Using the fit dial, you can tweak the fit, making sure that the helmet hugs the kid's noggin without squeezing it. The mesh nets on the front vents will ensure the head remains breathable and prevent insects from getting inside the helmet.
The helmet is relatively heavy.
Kids hate wearing helmets but even the most rebellious youth will not mind wearing the Noodle. Between XS, S, and M sizes, there are models available for kids from 1 to 9 years old. The styrofoam padding is pretty great at absorbing vibrations and minimizing shock damage.
1 - 9 years (XS/S and S/M sizes available)
14 vents (integrated bug mesh in front vents)
Adjustable chin strap with pinch guard, sun visor
Eliminating confusing and inconvenient straps and hardware adjustment mechanisms, the TrueFit™ system makes sure the helmet does not move or slide around and lets the kid adjust the helmet without stopping. The pinch guard will provide pinch-free buckling.
The vents might not cut it when the temperature gets really hot.
Bell Rally bike helmets are popular among professional bike riders, so you can invest in this inexpensive helmet knowing that even the more considerable falls will not be able to cause a serious head injury. Plus, with light reflectors, your little rider will be more visible in low-light conditions.
5 - 8 years
TrueFit™ system (adjustable chin strap with pinch guard and fixed straps for correct position), sun visor, light reflectors
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The 360-degree comfort system makes finding the perfect fit so much easier than standard chin straps. The dull-shell profile protects the back too. Thanks to the built-in sun visor, kids can ride even on the sunniest days without an obstructed view.
The straps are a little uneven.
The Schwinn Classic SW80295-2 looks adorable, with the paintwork depicting a small yet courageous knight marching towards a dragon. Despite its adorable appearance though, the helmet is quite tough, with the memory foam padding cushioning shock damage.
0 - 3 years (infant size)
3 - 5 years (toddler size)
Polycarbonate (dual-shell design)
360° comfort system (adjustable chin strap), sun visor
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The helmet weighs less than 13 ounces, so a kid wearing one will barely feel its presence. The EPS liner can be removed, so you can wash it in a washing machine and have the helmet sweat-free the next morning. Its anti-bacterial treatment prevents unpleasant smells from building up inside.
The helmet doesn't have a sun visor.
The LERUJIFL Adjustable Kids Helmet will accommodate kids riding BMXs and MTBs as much as kids who are mot into skateboards, rollerblades, scooters, and electric boards. The supplied storage bag will enable convenient transportation.
3 - 8 years
Adjustable chin strap, carry bag included
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You can choose not only different color options but also designs, with the blue helmets depicting sharks, gray helmets dragons, pink octopi, and purple unicorns. The quick-release clip features a pinch guard, letting you adjust the strap without pinching your child.
The liner loses its density over time.
The TeamObsidian Durable Kid Bicycle Helmet will be attractive to kids as much as parents, with the former group likely appreciating the delightful design options and the latter the shock-absorbing lining preventing fall trauma and the 14 vents keeping the helmet breathable.
3 - 7 years
Adjustable chin strap with pinch guard, sun visor
Riding with More Comfort
Wearing the Joovy Noodle Helmet, kids can go crazy without you worrying about them hurting themselves. Between the XS/S and S/M sizes, this riding helmet will accommodate toddlers and children between 1 and 9 years old.
What we probably appreciate the most about this helmet though is the adjustable fit dial that lets you customize the fit with much more comfort and ease than standard chin straps. Turn the dial right and you tighten the fit, turn left and, you guessed it, the fit is loosened.
What also sells this product is that the front vents come equipped with bug mesh nets, promoting airflow but without letting different bugs and insects inside.
The last advantage here is that, unlike most kids helmets nowadays, this one adopts styrofoam padding, not memory foam. Some might find styrofoam a little less comfortable but it is also much more durable than memory foam, retaining its shape for years to come.
Also, the foam makes this safety helmet relatively heavy but not much more than most. So, choose between black, blue, light blue, green, yellow, orange, pink, or red and, worry not, your child will remain safe out there, roaming the neighborhood on their trusty bicycle without a care in the world.
The Bell Rally Child Helmet stands out with its TrueFit™ system, even if just a little. In a nutshell, the system adopts standard fit and safety solutions, including an adjustable chin strap, pinch guard, and fixed straps, ensuring the correct position throughout the ride. While the pinch guard guarantees pinch-free buckling, the chin strap lets you adjust the fit, accommodating different noggins. With the system enabling one-step adjustment, the helmet fits most heads around 50-56 centimeters (20-22 inches) and allows kids to fix the fit without stopping.
