How do I know this product resulted from molding and not gluing things together? Usually, mold-construction helmets have the chin strap riveted or attached to the outer shell. In comparison, glued-together options have the straps coming out from inside the lid.

 

EPS Liner

 

When it comes bicycle helmets, skateboard helmets, roller skate helmets, the liner is where all the head protection work happens. It’s basically foam whose main job is impact absorption. Regardless which product you buy in the end, understand one truth: the liner is the single most critical component in any kind of helmet.

A reinforced liner beneath the shell does most of the protection work. Most helmets feature EPS liners, and a few options come with EPU liners. EPU feels (and actually is) denser than EPS, but no evidence concludes either foam type offers enhanced melon protection.

This dual certified Gotham helmet brings together the brand’s patented Conehead EPS liner and the thin but tough outer shell, producing a much lighter helmet. This build results in increased energy displacement during a fall or crash.

 

The Helmet Liner Disperses Crash Energy Sideways

 

Gotham’s patented Conehead EPS liner technology comprises collapsing cones that line up to create the a type of crumple zone upon impact. This crumple zone not only absorbs crash energy but also re-distributes it sideways throughout the EPS liner. That means the impact never gets to concentrate on a particular point, and that’s a really good thing.

 

Removable SweatSaver Fit Pads

 

Like its sibling the Gotham dual certified, this MIPS option features detachable fit pads, the so-called SweatSaver fit pads. Think of this as the comfort layer. This layer consists of padding that wick away sweat and moisture, keeping the inside of the lid cool and fresh.

Nothing ruins a good day than sweaty odors do. With these pads, you’re going to enjoy riding those tranquil nature trails feeling comfortable and happy. You’ll want to go biking,, skateboarding, longboarding, or rollerblading, or snowboarding more.

The product also offers two sets of pads that support the chin straps and reflective adjustable fit dial when you’re creating a custom fit for your noggin. Lots of other options feature fit pads, though, it’s nothing unique to this product.

 

Reflective Adjustable Fit Dial

 

Here’s another thing I like about this product: it comes with reflective branding on the front and back. Whether you choose a darker or lighter color, the reflective branding elevates your presence so no one on the road will miss you and come crashing into your ride.

Additionally, this product comes in several bright/light colors for even greater safety while on the road. Studies show that white helmets may reduce the possibility of a crash by as much as 24% compared to black helmets. While this lid has reflective branding placed at intelligent locations, I’d advise you to pick white, or cream or other bright, hard-to-miss color.

 

Chin Straps

 

The last piece of the fitting puzzle is the durable nylon straps with a side release buckle. The buckle is made of plastic, and thanks to its positioning, it doesn’t pinch. I’ve used straps that slide around the chin the whole time I rode, and that took quite a bit of fun from my experience. As for these straps, they’re sturdy, and they stay where you want them to.

 

How Good is the Helmet’s Ventilation?

 

It’s moderately good rather than excellent as the manufacturer would have us believe. Many competing choices feature more ventilation holes than the limited Triple Eight logo venting on this product. On the whole, the lid is breathable and should cool your head adequately.

 

Does it Have a Visor?

 

No. Most classic skate style helmets don’t have a visor. A visor shields you against direct sunlight especially in hot sunny weather, but it also tends to increase the product’s weight a tad.

However, being visor-less isn’t a bummer for most riders of skateboards, roller skates, longboards, or cyclists. But if you’re an MTB rider and would like to have a visor, there’s always an option for you.

 

Available Colors and Helmet Sizes

 

The product is available in 3 great  colors: black rubber/matte, blue matte, and white matte. The specific option I’m examining in this review is blue matte, though. And blue matter is  a light, easy-to-spot color. You’re likely to receive compliments with a color that beautiful. Also, the finish allows you to draw graphics or paint words on the lid with a marker.

The product can be ordered in one of three sizes namely small/Extra-small, medium, and large/extra-large. Here are the available sizes:

  • XS/S (Extra small and small): 18.9″ – 21.3″ (for toddlers and babies).
  • S/M (Small/Medium):L fits 21.7″ – 22.8″ heads.
  •  L/XL (Large and Extra-large) 23.2″ – 24″

This product is a one-size-fits-all choice thanks to its adjustability. *Note that the product in this review fits small to medium size heads, making it a good kids helmet. It should also fit older children and adults with standard size heads.

I noticed Amazon doesn’t let the skateboarder or any other user choose other sizes. Good news! You can always order the product from the manufacturer’s site.

My research found that the large/extra-large sizes don’t seem to fit heads that big. One large-headed reviewer put on the 24″ option, and it felt way too snug. If your noggin is the widest one you’ve ever seen, try another brand.

 

Pricing

 

At over $100, the dual certified Triple 8 Gotham is more expensive than many, many recommendations I’ve given on this skateboarding gear review site. The item does look and feel well made, and its good looks make you get noticed when you’re scootering or cycling around town.

 

Certifications

 

Like the non-mips Gotham Triple 8 dual certified version, this product is as safe for riding on wheels as any. It’s been duly certified to the U.S. CPSC bike safety standard and the voluntary ASTM (1492) skate safety standard. While having the two safety standards is great, only CPSC is legal and enforceable. Every option meant for the U.S. market MUST be CPSC certified. So you can safely assume every helmet sold in the U.S. has this certification.

Triple Eight Dual Certified Vs Triple Eight MIPS Helmet

 

These two products are pretty much the same deal, except that the product I’m reviewing is MIPS-equipped. That’s why it’s pricier. I’ve already described whether MIPS is worth it above, and I’ll leave it to you to decide whether it’s a worthwhile investment.

If money were not a constraint, I’d go with the MIPS version as the tech represents an additional layer of head protection. One gripe I have around this offer is that the product is somewhat limited in terms of color. The non-MIPS choice can be purchased in one of 5 colors while this option comes in 3 colors.

And while both lids boast universal fitting, the Amazon MIPS product box doesn’t have a dropdown with different sizes. It’s simply described as small and medium.

Pros

  • Good looks
  • Universal fitting
  • Lighweight
  • Sturdy, molded construction
  • Versatile: They’re good skateboarding, in-line skating, longboarding, BMX riding, derby, and bike helmets

Cons

  • Could be cheaper
  • Pricing not exactly bargain-basement
  • Logo vents could be more or larger

Is the Triple Eight Gotham MIPS a Good Buy?

 

In my honest opinion, the Triple 8 dual-certified MIPS is a worthy bet. The product is well-made, sturdy, breathes reasonably well, absorbs impact and sweat pretty well, is lightweight, looks amazing, and fit issues aren’t widespread. And while the market avails tons of considerably cheaper deals, it’s still a low-cost deal brain guard.

Triple Eight Sweatsaver Liner Skateboarding Helmet Review

Triple 8 sweatsaver liner skateboarding helmet

In this Triple Eight SweatSaver Liner skateboarding helmet review, I’ll help you view the deal up close so you can decide if it’s what you need. Designed in the classic skate style, the Triple Eight SweatSaver Liner skateboarding helmet provides enough protection for beginner-level and recreational stakeboarding, rollerblading, and longboarding heads. But don’t use this lid for cycling or any sort of outdoor activity associated with high speeds. Read on to find out why.

Articles you may want to read: 

1.Triple Eight Gotham Dual Certified helmet

2.Triple Eight Gotham MIPS helmet

3.A head-to-head comparison of Triple 8 Gotham dual cert vs Triple 8 Gotham MIPS

 

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Triple Eight SweatSaver Liner skateboarding helmet
Looks nice, offers enough comfort, and features durable, well-fitting adjustable chinstraps. However, it's not certified to either CPSC or ASTM. And, it's available at a great price point.

