Welcome to our big BMX helmet test 2021. Here we present all the BMX helmets we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web. We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best BMX helmet for you. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a BMX helmet.
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- 3 BMX Helmet Test: Editors' Favourites
- 4 Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a BMX helmet
- 5 Decision: What types of BMX helmets are there and which is the right one for you?
- 6 Interesting facts about BMX helmets
- Due to the high risk of falling, a BMX helmet belongs to every BMX equipment as standard.
- When riding BMX, you perform stunts and tricks with your bike, whether on the street, skate park or dirt parkour. A helmet is compulsory on many of these facilities anyway.
- When buying a helmet, look not only for the fit but also for the test seal. The design also plays a role.
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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a BMX helmet
How can the BMX helmet be adjusted and what weight should it have?
The weight of a BMX helmet should be around 420 grams for an adult. If the helmet weighs more than that, it would restrict freedom of movement and put additional pressure on the cervical vertebrae. For children, a particularly light construction should be considered. This size chart should help you decide on the size of the helmet:
|Helmet size||head circumference|
|XXS||51 cm - 52 cm|
|XS||53 cm - 54 cm|
|S||55 cm - 56 cm|
|M||57 cm - 58 cm|
|L||59 cm - 60 cm|
|XL||61 cm - 62 cm|
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Decision: What types of BMX helmets are there and which is the right one for you?
The BMX helmet differs essentially in its construction and occasionally in the choice of materials from normal bicycle helmets. The BMX helmet offers the best protection for hard hits after failed stunts or tricks. This is helped by the deep fit of the hard plastic shell. This is pulled down at the side of the head and in the neck area to offer maximum protection. Normal bicycle helmets are micro-shell helmets. They are lighter, but also more sensitive to impact. They are therefore not designed for constant use.
Since BMX riding is designed for jumps and tricks, the helmet does not have to withstand impact at high speeds. When learning new tricks, the risk of falling is very high, so its concept is designed for falling from heights. This is also necessary because significantly higher forces act on the head during impact. It can be assumed that a BMX helmet offers one of the highest safety levels for impacts. Furthermore, the protective helmet for BMXs offers air inlets to keep a cool head. BMX race riders are obliged to wear a full-face helmet from the mountain bike category, as speeds are too high and there is no chin protection!
After a heavy fall or damaged outer shell, the helmet must be replaced! Invisible micro-cracks can develop which no longer offer protection in the event of another fall. Furthermore, the helmet should be replaced every 5 years as the hard plastic becomes porous.
Interesting facts about BMX helmets
Can I use my BMX helmet as a bicycle helmet?
You have to differentiate here. Basically, the BMX helmet is only intended for use in the park. Normal bicycle helmets have a different construction and differ significantly in shape from a skate helmet. If you move slowly with your normal bicycle, for example in the city, the BMX helmet should provide the necessary level of safety. If you are thinking of going on a tour or off-road, you will need to buy a special helmet. A BMX helmet is not suitable for high speeds or off-road riding.
Does it make sense to buy a used helmet?
In general, it can be said that no helmet should be bought second-hand. You don't want to and shouldn't take the risk of buying a used helmet that may be pre-damaged. Often you can't see the damage because it could be micro-cracks. If the helmet is in its original packaging, a bargain can of course be made through a private sale.
Please be sure to ask how old the helmet is! No helmet should be older than 5 years.