Top kids’ dirtbike helmets

While their first trips on two wheels may be off-road, they still need proper protection

Child rider wearing a dirtbike helmet

by Jim Blackstock |

When kids make their start in motorcycling it's likely to be off-road somewhere, so of all the helmets available a dirtbike type would be ideal. There are a variety of reasons for this, not least of which is the obvious fact that they cannot ride on the road at all before they are 16 years of age but also, riding off-road means that if they do suffer the inevitable tumble, then it is much less likely to be serious than on roads.

It is also easier as all you need is someone with a field or a patch of private ground and you can saddle-up and watch them start to develop their skills. While we have looked at kids’ helmets in the past for taking a pillion or passenger ride with mum or dad, heading off-road means they need just as much protection as if there were riding on the road. And top of that list is a proper dirtbike or motocross helmet.

While there are lots of motocross-style helmets around, you might as well look for one that is ECE22.05 approved – that’s the standard necessary for use on the road.

You may not actually want to use it on the road (though it’s always good to know you can, if they want to ride behind you) but it means that the helmet meets a minimum safety standard, giving you peace of mind that it is a decent product.

So here is a selection of motocross or dirtbike helmets suitable for kids.

1. Wulfsport Off-Road Pro


At first sight, the price for this Wulfsport helmet seems a good deal but it gets even better when

Wulfsport Off-Road Pro

2. O'Neal 2


O'Neal is a brand synonymous with extreme sports and this MX helmet will keep kids protected on

Ou2019Neal 2

3. Fox Racing Youth V1


While lots of helmets around purport to be by experienced MX manufacturer Fox, this one definitely

Fox Racing Youth V1

4. HJC CL-XY II Batman


This helmet from HJC comes with some very cool Batman branding and imagery on it though this does


5. Bell Moto-9 Mips Kids


Bell is another serious player in the off-road helmet market and like Fox, is used by racers the

Bell Moto-9 Mips Kids

6. Nolan N53 Cliffjumper


While this MX helmet from Nolan isn't specifically listed as for kids or youths, it does go down

Nolan N53 Cliffjumper

7. Thor Youth Sector Mips


What young rider wouldn't want a helmet with 'Thor' written down the side? And one that includes a

Thor Youth Sector Mips

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