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Note: The opinions expressed here are fully mine, and no brand ever pays me to sing their tune. I’m just some gal that loves having fun outdoors, and whenever I interact with a product, I’ll always come here and tell my fan base what using that gear felt like.

 

Design and Style

 

This helmet comes in the classic skate style. Its round half shell design makes you look really cool as you leisurely skate around. No matter what type of fun activity you spend your free time on, you want a helmet that looks stylish, and this is it.

I’ve also read that being round and without projections helps helmets slide off a little better in the event of a crash. But there’s no express evidence demonstrating that any kind of helmet shape helps keep concussions at bay.

 

Helmet Dimensions and Weight

 

The product measures just 4.33L” x 3.54W” x 2.76H”. With a height of just 2.76″, it’s a low-profile option that should look amazing on most heads.

How heavy is the Triple 8 SweatSaver helmet? It weighs in at 1 just lbs, and that’s most certainly lightweight. I’d expected it to be lighter than either the Triple Eight Gotham dual certified or its MIPS version given that its dimensions are smaller.

Now, Triple 8 really went to town when designing the lid’s SweatSaver liner. It seems pretty thick, and I believe it contributes to a large portion of the item’s overall weight.

Helmet Sizes and Color Options

 

The lid is available in 6 sizes. These sizes include XS (Extra-Small) for 20.1 to 20.5″ heads, S(Small) for heads in the 20.6″-21.30″ circumference range, M (medium) fitting 21.4″ -22″ , L(Large) for 22.1″ to 22.9″ noggins, XL for 23″-24″ melons, and XXL meant for some of the largest heads around (24″ to 25″).

But the helmet sizing chart for the Sweatsaver Skateboarding helmet seems to be a little off. I measured a friend’s head recently, and according to Triple 8’s sizing chart, this beginner skateboarding dude has his head in the Medium circumference range.

So, they ordered the medium size, and guess what? The guy couldn’t cram their head into the lid. He returned it of course, incurring $6 in the process.

What did my friend do? He sized up, ordering size Large instead. Good news! The helmet fit him extremely well. Remember, this helmet doesn’t fit as described in the Amazon description. It runs small, that’s why it makes sense to buy the next size up.

 

Color options? The lid is available in at least 10 color options, the majority of which are easy-to-spot light colors so other riders and drivers can spot you. These colors include all-black rubber, baja teal rubber, glossy black with green, neon zest, black rubber with red, pink, yellow, glossy neon fuchsia, blue fade rubber, royal blue rubber, carbon rubber, white rubber, and more.

 

The Outer Shell

 

The outer shell for this helmet doesn’t feel as tough as most even though it’s made of strong ABS plastic. Actually, it feels too plasticky, and it flexes quite a bit. It’s bendy, too — I even managed to wear the helmet sideways!

I tried pushing the shell with my index finger, and it sunk right in. I’m not sure this is the kind of brain protector you want to wear for any kind of speedy riding.

 

The Removable SweatSaver Liner, the Comfort Foam

 

Similar to most helmets from Triple Eight, this helmet comes with a comfy comfort liner that extends throughout the inside of the lid. This liner attaches to the ABS outer shell via some loop-and-hook tape. Now, the padding feels thick enough and absorbs perspiration well. You won’t grapple with smelly helmet issues.

You can remove the liner and wash it, too. Additionally, Triple 8 offers SweatSaver liner replacements so you can use your lid forever.

The SweatSaver liner absorbs sweat and boasts some serious moisture-wicking powers. But you won’t even sweat all that much considering you shouldn’t be using this bucket for BMX cycling or fast skateboarding, rollerblading, roller derby, or longboarding. More on this later.

 

How Well Does the Helmet Protect Heads?

 

Now, let’s discuss protection, the principal reason anyone ever wears a helmet. Most helmets have a Styrofoam-like layer sandwiched between the comfort liner and the outer shell.

Brace for what’s coming! I examined this helmet, and even removed the removable SweatSaver liner described above. And what did I find? Nothing! Seriously. Nothing. Zilch. Nada where the protective layer should be.

Remember, the ability of any kind of headgear to protect your noggin emanates from its EPS foam liner. When you get involved in a crash the EPS foam jumps into action, absorbing tons of the crash energy from the impact. Every helmet counts on this feature to do the head protection job. I’d rather have a lid without the outer shell than one without this protective liner.

Small wonder Triple Eight says users shouldn’t use this helmet for cycling. I mean, if you’re flying down some dirt road and bail, you want all the help your lid can muster. And the manufacturer understands this helmet lacks the protection chops the finest options out there have.

The SweatSaver Liner skateboarding helmet is unfit for bike riding, says Triple Eight. 

Air Circulation

 

Just like most Triple 8 helmets, this choice offers just enough rather than impressive air circulation. But that shouldn’t be a dealbreaker for a helmet not meant for tough all-the-time riding. Plus, the anti-odor liner kicks into action, finishing the rest of the work needed to keep the micro-environment inside the rider’s melon cool and fresh. Overall, the helmet is ventilated, but it’s certainly not the best ventilated helmet available.

 

Always Choose a Fitting Helmet

 

No matter how protective a helmet may be, it’ll never ever help the rider if it’s the wrong size. A poorly fitting lid not only feels uncomfortable, but is also likely to come off when it shouldn’t — during a wipeout!

 

Wearing a Badly Fitting Helmet is Dangerous

 

Did you know that wearing a badly fitting helmet can considerably increase the likelihood of a head injury? According to one study conducted by Seattle-based Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, 4% of helmets came off during a crash. Further, fully 13% of helmets tilted backward.

The number of participants in the study was 1,700 by the way, and that looks like a large enough sample size. The researchers concluded that wearing poorly fitting protective headgear could increase the chances of an injury to the rider’s head twofold. Let that sink in..a scary thought, huh? You must take helmet sizing seriously.

 

How Well Does the SweatSaver Helmet Fit?

 

So, how well does this brain bucket fit the heads it’s designed to protect? Overall, the helmet fits well, assuming you choose the right size. I did mention above that the lid fits extremely tight and that you should order the next size up to sidestep sizing issues.

This helmet banks on adjustable chin straps for fitment. The straps are strong nylon or polypropylene, and they feel sturdy enough. Fastening the buckle isn’t something you can do with one hand as you ride, though. If the strap loosens and needs some adjustment, you’ll have to dismount and do handle that.

But this buckle system allows enough adjustability unlike, say, a micrometric buckle system that typically offers no more than an inch of adjustment room.

Overall, it takes a little effort to tie these straps, but the fit you achieve feels snug enough. I’ve never taken a fall with this lid, but it feels like the straps would hold up in a real-life test.  If you favor options offering more convenience and ease of use such as the dial system, pick something else.

 

Certifications

 

The Triple Eight SweatSaver skateboarding helmet neither has the U.S. CPSC certification, nor is it certified to the ASTM International safety standards. Well, that’s full-blown scary.

I can’t believe Triple 8 didn’t bother to secure even one national certification, not even CPSC. I mean, there’s a sea of considerably cheaper skateboarding helmets that offer CPSC and even ASTM certifications.

I have issues with any helmet that doesn’t meet at least the U.S. CPSC bike safety standards for persons aged 5 years and above. I care about the safety of my readers, and I refuse to recommend this helmet to anyone who does any level of serious riding.

