Skate Helmet vs. Bicycle Helmet: Comparison chart

A scraped knee or elbows will mend; broken bones can be reset. However, damage caused to your unprotected head can be irreversible. And this is not meant to scare you, but to stress the importance of protecting your head with a helmet in the unlikely event of an accident.

While they do have some similarities, skate and bicycle helmets are not created equal. They are designed to protect you in different types of accidents. So here’s a comparison chart to show you the differences, and let you choose the correct one for your sport of choice:

 

Skate

Bicycle

Shell

Skate helmets generally have a classic bucket-shaped, hard exterior shape, pioneered by Pro-Tec in the 70’s.

Skate Helmet

Many skate crashes involve falling in a backward motion. To prevent serious injuries, skate helmets have this dome shape that covers the back of your head.

Unlike typical cycling helmets, the hard shell on skate helmets is usually -but not always- built to sustain multiple impacts.

If you specifically need a multi impact helmet for aggressive, trick, extreme skating or skating with frequent crashes, look for a true multi impact skate model meeting the ASTM F1492 skate helmet standard.

Bicycle helmets commonly feature an elongated shape that protects your forehead during forward falls.

Bicycle Helmet

Bicycle helmets are designed to take extreme force from one impact, as in a collision with a motor vehicle.

They should be replaced after one accident.

Interior & Pads

Skate helmets often feature pads made from EPP foam that are appropiate for low to moderate impacts.The majority of skate helmets do not feature removable pads.Many skate helmets cannot withstand the impact of a full speed bicycle crash. Usually bicycle helmets come with detachable sections of EPS foam.Removing these foam pads allows you to modify the fit of the helmet.

Ventilation

Skate helmets offer a simple ventilation system that consists of small circular holes.They require less airflow than bicycle helmet models.Skate helmets provide full coverage to the back of the head so they usually have less ventilation than bicycling helmets. Bicycle helmets range from well-ventilated versions used for racing and urban riding -protecting the top and upper part of the forehead and back of the head-, to full head coverage models designed to provide extra safety for BMX and mountain biking.

Visor

In most cases skate helmets do not feature a visor. Many bicycle helmets feature a visor at the front of the shell.This visor offers increased visibility during sunny days.

Material

  • ABS plastic,
  • Fiberglass composite,
  • Carbon fiber, or
  • Kevlar
Most bicycle helmets are made of EPS foam with a thin plastic shell.The shell helps the helmet skid easily on rough pavement to avoid jerking your neck.

Certification

Skate helmets may or may not be certified. A skate helmet that has not achieved one of these safety standards is not necessarily a bad helmet. There are manufacturers who do not certify every helmet model because this certification can add additional cost to the price. All bicycle helmets are required by law to meet the certification standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

CPSC Certification Sticker

 

Reccomendations:

– Pick white or a bright color for visibility to be sure that motorists and other cyclists can see you.

– Avoid helmets with snag points sticking out, a squared-off shell, excessive vents, an extreme aerodynamic shape, too thin straps, complicated adjustments or a rigid visor that could snag in a fall.

– Do NOT use a skate helmet for bicycling unless it has a CPSC sticker certifying that it meets the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) bicycle helmet standard.

– If your helmet is involved in an accident it should be replaced immediately.

– If you ride a bicycle and also skate, you can buy a dual-purpose helmet rather than buying two separate ones.

 

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Skate safe!

 

 

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