Besides this system, we have the light reflectors on the helmet also separating this model from its competition. It is no huge change but, making the helmet visible at night, you're also reducing the chances of an accident when the sun goes down but the kid is still outside riding their favorite bike.
Where the product somewhat disappoints is ventilation. Even though the helmet comes equipped with multiple vents, these vents might not cut it when the temperature gets really hot. Apart from this little mishap, the Bell Rally Child Helmet can compete with the priciest models on the market today. Complying with the U.S. CPSC standards, this helmet will prevent even the nastiest falls from causing major head injuries.
Schwinn Classic SW80295-2
An Adorable Safety Measurement
Both parents with infants (in this case, below 3 years old) and toddlers (between 3 and 5 years old) can look towards the Schwinn Classic SW80295-2 to ensure their kids' safety on a bike.
To start with, the best part about this helmet is the 360-degree comfort system, with an adjustable dial letting you easily find the perfect fit for your little one. The straps are a tad uneven but the dial makes finding that elusive perfect fit pretty easy anyway.
Meanwhile, the full-range padding and the model's dual-shell design provide all-around protection, including on the back. Incorporating memory foam, the padding will not lose its volume anytime soon.
When the sun is staring right at you, riding is not fun at all, not to mention unsafe. The integrated visor helps with that, covering the sun and allowing your little one to ride without squinting.
Last but not least, this kid's bike helmet comes fitted with multiple vents, releasing sweat and wicking away moisture so that the kid can ride even on the hottest days.
In short, the Schwinn Classic SW80295-2 is an affordable safety measurement that you as a parent will likely appreciate. Your kid, on the other hand, will probably appreciate the adorable fantasy logo.
More Lightweight and Less Intrusive
The LERUJIFL Adjustable Kids Helmet approaches safety from a different angle. This is not the helmet that you would want your kid wearing while riding a regular bike. No, this is a helmet that primarily fits little BMX riders.
While the difference is not huge and the helmet will normally provide sufficient protection for kids skateboarding, rollerblading, riding electric boards, and mountain bikes too, the coverage here is reduced compared to the helmets we have reviewed above and the sun visor has been removed to provide a more unobstructed view. Thanks to the reduced size, this model becomes more lightweight, measuring just 12.8 ounces, and less invasive, so kids will feel more inclined to wear this helmet than they normally are with standard kids bike helmets.
The adjustable chin strap that the model comes equipped with is not especially different from most straps though, the polycarbonate shell is about as tough as they usually are, and the EPS liner is as thick as it normally is. However, this time, the liner is removable, so you can toss it in a washing machine and, with its quick-drying properties, have the helmet ready overnight.
In other words, the LERUJIFL Adjustable Kids Helmet will prove suitable for kids with a little more experience than most.
The TeamObsidian Durable Kid Bicycle Helmet, despite what they will have you believe, is not more durable than the preceding helmets. Having said that, it is more durable than most helmets coming at comparable prices. More important is the shock-absorbing EPS lining that ensures that the next fall does not cause serious trauma. Less important is the delightful paintwork depicting cartoony sharks on the helmet. Somewhere between these two (importance-wise) is the sun visor, making sure that your kid can ride on sunny days without squinting or wearing sunglasses.
For the most part, this helmet does not bring anything new to the table, adopting the typical adjustable chin strap that most helmets use. But the integrated quick-release clip is not that common, enabling easy fastening and unfastening without pinching the little ones' sensitive skin. Going back to the common part though, the helmet integrates 14 air vents, ensuring sufficient airflow and preventing the helmet from feeling stuffy on hot days.
In closing, as long as you don't mind that the lining loses its density with time, the TeamObsidian Durable Kid Bicycle Helmet should prove right up your (and your little one's) alley, successfully balancing comfort and protection.
What is a Kids Bike Helmet?
Kids seldom like wearing helmets. They're courageous little rascals, partially because they usually aren't familiar with potential consequences yet, partially because they normally heal from even the most serious injuries within days. Unfortunately, being a parent often means forcing your kid to do something that they don't enjoy doing, like putting on a helmet every time they want to ride their favorite bicycle. But, with these helmets, the often impossible task of forcing your kid to wear a helmet should become a little easier.
First, they're more comfortable than most, with adjustable chin straps letting you easily make the fit snug and sun visors enabling comfortable riding towards the sun. Second, these helmets are adopting multiple vents, ensuring sufficient airflow as well as providing moisture-wicking action. But what's more important to you as a parent is that these helmets are all armed with ample padding, cushioning shock damage and absorbing pressure.
Of course, as an adult, you should already know that helmets are not optional, they're mandatory, so those who want to go back to frequent biking can start by looking at these bike helmets and mountain bike helmets first.