Don’t Use the SweatSaver Skateboarding Helmet for Cycling

 

Can you use the Triple 8 SweatSaver liner helmet for BMX (Bicycle Motorcross) cycling? No, you shouldn’t. Why? The manufacturer says you shouldn’t! And that’s because the helmet isn’t CPSC certified.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the right helmet for bicycling should have the following certifications: CPSC, ASTM F2032. And if you do downhill mountain bike racing, make sure to select a choice with both the CPSC and ASTM F1952. So, for cycling or any kind of fast ridding, you’re going to need a helmet designed to handle the rigors of the discipline or sport in question.

 

Pricing

 

One attractive thing about this helmet is its pocketbook-friendly price point. It costs under $60 as of this writing, and that looks like a great price for a helmet that looks that nice and feels that comfortable. Honestly though, you can clinch better skating helmet deals in that price range.

Consider the Giro ISODE MIPS adult road cycling helmet, for example. The Giro ISODE MIPS helmet offers enhanced head protection and pain-free fitting from its operable-using-one-hand Roc Loc Sport System.

Triple Eight SweatSaver Liner Skateboarding review alternativeWhat’s more, this Triple Eight SweatSaver helmet’s alternative cools the rider’s head better than many pricier options thanks to its 22 airflow vents.

It turns out the price point of the SweatSaver skateboarding helmet isn’t that great after all. And you know what? This Giro option costs more or less as the SweatSaver helmet.

 

Warranty information

 

There’s a workmanship warranty spanning 180 days. Warranty information isn’t something I pay much attention to when it comes to helmets, though. Because I can usually return a poor-fitting helmet (even if the return process has me paying a few bucks) or a badly engineered one within the allowed return window period.

For me, all that matters is that there’s warranty, and that I can send an item I’m unhappy with within the usual 30 day money-back period. You have  30 days to love this lid or ship it back.

 

What this Helmet Isn’t

 

This is a good enough product that should keep your dome protected adequately when you’re doing beginner-level stuff or when you’re more into recreational and leisurely fun.

But if you’re going to throw tons of stunning stunts and endless mischief at it, find something else. This guy isn’t tough enough for that. Yea, it comes in at an irresistible price, but if you’re not sure about whether it’ll do its job in a terrible crash, spend your hard-earned money on something better.

Triple Eight offers a whole array of fantastic brain buckets that not only look amazing but also provide lots of protection. Some of the better options from this skateboarding brand cost more than the Sweatsaver lid, though. But what good would savings do for you if you can’t even count it..because you bought a cheapo helmet and ended up with permanent brain damage?

Reasons to buy

  • Attractive pricing
  • Stylish
  • Round, slick shape that slides off well
  • Multiple color options (over 10)
  • Sold in several sizes
  • Wicks away moisture
  • Reasonably ventilated

Reasons Not to Buy

  • Non MIPS
  • No fit adjustment dial
  • Not the most inexpensive
  • No safety features: No CPSC certification and not ASTM certified
  • Runs small

 

So, is this Triple 8 product worth the money? Should you really sink any amount of money into its acquisition? Here’s the final word…

Triple Eight SweatSaver Skateboarding Helmet Review

 

Let’s face it: the Triple 8 SweatSaver skateboarding helmet isn’t the most protective you’ll find. I’m concerned that the lid offers zero certifications. ONLY use this product for slow, recreational-type outdoor activities.

For high-adrenaline stunts and when you want to be Tony Hawks, go for a better quality helmet. Choose something better such as the Triple Eight Gotham Dual Certified or Triple Eight Gotham MIPS helmet.

Triple Eight Gotham Dual Certified Vs Gotham MIPS Helmet

Triple Eight Gotham Dual certified vs Triple Eight Gotham MIPS comparison

Triple Eight makes some of the most affordable helmets out there. And most of the brain buckets from this helmet brand look really cool while providing adequate head protection to riders. I previously reviewed the Triple Eight Gotham Dual Certified helmet as well as the Gotham MIPS options. Now, it’s time to present a Triple Eight Gotham Dual Certified vs Gotham MIPS helmet comparison in hopes that my illumination of the similarities and differences might lead you to a high-quality buying decision.

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A Comparison Table of Triple Eight Dual Certified Vs Gotham MIPS Helmet

 

Product Name
Great Option
Triple 8 Gotham Dual Cert Helmet
Better Option
Triple 8 Gotham Dual Cert MIPS
Product Image
Triple Eight Gotham Dual Certified Skateboard and Bike...
Triple Eight Gotham Dual Certified MIPS Skateboard and...
Helmet Weight
1 lbs
1lbs
Product Dimensions
13" x 9.15" x 7.3"
13" x 9.15" x 7.3"
Shell Material
ABS
ABS
Design
Urban Styled, Round
Urban Styled, Round
Certifications
ASTM 1492 Skate & CPSC bike safety standards
ASTM 1492 Skate & CPSC bike safety standards
Sizes
Universal fitting: 18.9" – 21.3",21.7" – 22.8"& 23.2" – 24"
One-size-fits all:18.9" – 21.3",21.7" – 22.8"& 23.2" – 24"
Colors
white matte, cream matte, blue matte, black rubber, Baja rubber & gun rubber.
black rubber/matte, blue matte and white matte,
Visor
MIPS
Great Option
Product Name
Triple 8 Gotham Dual Cert Helmet
Product Image
Triple Eight Gotham Dual Certified Skateboard and Bike...
Helmet Weight
1 lbs
Product Dimensions
13" x 9.15" x 7.3"
Shell Material
ABS
Design
Urban Styled, Round
Certifications
ASTM 1492 Skate & CPSC bike safety standards
Sizes
Universal fitting: 18.9" – 21.3",21.7" – 22.8"& 23.2" – 24"
Colors
white matte, cream matte, blue matte, black rubber, Baja rubber & gun rubber.
Visor
MIPS
Love it?
Better Option
Product Name
Triple 8 Gotham Dual Cert MIPS
Product Image
Triple Eight Gotham Dual Certified MIPS Skateboard and...
Helmet Weight
1lbs
Product Dimensions
13" x 9.15" x 7.3"
Shell Material
ABS
Design
Urban Styled, Round
Certifications
ASTM 1492 Skate & CPSC bike safety standards
Sizes
One-size-fits all:18.9" – 21.3",21.7" – 22.8"& 23.2" – 24"
Colors
black rubber/matte, blue matte and white matte,
Visor
MIPS
Love it?

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Overview

 

The main difference between the Triple Eight Gotham dual certified and the Triple Eight Gotham MIPS helmets is that the latter features MIPS technology while the former doesn’t. Another difference is that the dual certified Gotham MIPS helmet costs a little more. Aside from that distinction, both products are pretty similar, no reason to buy one rather than the other.

What’s Different About Gotham Helmet Models?

 

One of my readers emailed me recently wanting to know what set the Gotham models apart from the regular Triple 8 models. The main difference between regular brain buckets from this skateboarding brand and the recently introduced Gotham options is the adjustable fit dial. The dial system converts these helmets into one size fits all options. Additionally, the outer shell is supposedly safer.

Now, let’s dive in and see what similarities and differences exist between the dual certified Gotham and the Gotham MIPS version. I’ll review quite a few features and specs so you can form a clear picture of how each stacks up against its sibling. I’ll compare them on the basis of the following: Style/shape/design, outer shell, impact absorption liner, ventilation, comfort pads, buckles and straps, colors and sizes as well as MIPS.

 

Helmet Design

 

Both helmets come in a round urban style, the classic skate style. It’s a stylish minimalist design with a subtle brim. Yes, we all love buckets with a subtle brim as opposed to those with prominent ones.

