Best Dirt Bike Helmets for an 8-Year-Old

It’s important for adult dirt bikers to wear good, quality helmets that will protect them while riding, so why would it be any different for kids? In order for kids to have the most fun while dirt biking, it’s important that they are properly protected.

YEMA Motocross Youth Kids Helmet

Size/Weight:

This YEMA helmet is DOT certified for safety and quality. It comes in size Small (47-48 cm), Medium (49-50 cm) and Large (51-52 cm). This helmet has a shipping weight of 3.5 pounds and is considered to be very light on a child’s head.

Material: Protection & Comfort

This helmet is made of an aerodynamic ABS shell and has multi-density EPS lining on the inside. It also includes fully adjustable intake and exhaust vents to ensure there is a constant flow of air to keep your child cool and safe from possible heat exhaustion.

The lining is removable for washing and designed to reduce the growth of bacteria that cause helmets to get musky and smelly.

Styles:

This particular helmet only comes in one style. It’s a combination of dark and lime green with white stars on one side and a T-Rex on each side of the back of the helmet.

The helmet has the space needed for the comfortable wearing of goggles and includes space for a Bluetooth speaker (not included with the helmet) if your child listens to music while riding.

Conclusion

This helmet is a popular and safe name brand for dirt bike helmets. This YEMA helmet, in particular, has lots of safety and comfort features to help keep your young rider safe while having a good time out on the bike.

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TCMT Dot Youth and Kids Motocross Off-Road Helmet

Size/Weight

This TCMT helmet comes in size Small (19.2/19.7 inch), Medium (20.1/20.5 inch), Large (20.9/21.2 inch), and XLarge (adult small, 21.6/22 inch). The helmet has a consistent weight of 3.64 pounds throughout the different sizes.

Materials: Protection & Comfort

This helmet is made of a light but very durable composite shell, and it is DOT certified. It will protect your child while also ensuring that they are comfortable while wearing it. What kid would keep a helmet on if it was squeezing their head too tightly?

The helmet also sports heavy padding on the inside as part of the protective design. Besides being comfortable to your child, the padding is also removable and washable for those necessary cleanings after a long ride in the summer.

To help with keeping your kids cool, the helmet has great ventilation to keep the air flowing so your kid doesn’t overheat while out having fun.

Styles:

Style is important to a kid. They want to look good with their cool helmet while they are out riding with their friends. The TCMT helmet comes in six different patterns of black, blues, green, white-pink and red Spiderman.

Conclusion

This helmet comes in various sizes and patterns that are sure to please any 8-year-old looking to have a fun time. It also has many qualities that will keep your child safe and comfortable.

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GLX Youth & Kids Motocross Helmet

Size/Weight:

DOT certified, this GLX helmet comes in size Small (19 1/4 – 19 3/4 inches), Medium (20 – 20 1/2 inches) and Large (20 7/8 – 21 1/4 inches). It weighs 2.65 pounds.

Material: Protection & Comfort

This helmet is made of high impact-resistance Polycarbonate composites for the outer shell, and three layers of impact-absorbing EPS foam for the inside lining. The moisture-wicking padding is removable and washable.

Another feature for comfort is the 14-ports ventilation system that will help keep your child cool as they ride in the heat of the day. The sun peak is also adjustable (and, if so desired, removable) to keep your child’s vision clear of the sun’s intense rays.

Styles:

This helmet comes in two styles. One is a nice, splotchy sky blue and white pattern with architectural designs, and the other is a sporty camouflage green with hexagonal pattern.

Parents who have purchased this helmet for their chld have described it to be of good quality and very durable even after years of use.

Conclusion

If your child is alright with one of the two patterns, this helmet doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the protective features it has for your young dirt biker.

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Typhoon Youth Dirt Bike Helmet Off-Road ATV Motorcycle MX Kids Motocross

Size/Weight:

This DOT certified Typhoon helmet comes in size Small (18-19 inches), Medium (19-20 inches), Large (20-21 inches), and X-Large (21-22 inches). This helmet weighs 2.75 pounds which is very light.

Materials: Protection & Comfort

Despite being light, this helmet is durable and includes heavy padding that is removable for washing. It is made of a high-density EPS energy absorbing inner shell that is sculpted with side traction plates to help keep your child’s goggles in place while riding.

Parents who have bought this helmet for their kids have reported that it has protected their heads even in the case of accidents and crashes.

Styles:

This helmet comes in twelve styles including Matte Black, Purple flame, Blue Spiderman, Pink Spiderman, and many others. The helmet is also very sleek in appearance while also offering plenty of protection.

Conclusion

This helmet has a wide range of styles that are sure to please any kid, while still offering the protection that all parents are looking into for their kid.

The EPS energy absorbing inner shell makes this look like a great helmet that is sure to protect your child no matter however rough they ride.

XFMT Youth Kids Motocross Helmet

Size/Weight:

The XFMT helmet comes in size Small (19.2/19.7 inches), Medium (20.1/20.5 inches), Large (20.9/21.2 inches), and XLarge (Adult Small, 21.6/22 inches).

It has a weight of 3.5 pounds, so it’s a little bit lighter than the TCMT helmet mentioned above, but it is still well cushioned for your child’s protection.

Materials: Protection & Comfort

This helmet is DOT certified and made of a durable, yet light composite shell (a material that is common in youth helmets). It is heavily padded on the inside; the padding is also removable and washable.

Another neat feature for safety from heat exhaustion and comfort is the adjustable circulation vents with the flip-up visor. This helmet is a great one for both summer and winter riding due to its possible vent adjustments.

Styles:

The XFMT helmet comes in six different colors and patterns including, Green Flame, Blue Flame, Black Skull, Blue Skull, Pink Butterfly and Red Spiderman.

