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How to choose a bike helmet for a child

The most important factor in choosing a Bike Helmet for a child is understanding the size. Once you which size helmet your child needs (discussed in a previous article here), you’ll need to decide which helmet is the right one for them. In this article, we discuss the factors that can determine which helmet you should buy for your child and why.

First of all, understanding the type of riding your child will be doing needs to be taken into account. Will they be riding their own bike, or are they going to be riding with you in a bike seat or trailer? If your kid is going to riding along in a bike seat or trailer, a helmet with a smoother, flat back will prevent it from being pushed forward on their head during a ride.

If not, you may want to consider what they’ll be using their helmet for. If in their spare time there’s a chance of them heading down the skatepark or out on a scooter then consider a skater-style helmet such as THE……. with it’s additional coverage. If it’s just days on the trails riding alongside friends and family, a traditional bike helmet like the……. will be the way to go, offering a lighter, more adjustable and breathable option. This tends to be the more common choice for most parents.

Next up you can take a look at the buckle options available. It may not seem like something you need to worry about, providing it keeps your kid safe and secure in their helmet, but it can be a big deal. A standard buckle is the classic tried and tested option, simply clip it into place and rest assured your child’s helmet is secure. Be careful not to pinch them when fastening it however as it can put them off wearing a helmet in the future if it’s a painful experience. Magnetic buckles offer a wonderful pinch-free alternative and are becoming more common on kids’ helmets.

Adjustability plays a big part in which helmet you might opt for, different manufacturers use slightly different internal adjustment systems. The most common being a traditional dial adjuster at the back of the helmet. Some will come with different size internal padding, with these you can simply swap out in removable internal pads for varying thickness pads to find the best fit. In addition to internal adjustment systems quite often you will find strap sliders, these allow you to adjust where the ‘V’ of the strap sits below the ear. Proper adjustment is essential to prevent the helmet from tilting forward or back.

Visors offer additional protection in a way that may have not even crossed your mind. Keeping the suns’ harmful rays out of kids’ eyes not only protects their eyesight, but also makes their ride a far more enjoyable experience. After all they want to see where they’re going and take in all the fantastic sights along the way!

Multiple Impact Protection System – MIPS
MIPS is offered on several of our kids’ helmets now. It’s a fantastic additional safety feature that in the worst-case allows energy from an impact to be absorbed by the helmet no matter what direction the impact is from. Studies show that MIPS can decrease risk of brain injury by up to 30%.

Some kids’ helmets even come equipped with built in lights ensuring your child stays safe and seen when riding their bike! While not all helmets feature a light most will have some reflective details for maximum visibility.

Shop our range of Kids Helmets from brands such as MET, Specialized and Troy Lee Designs to make sure your child is protected for every ride. If you need further assistance with finding the right helmet for your child visit one of our stores located in Southampton, Winchester, Chichester and Swindon.

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MIPS Helmets : Everything You Need To Know!

While modern technology means bikes are becoming lighter and faster, the technology around protecting riders is following suit and is constantly finding new ways to keep cyclists as safe as possible, should the worst happen.

An obvious way to protect the head against injury from a bike accident, is a helmet, and if you’re in the market for a new one, chances are, you’ve probably come across the term ‘MIPS’ once or twice. In this post, we’ll be exploring exactly what ‘MIPS’ means and does, and how this exciting technology is helping to limit the injury to the brain in bike crashes…

The Multi- Directional Impact Protection System or ‘MIPS’ for short, is the technology that was developed by scientists from The Karolinska Institute and The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. The system, which is based on the brain protection your brain already has (a layer of cerebrospinal fluid between the brain and the skull), is designed to protect the brain during crashes, from any angled impacts to the head.

In a bike crash, the head can experience two kinds of forces – linear and rotational. Most helmets are designed to tackle linear forces, but MIPS technology focuses more on rotational forces, which is when the head hits the ground at an angle. When this happens, the head rotates quickly and then comes to a sudden stop, which causes the brain to experience a high level of strain, and this can result in various types of brain injury. The cerebrospinal fluid in the head is the body’s primary defence method, and as we mentioned earlier, this is what the MIPS technology is based on. MIPS’ Slip Plane technology means that an extra layer is present within the helmet, which allows the helmet shell to rotate independently around the head during an angled impact, therefore redirecting some of the force the brain may otherwise experience – pretty cool ay?