Now, does being round mean a thing? No research suggests being round or any other shape means anything much. But that’s not prevented folks in different shape camps to zealously defend their positions.

One prominent argument elevates the round shape claiming it’s the best option in terms of preventing head injuries. Proponents submit that rounded options slide off pavements and other hard surfaces better than shapes with projections, edges, and corners. They point out that areas that project may catch on the ground, tearing the helmet off the rider’s head.

 

Outer Shell

 

Both helmets feature an ABS outer shell. ABS, fiberglass, Kevlar, carbon, composite outer shells…all of these materials are acceptably good as far as protection. Every helmet offered for sale in the U.S. must fully meet the U.S. CPSC safety standards. Any option you buy in the U.S. is most likely safe enough for riding.

Yes, there’s cheap knockoffs from certain geos that may claim to be CPSC certified but may not be. Good thing is the government has nimble mechanisms to sniff out non-compliant products. Plus, anyone who fails to follow the law risks stiff penalties. I suggest you stick to trusted helmet brands, preferably U.S.-based ones.

 

Product Weight and Dimensions

 

Both picks weigh the same: 1 lbs, according to the product descriptions on Amazon. But having worn each, I’d say the MIPS one feels somewhat heavier. And is that surprising considering that MIPS is actually a tangible addition, a feature you can touch, something with weight? The weight difference isn’t significant or immediately noticeable.

Overall, both helmets are lightweight, lighter than some kids helmets I’ve reviewed! So, no option trounces the other in this regard. Dimensions-wise, each product measures 13″ x 9.15″ x 7.3″. Both are compact.

 

EPS Shock-absorbing Liner

 

Each of these helmets boasts the so-called patented Conehead EPS liner technology. During a crash, the rider has this EPS liner to thank for all the protection it provides to their head. No other component absorbs impact energy better than the patented Conehead EPS liner that features collapsing cones.

The collapsing cones create some sort of a crumple zone. As a result, the liner disperses most of the crash energy from the impact sideways. That means forces that would have hit your skull and brain extremely hard get spread out to the liner so they won’t reach your brain. Both products perform similarly as far as shock absorption.

 

Removable and Washable SweatSaver Fit Pads

 

One thing riders love about these Gotham helmets is that each comes with two sets of Sweatsaver fit pads. One of the sets comes fitted in the helmet while the other comes as an extra in the package so you can use it down the road when the need arises.

These fit pads make for added comfort. Besides that, the pads come in handy when it’s time to create a custom fit. I like that the padding is removable and cleanable. No one likes sweating profusely and having their excretion evolve into joy-stealing odors that detract from the overall experience.

 

The Dial System for Custom Fitting

 

One thing sets these two helmets apart from most, and that’s the dial system. Each option features a reflective adjustable fit dial that converts the brain bucket into an option offering universal fitting. You never have to worry too much about the helmet not fitting your noggin.

What’s better than knowing the product you’ll receive will fit your head without issues as long as you choose the right size range? When buying a helmet online, it’s advisable to choose one that has this extremely important feature,size adjustability. With this custom fitting system, turning a knob clockwise or counterclockwise tightens or loosens fit until it’s snug enough.

 

Nylon Chin Straps

 

Neither the manufacturer’s website nor Amazon description states it, but these two are molded in the shell helmets. With in-mold construction options, rivets attach the chin straps onto the helmet, you can see the rivet head projecting.

With non-molded choices, the straps loop over the so-called D-rings inside the helmet. You won’t see the rivet’s head when you look at the exterior. Molded in the shell options are usually better quality than non-molded ones. Most helmet manufacturers use this helmet construction method for their high-end models.

The chin strap for these contestants feels strong, an indication that Trip 8 spared no expense when producing it. When I put on the non-MIPS version, the straps lay flat somewhere under my ears, and they didn’t pinch even when I’d adjusted the buckles and the dial system to a pretty snug fit.

I had a similar experience with the MIPS helmet — the straps didn’t disappoint, nor did they slide all over like others I’ve tested before. Overall, the straps and buckles in each option work well, and there’s no clear winner in this respect.

 

MIPS Vs Non-MIPS helmets

 

MIPS is abbreviation for Multi-directional Protection System. What is MIPS and who invented this technology the cycling world can’t stop talking about? A team of Swedish scientists including brain surgeons conceived and developed MIPS.

Based on the Slip Plane concept, the tech relies on two layers inside the helmet to cause the rider’s head rotate a little upon impact. When the head rotates slightly, that supposedly reduces the rotational element of the impact. Some believe rotational energy contributes significantly to concussions.

 

MIPS Reduces (Supposedly) Rotational Forces in Certain Impacts

 

Giro and other helmet brands that seriously market this impact reduction system believe the feature provides better head “protection in certain impacts.” More specifically, the tech supposedly minimizes rotational forces so that the rider gets much less of it.

In a typical crash, the helmet wearer faces two life threatening forces: linear impacts and rotational forces. MIPS combats (supposedly) rotational forces, it acts as an additional layer of protection.

Since scientists invented MIPS, there’s tons of data showing this technology offers increased protection, right? Wrong! As of this writing, no piece of evidence positively concluding MIPS works exists.

That said, Giro working with the researchers behind MIPS, have extensively tested the tech. And they’re convinced that helmets equipped with MIPS offer “..additional..protection in some impacts.”

MIPS Performance Testing by Snell

 

A 2018 study on MIPS performance by Snell, a respected organization that relentlessly goes to bat for helmet users in matters product safety, revealed surprising results. They tested two helmets of the same model, one MIPS and the other non-MIPS.

In the study, Snell set out to investigate how helmets respond to linear and rotational acceleration. Snell stood a headform with a neck and dropped an 11-lbs oblique impactor and afterward a linear impactor on the headform.

The headform had tight enough straps, and Snell focused on the points moist likely to receive impact during a real-life crash. Thy guided the oblique impactor in a way that made it deliver oblique energy transmission.

Findings? According to Snell, the MIPS helmet didn’t demonstrate significantly better performance. Actually, the helmet without MIPS in some tests outperformed the MIPS one!

 

But Why Do They Still Produce Non-MIPS Options?

 

A growing list of helmet brands produce MIPS helmets and sell them at bumped-up price points. But why do they still make and sell non-mips options if they offer less protection? Wouldn’t anyone who cares about the end user stop making less safe products in favor of safer ones? I’ll leave the argument there so you can judge for yourself.

 

Certifications

 

Both the Triple Eight Gotham dual certified and Triple Eight Gotham MIPS are dual-certified helmets. Each boasts the legal U.S. CPSC bike safety standards for persons aged 5 and above as well as the voluntary ASTM 1492 skate safety standard.

So, neither option outdoes the other in this respect. Pick up either, and you have enough protection for your noggin the whole time you’re riding your e-bike, skateboarding, rollerblading/in-line skating, longboarding, and more.

 

Ventilation

 

Triple Eight Gotham logo vents
Image Credit: Triple Eight: See the Triple 8 logo vent/airflow vent on top. 

 

Neither option works excellently as far as ventilation, but each offers enough breathability. The grooved EPS liner in each allows for air flow vents. The venting system includes a Triple Eight logo vent on top and other smaller vent holes on other locations.

 

Available Sizes and Colors

 

I can’t figure out why Amazon won’t allow people to choose different sizes for the MIPS helmet. You can only buy size small or medium. That said, these helmets are available in sizes Small, extra-small for toddlers, medium, large, and extra-large.

