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Not all helmets are made equally.
Let’s be real.
If you aren’t familiar with helmets except as someone who buys one every now and then, you might not know what you should be looking for. It’s important to match the helmet to your favourite sport, choosing the right one for the job, and if you didn’t know that there are special types of helmets made for skateboarding
now you know!
Can’t I just pick one? A helmet is a helmet!
I just want to explain: the wrong bucket is better than no bucket. You’d want any form of protection over your bare tender skull, any day. But if you’re going to be spending good money for a piece of equipment, you should do your research – just like anything else you would pay for! Your brain is one of the most important parts of your body – obviously! – and damaging it could result in major health issues that can persist for the rest of your life.
Let’s be real.
So what should I do to protect myself?
Here are some important points to consider as a skater and as a buyer:
There are companies out there that test and do research, studying different shapes and materials to make what works, work better.
The government sets out certain standards for the helmet manufacturers to follow. Products that pass are certified and given a classification, so you can understand what kinds of impacts - and how many - the helmet can handle.
A skateboard helmet is engineered to withstand the types of head injuries unique to the sport. There are currently no laws that stop a company from advertising a helmet with lower impact certifications – like helmets for bicycling– as a skateboard helmet. Parents or skaters who don’t know the difference can be brisk business.
Skateboarders tend to disagree about helmets. They argue about the standard helmet for the sport, if they wear them at all. And a legendary bail is often worn as a badge of honour by the luckiest skaters, instead of taken as the warning sign that it is.
Sounds like a lot, right? There are so many different parties involved; in my opinion they still have a tonne of work ahead of them to seriously collaborate, and discover the “perfect” skater’s helmet. Ah well, in this day and age ‘perfect’ really is an illusion, so we just have to work with what we have!
Stay tuned for part 2…. to discover what helmet is right for you!