Helmets used in extreme sports such as BMX biking, snow boarding and motor-cross have that cool factor. Bright colours and creative designs make desirable helmets. But if a design becomes old or a new design catches the eye, it is not always so easy to put out £97 to £422 for a new helmet, especially when the old one is in good condition. The solution: buy interchangeable replacement skins for the helmet that start at £16 for one skin.
The stretchy material used for these helmet covers fits over most sizes of helmets of specific styles. Skull Skins, Active Helmets, Street Skinz and other companies advertise that their products breathe well, keep heat away and are washable in regular washing machines.
Styles of Helmets
The classic bicycle helmet style used for biking, skateboarding and snowboarding allows many helmet skins to fit over a variety of these helmets. Helmets with a chin bar, such as BMX helmets, require a different style of helmet skin that has a cutout for the visor area but wraps around the chin area of the helmet.
When it comes to designs for helmet skins, many things are possible. The Street Skinz company displays pink leopard prints, flames and money on their skins. Bright neon colours and college logos make-up the majority of the inventory of Active Helmet. Designs from Skull Skins feature clowns, skeletons and cutting edge artwork. Companies also offer the ability for individuals to create their own designs for their helmet skins.
The BMX and motor-cross helmets come with visors to protect the eyes. Skull Skins features stickers to place on the visor that match or complement the design of the helmet skin while allowing the wearer to see all of the action around them.
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