  • XS/S (Extra small and small) range between 18.9″ – 21.3″
  • S/M (Small/Medium): meant for 21.7″ – 22.8″ heads
  •  L/XL (Large and Extra-large options) fit 23.2″ – 24″ circumference heads.

 

Thanks to the fit dial on the back, each size range accommodates a continuum of head sizes. Each choice is a one-size-fits-all option.

*Use a seamstress’ tape measure to take the circumference of your head before choosing any size option. Request someone to take the measurement for you, passing the tape a 1/2 inch above your brows (that’s the widest portion of most heads). They should start from the middle of the forehead and end at the same point.

While the MIPS helmet comes in black rubber/matte, blue matte and white matte, the dual certified brain protector is sold in white matte, cream matte, blue matte, black rubber, Baja rubber, and gun rubber. Clearly, it wins the color contest.

 

Price: The MIPS Gotham Helmet Costs More

 

It’s hardly surprising that MIPS helmets come in at an elevated price point. It takes expensive production time to create this addition, you know.

 

The Gotham Dual Certified Vs Gotham MIPS, Which is Better?

 

Both helmets are great head protection solutions, and wearing each should inspire enough peace-of-mind. The only real difference between them is MIPS tech, which ratchets up the price a little. Questions still linger as to whether this added feature offers the benefits it purports to deliver. Also, both offer universal fitting, but the non-MIPS choice comes in more color options and sizes on Amazon.

What’s wrong with having a tad more protection while pedaling your bike down hard-packed trails? I vote for the Gotham MIPS as the somewhat better choice, but I still hold that the competition is a great bet.

Triple Eight Gotham Dual Certified Helmet Review

Triple Eight Gotham Dual Certified helmet review

In my Triple Eight Gotham Dual Certified helmet review, my objectives are twofold. First, I’ll word-paint this urban style skateboarding and cycling helmet, shining light on every aspect and detail to help you perform an objective evaluation of the deal.

Second, I’ll focus my review on any feature or spec I think could be improved and express an honest opinion as to how I think each con affects utility. Overall, you’ll end up with a balanced Triple Eight Gotham helmet review, hopefully one that’ll inform your final decision.

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Good looks, produced to the U.S. CPSC bike and ASTM skate safety standards, adjustable fit pads, and a comprehensive fit system that supports customization make this lid you'll want to wear all the time. It's relatively cheap, too.

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There’s a MIPS version, too.

Features and Specs

 

1.Dual certified; complies with U.S CPSC and ASTM 1492 rider safety standards

2.Hard but lightweight ABS outershell coupled with impact absorbing Conehead EPS liner

3.SweatSaver pads that enhance comfort while helping fit

4.Grooved EPS liner that promotes airflow, cooling the rider’s head

5.Adjustable Fit Dial System plus straps for creating a custom fit

6.Product Dimensions:13″ x 9.15″ x 7.3″

7.Product weight: 1 lbs

8.MIPS Technology? No, but it’s complies with U.S CPSC safety standard

 

Let’s now jump right in and see whether the dual-certified Triple Eight Gotham helmet is a deal worth looking at.

 

Helmet Design, Shape, and Style

 

This Triple 8 Gotham is a great helmet with equally great build quality. It features a simple, clean, round design with a subtle brim. It’s a minimalist look that’s in tune with the modern less is more consciousness.

Some believe round helmets are a much safer bet than other helmet shapes. Those who believe a round shape is better than all other shapes as far as head protection contend that such helmets have no sharp edges that might catch on the ground.

Yea, it’s easy to see how a round helmet can slide off instead of catching a jutting root or a jagged tree stump while you’re riding the trails or mountain biking.

But has anyone provided any scientific evidence concluding that a round shape guarantees safety? Or that the user of a round-shaped lid won’t ever get head injuries such as a concussion? Not a shred of evidence supports this reasoning!

That said, I think round helmets look cooler and more stylish than other shapes. Whether you’re scouring the web for a commuting helmet or recreational cycling, this option’s got you covered.

Weight and Strength

 

Weighing in at just 1lbs, the Gotham dual-certified helmet is a lightweight deal. It’s not Snell-certified, which partly explains why it’s that light. Generally, Helmets produced to satisfy Snell safety standards tend to be a little heavier than others. Don’t worry about this certification; your lid really doesn’t need to have it to be safe.

Another reason this product is lightweight is because it’s not a modular helmet. Modular helmets typically feature parts/components that move, for example, a visor. And these adding such features automatically increases the product’s weight.

 

The Hard Outer Shell

 

Thanks to its thin yet super strong outer shell made of certified safety standards ABS, this dual-certified Gotham helmet from Triple 8 never looks like a mushroom on the rider’s head. It’s a minimalist construction designed to offer maximum strength and protection while not making you feel like the whole world is sitting on your noggin!

Now, is ABS the best (or worst) helmet material? It doesn’t matter whether the outer shell is made of polycarbonate or ABS or fiberglass. Provided the helmet has been certified by the Consumer Product Safety Corporation (CPSC), you really have nothing to lose sleep over. But polycarbonate happens to be a higher quality plastic than ABS , and that’s why most high-end bike and skating helmets are made from this material.

 

The EPS Liner

 

You might think the outer shell is the most critical part of a BMX helmet or any other helmet style, but that’s not true. The liner, usually made of EPS or EPU, is what protects your noggin from shocks and impacts during a crash. It’s the MOST important feature in a helmet, whether that be a classic style helmet or whatever type it might be.

In the top helmet models, the liner usually comes reinforced with metal/metal mesh, nylon, or polypropylene. But in most cases, you won’t even know your helmet features reinforcement as it typically stays concealed in the foam helmet liner.

This helmet features such reinforcement, the patented Conehead EPS liner technology, providing a boost in overall protection. The patented Conehead EPS liner and the hard outer shell come together into a lighter helmet with greater energy displacement upon impact.

This added impact reduction technology consists of collapsing cones that translate into a crumpled zone that distributes crash energy laterally throughout the liner.

 

Comfort and Fit Pads

 

While protection is the main reason anyone ever buys a helmet, comfort can’t be overlooked. Discomfort sucks, that’s why newborns cry their lungs out whenever they’re wet.

The helmet features two sets of Triple Eight’s renowned SweatSaver fit pads for added comfort, adjustable fit, and sweat-free indoor and outdoor riding experiences. I’ve worn a few bargain-basement helmets that stunk like hell after a single use, but Triple 8’s sweat saver liners make every ride feel like something you want to do forever.

These removable and washable pads help the user to easily create a custom fit. Additionally, the pads act as some kind of insulation that converts this lid into a cold weather helmet.

Whether you’re looking for adequate head protection to ride your beach cruiser bike or skateboard with, this product checks lots of boxes. Very few bicycle helmets in that price range offer as much comfort.

 

Airflow Vents

 

Admittedly, this isn’t the best ventilated helmet ever made. In fact, I can’t feel the air streaming over my head when I’m riding at low speeds. But when I’m cruising around at some serious speed, there’s that unmistakable cool breeze that cools my noggin.

Unlike more expensive and lighter options, this lid offers just a couple of Triple 8 logo venting designed to boost breathability. The manufacturer claims the product uses a custom fit grooved EPS for excellent air flow, but I must warn you that this isn’t the best possible ventilation at that pricing.

 

Fit Adjustment System with Reflective Dial

 

This helmet comes with an easy-to-operate fit adjustment system. With the system, the user turns a dial to create a custom fit. Turning the dial either tightens or loosens fit.

