The rule in our house is “no helmet, no ride” and at the beginning it was a bit of a battle to get the kids to put their helmets on. You can imagine how much time was wasted since we ride almost daily! Finally, a relative hooked us up with some new bike helmets and our helmet wrangling days were over. My girls couldn’t resist smiley face and shiny red ladybug head protectors! If you want your kids to love wearing helmets, get cool ones! (P.S. Nutcase makes helmets for grownups too!)My girls have been wearing Little Nutty Nutcase helmets since they were one and a half, and now have Nutcase Street Helmets (Size 1) protecting their noggins.
|Nutcase “Watermelon” and “Daisy Pink” Street Helmets|
|Nutcase “Watermelon” Street Helmet|
What We Love
We tested the Size 1 Street helmets, but all of the features below are available in all sizes of Little Nutty and Street helmets, so cyclists of all ages can get the same quality and comfort in their helmets.Our kids’ favorite things about Nutcase helmets are the stylish designs and glossy finish! Since helmets only protect your child’s head when they are worn, we appreciate the cool designs too! Having helmets our kids will actually wear without putting up a fight is awesome. There are a variety of designs to please even the pickiest fashionista from polka dots to houndstooth. Be sure to check out the Artist Series too!
The anti-pinch magnetic buckle is a unique feature that has saved our kids’ necks more than once. It is EASY to pinch a squirming toddler’s neck in a buckle (we’ve done it), but we’ve never had an issue with Nutcase’s magnetic buckle. It’s also easy for the kids to fasten and unfasten by themselves! Further, the neck strap has a soft cover so the strap doesn’t chafe sensitive skin.
As far as safety goes, Nutcase street sport helmets provide a lot more coverage than typical bike helmets (which only cover the top of the head) and can also be used for skateboarding and roller skating. They have a durable ABS shell and protective EPS foam inner lining. “Crumple zones in EPS… disperse energy in the event of a crash.” (Source: Nutcase Helmets) Reflective logos on the front, back, and sides and reflective straps provide 360 degree reflectivity.
Eleven vents in the front, top and back allow for good ventilation – important because we ride every day in the summer!
The spin dial system makes for quick adjustments. A quick turn of the dial tightens or loosens the helmet. Parents of girls will appreciate this most as different hairstyles require adjusting of the helmet (I always have to loosen it slightly when the girls have ponytails). You can also optimize fit by changing the foam pads – three sets of removable foam pads come with the helmet, so you can start with thicker pads and change to thinner ones as your child grows.
New generation Nutcase helmets come with a sun/rain visor. My youngest prefers the look of the visor and my oldest prefers to go without. It’s easy to install or remove the visor, but I prefer a visor on my own helmet when mountain biking so I don’t get whipped in the face with branches!
|Nutcase “Watermelon” Street Helmet|
Gen 3 Nutcase Helmet Improvements
The Gen 3 helmet shape has been modified and is more oval than round and fit our girls perfectly out of the box. (Our 2010 Little Nutty Helmets are quite round and didn’t fit snugly at first, but as our girls grew into them, they fit quite well.) If Nutcase helmets didn’t fit in the past, give them another try! We are very happy with the new shape!
The Little Nutty and Nutcase Street helmets now have 11 vents instead of 9 for better ventilation and are lighter too!
Nutcase helmets now come with a detachable sun/rain visor and extra sets of foam pads to customize fit.
|Little Nutty “Smiley” Helmet (discontinued)|
We loved Nutcase helmets before, but love them even more now that they fit so well! I would recommend these to anyone who is looking for a high quality, stylish helmet!
|Little Nutty “Ladybug” Helmet|
Nutcase Helmets generously provided free samples of the Nutcase Street helmets for review. As always, the words and opinions expressed are my own.
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Where to Buy
In Canada, Nutcase Helmets are available at Mountain Equipment Co-op and select bike stores.
In the USA, order direct from nutcasehelmets.com.