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9 Not Dorky Ebike Helmets, as Approved by Teenagers

Updated: May 21

Helmets are essential for ebike safety, so it's critical to get your teen an ebike helmet that they’re not embarrassed by and will wear buckled on their heads even when their friends and peers are around.

 
Dorky e-bike helmet

Dorky is in the eye of the beholder, but it’s a universal truth that most teenagers don’t want to be dorky, and helmets are no exception. 


So when I informed my 13 and 15-year-olds that we were making safety upgrades on their helmets, there was expected resistance. “No one wears those; they’re not cool,” is what I heard before they even knew what type of helmets were under consideration. 


My challenge: Find helmets that met the safety criteria I wanted, which were ebike-certified* or MIPS equipped**, but that also looked most similar to the ones they’d been wearing or, better yet, had a cool factor beyond what they were used to.


*Remind me, what’s an ebike-certified helmet?

Ebike-certified helmets go beyond bicycle helmet standards to better protect when traveling at higher speeds. Helmets approved for ebike use have an NTA-8776 certification. In the U.S., no laws require ebike-certified helmets, but it’s a safety upgrade that ebikers should consider. Learn more about ebike helmets


**And what is MIPS?

MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) helmets are designed to reduce rotational forces during an accident or a fall. In the U.S., MIPS helmets must meet regular helmet certifications but have no specific accreditation of their own. Learn more about MIPS helmets



9 Cool Ebike Helmets

After much online research, examining countless helmet options, and ordering and returning quite a few, we eventually settled upon this list of nine helmet ideas for teen ebikers. 


Safety note: All helmets in this list meet U.S. safety standards for bicycle helmets and are CPSC-certified. Some are also ebike certified (NTA-8776), others have MIPS, and a couple have both.


NTA-8776 and MIPS are just two factors to consider when selecting an ebike helmet. The helmets in this list have many more advanced safety features not covered here. See the linked manufacturer pages to learn more. 


For any helmet to be effective, it must be sized and positioned correctly, worn, and buckled at all times. 



S1 Retro Lifer E-Helmet E-bikes NTA 8776

Skaters have long loved S1’s helmets and pads. Their helmet line recently expanded into e-helmets designed for electric bikes and other electric transportation, like e-scooters.


The S1 Retro Lifer E-Helmet closely resembles S1’s classic skate helmet, the S1 Lifer, which gives this ebike helmet instant cool status, especially with skaters.


Available in 6 colors.


NTA-8776: Yes

MIPS: No

Price: $89



Thousand Chapter MIPS Helmet E-bikes

Thousand is a newer helmet company, established in 2015 via a successful Kickstarter campaign. Its founder saw bike helmets as “too bulky, too inconvenient, and too futuristic-looking,” so he created Thousand to make helmets that weren’t. Success! 


Bonus: The light on the back of the helmet can be removed and attached to a bike as a tail light. 


Available in 8 colors.


NTA-8776: No

MIPS: Yes

Price: $145



POC Crane MIPS Helmet E-bikes

POC has a large selection of helmets for road and mountain biking. “Lightweight” and “well-ventilated” are adjectives often associated with POC helmets.


The Crane helmet is a multipurpose helmet designed for everything from city streets to dirt jumps. It looks more BMX than commuter, which will appeal to off-roader teens.


Available in 8 colors.


NTA-8776: No

MIPS: Yes

Price: $120



Giro Quarter MIPS Helmet E-bikes

The Giro Quarter MIPS helmet is a low-profile helmet, meaning it sits lower and tighter to the head than other bike helmets tend to. This makes the Giro Quarter MIPS most closely resemble a skateboard helmet. 


Available in 2 colors.


NTA-8776: No

MIPS: Yes

Price: $70



Triple Eight Dual Certified MIPS Helmet E-bikes

Triple Eight also started with protective skateboard gear but now covers several action sports.


This Dual Certified MIPS helmet is indicated for bicycling and skateboarding and is so low-profile that it’s almost a bike helmet in disguise. 


Available in 2 colors.


NTA-8776: No

MIPS: Yes

Price: $80




Specialized Mode Helmet E-Bike Certified NTA 8776

The Mode is unassuming. Although technically advanced and certified for ebike use, it doesn’t look like it, which some teens really prefer. Hidden vents give the helmet a clean, modern look. 


NTA-8776 certified and MIPS equipped, the Mode is one of only two helmets on this list that can make that brag.


Available in 5 colors.


NTA-8776: Yes

MIPS: Yes

Price: $120



Nutcase Onyx Solid Satin MIPS E-bikes

Nutcase has an extensive collection of MIPS helmets in several styles, countless colors and designs. Search “MIPS” on their site to see all of the options. We like the Onyx Solid Satin because of its simple, understated design.


Available in countless colors.


NTA-8776: No

MIPS: Yes

Price: $80



Smith Dispatch Helmet E-bikes

Smith has been around forever and is best known for its ski and snowboard helmets, which, by association, gives their bike helmets cool credibility. The Dispatch helmet is one of just two on this list that are NTA-8776 certified and MIPS.


Available in 5 colors.


NTA-8776: Yes

MIPS: Yes

Price: $170



Smith Express MIPS Helmet E-bikes

The Smith Express MIPS Helmet is not ebike certified, like the other Smith helmet on this list, but it does have MIPS. 


The light on the back of the Smith Express MIPS is removable, which some teens may like, and some parents may be OK with if the bike is equipped with a tail light. The visor is also removable.


Available in 7 colors.


NTA-8776: No

MIPS: Yes

Price: $110





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