One more aspect makes this fitting system even more attractive. Thanks to this fit enhancing technology, one size option fits heads that are smaller or larger than the indicated head size.

Some options I’ve reviewed offer flashy LED lights that let other road users spot a rider when darkness falls. Unfortunately, this option lacks led lights for night riding. Thankfully, the product’s fit adjustment dial is reflective, making it a useful safety feature when you’re on the road at nighttime.

 

Chin Straps

 

While you can achieve a good enough fit exclusively with the tension knob, using it along with the fit pads and nylon straps makes fitting even easier and better.

A nylon chin strap with a side release plastic buckle helps tweak the fit further. The Chin straps are riveted to the outer shell. That means this Triple 8 lid is a molded construction.

A molded construction is harder to complete than one where the manufacturer uses glue. Most high-end options are produced via molding.

The straps feel comfortable, don’t pinch, and don’t slide. I’ve never had a crash, but it feels like these straps would hold up.

A Versatile Helmet

 

Why buy an option designed for a single purpose when versatile options exist? You can use it for a slew of exciting outdoor activities including skateboarding, longboarding, rollerblading, quad skating, biking, and roller derby. If whatever you’re riding got wheels, this lid got you covered.

Colors

 

You can buy the product in one of 6 colors namely white matter, cream matte, blue matte, black rubber, Baja rubber, and gun rubber. There’s sure to be a color choice you’ll like.

Can I draw on the lid? Mine came with a cream matte finish, and I printed something that makes everyone I meet while strolling in the streets or riding the bike path smile.

Reflective Branding

 

Speaking of colors, it’s best to go with a light-colored instead of a dark-colored helmet. Recent research completed in New Zealand returned interesting but not surprising findings. In this study, light-colored lids were associated with 18 percent lower crash risk.

Further, wearing a white helmet correlated with a 29 percent lower risk of crashing. Do you now see why I ordered an option with a cream matte finish instead of black matte even though I prefer darker colors?

 

Recommended Head Sizes

 

You can order the lid in one of three sizes. These include size XS/S for heads in the 18.9-21.3 circumference range. Size XS and S are kids sizes (under 8 years). I bought my little mister an XS size, and he got a perfect fit. Then there’s 21.7″ -22.8″, the S/M size. And for riders with large and extra-large melons, the l/XL option has their head (23.2 -24″).

Before purchasing, request someone to measure the circumference of your head from the forehead going round, over the widest section of your noggin. Then, use the model’s sizing chart to select the right size.

Certifications

 

It boasts the U.S CPSC bike and the older but voluntary standard, the ASTM. It’s nice the lid has ASTM certification, but the most important thing is that it’s received the approval of DOT for use within the U.S. With this product, you can be sure to get adequate noggin in case you get involved in a crash.

 

Price Point

 

Pros

  • Attractive price point plus good looks
  • Comfort adjustable fit dial + straps for customizing fit
  • Reinforced EPS liner for better energy dispersement
  • Moisture-wicking and fit adjustment foam pads
  • Tough ABS outer shell with patented EPS foam protection
  • High-quality construction
  • Great customer ratings
  • Different sizes for different head sizes, including XS/kid size
  • A CPSC and ASTM 1492 certified brainsaver
  • A multi-purpose option: Ideal for skateboarders, bikers, roller derby, rollerblading, and more

Cons

  • No visor
  • Lacks MIPS technology
  • Not the safest bet in harsh weather conditions
  • Logo vents not large enough for completely unobstructed air flow

 

MIPS is technically a friction layer designed to reduce injuries. It distributes rotational forces over a wider area rather than just the impact point. But, there’s no iota of proof the tech prevents concussions.

If you sweat profusely, find a more breathable option. Also, this helmet style typically doesn’t feature a visor. But that shouldn’t be deal breaker for most recreational riders.

Triple Eight Gotham Dual Certified Helmet Review: Worthy it?

 

I like it’s cool urban style. It’s the kind of lid you need for your commute, running errands, or riding the hell out of your skateboard. Fit issues aren’t uncommon, but the SweatSaver pads, chin straps, and knob-based system enable you to customize fit easily.

Well, I’ve seen sub-$30 options, but are they typically great choices? This product doesn’t come in at a stratospheric price point, but it offers all the critical features recreational riders need.

However, it’s not without flaws. Ventilation could be better. Overall, it’s a decent deal for the money.

Best Bike Helmet for Toddlers

Best kids and toddlers helmet

While searching for the best bike helmet for toddlers, you must prioritize safety and comfort. Pay attention to safety features such as MIPS technology or equivalent tech, helmet weight, and ventilation/air circulation.

Other aspects to keep your eyes peeled for include fit, color, and graphics. Remember certifications, too, particularly CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission).

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5 Best Toddlers and Kids Helmets (Reviews & Buying Guide)

 

These helmets for toddlers and young children work, but like most other products, they may not  be 100% perfect. In these toddler helmets for biking reviews, I examine the supposed greatness of each while pinpointing all the little flaws you should be aware of before buying.

1. Giro Scamp MIPS Youth Recreational Biking Helmet Review

Although pricier than most, the Giro Scamp MIPS youth recreational biking helmets are well-made, adequately-ventilated, and fit comfortably.

Its polycarbonate outer hard shell and all the other components add up to just 8.9 oz in weight, making this Giro deal the lightest option in these reviews.

The lid amounts to a super lightweight, durable in-mold construction that’s also CPSC approved. The product’s smooth polycarbonate exterior features aerodynamically shaped edges. This design reduces the amount of pedal power the child should expend. However, ir isn’t the most streamlined design I’ve reviewed.

GIRO uses the Roc Loc fit system, a technology that compels the inner foam to match the shape of your child’s head. The straps seem well-made, and the pinch guard on the buckle makes for pain-free product use.

Now to the most important part: skull protection. The Giro Scamp youth recreational biking baby helmets boast the now-famous MIPS, a technology that redistributes rotational impact, protecting small noggins from certain kinds of impacts. An EPS impact liner further enhances the ability of the outer shell to reduce impact.

However, no definitive evidence concludes MIPS actually offers any benefits as far as staving off concussions. There’s really no reason to shun this helmet’s non MIPS version.

Like other activities, cycling generates heat. That’s why GIRO equips this product with eight airflow vents. The inner padding absorbs sweat, keeping the child’s head fresh and dry. The padding also helps with fit.

One more thing. This Giro helmet drops down at the back and sides a little farther than the Lazer options below do. And that might mean somewhat better side and rear protection.

Sizing? It’s available in small and x-small sizes, and here’s a size guide from Giro.

Finally, this helmet can be purchased in any of several kiddo colors. The product also comes with scintillating graphics that’d encourage any kid to wear a helmet and hop on their balance or pedaled bike.

Pros

  • Offers MIPS protection
  • Made by a great company
  • Built-in visor for protection against direct sunlight
  • Breathable
  • Unisex with great graphics
  • Neck skin rarely gets pinched with this option
  • Great graphics and multiple color choices

Cons

  • Pinch guard-equipped buckle
  • More expensive than some comparable deals

 

Giro makes great products, from great biking shoes to fitting and breathable kids’ helmets. And this product is no exception.

 

2. Lazer Gekko MIPS Toddlers and Kids Helmet Review

best toddlers bike helmet

The Lazer Gekko MIPS toddler and kids helmet has a somewhat adult look, but it sure fits small head sizes. It incorporates the increasingly popular protective MIPS technology (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) into its design. MIPS supposedly prevents brain injury, but no evidence concludes the tech prevents concussions.

