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Best Helmets for Kids
As the lightest helmet of the bunch—coming in at just over 10 ounces—the Grom is perfect for kids who don’t want to be slowed down. The adjustable dial in the back ensures a comfortable but secure fit for all head sizes. The Grom also boasts 10 vents, so your hotheaded offspring can finally cool down. $70
Sweet Protection Blaster Kids with MIPs
Sweet Protection has created one of the lightest kids’ helmets on the market with the Blaster. The in-mold design won’t weigh him down, while the ABS hardshell reinforcement will keep him safe when gravity happens. It even comes with space for contact info in case your little one forgets the most important piece of gear he owns. $140
The Illusion will make sure your kid stands out from the crowd thanks to an LED light on the back of the helmet that flashes as he makes his way down the slope. Goggle clips and a tightening mechanism allow your grom to easily adjust his own goggles and helmet, saving you time—and aggravation. $90
Smith Pivot Jr. with MIPs
The Pivot Jr. is one of the most advanced helmets on the market. With 13 vents, airflow climate control, and a self-adjusting fit system, comfort is all but guaranteed. It is also beanie compatible and comes in an array of shiny, happy—and high-visibility—colors. $160
Scott Apic Plus Jr.
A smaller version of Scott’s Apic Plus, this helmet didn’t lose any of its technology during the shrinking process. It utilizes Scott’s G-Vent system to pull air through the goggle to get rid of fog. And like its larger namesake, Jr. is also designed for comfort thanks to a fit system that adjusts to your kid’s head without applying pressure. $90
Giro Nine Jr. MIPs
Tired of hearing about a helmet that doesn’t fit right? The In Form Fit System molds comfortably to any head shape, while the ear pads can be removed to make room. The helmet also features adjustable vents, keeping her noggin warm while making sure her goggles don’t fog up. Because no one needs to hear about that. $110
POC POCito Fornix
Do you have a mini heart attack when your child even comes close to falling? Check out the Fornix. POC employs military-grade Aramid reinforcements to make sure the light outer core doesn’t crack in a crash. It comes only in bright colors, plus the reflective patches make sure that you—and everyone else on the mountain—know exactly where your kid is at all times. $130