Ever wondered what Full-Face helmet is best for longboarding? Well, there’s no unbiased answer to this. However, here’s a collection of Full-Face helmets from trusted brands that are the most recognized and most commonly worn in the longboarding scene.
We’ll look at the features and certification of each helmet and you make the choice on which one you like the most style-wise.
The most popular Full-Face longboard helmets for downhill and freeride are:
- TSG – Pass Full-Face Longboard Helmet
- Triple 8 – T8 Racer Full-Face Longboard Helmet
- Predator – DH6-Xg Full-Face Longboard Helmet
- S1 – Lifer Full-Face Longboard Helmet
Please note, this list is not in a best-to-worst order but should serve as a guide to help you make an informed decision. This is your first step to find yourself the best Full-Face helmet for your downhill and freeride needs.
Let’s check out which Full-Face helmets are the best and most popular in longboarding…
TSG – Pass, Pass Pro and Pass Pro Carbon Full-Face Longboard Helmets
It’s safe to say that the TSG Pass helmet is one of the most popular Full-Face longboard helmets worn on any given freeride or race.
With the design help of Martin Siegrist (three-time World Downhill Skateboard Champion in the early 2000s) TSG’s first longboard helmet ‘’The Pass’’ hit the market back in Spring, 2014 and has been a staple in the community ever since.
Currently, this downhill skateboarding helmet is available in three models; The Pass, The Pass Pro and The Pass Pro Carbon. Certification wise, there is no difference between them as they all provide protection with NF EN 1078+A1:02 2013 and ASTM F1952 safety standards. However, the major differences are weight and price.
The cheapest and the heaviest is the Pass Full-Face weighing in at 1060 grams with a price tag of 250 €. Next is the Pass Pro with 940 grams at 350 €.
The lightest and the most expensive is, of course, the Pass Pro Carbon. This one weighs 10 grams less than the Pass Pro probably because it includes Carbon Fiber instead of Fiberglass. The price for a Pass Pro Carbon longboard helmet is 450 €.
Because they have so much in common, we’ll have a look at the OG, the Pass helmet. Even though the Pass Pro usually has more color options.
The TSG Pass Full-Face Helmet for Downhill Skateboarding
The Pass Full-Face helmet features a hard shell Fiberglass Construction with EPS foam and a fabric liner in a compact and aerodynamic shell design.
As opposed to Half-Shell helmets, Full-Face helmets feature minimal venting to preserve the aerodynamic performance. The Pass includes two nose vent ports on the chin guard to prevent fogging, as well as small ear slots for ambient noise.
Because Full-Face helmets tend to be a lot ”hotter” the Pass also includes an Air Flow vent system that pulls fresh air over and around the head while forcing stale air out.
A Pass longboard Full-Face helmet normally includes spherically curved visors (clear and tinted) with both scratch and anti-fog coating. In an effort to further minimize fogging the Pass helmet includes what TSG likes to call an exhalation-fogging-blocker. This means an inside soft foam available in two sizes that is placed around the nose area.
When closed the visor on The Pass Full-Face helmet is completely sealed so consequently, there’s no whistle sound or air coming in the helmet when you skate.
The interior includes TSG’s washable comfort liner and removable cheek pads that are available in different sizes for a snug fit a helmet needs to have.
The design of the Pass downhill skateboard helmet is rounded off with a secure double D-ring closure which you can, with some practice, buckle even with your longboard gloves on.
Triple 8 – T8 Racer Full-Face Longboard Helmet
The next most commonly used helmet for downhill and freeride is the Triple 8 T8 Racer longboard skateboard helmet.
With a streamlined profile and an aerodynamic design, this Full-Face helmet caters with a distinctive logo-stipe on the top and lettering around the ear area. On the back, this helmet has a higher cut for less neck restriction and a more comfortable tuck position.
Triple 8’s T8 Racer complies with U.S. CPSC Bike and ASTM F-1952 safety standards. Its construction is a mix of a hand-laid fiberglass shell and an EPS foam liner with a velvet lining.
It includes a multiview flip-up visor made from a shatter-resistant material. The visor for the T8 Racer comes in two options; clear or tint. If you’re looking for that nice mirror look TSG has, you’ll be disappointed.
As opposed to a double D-ring, this helmet has a plastic buckle. We could debate about the pros and cons of both but a buckle allows you to snap it into place easier than the former.
The T8 Racer Full-Face longboard helmet includes two sets of fit pads that let you customize the fit. And the price? The Triple 8 T8 Racer Full-Face helmet goes for around 270 Euro or $299.99.
Predator Helmets – DH6-Xg Full-Face Longboard Helmet
With the success of its predecessors, the DH6 and DH6-X full-face helmet models, the DH6-Xg is a fairly new longboard helmet model on the market.
The DH6-Xg helmet design presents the evolution of Predator’s previous models with a more rounded off shape. The DH6-Xg Full-Face longboard helmet is as minimalistic as it gets. The only exterior embellishment is the logo lettering on the sides.
This helmet is available in Gloss Gold, Matte Gunmetal Grey, Matte Black, and Gloss Whitegold colorways.
With a pre-preg fiberglass shell, a large visibility window, internal ventilation and an air vent on the chin, the DH6-Xg weighs only 900 grams. It is the lightest of the helmets listed in this article.
The DH6-Xg meets CPSC standards and is CE-1078 certified but doesn’t have an ASTM certification.
It includes optically correct curved tinted and clear visors and a nice fleece-lined carry bag. Predator also offers additional visor options such as silver mirror, color mirror, black, and others.
The DH6-Xg is available in one size only. It accommodates head sizes in a range of 58 – 61 cm (22.9″ – 24″) with three cheek pad thickness options. This means there is no XL size, but only the range from small to large.
As per usual, the DH6-Xg buckles up with a Double D-ring buckle and a padded strap.
The price for a new Predator DH6-Xg Full-Face longboard helmet is around 350 Euro or $380.
S1 – Lifer Full-Face Longboard Helmet
Another Full-Face helmet that is commonly used by longboarders is the S1 Lifer Full-Face helmet for downhill skateboarding and freeriding. At S1 they made their well-accepted Lifer Half-Shell into a Full-Face model that shares quite some similarities.
S1’s Lifer Full-Face has a deep fit design with a shorter front profile to prevent excessive head whip upon impact. Inside it features S1’s EPS Fusion Foam that can withstand multiple low force impacts as well as a high impact.
Its ABS outer shell is paired with protective EPS Fusion Foam in a hard-shell construction and inner sizing pads. This helmet is certified as CPSC for High Impact and ASTM for Multiple Impact.
The field of view on the S1 Lifer Full-Face is wide for good peripheral vision. It’s paired with a removable visor with tilt mobility. The visor is mounted on the helmet in a way it potentially prevents fogging and allows proper airflow.
The Lifer Full-Face has ear holes so you can hear outside noise but does not have additional external venting. It relies on the shape of the inner foam to redirect stale air out from the bottom of the helmet.
Normally, a Lifer Full-Face longboard helmet offers an option to choose 2 visors. It can be either Clear, Tinted, Iridium or a Mirror model. S1 also includes a helmet bag, three cheek pads for size adjustment and two extra sizing liners.
There you have it, we’re at the end of this article. You now know what are the most commonly used and trusted Full-Face helmets for downhill and freeride. Skate safe, until next time …