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Old 09-10-07, 11:37 AM   #1
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Little kid helmet advice needed

Hi. I just scored a Burley trailer used off of CL. Woo Hoo!
However, I need to get Jr. a helmet before we cruise. Any suggestions? He's 2 years old and has an big noggin (95th percentile head circ.). I am without a clue as to what is a good brand, what is comfy (he hates hats and anything on his head which will be a challenge), and what is a good deal. Safety is the most important factor in all of this. I searched the forum with 0 results so I hope this isn't a question asked umpteen times before.
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I like the helmets that have the adjustable nape of the neck stabilizer. Giro calls it Roc-Loc, I think Trek calls it QuickFit. They serve to hold the helmet in the proper position. However, even with your child's head being above average, it still might be too small for these helmets. My 3.5 year old is wearing one and it is adjust almost to as small as it will go. I'd expect to see them retail at $25-35.

On the other hand. The smaller child helmets typically have less of a protrusion on the rear. This will make it easier for you to adjust your son's position so he is not staring at his toes (towel, pillow, etc.). Of course this assumes that your trailer does not have a helmet pocket.
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my advice is get a skate boarder helmet NOT a cycling helmet. They are designed to take more than one impact and they don't have the big protrusion at the back of the head. That protrusion makes sitting in a trailer horribly uncomfortable for the little ones.
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my advice is get a skate boarder helmet NOT a cycling helmet. They are designed to take more than one impact and they don't have the big protrusion at the back of the head. That protrusion makes sitting in a trailer horribly uncomfortable for the little ones.
You can put a towel behind the yougins to keep their heads upright rather then roasting them with a skater's helmet.
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You can put a towel behind the yougins to keep their heads upright rather then roasting them with a skater's helmet.
you mean to push their bodies forward so there is a gap at back for the cycle helmet knob on the back? Good idea.

But I'm still thinking it doesn't get around the fact that cyclist helmets (including kids') are meant for only one impact... And my kids will be wearing helmets for more than just cycling so I expect they may take multiple impacts.
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You live in New York Hambone. I should have noticed that, as my recommendation is for South Carolina. The weather doesn't cool down until November and warms up again in February. Skaters helmets are too hot for use longer then a few minutes.
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But I'm still thinking it doesn't get around the fact that cyclist helmets (including kids') are meant for only one impact... And my kids will be wearing helmets for more than just cycling so I expect they may take multiple impacts.
The OP's son is 2 years old. I don't think a multiple impact helmet used say the way a 10 year old would use it is required. You are only trying to improve the chances of little to no injuries in an accident. If you are worried about a major accident, you should reconsider the activity. There will be very little you can do in the case of a car impact. Your best protection in that case is the cage of the trailer.

Do they make skate board helmets for 2 year olds?
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Yeah! The skate helmet is out of the question. He is a sweathound and needs as much ventilation as possible. Skate helmet is going to cook his head. I live in Sacramento where it is currently 90's-100's.
I am pretty set on a Giro with 21 vents that has pigs on ATV's all over it (ATV's on a bike helmet? ) I just need to get him down to REI to try it on. Thanks for the advice fellas.
Masiman you're spot-on. I'm hoping for 0 impacts.
Thanks for the advice fellas.
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