Does your child want to do motocross? First of all, it will be necessary to equip it in particular with a helmet, in order to ensure its safety. Before presenting the best models, a few important criteria should be mentioned.
What type of helmet to choose?
There are 3 types of helmets for children: jet helmets, full-face helmets and cross helmets. Each has advantages and disadvantages.
The jet helmet is the cheapest of all, as well as the lightest. Ventilated, it avoids the sensation of claustrophobia and allows to breathe well. However, it is the helmet that protects the children the least, because it does not have a chin strap.
The full-face helmet is the one that protects children the most. However, it is the heaviest of all and also the most expensive. In addition, it gives a feeling of confinement to the children.
Finally, the cross helmet is a mixture of the 2 preceding types: it is less heavy than the integral helmet, more ventilated also and it protects the children thanks to a chin strap. The only disadvantage is that the visor, also called cap, which overhangs the helmet can create a catch in the wind that is not negligible with speed. There are however models where this cap is removable.
Ergonomics, helmet size and weight
Choosing the right helmet size for your child is just like choosing the right size for an adult. A good balance must be found between safety and comfort. We measure the child’s head and look at the size matches for the helmets.
For example, a head size of 50 cm corresponds to a 3XS size, while a waist size of 56 cm will correspond to a helmet size S.
The disadvantage of buying a helmet for children is that it will be too small quickly enough, because children grow up fast. Be aware that there are more and more evolving helmets, which propose to change the inside of the helmet, in order to increase the size according to the growth of the child.
Regarding the ergonomics of a helmet, there are several things to pay attention to: does the helmet have ventilation systems that let air through? Are the interior foams removable and washable? Is the screen anti-fog and anti-scratch?
Finally, for the weight, it is necessary to be careful not to choose a helmet too heavy, whose weight will be distributed on the still fragile cervicals of the child. As an indication, a child between 6 and 8 years, who weighs approximately 20 kg, will be able to support a helmet of 800 g maximum; between 10 and 12 years, the children will be able to support a helmet of approximately 1400 g.
The best models
The Qtech model is available in several sizes and colors. It is equipped with glasses and has a light shell. Very comfortable, its lining is completely removable. This helmet combines performance, comfort, quality and safety.
This Qtech model is available in black, blue or red and in several sizes. Its matt finish gives it a modern look. The opening system of this helmet is easy and the inner padding is removable at cheek level. It can be used for motocross, quad, off-road or BMX.
The ATO-Helme model with its modern look, thanks to its fluorescent green design and colour, consists of a plastic outer shell and an EPS inner shell for optimum shock absorption. Its inner lining is removable and washable and the closure is quick and convenient.
The Viper model, available in 3 sizes and 3 different colours, has a quick and secure closure. It has different interior ventilation points, which are not only removable, but also washable. In addition, the spout is adjustable.
The Qtech model, available in 4 colours and 4 different sizes, has an easy opening system. It can be used for motocross, BMX, Quad or off-road. The cheeks are padded, but the device is removable. Protective goggles match the helmet. Made of polycarbonate, this helmet also has an adjustable visor and a seatbelt-type fastener.