Monday, December 30, 2013

The problem with soft foam helmets and why the S1 Lifer Helmet Rules!

This is a photo of the S1 Lifer Helmet.  The S1 Lifer Helmet is a true multiple impact helmet that is certified to protect your head from multiple lower impacts and single high impacts. The S1 Lifer Helmet is a better and safer helmet for skateboarding and longboarding.

This is a photo of the inside of the S1 Lifer Helmet. The EPS Fusion Foam absorbs impact energy and protects your brain up to 5x better than EVA soft foam.
This is a photo of the inside of a soft foam helmet. Alot of skateboarders are wearing the soft foam non-certified helmets. This helmet has EVA foam wrapped with a Terry Liner. These soft foam helmets are often marketed as "Multiple Impact" helmets but they do not pass the ASTM multiple impact test or the CPSC high impact test. The impact energy goes right through the EVA foam and rattles the brain. This helmet fails all the helmet safety standards. 
This is a chart showing the difference between soft foam helmets and the S1 Lifer Helmet. Soft Foam Skate Helmets do not protect your head adaquately from multiple impacts or high impacts. In the case of a slam the energy goes right through the soft foam and rattles your brain. This results in a severe concussion or likely Traumatic Brain Injury. Alot of vert skaters have gotten knocked out in the soft foam helmets and have suffered long term brain problems. A few BMX pros have hit their heads while wearing soft foam helmets and have had severe TBI. And there have been reports of Roller Derby players having career ending head problems while wearing the soft foamy helmets. The soft foam helmets do not provide enough protection. They should be marketed as "Minimal Impact" Helmets.
This is a photo of the outside and inside of the S1 Lifer Helmet. The guys at S1 Helmets wanted to a helmet that would fit nice and comfy and would also pass helmet safety standards. So they made the S1 Lifer Helmet. The S1 Lifer Helmet is a better and safer helmet. It fits low on the dome and it both a certified multiple impact helmet and a certified high impact helmet.

 Vert skater Adam "Scizzors" Effertz used to wear a soft foam skate helmet and gotten knocked out for a few minutes while wearing it. He switched to the S1 Lifer Helmet and has hit his head a few times in it and was unscathed. He says, "The S1 Lifer Helmet is easily the best helmet on the market. It is lightweight, fits good and most importantly will protect your head."

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 Rylan wears the S1 Kid Helmet. The S1 Kid Helmet is a scaled down version of the S1 Lifer Helmet. The Kid Helmet fits younger skaters from ages 5 - 11. Around age 11 kids heads usually get too big for the Kid Helmet and they switch to a Lifer Helmet. Younger skaters should always wear a helmet that is certified for multiple impacts and high impacts.

Valhalla Skateboards owner Alex Ameen promotes the S1 Lifer Helmet because it has saved his head a few times. Alot of top longboarders have switched to the S1 Lifer Helmet. The S1 Lifer Helmet offers the much needed protection from high impacts.

Domme Juan from the Fabulous Sin City Rollergirls is happy she made the switch to the S1 Lifer Helmet.
This is a photo of Dan McCashin. Dan is one of the creators of the S1 Lifer Helmet. Check out this video dispelling the myth that soft foam helmets are "multiple impact". Dan is a no bullsh*t kind of guy so it bugs him when companies market a helmet as "multiple impact" when it clearly not "multiple impact".  He says, "The internet is filled with completely false information about the soft foam helmets." This video helps set the record straight and hopefully save a few brains.

Multiple Impact Helmet Test from s-one helmet co / s1helmets on Vimeo.