Many of these helmets also come with matching gloves and goggles, so be sure to check out if that is offered with each helmet you look at if that’s something you’d be interested in.

Conclusion

I think this helmet is light and durable, while also being stylish and comfortable. The adjustable venting is an attractive feature to me.

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WOW Youth Kids Motocross BMX MX ATV Dirt Bike Helmet

Size/Weight:

This DOT certified helmet comes in size Small (19.3/19.7 inches), Medium (20.1/20.5 inches), and Large (20.9/21.3 inches). It’s 3.45 pounds, making it heavier but sturdy.

Material: Protection & Comfort

This helmet is made of aerodynamic thermoplastic alloy shell. It is heavily cushioned for protection and also for your child’s comfort.

The padding is also removable and washable, which is a nice feature for parents of kids who play hard. Your kids can have fun, and you can have an easy cleanup.

Styles:

This WOW helmet comes in seven different colors: orange, yellow, red, pink, green, blue, and black. All the colors have the same shark pattern that is sure to make your kid look like the coolest kid on the hills.

Conclusion

This helmets features might not be as flashy as others, but the reviews are promising. Parents who have purchased this helmet for their children have described the helmet as being sturdy and comfortable on their child.

I would consider this helmet for a child who is just starting out in dirt biking, and not necessarily doing any of the big stuff yet.

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How do I measure my child’s head for a dirt bike helmet?

The best way to measure to make sure you get the right size helmet for your kid is to break out a small metal or cloth measuring tape.

Now, each brand of helmet might have a different measuring guide, so be sure to check in the product description just in case there’s a major difference. In general, however, here are some basic measuring guidelines.

Starting one inch (or 25 mm or 2.5 cm) above the eyebrows, wrap the measuring tape around your child’s head directly above his/her ears and to the widest part of the head. Don’t pull the measuring tape tightly; let it slack a little. It’s better to have a helmet that’s roomier than to be too tight.

Taking the measurement around the widest part of your kid’s head will ensure that you get the right size of helmet for your kid’s comfort and safety.

If you don’t have a metal or cloth measuring tape around, you can use a piece of string to measure your kid’s head, and then you can use a ruler to figure out the string measurement.

Helmet Materials:

There are four main materials that dirt bike helmets are made of, but, as I’ve wondered, I ‘m sure you’re wondering what the difference between them is. I’ll explain it simply:

Polycarbonate:

Polycarbonate is a popular material for dirt bike helmets. It’s a high grade injected mold plastic that’s strong, protective and generally light.

This material does its job in protecting rider’s who wear polycarbonate helmets, but it is more likely to crack under heavy impact; that’s something to keep in mind.

Carbon Fiber:

Carbon fiber is considered one of the best materials for dirt bike helmet composition due to its light weight and durability.

It’s an awesome combination of light and protective. The cost tends to be on the higher side compared to other materials, but the high quality is worth the investment for those who dirt bike more often.

Fiberglass:

Fiberglass is considered the next level of polycarbonate. It’s stronger and stronger under heavy impact. The heavier weight of fiberglass makes it less popular, especially for children’s helmets.

Tri Composite:

Tri composite is a combination of carbon fiber, kevlar and fiberglass. Helmets made of tri composite are generally stronger with the three material combination.

This material is heavier than carbon fiber but lighter than fiberglass. This material tends to be more expensive than others, but many consider its quality worth the purchase.

Standards of Safety:

The DOT stands for the United States Department of Transportation. The DOT has set high standards that dirt bike helmets must meet in order to be considered safe and of acceptable quality.

DOT measures helmets penetration (strength against hard, heavy objects), impact attenuation (how well the helmet absorbs and displaces the energy from an impact), and retention (the helmets ability to stay on the rider’s head during impact).

DOT is the main standard enforcer for dirt bike helmets, but ECE Certification and Snell Certification are also credible certifications to consider if a helmet appears as being approved by the other two.

Most often, if a helmet is ECE or Snell certified, it is likely DOT certified. But if you’re are mostly concerned with the DOT certifications, you’d better check that the helmet you’re looking into is DOT certified.

Helmet Maintenance:

Dirt bike helmets are often overlooked in their maintenance and cleaning, but that doesn’t make them any less important to maintain. Here are a few simple tips to clean and maintain your child’s helmet:

The Lining

The lining of a dirt bike helmet is easily what gets the grossest out of all of the headgear. Good news is, it’s easy to clean!

Most helmets come with removable lining. In order to prevent misshaping and fabric wear-down in the washing machine (which can occur after many heavy washings), you can also hand-wash the padding using a mild detergent, rinse it well and set it out to dry in a well-ventilated area in the sun or overnight.

If your child’s helmet’s lining is in need of a deeper clean than handwashing, you can remove it from the helmet and throw it in the washing machine. It’s best to wash it on a gentle warm cycle. Like hand-washing, let the lining air dry instead of throwing it in the dryer.

Make sure that the lining is completely dry before putting it back in the helmet.

The Rest of the Helmet:

The main part of the helmet that needs cleaning is the lining. But once that’s taken out, it’s always a good idea to wipe down the inside and outside of the helmet with a wet washcloth to remove any lingering sweat and odors.

If your or your child has a helmet without a removable lining, the easiest way to clean it is this: Squirt some mild laundry detergent or dish soap in a big laundry sink or clean bucket and fill it with warm water.

Soak the helmet in the water and scrub it down. Make sure the soap thoroughly cleans the padding and lining. Once done scrubbing, rinse the helmet really well to remove the soap (really rinse the lining and foam padding) and set the helmet out to dry.

Jim Harmer

I'm the co-owner of DBP. I live in Star, Idaho and enjoy dirt biking with my wife and two boys throughout the Idaho mountains.

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