Do I need a full-face BMX helmet?
Whether or not you need a full-face BMX helmet depends on the kind of riding you’ll be doing. The risk of injury is inherent in BMX biking, especially in racing or any type of riding in which you’re going to be airborne (or trying to get air). Choose a BMX full-face helmet if you plan on doing any riding with a high probability of crashing (even the best riders can and will crash).
Remember that BMX racing for both kids and adults requires a BMX helmet. The International Cycling Union (UCI) requires full-face BMX helmets in its sanctioned races;
open-face helmets are not allowed. USA BMX does not require a full-face BMX helmet, but “strongly recommends” one for racers.
So do we.
What makes a full-face BMX helmet different?
A BMX full-face helmet differs from other bicycle helmets in a few distinctive ways.
- First off is the obvious—your chin, jaw, and mouth are covered. This protects your face and jaw in the event of a crash or fall.
- Full face BMX helmets also typically cover more of the back of your head than other BMX helmets, which is helpful in the event of a backward fall (like when you eat it on a backflip).
- Of necessity, full-face BMX helmets are heavier than other bicycle helmets, although advances in materials technology have brought down their weight (and cost).
- Full Face BMX helmets typically have less venting than open face BMX helmets, and rely on passive as-you-go venting to circulate air through the helmet.
- Full-face BMX helmets also have movable visors to help shield your eyes and the upper portion of your face.
All bicycle helmets sold in the United States—whether BMX helmets, mountain bike helmets, or road bike helmets—must meet US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) bicycle safety standards. In addition, there is a voluntary ASTM safety standard for BMX helmets. ASTM F2032
covers helmets used for BMX cycling, with most of the testing focus on the chin bar. Lack of this certification does not mean a helmet is unsafe. Going through the certification process adds to the final cost of the helmet, and the certification is not required by USA BMX. Thus, only a handful of full-face BMX helmets carry this certification.
XSportsProtectives staff picks for full-face BMX helmets
The SixSixOne Comp Full Face Helmet
offers protection at an affordable price. You can't go wrong with the SixSixOne Comp, which features:
- Interior channeling to aid ventilation
- Fully adjustable visor
- Padded inner liner that removes for easy cleaning
- Polycarbonate exterior shell and EPS foam liner
- Panorama eye port for maximum peripheral vision
The Bell Transfer-9
is one of our favorite full-face BMX helmets. Among the Transfer-9's best features are:
- Vented fiberglass shell
- EPS hard foam interior liner
- 10 vents and a brow port
- Inner lining of X-Static fabric
- Double D-Ring Chinstrap
- Removable and washable cheek pads and inner comfort liner
The Troy Lee Designs D2
is a composite full-face helmet that is incredibly lightweight and versatile. It's approved as a BMX helmet, mountain bike helmet, and snowboard helmet. The TLD D2 features:
- Hi-Flow ventilation system
- Aerodynamic design and custom graphics
- Carbon composite shell with an EPS liner
- Meets the ASTM F-2032 safety standard for BMX
- 8 puncture-resistant vents
- Motocross-style, replaceable, washable padded liner
The Bell Sanction full face BMX helmet
has so many great features at such a low price, you have to wonder how Bell can afford to manufacture it. Some key features of the Bell Sanction:
- Hand-laminated fiberglass exterior hardshell
- Extra thick EPS foam liner
- Adjustable visor
- 15 cooling vents with internal wind tunnel ventilation
- Very lightweight, weighs only 950 grams
- Excellent color and graphic combinations
Shop the best selection of full-face BMX helmets at The Original Protective Gear Store - XSportsProtective
No matter your choice of BMX helmet, we stand behind every product we sell and will work with you to get you the right equipment. Don't be fooled by others who look like us! XSportsProtective has the best selection of top-quality BMX full face helmets, as well as BMX body armor, BMX gloves, BMX pads, and more. Count on XSportsProtective to provide you with quality full face BMX helmets from brands you trust like SixSixOne, Fox, Troy Lee Designs, Bell, and more, and all at a competitive price.