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Certified vs. Non-Certified Skateboard Helmets

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Certified vs. Non-Certified Skateboard Helmets: How to Pick the Perfect Helmet

Skateboarding is about having fun, but it’s crucial to protect your head with the right helmet. There are two main types: certified and non-certified. Here’s what you need to know and how to rock it like Powell’s Andy Anderson.

Certified Helmets

Certified helmets meet the safety standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in the USA. They are designed to absorb significant impacts, reducing the risk of head injuries. Look for the CPSC label to ensure certification.

Certified helmets come in a range of prices and features. For example, Triple 8 offers adult entry-level certified helmets starting at $59.99. These helmets often include features like the Triple 8 Sweatsaver, which absorbs sweat, and come in various designs, some even endorsed by professional skateboarders – cool points from Triple 8 helmets as always!

Always remember to look for these key certifications:

  • CPSC: Common in the USA.
  • ASTM: Another reliable standard.
  • EN 1078: European standard for cycling and skateboarding helmets.
  • AS/NZS 2063: Standard in Australia and New Zealand.

Skating with a certified helmet gives you peace of mind. You can skate confidently, knowing you’re safe and protected from head slams from quarterpipes, ledges and so on.

Non Certified Helmets

Non-certified helmets don’t meet CPSC standards and often use lower-quality materials, which can compromise safety and don’t offer the same level of protection, which is risky for skateboarding. Definitely a safety hazard and a big no for kids!

Choosing the Perfect Helmet

  • Size: Ensure a snug fit without discomfort. If it’s bothering you, it’s likely the wrong size. Note: If you feel pressure on the temples, located next to your eyes on the side of your head, it’s most likely the wrong helmet shape and may have little to do with the size of the helmet. 
  • Comfort: Look for good ventilation, padding, and adjustable straps. Check out Triple 8’s dual certified MIPS helmet
  • Style: Certified helmets come in many styles and colors. Pick one that matches your personality. Personally, I prefer white helmets because they reflect the sun, keeping you cooler at the skatepark. 

When choosing a helmet, we suggest getting a skateboard-branded helmet that is not listed on Amazon or carried by Walmart or Target. For helmets, you definitely want to go to a specialty skate shop to get properly fitted.
In summary, investing in a certified helmet is essential for safety while skateboarding. Consider size, comfort, and style to find the perfect helmet for you. Remember to always stay safe and skate within your abilities.

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