Does it really matter if you make do with a bike helmet as a skateboard helmet and vice versa? After all, both are designed for head safety. That being true, there are still concrete differences between the two, and they have more serious implications than just you looking inanely out of dress sense if you wear one in place of the other.
Bike helmet vs skateboard helmet: Bike helmets cover the top part of your head and less of the back, while skateboard helmets always cover the back. The former is designed to take on big, one-time hits and is then disposed of, while the latter is supposed to bear mild hits and falls while skateboarding, repeatedly.
There are marked differences in safety standards and design, and it’s not that one is safer than the other. Both are made to take different types of blows. To see full details of their differences, keep reading on!
Bike helmets must be CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) certified, which is a strict legal standard mandated by the government. All bike helmets are supposed to conform to this stringently, while standards for other activities are voluntary and set by independent organizations.
This is not to say those skateboard helmet standards are not followed. They are as present as bike helmet standards, in fact, a lot of people consider them to be legal standards. All skateboard helmets should be ASTM F1492 certified, and you should check for the certification sticker on the helmet because some skate style helmets might not have it.
If you must buy a helmet (see Amazon) that you can use for biking as well as skateboarding, then buy one which has dual certification, both CPSC and ASTM F1492, because those are suitable for both bike riding and skateboarding.
Dual-certified helmets still will not be as fine-tuned for either sport individually compared to dedicated biking and skateboarding helmets, but they do the job fairly well if you want to buy one helmet for both.
You should not, on the other hand, buy a skateboarding helmet which is only CPSC certified, because that is the biking standard and not appropriate for skateboarders.
Bike vs skateboard safety considerations
Bike helmets with CPSC certification are designed with hard foam to withstand single major hits, because bikers don’t tend to fall off very often. (Mountain bikers can encounter more falls so their helmets are designed differently to brace those.)
After a major rampage, a bike helmet is significantly dented and not safe for further use- so it should be disposed of and replaced with a new one.
Skateboarding however, involves multiple minor bumps and falls, so helmets with ASTM … Read More