Sign up for All Sport Protections newsletter updates. Plus get registered for a chance to win some sweet gear!.
Choosing the Right Roller Derby Helmet
Your roller derby helmet is the first piece of equipment you should focus on.
A roller derby helmet's fit and quality can be lifesaving and it’s important to wear one every time you ride, especially in active, fast paced sports like roller derby. It’s vital to choose the right roller derby helmet for you.
There are so many options when it comes to selecting a roller derby helmet, it’s important to make sure you’re educated and aware. The fit, style, price, certification, and construction all play a role in the final choice you’ll be making.
Choosing the Right Roller Derby Helmet
The traditional, stylish, low-profile skate helmet is what you want. This half-cap, bucket shaped roller derby helmet protects the front, back top and sides of your head.
- Roller derby helmets usually have a bucket shape with a hard exterior made from ABS plastic, fiberglass composite carbon fiber or Kevlar.
- Roller derby helmets have a soft foam interior,a cushony protective liner which slows the force of an impact.
- The better roller derby helmets are the ones that are constructed with an exterior hard shell and interior soft foam protective liner, these are built to resist multiple impacts.
- Some roller derby helmets are NOT ASTM F1492 certified. This does not mean they are a bad helmet, it means the manufacturer didn't seek to certify. A safety standards certification does add cost to the price of the roller derby helmet.
- It is important to inspect the exterior and interior for damage after a fall. Damage to the interior or exterior, cracks or splits - anything besides a scrape or abrasion, is a sign that the helmet needs to be replaced.
If you seek a roller derby helmet that can also function as a BMX helmet or mountain bike helmet you need one that is CPSC safety certified for bicycle use.
- Bike/Skate helmets have the same low-profile bucket shape and are constructed of a light and stiff styro-foam material called EPS (expanded polystyrene). This protective liner material condenses, breaks, cracks or fractures upon sustaining one moderate to heavy impact.
- CPSC certified skate style helmets have an EPS protective liner which meets safety standards for both roller derby and bicycle use. More impact absorption and distribution qualities are found in helmets with EPS liners that are approved for both bike and skate since bicycle crashes tend to occur at much faster speeds.
- These are the best helmets for the most aggressive skater. The low-profile skate style helmet you want with the top-rated quality hardshell exterior construction, EPS foam protective liner and CPSC safety certification for both bike and skate.
- Bike/skate helmets are meant to have only one hard impact. It is important to always inspect your roller derby helmet for cracks, breaks or fractures on the exterior and interior after a fall. If there is any damage other then a surface abrasion or scrape the manufacturer recommends you replace the helmet.
Roller Derby Helmet Safety Certifications
All skate helmets, including roller derby helmets must meet specific requirements from ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials), CPSC (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) and Snell. These cover all of the roller derby helmet safety certifications.
Come see AllSportProtection's variety of roller derby helmets.
The roller derby helmets meet the safety requirements of:
See our skate helmet safety certification page for the best information on ASTM, CSPC and Snell safety certifications for roller derby helmets.
- ASTM F1447 & F1492
- Snell N-94
Proper Fit of a Roller Derby Helmet
For a roller derby helmet to have any effect at all in protecting you from a serious head injury they must fit properly. A proper fit for a roller derby helmet is ensured by first selecting the right size of helmet, too loose and, no matter how tight the chin strap on your roller derby helmet is, it will still leave room for injury if it's not centered properly on your head. Too small of a roller derby helmet won't give you the proper amount of coverage.
Measuring the size of your head
To measure your head properly you will need to first check out the AllSportProtection Advice Center sizing guide for roller derby helmets.
How a Roller Derby Helmet is Supposed to Fit
How a roller derby helmet rests on your head is imperative to a roller derby helmets performance. Proper roller derby helmet fit means proper head coverage, meaning that the front of the roller derby helmet should sit down onto your forehead just above the eyebrows. There should be room to fit a pair of sunglasses, about a half inch between the sides of the helmet and your head.
Roller Derby helmets are sold with varying outer shell sizes and accommodate riders with removable and interchangeable padding and liners. Roller Derby helmets come with a sizing guide that explains the relationship to the actual head size, usually in centimeters and the corresponding helmets size (small, medium, large, extra large, etc.