MIPS helmets are becoming more lightweight and cost effective, so it’s no wonder big named brands like Giro, Bell and Fox are all starting to roll out helmets with the exciting technology inside!

Here are just a few of our favourites!

Giro Montaro MIPS Helmet

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Regardless of whether you’re on technical descents or long climbs, the Giro Montaro MIPS helmets are there for wherever your ride takes you. Not only does this lid have impressive cooling power, it’s also fitted with hydrophilic, antimicrobial pads that can absorb up to ten times their weight in sweat – pretty cool stuff! With the added benefit of full goggle integration, the Montaro really does offer it all…

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Bell Super 2 MIPS Helmet

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Need a helmet that is going to keep up with your heart-pounding trail rides? Look no further than the Bell Super 2 MIPS. With uncompromising comfort and ventilation, you’ll be charging up the climbs. You’ll love all of the technology is loaded with – a breakaway mount, and an upgraded TAG fit system that makes dialling in fit easier than ever, just to name a few!

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Fox Rampage Pro Carbon Seca MIPS Helmet

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If you’re looking for the pinnacle of performance from a mountain bike helmet, the Fox Rampage Pro Carbon Seca MIPS helmet is an obvious choice. Using their 40-year history of design and engineering excellence, Fox has added bike-specific functionality for even better performance. With it’s lightweight yet luxury interior appeal, this lid continues to show up on the podium season after season!

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Of course, these are just a few of our favourite MIPS helmets, but make sure to check out our other lids here!

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Fort William Weekend: 20% OFF POC Helmets & Awesome Savings on Protection

Feeling pumped for Fort William this weekend? We sure hope so because we have a super special offer for you, for this weekend only! We have not one but TWO AWESOME DISCOUNT CODES that will give you access to some incredible deals so keep reading!

20% of POC Tectal and Tectal Race Helmets

We spied the POC Tectal Race Helmet back in March for one of our fresh goods round-up’s and since then it’s been a permanent feature of the office radar. It’s a lush looking helmet with a bag of features. Being POC you know it’s going to be made to an incredibly high standard and is more comfortable than a pillow factory.

POC Tectal Race Helmet – RRP £170

The Tectal Race usually retails for £170 but this weekend you can grab one for only £136 – Be sure to use the code: FORTBILL20 on the shopping basket page.

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POC Tectal Helmet – RRP £155

If you fancy the standard POC Tectal helmet you can also grab this at the bargain price of £124 – Again don’t forget to use  discount code: FORTBILL20 on the shopping basket page.

POC Tectal Helmet

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20% off Fox Protection

You can’t have a new helmet without treating yourself to some new armour too. So you don’t have to shell out a whole bunch of cash, you can get a whopping 20% off our range of Fox knee and elbow guards. The Launch Enduro Elbow and Knee guards fit really well and are pedal friendly. You could pick up the elbow and knee pads for just £73.58 using code: FORTBILL20 at the checkout.

Fox Launch Enduro Elbow & Knee Pads

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Extra 10% off all MET MTB helmets

Got your eye on a new MET mountain bike helmet? Perhaps the MET Lupo or Parabellum in electric blue is your thing. Grab them this weekend at a bargain price. Simply use code: FORTBILL10 at the checkout to get another 10% off any MET MTB helmet. If you’re in need of a full face – you can pick up at Met Parachute Helmet for only £122.39 with the discount code.

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Extra 10% off all Giro MTB helmets

We’re also doing 10% off all GIRO MTB helmets too! Pick up the classic Giro Hex for only £64.34 – we have good stocks of all colours and all sizes. Again, the code you need is FORTBILL10.

Giro Hex Mountain Bike Helmet – RRP £79.99

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GIRO Montaro MIPS helmet – RRP £139.99

If you’re looking for more protection the GIRO Montaro MIPS helmet is a great choice and a bargain at £102.57 with discount code: FORTBILL10.

Giro Montaro MIPS Helmet

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Those magic codes again:

  • 20% of POC Tectal and Tectal Race Helmets – Use Code: FORTBILL20
  • 20% off Fox Protection – Use code: FORTBILL20
  • Extra 10% off all MET MTB helmets – Use code: FORTBILL10
  • Extra 10% off all Giro MTB helmets – Use code: FORTBILL10

We hope you all have an awesome weekend and enjoy the Fort William DH action!

Cheers

Matt (TT)