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Old October 14th, 2012, 03:45 AM   #1
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Children Helmets

What helmets are you using for your children while they ride with you. I am new to the off-road world and currently using a full face motorcycle helmet for myself when I go riding. I just put in a middle seat and wanting to take my child with me on the next ride. Any suggestions on helmets for the little ones. My child is 4, I was just going to go to the local atv dealer and see what they have available. I have done some research on the web for helmets and really do not see anything different then the helmets for adults just in child sizes. A friend of mine that races dirt track told me to go to a racing store and pick up a neck collar for her. Has anyone done this. Just looking for advice and input thanks in advance.
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Old October 14th, 2012, 06:18 AM   #2
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I picked up a mx helmet for son (4 yrs. old) & an axo neck collar. He is fine at the beginning, but the helmet gets heavy on his neck after bouncing around for a couple hours so the collar helps alot.

You definitely want to pick one out at a shop. all helmets fit differently & you don't want to listen to a kid complain all day that they don't like their helmet.

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Re: Children Helmets

Man this was a nightmare for me.

My 7 yr old daughter couldn't handle the weight of ANY of the full face MX helmets. She's small in nature anyway, and even with the lightest helmet and neck pad, she could only go few hours of riding and then start complaining about her neck hurting.

Even the most expensive full face helmets where too heavy for her. So I ended up getting this
Smith Optics Unisex Child Holt Junior Snow Sports Helmet:
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Its light weigh enough for her to ride all day with no neck pad and NO complaints, never not even one. Only problem w/this helmet is that its not DOT approved, some trails require this. I wish I could find something like this DOT approved w/same weight for her.
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Check with Steven at Black Rhino. He has the Simpson Sand Warrior Helmets, they are super light!

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Re: Children Helmets

Look into Ski helmets. A good quality Ski helmet has Safety Certifications just like a DOT and Snell ratings that you have probably heard of. Child ski helmets weigh around 12 to 15 ounces. Which is much lighter then any DOT helmet.

Ski & Snow Helmet Safety Certification

ASTM F2040 is the most common snow helmet certification. This U.S.-based standard covers nonmotorized recreational snow sports including skiing and snowboarding. Look for the ASTM sticker on the inside of the helmet to ensure its certification.

(My understanding is ASTM F2040 tests are very similar to DOT certification tests)

CE EN1077 is a European certification for alpine skiing and snowboarding helmets. CE EN1077 is the most stringent snow helmet certification, by requiring not only a blunt force test, but also a penetration test (duplicating a tree branch or ski pole) Some helmets are certified to both ASTM and CE EN standards.

(I was told CE EN1077 testing is very close to what Snell requires in its certification, minus the Flame Resistance and Face Shield Impact tests.)

Check out Giro Helmet brand. They have a youth model called Slingshot. The Slingshot is both ASTM 2040 / CE EN1077 certified. This helmet is around $60.

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My kids wear the Polaris helmets that came w the 170. My 6 yr old can outlast us riding and my 3 year old can hang all day. The problem I see w open face helmets is that the kids face isn't protected from getting smashed. Their heads might be safe but that's it.

You can always tie a weight around their neck like a pitbull and get them built up , lol Jk
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My eight year old wears a mountain climbing helmet and she loves it. You really don't need the face guard with the harness/seatbelt. Hers his pink and lightweight and she hasn't complained once about it. In fact I have to remind her to take it off when we are finished riding.
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Anybody know where i can find a helmet for my 3 year old daughter. she is allways asking for a ride. I don't feel comfortable leaving the camp without a helmet.
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