Last updated: August 6, 2021

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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.




Summary

  • 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?

Even the most expensive helmet will not provide sufficient protection if it does not sit firmly on the head. Therefore, it is essential to find the right size for you. The helmet should not be too loose, but also not press on the head. The circumference of the head is a guide to the size of the freestyle helmet. Some helmets also have an adjustment wheel at the back of the head to adjust the circumference to the head. However, this is usually only the case with children's helmets. It is possible to adjust the helmet to fit the head better using the chin strap fastener. Furthermore, pads of different thicknesses can be used inside the helmet for fine adjustment.

For maximum safety in the event of a fall, make sure the helmet is the right size and do not tighten it too much or too little. (Photo: Stepan Kriz / pexels.com)

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

What seals of approval should I look out for?

Since our health is at stake, it is essential to use only helmets with test seals. Test seals help you to decide for or against a product. There are various test seals that represent different guidelines. Important for the German market are the TÜV test seals and compliance with the DIN EN 1078 (CE) standard. This standard states that the helmet has been tested on a dummy in accordance with European guidelines!

Which designs are in vogue?

The most sought-after helmet designs are those of the professionals. However, these are difficult to get hold of, as they are usually given to the athlete by the sponsor. The sponsor helmets from RedBull, Monster Energy or Rockstar Energy are very popular. Most of the helmets are very simple and differ only in the arrangement of the air intakes. The design does not affect the safety of the helmet in any way, so you have a free choice of colour or printed design.

Where should I buy my BMX helmet?

You can certainly buy your helmet in a local bike shop. However, there are countless online shops that advertise a huge selection of helmets. You are spoilt for choice here. The advantage of buying online is the huge selection of products. As well as the availability of different sizes. The price range of the products on offer will of course exceed that of a local shop. Delivery times are no longer a problem. 1-3 days and the desired product is on your doorstep. Most helmets only differ in their designs or extras, such as a short visor.

Drei Jungen auf Feldweg

Set a good example - every two-wheeler rider should always wear a helmet, no matter how long the ride. (Photo: Darcy Lawrey / pexels.com)

Which manufacturers are recommended?

There are some manufacturers who have been in the protective helmet market for a long time. Consequently, they have combined a lot of know-how and experience in their products. In addition, most BMX bike helmets from implemented companies already have a test seal. Furthermore, these manufacturers sponsor many events in the field of freestyle sports, which contributes to their reputation. The editorial team can recommend the following manufacturers:

  • TSG
  • Bell
  • POC
  • Uvex
  • FOX
  • Giro

How much does a BMX helmet cost?

BMX helmets are available for as little as 10 euros. However, when buying a helmet, you should not only look at the price, but primarily at the quality. Therefore, most BMX helmets are priced a little higher at around 30-50 euros.

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.

Advantages
  • Helmet designed specifically for BMX/skateboarding
  • Provides extended protection in the neck and ear area
  • Universal fit
  • Secure chin strap closure
  • Breathable
Disadvantages
  • No aerodynamic shape
  • Designed for falls from height, but not for those at high speed

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.

Zwei Rennfahrer im Wald

BMX helmets come in a variety of designs and styles. Since you will be wearing it often and for a long time, make sure it is cleaned properly inside and out. (Photo: Lorenzo Cerato / unsplash.com)

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.

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