Best Lightweight Helmet: Bontrager Solstice Youth
The Bontranger Solstice has a Headmaster dial system to ensure a secure fit, and it’s one of the most lightweight helmets on the market. Reviewers give it top marks for impact absorption, fit adjustments, and ease of use. And don’t worry if you crash—Bontranger will send you a replacement helmet if your Solstice gets damaged in a crash within the first year after you buy it.
Most Stylish: Krash Vector Victor
When it comes to looking awesome, the Krash Vector Victor multi-sport helmet takes the prize. Any kid will be eager to wear a helmet that’s sprouting a Mohawk. But it’s not just about looks—the Krash is certified by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), and it has vents to keep your child feeling—and looking—very cool. Just be careful when storing it, as some parents say the silicone spikes can easily get bent out of shape.
Best for Fit: Lazer Nut’z MIPS
Lazer was one of the first companies to start including MIPS technology into their youth helmets, and their Autofit system works with a tension cage inside the helmet, so you don’t have to mess around with pads or a dial. Locking slider clips on the straps also helps ensure a proper fit, and the interchangeable casings for the P’Nut version (for toddlers) are a fun way for kids to personalize their helmet. The only downside is that the Autofit system may not work as well for kids with longer hair— parents say the helmet can become loose during cycling.
Best for Convenience: Nutcase Little Nutty
The Nutcase Little Nutty Street Bike Helmet fits heads 48–52 cm. and can be adjusted for fit with both a dial and pads. The magnetic buckle allows kids to fasten their helmet on themselves, and the padding on the strap makes it extra comfortable on little chins. The back of the helmet is flat enough for it to work well riding in a bike seat or trailer, and the reflective paint helps with visibility. The only complaint from parents was that the detachable visor came off too easily and needed to be secured.
Best for Technology: Classon Intelligent
This one isn’t available to the public quite yet, and its Junior size is recommended only for kids twelve and up, but we couldn’t help but mention this smart helmet in our list because of its cutting-edge safety features. Front and rear cameras scan the environment to alert the wearer to traffic, and you can livestream and record your ride, which means that you could keep an eye on your children as they ride to school or cruise the neighborhood. Gesture sensors and a gyroscope inside the helmet activate turn signals and brake lights, alerting drivers to the rider’s movements. Smart helmets like the Classon Intelligent are definitely a trend to watch, and we hope to see smart youth helmets on the market soon.