Cycle helmets or skate helmets?
The helmet is the most important part of your safety gear, and the first thing you need to acquire when you start to skate, cruise or ride.
While cycle helmets and skate helmets have a lot in common, like protecting your head from injuries, there are some important differences you need to be aware of before buying a helmet. The shortest way to describe the main difference is that:
- Bike helmets are made to sustain one heavy impact, and
- Skate helmets are made to sustain several minor impacts
On a skateboard or roller skates you have a higher risk of falling, but when you do fall, the distance and speed of the fall is very often less than a fall from a bike is. These helmets therefore have different testing standards and different ways to become approved. This means that a helmet which has been approved for skating only will protect your head a bit from falling on a bike, but not as well as a bike helmet would.
Many skate helmets have been approved for biking as well, so if you want a helmet for biking that looks like a skate helmet, it’s a good idea to look into the certificates before making a purchase. One certificate is often seen among our helmets, called EN 1078, which approves helmets for both skating and bike riding use. If you want to wear a skate helmet while riding your bike, the EN 1078 certificate is what you should look for.
Whether you want to use a ski helmet or not is a question a lot of people has asked themselves during their skiing trip. Like the use of bike helmets, it is a personal choice to use a ski helmet, and therefore not a necessity to wear it. It provides great comfort and a feeling of safety for many skiers, knowing that their head is well-protected from harm. This comfort and safety helps them push boundaries and by doing that, their skills improve more easily. Other than comfort and safety, ski helmets also helps your head stay warm.
Surf helmet or watersport helmet
Surf helmets and watersport helmets are not something which is widely used among surfers and watersport enthusiasts. Many surfers believe using a helmet would hurt their performances, but what some of them are not aware of is that a big part of surf injuries are head injuries. Furthermore, the risk of drowning is reduced when using a helmet, since it becomes a lot less likely to lose consciousness when accidents happen during big waves. If you feel like keeping your head in mint condition while surfing and enjoying water sports, using a surf helmet or watersport helmet is recommended.
How to place the helmet correctly
To achieve the best protection, it is important that the helmet is properly placed on the head. Most of the helmets have an adjustable closing system in the back of the helmet to secure a proper fit. The straps are also adjustable. They should be tightened but not too tight. The straps should form an Y right under the ear without touching the ear. The helmet fits when you can shake your head a little without the helmet moving.
All the helmets have foam pads for better comfort and for a better fit. At the same time the helmets are available with a ventilation system, that prevents the head from overheating when you skate or ride your bike.
If you are unsure about which helmet to choose, please feel free to contact our customer service.