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Types of Wakeboard Helmets


Protective Materials in Wakeboard Helmets

Wakeboard helmets come in a variety of styles and protective materials. These different styles and protective materials for wakeboard helmets also require different safety standards and certifications or non at all, depending on what the helmet will ultimately be used for in wakeboard and the wakeboard protective gear manufacturer.


EVA wakeboard helmets are equipped with a Dual-Density waterproof EVA liner - Two Face, Ace Wake, B2, Ace Water, and Classic Full Cut Water. Dual-Density EVA foam liners transition from soft to hard from your head out toward the hard shell of the wakeboard helmet.

Bern Tech H2O

Bern Tech H2O wakeboard helmets feature a burly ABS shell with patented Brock soft foam and water resistant EVA lining. The outer ABS shell is thicker, specifically designed for Brock foam, a soft and breathable impact foam for multiple low-impact protection. It is also made with open cell Brock foam for improved moisture circulation. These water helmets are lined with water resistant EVA and laminated neoprene and meets CE 1385 safety standards.


SEPP (Super Expanded Polypropylene) / EPP (Expanded Polypropylene). The difference between the materials is that SEPP and EPP, unlike EPS do not deform permanently on impact and is therefore suitable to absorb repetitive shocks. Meaning, essentially that an EPS liner will break, distributing the force from the impact throughout the helmet. The EPP and SEPP are similar in that they will also break when the maximum force of impact occurs, but SEPP and EPP have higher stress limits when it comes to breakage and flex.

Multiple Impact and Single Impact Wakeboard Helmets

Wakeboard helmets are able to take a beating. They are designed to protect your head and will do so if worn properly, see the section on The Proper Fit of a wakeboard Helmet in AllSportProtection's Advice Center. Single impact wakeboard helmets are the most common and realistic as to their ability to thoroughly protect. Multiple impact wakeboard helmets are a relatively new design that feature harder and more scientifically advanced protective materials.

Multiple Impact Wakeboard Helmets
Although this sounds like the best idea, a wakeboard helmet that can withstand multiple impacts without being replaced, it's not very realistic. Yes there are helmets that do go the extra mile such as POC's SEPP (super expanded polypropylene) liners featured in the POC Receptor + wakeboard helmet or Pro Tec's EVA liner featured in the Pro Tec B2, but after any hard impact to the head you should check for cracks or abrasions in the shell and liner, any sign of damage means it's time to replace the helmet no matter what.

Single Impact Wakeboard Helmets
Wakeboard safety standards require that a wakeboard helmet protect a rider from a single impact only. Usually a hard foam liner that crushes to absorb the force of an impact. Since the foam is crushed at the point of impact the helmet will no longer have as much protection in the area of that impact. The protection lost depends on the force of the impact in general, how hard you hit, the area damaged within the helmet, etc. Helmet manufacturers recommend that you replace your helmet after any significant impact. A significant impact is basically any impact that cracks the shell or you can see that the foam has been crushed. If you feel you have had a significant impact and there is no damage it is really your call. Wakeboard helmets are meant to take a crash, and be used so expect to use them again if you do crash, just be aware that it is your call as to the replacing of your wakeboard helmet.

Wakeboard Helmet Construction

Wakeboard helmets are constructed with EVA and SEPP liners. The difference is in the manufacturing technique and wakeboard helmet design.

In Mold Wakeboard Helmet Construction

The in mold wakeboard helmet manufacturing technique is where the interior liner of the helmet is made along with, connected to, literally blown in to the hard outer shell while it is still in the manufacturing mold.

In Mold wakeboard helmets are lighter, stronger and include a wider variety of venting options when compared to traditional wakeboard helmet designs. In mold was originally limited to the higher end wakeboard helmets but now, due to its popularity and protective features in wakeboard helmets, in mold construction is frequently seen in many mid range to high end wakeboard helmets.

Traditional Wakeboard Helmet Construction
Traditional wakeboard helmets are not made with in mold construction and have their own foam liners taped or glued in to the exterior hard shell after the shell liner are manufactured.

Roller derby helmets made in the traditional technique are usually heavier, may not be as strong and typically have fewer vents.

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