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The 5 Best Skateboard Helmets of 2022

By: Steve Settles: Skate Buyer | May 12, 2022

No matter what terrain you choose to ride, skateboarding’s inherent risk will always be present. Despite the somewhat simplistic nature of a piece of wood attached to four wheels, any seasoned skater will tell you that this seemingly innocuous toy can easily become your worst enemy in a matter of seconds with one misstep. Luckily for all of us, we exist in a renaissance of modern protective equipment, minimizing the risk of serious injury in the event that things don’t go as planned. With that being said, we’ve selected our five favorite skateboarding helmets from Triple 8 and Pro-Tec, which feature a variety of safety technology and offer something for everyone, regardless of skating style or discipline.

Options to consider this year include which of the multiple impact certifications apply to your action sports lifestyle. Because of the typically high-impact nature of skateboarding, CPSC standards may not be as applicable to riders who plan to use their helmet for skating exclusively. With the varying certifications in mind, take a look at our list of the year's top helmets and find the one that will work best for you, then enjoy yourself with added confidence that your dome will be secured in the event of a surprise meeting with a hard surface below.

Triple 8 Sweatsaver Liner

Triple 8 Sweatsaver Liner

Protect your dome when you're getting extra gnarly with the Triple 8 Brainsaver with Sweatsaver™ Liner Skateboard Helmet. There's nothing worse than gettin' extra sweaty from your helmet on a sweltering day, so Triple 8 fixed that with the Sweatsaver™ Liner. Say goodbye to sweat blurred eyes and smelly helmets and hello to crushing that next big trick. Stay safe with the Brainsaver with Sweatsaver™ Liner Skateboard Helmet from Triple 8.

Available in five sizes and eight color schemes, the Brainsaver with Sweatsaver Liner helmet offers a perfect fit for every skater’s unique style. The liner’s full-circle wraparound design ensures a long-lasting snug fit that will stay secured on your head even in the roughest tumble. With an included 180-day warranty, you can rest assured that Triple 8 has got your back if any surprising damage occurs from regular use. It is worth noting that the Brainsaver with Sweatsaver helmet is designed with skateboarding in mind and not CPSC certified, so it is not recommended for use when riding a bike. All things considered is a very solid option for novice skaters to stay safe in lower-impact environments.

Helmet StyleVentingWarranty
Half ShellFixed Venting180 Days

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Triple 8 The Certfied Sweatsaver Skateboard Helmet

Triple 8 The Certfied Sweatsaver

Some helmets are clunky and quite frankly not very comfortable to wear. The Triple 8 The Certified Sweatsaver Skateboard Helmet, on the other hand, is akin to that super comfy FlexFit ball cap you had in back middle school. A plush Sweatsaver Liner is made up of softer dual density foam and comes in two sizes so you can customize your fit and keep your brow dry on those hot summer days.

Constructed using EPS foam along with a thicker dual-density foam and Triple 8’s plush Sweatsaver fabric, The Certified Sweatsaver also comes with a second set of liners in order to customize your ideal fit. Priced moderately, this helmet sits among the cream of the crop for action sports safety gear. Rest assured that those extra few dollars spent will ensure that your brain is well-protected from any bad spills on either your board or bike, so BMX and skate enthusiasts rejoice! This version of the Sweatsaver is dual-certified to comply with both CPSC and ASTM safety standards, meaning you’re rolling safely no matter what you ride. This helmet is ideally suited to riders in need of solid, all-around protection, but especially novices beginning to dip their toes into multiple action sports.

Helmet StyleVentingWarranty
Half ShellFixed Venting180 Days

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Pro-Tec Classic Skate Skateboard Helmet

Pro-Tec Classic

It's been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and if that's the case, the Pro-Tec Classic Skate Skateboard Helmet must blush a lot. With Hardshell construction ready to take on whatever mischief more aggressive skaters get themselves into, and a 2-stage soft foam liner, it's no wonder there are so many Classic Skate wannabes out there. Look sleek and skate tough in the Pro-Tec Classic Skate Skateboard Helmet.

