Watch This: Certified Versus Non Certified Helmet Impact Testing
The non-certified helmet being tested is an extremely popular helmet amongst the skatepark and BMX set. Heck, many of my close friends, riding buddies, and loved ones choose to wear the non-certified Bucky Lasek Classic ProTec helmet shown in the video. Many of my other riding buddies also wear non-certified but retro cool helmets and the bottom line is they aren’t safe.
My friends at the local BMX shop tell me these helmets are extremely popular amongst kids because they’re comfortable. The store stocks these helmets because even the kids who wouldn’t normally wear helmets will wear one. Personally, I don’t buy the “more comfortable” excuse. I’ve tried the non-certified helmet shown in the video and have or have owned several which can compete in price and comfort while offering real protection. My favorite is the Giro Section.
Perhaps the real reason these helmets are so popular is because they’ve become widely accepted at the local street spots and skateparks. A quick search of Dans Comp, the most popular online BMX store, has these helmets listed and describes them as:
“Skatepark helmets are not intended for street use. Skatepark helmets are not certified or meet safety standards. Skate helmets are designed for comfort and feel.”
So please go buy your children, loved ones, or yourself a real helmet. For more, check out the non-profit Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute’s annual review of helmets.