Investing in a good-quality longboarding helmet can literally save your life. Research shows that longboarders are more prone to head injuries than skateboarders which is why you should make safety your #1 priority. We suggest being as safe as possible when it comes to selecting protective gear, but if you can only force yourself to wear one thing, please make it a helmet.
That old bike helmet in the dirty corner of your garage may not be good enough when it comes to longboarding – so get out your wallet and drop some money on a high-quality longboarding helmet. For further reading on longboarding helmet basics, as well as what all the safety certifications mean, check out our article on how to pick the right longboarding helmet.
|S-ONE S1 Lifer Visor Helmet||Check Price||Half shell||4.8/5|
|Triple Eight Sweatsaver||Check Price||Half shell||4.7/5|
|Pro-Tec Classic||Check Price||Half shell||4.6/5|
|TSG – Pass||Check Price||Full-face||4.6|
|Triple Eight Downhill||Check Price||Full-face||4.3/5|
|Bell Super Air R MIPS||Check Price||Full-face||4.6/5|
It’s not necessary to spend a fortune to get a good helmet, though quality tends to come with price. For half shells, the $40 to $60 price range has the perfect mix of quality and affordability. The half-shell style is obviously fine for a variety of boarding including skateboarding, however the full-face longboard helmets are typically associated with downhill/speed longboarding activities.
Best Half shell Longboarding Helmets
S-ONE S1 Lifer Visor Helmet Longboard Helmet
You can’t go wrong with anything on our list, but the S1 Lifer is the best longboarding helmet for a half-shell design. The S1 is great for all ages and passes all major safety tests. It also comes in a huge variety of color and design options. This helmet is light, comfortable, and comes with different sized pads so that you can share it or loan it out if need be.
– Specially formulated EPS Fusion Foam
– Several color and variation options
– Certification: ASTM & CPSC
Triple Eight Sweatsaver Longboard Helmet
The Sweatsaver is another great longboarding helmet option. The sizing tends to run a little smaller than average so keep that in mind and pay attention to the reviews and listen to what other riders say about it.
Triple Eight is an exceptional longboard safety brand. We’ve picked to be part of our best wrist guard article as well. They are huge in the board sport safety niche.
– Multi-impact design
– Sweatsaver liner
– Adjustable straps
– Triple Eight customized logo rivets
– Classic skate side cut helmet design
Pro-Tec Classic Longboard Helmet
The Pro-Tec longboarding helmet comes in a wide range of sizes. Many reviewers with larger heads have had great luck with this one. It doesn’t offer many options in the color department but the Pro-Tec is still a solid choice.
Pro-Tec is a big name in longboard and skateboard safety. We’ve chosen them to be included in our best elbow and knee pads as well.
Owners rave about how the helmet fits very well and doesn’t look “cheesy” like some cheaper longboard helmets can. The color and finish options are really great, most colors come in either a glossy or a matte finish- so odds are you’ll find one that fits your style.
– High Impact ABS Shell
– EPS Foam Liner
– Nylex Lamination Interior
– 11 Open Vents
– Dri-Lex Wrapped Hard-to-Soft Foam Transition
Best Full Face Longboarding Helmets
For full face longboard helmets everything is a lot more expensive. The price might seem overwhelming, but for riders interested in the downhill scene eventually they might find the need for a full face helmet. We couldn’t decide so here are the 2 best downhill longboarding helmets. The Bell helmet below is great for beginners who don’t have a ton of money to start out, it’s just a basic bmx style helmet. If you’re planning on bombing downhill on one of the best longboard brands like Landyachtz, you’ll need a full face helmet for sure.
TSG – Pass Full-face Helmet with Two Visors
– Designed by Skaters in the U.S.A
– Top quality product
– All TSG products come with a warranty
TSG full face helmets have gone through several makeovers and we’re huge fans of the latest model. These helmets can appear restrictive but in reality the TSG is quite well ventilated making breathing a breeze. There’s also a misconception that full-face longboard helmets are always heavy and uncomfortable- not true with the TSG pass. The high-end materials bring the overall weight of the helmet down to a very manageable 2.3 lbs.
If you have a higher budget, definitely check out the TSG pass. We call it the best longboard helmet for downhill riding.
Triple Eight Downhill Racer Longboard Helmet
– Meets CPSC 1203 bike and ASTM F1952 downhill mountain bike racing standards
– Hand-laid fiberglass shell & Shatter-resistant flip-up visor
– Aerodynamic styling to limit wind resistance
– EPS foam liner with velvet lining
The Triple 8 downhill racer is an excellent longboard helmet brand. The helmet also comes with and a “protective” cloth drawstring case. The helmet itself it high quality and totally worth the cost.
Bell Super Air R MIPS Longboard Helmet
If you’re only beginning and safety is a big issue for you, no worries – there’s a more affordable option. Bell helmets make dirt bike helmets that have been used for downhill longboarding since 2010. The Bell Drop was big in the scene since Roger Bros made an aftermarket visor for it. The Bell Drop is now a bit outdated and hard to find, but that’s not a problem since a Medium size Roger Bros visor fits a Large size Bell Sanction. The fit is not airtight, but for a full face under $100 it’s really good.
– Lightweight and sturdy full-face BMX/Downhill racing helmet offered at recession-busting value
– Hand laminated fiberglass shell; adjustable visor
– Fully vented, low profile design weighs just 950 grams
– Moto inspired design lines; ideal for BMX, Super-D, and all-mountain riding
– Sized for smaller and junior riders; CE EN1078, CPSC Bicycle certified
Another point of safety other than a good longboarding helmet is a good pair of well made slide gloves. Grab a pair in that linked article for more information.
*UPDATE*: We stopped recommending Predator helmets due to concerns in their build. Evidence has been found that their recent batches are not up to the quality we expect from them and their outer shells appear to have defects. Please, don’t buy new Predator helmets. Predator helmets from a few years ago are fine. The community is still waiting for a response from Predator.
Should you wear a helmet when longboarding?
Of course, we have seen far too many head injuries from longboarders who chose not to wear a helmet when riding. If you plan on doing downhill longboarding, it’s critical that you choose to wear a mask. For downhill you should definitely wear a full-face helmet like the ones we recommend above.
Also if you’re a beginner and/or a kid, we really urge you to wear a longboard helmet. When you buy a kids longboard, please combine that purchase with a helmet for the child.
Don’t be a dummy – buy a helmet. Spending a little extra money on one of the best longboarding helmets can certainly be well worth the money, especially for beginners. If you own any of these, or another helmet that you fully endorse, let us know below.