Featuring their HDPE Flex shell over a 2-stage soft foam liner that’s sure to stay secure under any conditions, the Pro-Tec Classic Skate helmet is the product of decades of fine tuning. One of the original skateboarding helmet designs in the early 1970s, Pro-Tec’s current iteration has been streamlined for ideal fit, strength and resiliency. A longtime favorite of skateboarders worldwide, this helmet comes in sizes XS-XL in a variety of colors sure to please every athlete looking to keep their dome intact when going big. Included with purchase is a 1-year limited warranty, so skate with confidence that Pro-Tec will back you up if any unforeseen circumstances arise. Keep in mind that the Classic Skate helmet is not CPSC, ASTM or CE certified, and as such is recommended only for use when skateboarding.

Helmet StyleVentingWarranty
Half ShellFixed Venting1 Year

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Pro-Tec The Classic Certified EPS

The Pro-Tec The Classic Skateboard Helmet is exactly what its name says it is: a classic. This timeless design is durable, well-equipped and clean cut. It features hardshell construction that is perfect for the aggressive riders out there and an EPS foam liner that can battle the bad falls if they come. Go hard, not home, in Pro Tec's The Classic.

Pro-Tec’s redesigned version of The Classic is now EPS certified, utilizing Hardshell construction in a high-density injection-molded ABS shell that’s ready for anything you can possibly throw it’s way. With the included low-profile EPS foam liner, this Classic meets all required ASTM, CE and CPSC standards for certification, so it’s the perfect brain bucket for all you interdisciplinary rippers reading this. With varying prices depending on size and colorway, The Classic Certified CPS helmet is worth every penny for its dual-sport protection and unyielding style. For you adrenaline junkies looking to blast big airs year round on every terrain, this Classic is for you.

Injection-molded ABS shell, ideal for an aggressive riding style11 vents1 Year

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Pro-Tec Old School Certified Skateboard Helmet

Pro-Tec Old School Certified

The iconic skate helmet reappears. The look of the Pro-Tec Old School Certified Skateboard Helmet was always guaranteed to get a nod of approval from the crusty pool dog in the bowl, and now it'll get props from Captain Safety too. Certified for multiple impacts, this is a smart and modern helmet choice that doesn't lose its visual connection to the rad skaters of the past and present.

A vintage design now multi-impact certified, the Pro-Tec Old School Certified helmet has officially proven that even the most timeless products can get better with age. Featuring their flexible HDPE polyethylene shell and three layers of foam in varying densities, the Old School Certified is made with comfort in mind and constructed to fit a wide variety of head shapes and sizes. Available in several colors, this is a perfect option for anyone looking to pair prototypical style with unparalleled protection and comfort. Ever heard the term “the original and still the best?” Yeah, that applies here.

11 Open VentsABS, EPS, Polyethylene1 Year

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The Selection Process:

Our skate buyer has an endless amount of knowledge on all things skateboard stemming from years of experience in the skateboard industry in tandem with their countless hours on a board. evo's buyers assess all products coming to market, lean into this knowledge, and put together this selection of the best products. They have a unique perspective as they truly see everything offered across the category.

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Steve Settles

Steve knew Santa Claus was real when a shiny new complete skateboard was waiting for him under the tree in the winter of ’92. Skateboarding has been in his life ever since. He's been lucky enough to work in the skateboard community since legally possible. He started behind the counter selling skateboards, moved up to store manager of a retail location, recruited to work in Event Marketing running the largest amateur skateboard contest in the US, then landed the job at evo with opening and managing Seattle’s only Indoor skatepark – All Together Skatepark.

After the first 5 years of running All Together Skatepark, he started taking on buying responsibilities for evo skate products and have most recently moved to buying full time. Skateboarding has taught Steve to look at the world differently and openly by breaking down all barriers of age, race, genders, and cultures. Skateboarding is for all humans. For that perspective, he's forever grateful!