Top 8 Best BMX Helmets for Safety in 2017-2018

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Top 8 Best BMX Helmets for Safety in 2017-2018

A young BMX rider rode up to me at a skatepark the other day and asked me, “What is the best BMX helmet?”. Luckily for the kid… he was asking someone who has suffered multiple concussions throughout his life. It is safe to say I definitely know more than most regarding what are the safest BMX helmets on the market. At the time (Still own it today) I believed I owned the best BMX helmet, therefore I gave him the info to #1 on my list. Sa is a very important subject for me so I decided to write a post about it. What are the best BMX helmets one can buy if money isn’t an issue..

I did my homework & have asked hundreds of riders from all around the world over the past years (And still ask today) which has helped me to decide which helmets are the Top 8 Best BMX helmets for Safety in 2017-2018.

#1 BELL Full Flex BMX Helmet 


This is the helmet I own & ride with today. The Bell Full Flex Helmet takes the cake for being the number one protective helmet on the market. Progression. It usually starts in the streets, and that’s where the new Full Flex was born. Engineered to inspire action sports athletes as they push new limits, it features full-cut style and protection with cutting-edge technologies—all packaged in a style that’s both modern and classic. The resilient EPP liner was specifically engineered for action sports, where crashes just happen. And the combination of two innovative technologies— FormFit and Double-Walled Construction—improves fit and protection. When I wear this helmet, I have peace of mind. The bulky-ness was hard to get use to at first, but thats what I expected for it being the safest. This is the best BMX helmet for 2017-2018. Price: $89.95

 #2 S-ONE Lifer BMX Helmet


Taking the #2 spot in best BMX helmets is the S1 Lifer Helmet.

The Lifer Helmet uses a specially formulated EPS Fusion Foam which allows it to protect your head from multiple low force impacts as well as high impacts. Also, it is a Certified “multi-impact” helmet and is up to 5x more protective than the soft foam non-certified helmets. With its break through design combining the added safety of a CPSC and ASTM certifications with the comfort and fit of a non certified helmet, the S1 Lifer Helmet is one of the best fitting High impact and Multiple Impact helmets on the market.  Price: $54.95

#3 BELL Reflex BMX Helmet

bell-reflex-helmetBell seems to be the leader in the industry with a second helmet making the Top 3. The Bell Reflex Helmet takes third place and is definitely one of the best BMX helmets on the market.

Inspired gear for all-day action. Smart, stylish and crazy comfortable, Reflex is at home in the dirt or on the streets. Its resilient EPP liner is made from a material that’s specifically engineered for action sports athletes. Furthermore, the Double-Walled Construction makes the outer shell stiffer and stronger, and the new FormFit technology gives Reflex a more comfortable fit. Price: $53.95

#4 TSG Kranken BMX Helmet


TSG has been killing the scene recently and everyones been saying many great things about them. They are definitely one of the most protective helmets in BMX and deservingly makes the cut at number four.

The Skate/BMX helmet was launched back in 1998, and is an absolute classic that served as a template for many others to follow. This regular shaped half-shell lid became famous in 1999 when it protected skateboard legend Tony Hawk from a serious injury while attempting a full loop. The TSG Kranken helmet is a wise choice if your looking for one of the best protective helmets for your skull.  Price: $54.95

#5 TRIPLE 8 Brainsaver BMX Helmet

triple-8-brain-saver-helmetBased on many great things I’ve heard from other BMX riders I’ve asked, this helmet, the Triple 8 Brainsaver helmet takes fifth place.

Dual Certified: Complies with U.S. CPSC Bike and ASTM Skate safety standards. ABS Outer Shell with EPS liner. Complete with their renowned Sweatsaver™ Fit Pads for added comfort.

It might not be the best BMX helmet, but at less than $35 it is probably the BEST BANG for your BUCK! Price: $30.41

#6 PROTEC Bucky Classic BMX Helmet

protec bucky classic

Definitely one of the most popular helmet’s in the BMX scene is the Protec Bucky Classic Helmet. Bucky took the original 1970’s Full-Cut helmet and trimmed the ear covers off to create a helmet with his own style and flair.

It has been around for years and is tried and true. Thats why I gave this helmet the #6 spot.  Only available in HDPE with our 2-Stage premium soft foam liner that everyone loves for the comfort and lightweight feel, you’re sure to find the right fit with four sizes available.  Price: $47.60

#7 FOX Transition BMX Helmet

fox transitionThe Fox Transition Helmet takes seventh place! It may look like another BMX helmet, but its in-mold technology with EPS foam actually make it closer in relation to Fox Racing’s Flux. Though it is said that this helmet is more suited for mountain bikers, I have talked to many BMX riders who love this helmet. I will say that most of them were brand-loyal to Fox Racing, assuming by the fact most of them wore Fox shirts! Haha.

A tough ABS outer and expanded polystyrene core absorb impact and keep your gray matter in the factory case. 12 vents in the helmet guide air into and through for all-day comfort. Fox Racing uses Inset chin straps to anchor the webbing directly into the EPS shell which improves strength, and further reduces bulk and overall weight. Fox Racing’s Transition Hard Shell Helmet passes CPSC safety standards. Price: $49.50

 #8 PROTEC Classic Full Cut BMX Helmet


The Protec Classic Full Cut Helmet takes eighth place. This is the original 1970’s skate helmet that became the most recognizable helmet of all time. It features Classic eat protection styling, a 2-Stage premium liner, stainless steel hardware, and soft tubular webbing. Bring back the good vibes of the 70’s by rockin the Full-Cut.

They even have a Glow in the Dark model that you should definitely check out! For being a full cut helmet with a price of $44.50, you can’t go wrong with this buy. Though keep in mind that this helmet is NOT certified. Price: $44.50

Do you own one of the best BMX helmets on our Top 8 list? Do you own a helmet that isn’t on our list and you think should be?  Let us know in the comments below! 

My name is JP Davies. 26 years old. From Miami, Florida. Riding freestyle BMX since 2006. Once I realized how passionate I was about BMX, I decided to start my own freestyle BMX inspired blog & apparel company, Kranclife.
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  1. Taylor Anstrom

    #5 Triple 8 made by Sector is the best helmet I have ever used. It is very light and not too hot to wear. It’s very durable as well. I would highly recommend it to any of my riding homies.

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