"Having a poorly fitted helmet is like wearing a loose seat belt in a car. It won't provide much protection when you need it"
A correctly fitted helmet will offer the best protection. It is mandatory in Australia to wear a helmet when riding a bike. Do not buy a helmet that is too big in the hope that your child will grow into it. Helmets which are too big will not offer the protection that it is designed to do.
What to look for in a Helmet.
Depending on the design of the helmet, there maybe a Universal Fit Ring (UFR) on the back that can be adjusted to fit your head.
Universal Fit Ring (UFR) adjustment system
For Skate helmets or other designs, without a UFR, you need select the correct size by measuring the head circumference and rely on the inbuilt lining/sizing pads to make the correct fit. You may need to add extra padding for a snug fit or remove them as the head grows.
Skate or Scooter Helmet
How to Fit a Helmet.
It is important the helmet is comfortable. Caps/hats should not be worn under helmets as it interferes with the fit and protection. Choose a helmet that provides a good fit, is not too heavy, and has good ventilation.
A helmet is designed to protect a person's head for one impact only. If the helmet has been involved in a crash or is dropped from a height - you need to replace it. Even if there is no visible damage. Make sure the foam (protective layer that takes the impact of the crash) is not old, cracked and crumbling. Clean the helmet according to the manufacturer's instructions.
See Helmet 4 Kids on our Kids Blog written by our resident 10 years old.
Giro Kid's Helmets
We keep Giro Kid's helmets in store. Giro is a highly respected and well known cycling helmet brand. It the helmet brand used by Cadel Evans, the Australian Tour de France winner. Giro invest a significant amount of money in research and development of their helmets. These helmets not only meet Australian Standards but go well beyond; built with high quality materials, are light, offer great ventilation and a comfortable snug fit.
Scamp Helmet 45cm to 49cm (suitable for toddlers)
Raze Helmet 50cm to 54cm (older kids)