Wakeboarding may seem like a very safe sport considering the worst thing that could happen is you fall into a large body of water, but like any sport, injuries do happen. The two most common for Wakeboarding are ruptured ear drums and concussions. You may never actually need one, but safety is important and avoiding those two injuries can be very easy if you wakeboard wearing a helmet.
Just in case, we wanted to make a short list of the best wakeboard helmets on the market for safety’s sake. The Wwkeboard helmets that made our list first had to answer a couple basic questions we had. The first being how was it designed to withstand multiple, low and high impact hits, and the second question was whether or not the helmet had full, or side cut designs. A full-cut helmet will cover your head and ears in a single shell, whereas half-cut, or side-cut helmets omit the ear covering. Full-cut helmets will not only protect your head, they can also protect you from a ruptured ear drum should you fall. The full-cut helmet made the most sense to us for safety, so we created a list of three quality wakeboard helmets.
We researched and looked over most of the details to create this list and there were many factors that we considered. Ultimately, we made our decisions based on the protective materials the helmet was made of, the obvious price of the helmet and other factors such as removable ear flaps, how easily the helmet is adjusted, the look or even the brand of the helmet.
After going through all that, we made our decisions for the best wakeboard helmet on the market based in the following categories:
Wakeboard helmets are made of a variety of protective materials. The most common are soft, EVA foam or brock foam. EVA and brock foam can withstand multiple, low-impact crashes, making them them for wakeboarding. A crucial factor for the foam that we thought over is the comfort of the helmet as well as the safety of the outer shell. The material is obviously an extremely important element of our research for the best wakeboard helmet we could fine.
Price is usually a big factor and for our research, we wanted to keep our target price to have some range. We wanted to supply a more expensive option, a different and affordable option and a third cheaper option to give your wallet the ultimate decision. Our wakeboard helmet selections range from a max of $80 to a low price of $20. Of course, price is always a factor and truly depending on your wallet and selection.
Other contributing factors that we researched were accessories like “Head Lock” fit systems, or adjustable straps. Some helmets featured a chin strap, or the option for removable ear flaps to give the helmet some freedom. A crucial factor that we also considered was the look of the helmet. Safety is of course important, but we’ve made sure that along with comfort, the helmet will indeed look good on your head as your wakeboard over the water. What’s the use of wearing a helmet that doesn’t look good?
Ultimately, we feel we’ve selected three quality helmets that offer a range in price, are build for impact and comfort while also having accessories to make each helmet unique and a valid option for you. In the end, our decision for the best wakeboard helmet on the market was the Pro-Tec Ace Wake Helmet. Our next in line was the Liquid Force 2015 Fooshee Comp Helmet Slider Helmet. Our third and final selection was a value pick of the Triple 8 Brainsaver Rubber Water Helmet to offer yet another helmet that we felt was not only worth mentioning, but worth buying. Our choices were made for the following reasons:
Our First Choice: Pro-Tec Ace Wake Helmet
We selected this helmet because not only will it be perfect for wakebaording, but you have the ability to use it for any active sport that requires a helmet. The Pro-Tec Ace Wake Helmet has a Full Surround Interior Fit System for maximum safety and protection while having an EVA liner of dual density which is obviously water proof. It was a high density ABS injection molded shell for durability and ultra light protection that is made of plastic which makes it very light. The “Rear Head Lock” ensures supreme comfort and fit adjustment by cupping the back of your head. Those factors makes the Pro-Tec Ace Wake Helmet the most comfort and safe helmet of our list.
The helmet also has removeable cupping ear guards with water channels and padding around the ears to prevent riders from harming their eardrums when they hit the water at any high speed. The helmet is best known for it’s 16 open vent holes for optimum ventilation and drainage. The helmet is also available in many colors and it looks great!
At $80 for a helmet that can be used for any active sport along with it’s other features and the fact that the helmet comes with a certified one year warranty makes this our choice for the best wakeboard helmet on the market.
The Runner-Up: Liquid Force Fooshee Comp Helmet
The Liquid Force Helmet Fooshee Comp is a steal at less than $50. Liquid Force’s Fooshee Comp helmet is for the wakeboarder that always has his head in the clouds so just in case he hits one, he’ll be wearing Fooshee Comp. The helmet matches the Pro-Tec in material and look fully. This helmet has high density an ABS outer shell and a dual density foam liner for the best protection against water impact. In terms of safety and comfort this was a very close second behind our first choice with the edge going to the Pro-Tec because of it’s accessories and the Full Fit System.
It has a tremendous value for that price and features sweat saver terry cloth liner which makes it one of the best fitting liners available, if not the best. It also features removable ear flaps as well which makes it adjustable and free to fit your head as you please. This is a valuable helmet that would more than serve your action sports needs for $50.
Our Value Pick: Triple 8 Certified Rubber Water Helmet
The choice for our value pick started on the price. For a mere $30, you can have the Triple 8 Certified Rubber Water Helmet. The price can range even up to $50, so if you can get it for less, we recommend that you do. This helmet was created after many years of inquiries from customers for a specific wakeboard helmet and this is the result.
It offers the same high density ABS outer shell with the dual density closed cell EVA foam liner for a matched comfort and safety with our first two options. This helmet however has a Quick Dry Anti Bacterial lining that doesn’t absorb water and provides extra comfort. The Triple 8 also has an adjustable neoprene padded chin strap and it meets the water sports certified safety standard. Honestly, this could be a better selection on your head than our other options. At the very least, it will do the job as well as than any other wakeboard helmet.
Thank you for reading and good luck with your choice. Feel free to drop a question, or comment and let us know what you thought of our selections and your own.