Its design includes 12 airflow vents that enhances air circulation/ventilation while maximizing comfort. It’s light, too, weighing in at just 12 oz (ounces). That’s lightweight enough for a toddler’s not-strong-enough neck and noggin. And its CPSC certification makes it an approved kiddo helmet.

Additionally, this kiddos helmet comes in an attractive blue/pink color, making it a unisex pick both boys and girls will want to wear. It features a drop-down rear offers neck and side protection, and it offers a rechargeable LED light for increased visibility, which means safe riding at night. The helmet is shaped in a way that makes it useful for girls with a pull-through ponytail.

But there’s more. This package includes a visor that shields the child’s eyes from direct sunlight as your little one scoots or bikes around.

Asides from that, this top rated scooter helmet for toddlers and young children also features a spring-loaded Autofit Retention System. This system converts the helmet into a 19.69″-22″ one-size-fits-all option for 3-year-olds. With this universal fit system, your kid gets a custom fit without needing to over-rely on the manual fit adjuster, the chin straps. The helmet’s anti-pinch buckle makes your baby want to wear the helmet and ride the heck out of their playtime all the time. There’s a crash replacement policy, too.

Pros

  • 12 ventilation-boosting air vents
  • The buckle won’t pinch your baby’s chin
  • A unisex MIPS helmet
  • LED light for safety
  • Adjustable retention system
  • Crash replacement policy + 30-day 100% money-back guarantee
  • CE, ASTM, CPSC, and CE certifications

Cons

  • No graphics
  • Not ideal for very small heads

 

If your little one won’t wear anything without graphics, they likely won’t like this Gekko helmet very much.

 

3. Lazer Lil Gekko MIPS Toddlers Bike Helmet Review

best toddlers bike helmet

 

Looking for the best bike helmet for toddlers with a small head? Then this CPSC-approved urban-style MIPS kiddos helmet is the perfect choice. It’s a durable in-mold construction that comes with Lazer’s hassle-free autofit system. And like its sibling reviewed above, it boasts 12 vents for obstruction-free airflow.

It’s versatile, too. When they’re not riding their bike in this helmet, they’ll probably be riding their toddler scooter with a seat. The autofit fit system works for multiple head sizes ranging between 46 cm and 50 cm (18″ to 19.67″). This system relies on an internal cage that supports automatic fit adjustment. The Lazer Lil Gekko MIPS kiddos helmet is one of the best options for little cyclists with small heads including those under the age of 3.

The buckle is designed to lie under the ear, which means it won’t pinch the kid’s chin as happens with some magnetic buckle helmets, and the well-made fit well. Sealed one-piece padding ensures easy refit if your little guy rips it out.

Also, the product features a removable visor. Your little one will enjoy riding on sunny days without worrying about those blinding UV rays.

And at just 10.59 oz in weight, the Lil Gekko is slightly lighter than the Lazer Gekko. And like the Lazer Gekko, this helmet offers a rechargeable rear LED light for safety when it gets dark. Also, this product provides side and back head coverage. And unlike helmets with a pointed back, this flat-back design allows the child to rest their head comfortably on their bike seat.

Pros

  • Great price point
  • One-size-fits-all system
  • Safety feature: rear LED light
  • Anti-pinch side-positioned buckle
  • Design incorporates MIPS
  • Fits even the smallest head
  • CPSC approved

Cons

  • Insanely popular, small wonder the helmet is sometimes unavailable on Amazon

 

I recommend it.

 

4.XJD Kids and Toddlers Bike Helmet Review (A Super Versatile Budget Option)

Budget toddlers helmet

The super versatile XJD kids and toddlers kike helmet is perfect for roller skating, cycling, scooter riding, and other outdoor activities. It’s a great deal for adventurous kids who like exploring new interests. As one of the best scooter helmets for toddlers, it’s lightweight, weighing in at just 12 oz. Young necks should easily support this weight.

 

The product’s inner padding (EPS foam) provides adequate sweat wicking while also helping fit and boosting protection against potential head injuries. The helmet provides a smooth round-ish surface (ABS hard shell) that allows your baby to add exciting stickers. And the nice matte finish on the helmet reduces soiling.

For a comfortable custom fit, these toddler helmets use an adjustable dial on the back that joins forces with side-positioned adjustable chin straps and buckles. The positioning of the buckle is pretty much like having a chin pinch guard.

While these kids bicycle helmets have narrow-ish vents, they have a removable inner lining. You can wash the liner after every few uses to keep the helmet smelling fresh and your baby begging you to wear it. The helmet fits head sizes ranging from 48 – 54 cm/18.90″ to 21.26″ , a good fit for the age range 3 – 8 years.

The ventilation system, although not as advanced or efficient as what the Lazer or Lil Gekko offers, includes several air flow vents located mostly on the top. Throw in breathable foam, and you have a kids bike helmet that effortlessly carries heat away while wicking away smelly sweat during intense activities.

Overall, the XJD kids and toddler bike helmet represents comfort, perfect fit, and adequate head protection. Best of all, these helmets come in at an incredibly low price point, (under $30 as this writing).

Pros

  • Fuss-free universal fitting
  • Versatile and insanely cheap
  • CPSC and CE certified
  • Unisex option in multiple color choices: blue, red, orange, black, and pink

Cons

  • It’s a non-MIPS option
  • Ventilation could be better

Even though this is a non MIPS helmet, it’s one of the best budget kiddo helmets out there. MIPS might or might not protect small heads against head injuries and concussion..there just isn’t any solid evidence yet.

 

5.Joovy Noodle Toddlers and Babies Biking Helmet Review (Best Budget Pick)

best budget kids and toddlers helmet

The Joovy Noodle Toddlers budget biking kids helmet is offered in two size options: X-Small (47 – 52 cm (18.5″– 20.5″) and Small (52 – 56 cm/ 20.5″ – 22″). Make sure to measure your child’s head circumference to avoid sizing mistakes.

Like the XJD above, this product is versatile, protecting little ones as they ride bikes, scooters, trikes, and trailers. If you want a great looking mountain bike style helmet for your child that is also light and functional, this ticks all the boxes. It meets CPSC safety standards for cycling protective wear.

Also, this helmet is designed with an extended visor for good visibility when the little one cycles facing the sun. And for added protection, these bike helmets for kids come with an integrated bug mesh at the front.

What about ventilation? Unlike the other picks in these kid helmets reviews, this option offers a-vent air circulation system or wind tunnel. That makes it a super light helmet that won’t struggle to keep small noggins cool and adequately protected.

An easy-to-use adjustable fit dial makes fit customization a breeze. Turning the knob clockwise tightens the fit while turning counterclockwise loosens it. It expands and grows as your little tyke cycles through different developmental phases. Thanks to its one-size-fits-all feature, the lid should work for little riders as young as 1 year and as old as 9 years.

The chin strap is adjustable for a comfortable fit, and there’s a pinch guard that makes each ride enjoyable and lots of fun. But at 15.2 oz, this isn’t the lightest kids helmet out there. Some adult cycling helmets are actually lighter than this one. I expected a product with that many vents to be lighter than 12-vent ones. This best seller at Amazon (as of now) comes in seven fun colors.

Pros

  • Cheapest option of the 5
  • Available in 7 fun kiddos colors
  • Sold in small and x-small sizing
  • Excellent ventilation

Cons

  • A little heavy
  • Non MIPS
  • Too small for 4-year-olds with big heads

 

The Joovy Noddle represents tons of value at that unbelievably low price point. But I’d not recommend this for very young kids as it’s relatively heavy.

