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    Kids helmets

    What is your take on the best kids MTB helmet? I see a lot of kids with bmx/skateboarding type helmets, and while they look cool, I was wondering if these helmets protect as well as the MTB type helmets in case of an impact.

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    Bike helmets are designed for a single crash. Most kids treat them in such a way that even without crashing, they're compromised in pretty short order. Skate lids are much more durable, have better coverage, and there's evidence showing the rounded shape can be safer in a crash than an angular bike helmet. Plus they're about 100 times less dorky, and there's room for lots of stickers. Very important stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slapheadmofo View Post
    Bike helmets are designed for a single crash. Most kids treat them in such a way that even without crashing, they're compromised in pretty short order. Skate lids are much more durable, have better coverage, and there's evidence showing the rounded shape can be safer in a crash than an angular bike helmet. Plus they're about 100 times less dorky, and there's room for lots of stickers. Very important stuff.
    I totally agree...

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    Fox makes the Transition Hardshell, a skate/trail helmet. Skate type durability, real vents (unlike most skate lids) XS fit my 8 year old.

    Ventilation is a big deal for us in California summers. Bonus for having a bit of a bill for sun protection and the inevitable faceplant.


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    Otherwise, Specialized makes a very well vented XC helmet. The Flash. It has held up surprising well for my 5 year old:
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    I bought my 9 yo son a Giro Flume MTB helmet for normal trails and a full face helmet when we go to more aggressive trails. 9 out of 10 times, he chooses to wear the full face helmet no matter which trail we are going to. For him, it looks cooler. No problems with me as it protects his noggin. Just ask your kid which type of helmet he/she likes the most and go with that. Makes no sense to buy a helmet he doesn't like, because he will not wear it.

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    My 7yo also has the Giro Flume helmet. He often forgets he is wearing the thing and will be running around the playground for over an hour before I finally have to tell him to take it off. It has also held up surprisingly well (although he did break off the visor). My 5yo also has one, but is decidedly less bikey and less rough on her gear.

    I would, however, look to "skate" helmets for durability over the thin shelled bike helmets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slapheadmofo View Post
    Bike helmets are designed for a single crash. Most kids treat them in such a way that even without crashing, they're compromised in pretty short order.
    This is exactly why I was asking the question! I have 3 helmets heading into the garbage bin!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.P View Post
    Fox makes the Transition Hardshell, a skate/trail helmet. Skate type durability, real vents (unlike most skate lids) XS fit my 8 year old.

    Otherwise, Specialized makes a very well vented XC helmet. The Flash. It has held up surprising well for my 5 year oldP
    Quote Originally Posted by RallyPunx View Post
    I bought my 9 yo son a Giro Flume MTB helmet for normal trails and a full face helmet when we go to more aggressive trails. 9 out of 10 times, he chooses to wear the full face helmet no matter which trail we are going to. For him, it looks cooler. No problems with me as it protects his noggin. Just ask your kid which type of helmet he/she likes the most and go with that. Makes no sense to buy a helmet he doesn't like, because he will not wear it.
    Thanks for the suggestions; I was considering the FOX, a SixSixOne, and the Giro Flume just before I thought about asking for opinions - even more interested in the FOX now given everything you guys said.
    My son has been asking for a full face ever since we saw DH guys at a ski resort... maybe I should consider both given that the Fox is only $30...

    Anyone familiar with the helmet ratings can compare skate lids & MTB helmets (in layman's terms or in a sentence or two)? I did a search for the CSPO 1203 and came up with a 25p legal document...

    Thanks again for all the opinions!

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    Specialised make the covert which is a skate style helmet, lots of cool colours as well.

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    A full face helmet has paid off so many times for us when my son was first learning to ride jumps and skateparks, it's not even funny. I still have him wear one regularly when he's pushing his limits or riding anything big or sketchy. The same goes for knee and elbow pads, and even upper body protection in some cases.
    I think being able to make some mistakes and not have to go to the hospital about it has helped keep his enthusiasm for riding really high; I can't imagine he'd be as pumped about it if he was getting seriously bruised and battered on a regular basis. I know I wouldn't be.

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    +1 on the Fox Transition. Went the the lbs and tried one on my 5 year old. A small fits great and lots of coverage. Didn't have the color he wanted, but it will be there in a few days.

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    I ended up going with two Fox Transitions in small, and found the colors I wanted after several weeks (red and blue). One fitted well my 6 y-o, but oddly the other one was too loose on my 8 y-o`s head. Since I bought them online I ended up keeping it and he got my $100 giro mtb helmet...

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    Re: Kids helmets

    The biggest thing is to make sure they fit well. Don't try and get one that will "last" and grow, make it fit NOW. One that the kid will wear when not with you is just as important. Too many times in my shop days did I see compromises on fit and style, which just puts the child at risk. Kudos to you all for making them safe and loving the sport. Now to get my 4yo to follow my 7yo old and ride her own bike and say goodbye to the trailer.
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    What's the thoughts on neck protection for kids in Full face.
    Is there an increase risk or any evidence of neck damage in the event of a fall?
    Only reason I ask is because my little one is starting ride more aggressively and weighing up a FF.
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    Are you wondering if a full face is more dangerous than a half-helmet in regards to neck injuries? Given the same exact crash scenario, unless there's some weird case of something getting stuck in the mouth-guard and twisting the head around, I can't see how they would be. Overall, a full-face is going to provide much more protection. If your kid is racing BMX, riding DH, or starting to learn flips or something, you might want to look into a Leatt brace, or just a moto neck-roll. For regular trail riding and kid-style jump sessions though, it's probably overkill.

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    I wear both myself and have had some big off wearing both types.
    I suppose where I'd got to:
    Ff heavier = more momentum
    Possibility of hitting on chin = large head / neck movement
    Side impact = not much in it

    Reg helmet=
    Lighter but significant facial damage with a face plant

    As you say for added protection at regular speed Ff should give more protection
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