Our two youngest daughters, Ashley and Terri, have dabbled with indoor and outdoor cycling here and there. Now that the older of the two has a boyfriend who lives and breathes BMX, obviously she and her sister had to give it a go. Ashley was instantly hooked, whereas it took Terri a couple more weeks to really decide whether or not she liked it and if she felt that BMX biking was a good enough workout for her. Two months down the road to the present day and it seems like the two of them have found a new family hobby. They understand that a large part of BMX biking is safety, so we’ve enlisted the help of Ashley’s new pro shop boyfriend, Ryan, of Ryan’s BMX to give us some advice on the best full face bicycle helmets out on the market today. It’s quite important that you get a full faced helmet when riding BMX, because you never know how you could land if you wipe out. That’s why we don’t let any of our kids out the door without a helmet. It’s also wise to equip your bike with the proper safety lights. As the timeless saying goes, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Ryan has been riding BMX for about a decade now and gave us 5 helmet brands that he recommends using.
1) Parachute Helmets: Parachute Helmets, used by the master Ryan himself, actually have a speaker inside that you can use to listen to music while on your bike. Pretty sweet! Even with that added perk, Parachute Helmets are some of the most lightweight helmets available, as they are made from a carbon matrix shell. Ryan says his helmet, the Parachute Helmet Dissident FX, comes with an internal cooling system, which can be super helpful if you’re competing or riding in the heat.
2) Cipher FF Helmets: I was so happy that Ryan listed Cipher FF Helmets, because this is what he talked Ashley into using! I’m glad that she now owns what is considered a good helmet! To be honest, she was only drawn to it because of the cute travel bag it came with. Anyway, this helmet comes with a protective visor that can be adjusted up or down. We find this very useful for super dusty or muddy courses. The inside is super padded and is the most comfortable full faced helmet we’ve tried.
3) Cortex Flow Helmets: The Cortex Flow Helmets have a patented gel padding, which helps with comfort, odor-control, and keeping riders’ heads cool. These helmets are for daredevils and videographers, as the helmet comes with a built-in camera mount.
4) Fox Helmets: Fox Helmets (which Terri uses) are lightweight, breathable and comfortable full face helmets. She prefers the most lightweight helmet. She believes that feeling as though nothing is on her head helps her concentrate when she is out on the bike.
5) Volt Axis Helmets: Volt Axis Helmets were one of the first companies to put out full faced helmets. They’ve been around almost as long as the sport and they continue to manufacture lightweight and sporty designs that are some of the safest available.
For all of you BMX lads and ladies out there, be safe and make sure you invest in a helmet that’ll protect that beautiful cranium of yours!