It will take more than just a set of good longboard bearings to keep you going. That’s why we made a list of top recommended half-shell skateboard helmets for you to check out.
If you already have a helmet for more than 3 years, you should consider replacing it with a new one. The reason is that even if it never received a hit, other factors like UV-rays, heat, and sweat can compromise its protective properties.
The following helmet models can be used for cruising, freestyle, longboard dancing or even freeriding.
To learn more about the different types of helmets for longboarding and certification criteria have a look at What kind of helmet is best for longboarding?
Triple 8 – The Certified Sweatsaver Helmet
The Certified Sweatsaver longboard skateboard helmet by Triple 8 in one way presents a combination of a soft-shell and a hard-shell helmet. It includes both high-impact EPS foam and a dual-density soft foam in an ABS hardshell construction.
The most inner soft foam is surrounded with a Sweatsaver™ Liner and resembles a similar type of protection you would find in a soft-shell helmet without EPS. This also serves as fit pads but in a noticeably thicker design as in standard skateboard helmets, which potentially offers a more snug fit.
An important feature of a skateboard helmet is the venting system as you tend to overheat during strenuous skating. The Certified Sweatsaver helmet includes two vents in the front and back, as well as six vents on top in a similar design to Triple8’s logo.
With the word ‘’certified’’ included in the product name, we also need to point out what certification it has. As stated on their official website, the Triple 8 Certified Sweatsaver Helmet is best used for biking, skateboarding, in-line skating/roller skating, and scooters, as most of them are.
It is marketed as dual-certified, and yes it is. It complies with US CPSC Bike and ASTM (ASTM F-1492) Skate Safety Standards.
The Certified Sweatsaver is available in standard matte or glossy solid colors, and even two rainbow sparkling models. What’s also ”cool” about this helmet is that a portion of the sales will be donated to the Tony Hawk Foundation as stated on Triple 8’s website.
TSG – The Evolution Helmet
Next on the list is the TSG Evolution Helmet that has become widely accepted in both cycling and skateboarding. In downhill skateboarding their Pass full-face helmet is widely recognized but that’s a topic for later…
The TSG Evolution longboard skateboard helmet features an ABS hardshell construction with inner protective EPS foam and fit pads in two sizes. TSG’s Low Fit design means it sits low and fully protects the entire back and sides of your head.
For somewhat maximized venting, the Evolution Helmet includes altogether 14 vents, just like the Certified Sweatsaver but distributed differently. It has two vents in the front, six in the back and 6 vents on the top.
As stated by TSG, the Evolution helmet is one of the slimmest hardshell designs available and weighs 460 grams which is OK for a half-shell helmet although there are lighter ones out there (even from TSG).
An added bonus to TSG products is that you can find their certification test reports on their website. Based on the reports, this helmet complies with CPSC, ASTM1492, and NF EN 1078 + A1:02 2013 which one could interpret as the French standard for CE EN 1078.
TSG’s Evolution helmet is available in quite a wide array of styles that cover anything from solid colors, various graphic designs, different colored EPS foam and diverse color combinations of their nylon adjustable straps and plastic buckles.
S ONE – Lifer Helmet
Moving on we’ll check out the S-One Lifer longboard skateboard helmet. This one stands out because it checks off all of the certification marks we want to see in a helmet for longboarding. But let’s start with the features first…
The S-ONE Lifer helmet features an outer high-rebound ABS shell with S-ONE’s own FUSI1ON EPS foam consisting of low, medium and high-density beads. To help with size adjustment it includes color-coded sweat absorbing fit pads.
As for the venting system goes, the Lifer helmet includes only 11 vent holes with five circular and six teardrop shaped vent holes distributed throughout the deep fitting design of this helmet.
Most importantly, the Lifer is a certified multi-impact and a certified high impact helmet for skateboarding, longboarding, BMX, scootering, roller skating, and roller derby. As such, it is marked with 4 certification marks: CPSC, ASTM F-1492, CE EN 1078 and the AS/NZS 2063:2008.
Second, to plain color designs, the Lifer is also available with double glitter paint jobs and even fun designs like watermelon and leopard.
Predator – FR7 EPS Certified Skateboard Helmet
The Predator FR7 skate helmet is less used in Europe than the US but still well worth its place on the list. This is also the only one of the listed longboard helmet models that is marketed for longboard freeriding.
With a somewhat different look, the Predator FR7 skate helmet features a high-density protective shell with an EPS foam liner accompanied with fit pads. Venting is somewhere in the middle with a total of twelve air vents, but what makes it special is the stylish front visor.
The Predator FR7 longboard helmet is available in multiple color options with a standard fit and weighs about 500 grams. That’s 40 grams more than the TSG Evolution helmet, but it makes up with its style points.
If we have a look at the certification, it complies with the American CPSC and the European CE EN 1078 safety standard.
Nutcase helmets for Adults
We’ll end this list with a wild card that is the Nutcase helmet for adults. What got them to the list is the various funky graphics and color designs that make them interesting to look at and also provide certified protection.
Nutcase helmets are the only helmets on the list that feature an in-mold construction of a PC shell and inner protective EPS foam. Some of them have a dual-position spin dial fit system which lets you further adapt the fit, as well as 3M reflective straps and a Fidlock™ magnetic buckle.
On some models, the shape is a tad shallower but includes a snap-in visor similar to the fixed one on the Predator FR7 longboard helmet.
The Nutcase helmets for adults are mainly marketed for urban bicycle riding, however, you can use them also for skateboarding.
With a CE EN 1078 certification, these are appropriate to use for longboard cruising and longboard dancing, however, we wouldn’t recommend them for freeriding as we would suggest at least an ASTM certification for that.
There you have it, our pick of best longboard helmets for cruising, longboard dancing, freestyle and even freeride if you chose to not wear a full-face for that.
We hope this article will help you choose the right helmet for you and your riding style or at least provide you with information about what to look at when taking the step towards your safety.