Keep your kids riding safe with one of these best youth ATV helmets
Shopping for the best kids ATV helmets can be tough with so many brands and features you have to take into consideration. We help make your shopping simple with our list of best helmets that are sure to fit every budget while keeping your little rider as safe as possible.
It occurred to me the other day when we published the Best Youth ATV of The Year story, that picking out the best youth ATV helmets should go right along with it. As parents, we want our children to be as safe as possible at all times, and that starts with ensuring that kids are wearing helmets, the most important piece of safety equipment you can buy.
I remember as a kid riding around on my Yamaha Tri-Moto 200 three-wheeler, my mom insisted I wear a helmet all the time. I had buddies with ATVs who’d come over to ride and they never wore a helmet until one of them got hurt (on his own property) and all of a sudden the kids were wearing helmets. Get your kids wearing helmets from the start, so that if they should ever consider riding without one, it will feel unnatural to them. We’ve got a great list of helmets that are loaded with features, work with every budget and most of all look cool so your riders won’t mind wearing one.
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Staff Favorite - 6D ATR-2Y Youth Helmet
As parents or guardians, you want the best kids ATV helmets to ensure your little riders safety. The 6D ATR-2Y provides the ultimate protection in the youth off-road helmet market. In their quest to be one of, if not the best off-road helmet manufactures, 6D received a grant from the NFL to research concussion prevention in helmet technology thanks to their Omni-Directional Suspension Technology. They use multi-density EPS foam in the interior of the helmet with isolation dampeners to help soften any blows. This kids ATV helmet from 6D is also different from the adult-sized versions in that it’s tailored to offer better protection to the developing brain of a child. This helmet is also loaded with features that you’d normally find in adult helmets such as multiple ventilation ports (both intake and exhaust), removable comfort liner and a 3-year limited warranty. It’s the highest priced helmet on our list, but you get what you pay for.
Troy Lee Designs SE4 Polyacrylite Youth Helmet
Troy Lee Designs is all about that moto life and it shows in their kids ATV helmets. Available in a variety of colors and designs, the TLD SE4 Polyacrylite youth helmet is another top notch lid in a sea of youth ATV helmets. The polyacrylite shell is lightweight and features a MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) liner, multiple ventilation ports (intake and exhaust), 3D contoured cheek pads that feature quick-release functionality for safe helmet removal by EMS responders, and is available in two sizes to fit a variety of head sizes. It’s a great helmet for someone who want’s their little ones to be stylish and safe.
Fox Youth V2 Helmet
Let’s face it; kids want stylish youth ATV helmets as much as adults do, and won’t wear it if they don’t like the way it looks. When my daughter was five years old, the first kids ATV helmet we found was red and blue and very much themed for a boy. “No, no, no, no, Daddy.” We ended up spending $75 more for one with pink on it. At least it was a good helmet and fit her, so I paid it and left with a happy kid. Another brand that knows kids want style to go with the safety that parents want is Fox Racing. The Fox V2 youth ATV helmet comes in four shell sizes and four EPS foam liner sizes to ensure a comfortable fit and has stylish looks that you expect from a fashionable brand like Fox. The V2 youth ATV helmet also features magnetic visor attachments that allow the visor come off in the event of a crash preventing your kids heads from spinning around if the visor was to get snagged in the event of a crash. An added plus is that the Fox V2 youth ATV helmets are reasonably priced, making them one of the best youth helmets out there.
Fly Racing Kinetic Helmet
You can’t put a price on the safety of your kids. In reality we all have budgets, and as much as we want to get our kids that $400 helmet with every cool feature many of us have budgets to live on. Enter the Fly Racing Kinetic line of youth ATV helmets. These helmets have quality features that you find in some of the higher end helmets like removable liners and cheek pads, a multi-port ventilation system, and a lightweight shell. The fact that the shell might be slightly heavier, you won’t get a MIPS liner, and the graphics might not be as flashy doesn’t mean that it’s not a quality helmet that offers great protection for right around $100.
HJC CL-XY2 Youth Helmet
Established in 1971, HJC is no stranger to the helmet market and their CL-XY2 is one of the popular youth ATV helmets available today. Affordably priced under $100, the CL-XY2 kids ATV helmet offers solid protection, style and fit. Features include: full front-to-back ventilation, removable and washable liner and cheek pads and a large eye port for maximum visibility from a DOT approved helmet. Available in multiple colors and graphics that your little ones are sure to approve of.
What To Look For in ATV Helmets For Kids
When picking out kids ATV helmets, you need to take into account safety, size, fit, styling and cost. There are a few other things, which we’ll touch on shortly, but on the safety front, never buy a used helmet. One that has been used may be damaged. Helmets, even the most expensive ones, are one-and-done, meaning one hard hit and you need a new one. Make sure you have the size and fit correct. Measure one inch above your child’s eyebrows and around the biggest part of their head. The ATV helmets for kids should fit snugly and not wiggle much at all. Resist the urge to upsize and let your kid grow into it. Yes, it will save you a little money up front, but that is asking for trouble. Let’s dig a little deeper.
How important is it for my kid to wear a helmet?
It may be easy to think that kids don’t have to wear a helmet because maybe they’re riding slower or something. There is always the old adage too that kids bounce back from injuries quicker than adults, and there is some validity to that. Kids do tend to recover better from concussions than adults. However, studies have proven that head injuries are still nothing you would want your child to deal with. There can easily be cognitive, associative and behavioral damage from a traumatic head injury that may mask as something else. That’s not a risk any of us would be willing to take. Better to get into the habit of always wearing a helmet, regardless of the speed.
How do you size an ATV helmet?
The way you determine the size of a helmet is the same for adults as it is for kids. You measure approximately one inch above the eyebrows and around the widest part of the head. You then compare that measurement to the sizing chart for the individual helmet you are considering. We could say that there is a standardized helmet sizing, and technically there is. It is much the same as hat sizes. However, you really need to compare it to the individual helmet manufacturer’s sizing chart to get close. Not all helmet companies have the same sizing as others. One company’s XL is another company’s large. And with ATV helmets for kids, never, ever go a size or two bigger, hoping they’ll “grow into it.” If they can grow into it, they can also fall out of it.
Does my kid need ATV goggles too?
Yes, by all means, your child also need age-appropriate goggles when they are riding an ATV. A good-fitting, youth-sized goggle gives your child proper eye protection from dirt, debris and impacts. Proper youth sizing means the frame is smaller to better fit your child’s face. It also means the goggles will fit into a kids-sized helmet and not leave gaps that dirt, dust and debris can get in through. 100% makes some of the best goggles on the market and their youth-sized versions have the same style and functionality as the adult-sized goggles. They share the same size lenses and tear-offs as the adult-sized goggles, so finding replacements is easier and more economical.
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