 

It’s time to learn how to choose a good lid for your kid’s delicate little head. Here’s a buying guide to help you select a good gift for your baby.

 

Do Toddlers Need Helmets?

 

Young children should wear protection for the same reason grown ups wear them. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. sees nearly 400,000 bicycle-related injuries involving children. Fractures, cuts, and bruises happen to be the most common injuries, but head injuries (concussions) also occur. No one likes forking out for avoidable bills. So, have Ryan wear adequate protective gear before he totters out the door.

Another pleasantly surprising fact: Fully 90 percent of cyclists who are killed in crashes have no helmets. Let that sink in (Source: The NHTSA).

But it gets even more interesting. A cyclist who wears protection all the time they’re riding and having fun can low the odds they’ll get brain injury by 88 percent. Additionally, 60 percent of bike crash injuries in the U.S. requiring a trip to the emergency room are from children and young adults.

Conclusion:

Having your child wear reliable head protection before they step out the door is a really good idea.

 

How To Choose a Helmet for a Toddler

 

Wearing a helmet while riding a pedaled or balance bike is vital for your child’s safety. That’s why many states require riders of all ages to wear protection at all times. When choosing the right product for your child, consider the following:

 

1.Size Your Child’s Lid Correctly

 

Children hate using bike helmets that don’t fit comfortably. If the lid is too small or big for your baby’s head size, the child won’t get adequate protection in the event of an accident. In fact, fit is the single most important consideration when it comes to buying head protection. What use is a lid that’ll likely fly off the baby’s noggin when they need it most?

Here’s how to size a toddler’s helmet accurately:

 

It’s all about measuring the circumference of the young rider’s head. especially when buying online. Have them stand straight up and use a tape measure or string to measure their head circumference. Make sure to pass the tape over the widest area of the head, usually a half inch above the brow.

Next, access the manufacturer’s sizing chart and choose the correct size. Note: sizing varies across brands and models, so be sure you’re comparing your child’s head circumference reading with the right size chart.

Make sure there’s space to fit a finger or two between their eye brows and the bottom part of the helmet. Essentially, when the child looks upward, they should see the helmet’s top rim.

 

One-size-fits-all Helmets

 

It’s best to choose a brand and helmet model that features a universal fit ring. Such a product fits a wide size range and your child grows into it. And, you don’t waste much time trying to create the perfect fit. An adjustment knob or dial lets you pull the lid together until it accommodates the kid’s noggin. Most of the recommendations in my reviews have an adjustable fit system so you can save time.

 

2.Head Coverage

 

Choose kids bike helmets that sit flat on the crown of the head. Head coverage should extend to the forehead, but it shouldn’t go so far down. Good bike helmets for kids should also extend downward a bit at the back of the head. The lower part of toddler helmets should be more or less flat so children can rest them on their bike seats without difficulty.

 

3.Side Straps and Buckle

 

Side straps and the buckle system should be integrated in a way that won’t cause a pinching. Properly adjusted straps and buckle form a “Y” shape. The front and back chin straps should converge at the buckle, under the ear.

 

4.Outer Shell, Comfort Liner, and Visor

 

The outer shell should be light, hard, and smooth. Its overall design and shape should aim to reduce drag during bicycling. The exterior may be round or pointed, but some experts believe options with a rounded out rear would be a better bet in a  crash. That’s supposedly because such helmets slide off while pointed ones may catch on the ground. However, no clear evidence proves one shape to be better than the other.

EPS comfort liners are quite common in kiddos lids, but EPU impact reduction foam isn’t rare. Both are good, and they help minimize impact.

A visor may be important for shielding against sunlight, but it may not be absolutely necessary in some cases.

 

5.Ventilation or Breathability

 

Cycling cause a lot of heat and sweating, and a good helmet should have enough vent holes for temperature regulation. The inner padding should be made from materials that can dissipate heat and absorb sweat. Great padding/liner also comes with anti-bacterial treatment to prevent odors. Small wonder the best toddler helmet in my reviews features lots of cooling vents. Proper ventilation makes bike riding a lot more fun by keeping baby heads cool and fresh.

 

6.Brand, CPSC Certification, and Pricing

 

Listen, fellow parents, brands matter when it comes to choosing a good skateboard or bicycle riding helmet. I’ve seen brands no one’s ever heard of purport to be selling CPSC approved helmet online. But would such a product actually protect your baby in a crash? Maybe… But it’s your child’s life, you know.

Whenever you’re uncertain, buy a well-known brand such as Giro and others. Buy U.S. based brands as you’re 100% certain the lid is CPSC certified. The CPSC certification is a legal requirement instituted by American law. EVERY helmet sold in the U.S. market MUST be tested and approved by CPSC.

 

CPSC vs Snell vs ASTM Certification

 

Snell used to the most popular helmet safety standard in the mid 1990s. But due to Snell’s prohibitive costs to manufacturers, a new standard emerged, the ASTMF1447. Though not legally regulated, this standard became widely recognized and used until 1998 when CPSC was approved as law in the United States.

ASTM vs CPSC, which is better? CPSC is similar to ASTM in every respect, and an ASTM certified helmet can be expected to provide enough head protection when needed. However, the ASTM is a VOLUNTARY standard. Manufacturers aren’t expected to adhere to its requirements. The standard is still used today though not widely.

So, ALWAYS buy a CPSC approved lid for your child. And if it’s ASTM certified as well, that’s even better. But even CPSC certification alone is adequate. And for the European market, CE is a critical certification; insist on it.

 

7.Color and Graphics

 

Choose a product that’s available in exciting kid-friendly colors and graphics. But don’t forget the most critical aspect: noggin protection.

 

What size helmet does a 3 year old need?

 

No particular works for all 3-year-olds. The most accurate way to determine your child’s correct sizing is to measure them as described above. Remember: Take the measurement from the forehead just above the eyebrows going round and back to the forehead for the best fit.

Typically, children aged between 3 and 5 years have a head circumference of roughly 51 x (20 inches). However, size varies from child to child even if they may be the same age. But for the most part, 20″ is pretty much the average circumference children aged 3 years.

What is the best Helmet for Babies and Toddlers?

 

The best bike helmet for toddlers and older children features a slew of components and specialized technologies that make them suitable for little tykes. These crucial aspects include ventilation, crash protection technologies, comfort, and above all, fit. Each of my best bike helmets reviews represents all or at least most of these critical considerations.

So, grab a gift your child will love, one that offers the best protection possible before they head out to explore the world on a bike. Whether it’s pedaled bike with training wheels,a balance bike, trailer, or whatever, have your kid wear a helmet before saddling for a bike ride. And if they need a bit of sun protection, pick up a baby helmet with a built in visor. Oh, and have them wear knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards.

 

Best Kids and Toddlers Helmet for Cycling: Verdict

 

All the options reviewed here are great and are reliable when it comes to protecting infant noggins. These options are sturdy, offer durability, CPSC certification, adjustability, and should fit well without pinching a child’s neck sin.

But whether they’re MIPS or non MIPS, none guarantee protection from concussions. But a fitting lid is a must-have for both the little rider as well as the adult cyclist.

These offers have more or less the same features. but the Giro MIPS recreational youth bike helmet stood out due to it being supremely lightweight at just 8.9 oz. However, it comes in at a heftier price tag. That said, its price point is reasonable and shouldn’t stop a caring parent from buying a truly useful birthday gift for their child. But I see why most parents would consider the seriously affordable Joovy Noddle as amounting to the best bung for their buck.