How Does the Roller Derby Helmet Feel to You?
Different roller derby helmet manufacturers make their helmets differently, what's important, in the long run, is how the roller derby helmet feels to you. It's your head, you tell me what you like or dislike and our knowledgeable reps will accommodate you accordingly. If you purchase a helmet that is the right size and there is still a little too much room, that is less of a problem since you can add extra padding or a liner. If the helmet feels too tight in any area it's too small and you need to get a larger size of an inline skate helmet or a different brand of roller derby helmet in the same size to get a better fit.
Roller derby Helmet Prices
In general roller derby helmets are inexpensive. They range from $25 to $200, depending on shell and lining material and the safety standards it meets. The more expensive helmets will have all of the features available but may not necessarily be what you need, want or care about. Be sure to check out or info on roller derby helmet features and be assured AllSportProtection will only sell you a helmet that meets your basic needs and will keep your head protected.
Roller derby helmets in the $70 to $200 range features:
Roller derby helmets in the $35 to $70 range features:
- Helmet Construction: In-mold contsruction, a protective liner and exterior shell molded and fused together. These roller derby helmets are lighter and offer the most in venting capability.
- Exterior Shell Material: Light weight and ultra thin, made from carbon fiber, fiberglass composite or Kevlar. This makes these helmets more expensive but the most durable. The force of an impact needed to crack or fracture a Kevlar, fiberglass or carbon fiber shell is significantly greater than it would for a standard ABS plastic hard shell. ABS hard shell plastic is a great alternative and does and will protect your head but it has been proven that more advanced materials provide more comprehensive material.
- Interior Protective Liner: EPS (expanded polystyrene) liner that meets CPSC certification standards.
- Extra Features:
-Certified for both skate and bike
-Extra fit pads to customize comfort
-Extremely light weight
-More adjustable capabilities
-Pro rider designed limited edition graphics
Roller derby helmets in the $25 to $35 range features:
- Helmet Construction:Hard shell construction, a pre-molded interior protective liner is fitted and glued into a pre-molded exterior shell. These roller derby helmets are heavier and offer less venting capabilities.
- Exterior Shell Material:Light weight ABS hard plastic shell.
- Interior Protective Liner:CPSC certified EPS foam liner or the soft cushiony foam skate only liners.
- Extra Features:
-Removable or washable, sweat wicking liner and/or fit pads
-Pro rider designed limited edition graphics
- Helmet Construction: Hard shell construction, a pre-molded interior protective liner is fitted and glued into a pre-molded exterior shell. These roller derby helmets are heavier and offer less venting capabilities. These are the most budget friendly roller derby helmets which makes them by default the most popular helmets.
- Exterior Shell Material: ABS plastic hard shell protection, great impact protection at a great price.
- Interior Protective Liner: Soft cushion foam liner or a certified EPS foam liner.
Venting and Color Options for a Hot Head
Got a hot head? Well then... settle down psycho! It's just your venting options or choice of roller derby helmet color, so no prob bro.
Besides your personal style preference the number of vents and vent features and also the color of the roller derby helmet can contribute to your comfort level while skating.
- If it's hot where you live or you tend to sweat easily or are just warm blooded, you should consider a helmet that offers a lot of venting. The more vents you have and the vents sizes contribute greatly to keeping you cool. You don't want a sweaty head you want to be the guy who they all say, " Hey, he's a real cool dude."
- Opposite of that, you could be in a more temperate or colder climate or tend not to sweat as much. In this case you'd need a roller derby helmet with fewer and/or smaller vents.
- Another factor to consider is the roller derby helmets color. A darker helmet will absorb more light and keep heat in, a lighter color of roller derby helmet will reflect light allowing your head to stay a bit cooler.
Need help with AllSportProtection's top-rated selection of roller derby protective gear?
Call and chat with one of our service pros at 800-766-7269. They can help you figure out which piece of roller derby protective gear will suit you best.
Learn more by taking a look at our Protection Blog.
AllSportProtection carries helmets, protective gear and pads for your elbows, knees and shins. We carry cross sport protection for wakeboard, mountain bike, BMX, ski, snowboard, skateboard, roller derby, snowmobiling, inline skate, and longboard.