Season Starter – Helmetposting!

Preface:

It’s been a while folks. I’ve been away at engineering school for a year. I’ve been too busy to function. But now that school is over, I am back at the keyboard, and I am ready to produce good content for you. Great things are coming! Don’t worry, I missed you too.

Even though we here at LongboardEnvy haven’t been writing, we’ve definitely been skating. We’ve used some great gear, amassed great experiences, and we cannot wait to share them with you.

Let’s have a great season.

-Ryan (and JC)


I think safety is important. More than any other boardsport, I’m proud that the longboarding scene puts such a healthy focus on helmet safety. I think it improves the public’s view of our sport, but also prolongs the life and stoke of the scene, since you know, people aren’t dropping from head injuries left and right. That’s morbid, but it’s true- there’s a reason why so many of us are able to stay skating for so long.

I also think it’s the first thing that should be on your mind when you get back into skating this season. Whether you’re cruising or blasting hills, helmets are so, so incredibly important. For that reason, I’m going to start off with an article about the helmets that I’ve been using recently- helmets that I wholeheartedly recommend to you.

The TSG Pass.

This is a relatively new helmet. It emerged onto the scene back in 2014 by TSG, a pretty large European helmet manufacturer. It’s known to the community as one of the safest, most aerodynamic helmets on the market. It’s got a sleek, moto-like appearance that’s a testament to its supreme fit and finish.

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I’ve had a couple full face helmets during my skate career. I’ve had a Predator DH-6 (the older model) and a Triple 8 Racer before the TSG Pass; none of the former can rival how tight and snug the TSG Pass is on my head. It’s a little bit of a pain to get on and off, but when it’s on my head, it’s on there for good. There’s no wiggle.

It’s incredibly light for how burly it looks. Lighter than the Predator DH-6, I’d say. When whipping my head around to look around me, I don’t feel like it’s really on there. It moves with your head and sticks to your head, so it feels like part of your skull.

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The field of vision on the TSG Pass is the best out of any helmet that I’ve had (short of a half-shell). I don’t have to move my whole head to focus on something- just the movement of your eyes will do. The edge of your vision isn’t blocked completely by the helmet either- the viewfield wraps all the way around to right beside your head, so you’ve got all that peripheral vision and some more to spare.

The one complaint I have about the helmet is that I can no longer find different sizes of fit pads! I’d like a smaller sized cheek pad, but I cannot source any of those. I’ve looked everywhere, and it’s completely out of stock. But that’s okay, I don’t wear it incredibly often and it’s comfortable enough when I do.

I would 100% trust a TSG Pass if I was to ever tomahawk off my board into a guardrail. It will save your life.

The S1 Lifer Halfshell.

Literally, the oldest thing I have in my skate collection. Everything else has been replaced, used up, cored. But the S1 Lifer Halfshell (used to be white, now it’s gold), has been a staple of my skate inventory for the past 4 years. It’s the first helmet I bought, and I still wear it on my head daily every time I go skateboarding!

 

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Wow, Ryan can skate?

 

It’s just comfortable. It’s dual-certified, it has an awesome track record for saving watermelons for street and vert skateboarding, and it comes in a huge multitude of sizes for your comfort. It has some great color options too!

That’s all I have to say about it. No complaints, nothing. Just a really good helmet.

Skate safe, skate hard!
-Ryan

 

(banner image by Devon Chambers [@devons_chamber])

S1 – Lifer Fullface

S1 has been one of the greatest helmet companies for derby, skateboarding and BMX. Ever since the introduction of their hard-foam, hard-shell dual-certified S1 Lifer, and creating waves in the adrenaline sport community for safe helmet usage, S1 has been continually looking to spread safety as their mission.

Being one of the most trusted helmet companies in the scene, S1’s lack of a fullface helmet offering was the source of a little bit of whining- but whine no more, as S1 has finally introduced their fullface! Affordable, but still fitted with the S1 half-shell, the S1 fullface promises to make protecting your noggin more accessible than it ever was before.

This helmet represents the epitome of all the current trends- anti-fog venting, swift visor action, cool colors and a smooth, aerodynamic shell shape. The design features ear holes to make it easier to hear things when you have it over your head. The helmet doesn’t have any external venting, but the shape of the foam inside the helmet directs hot, moist air out the bottom of the helmet to reduce fogging.

You can choose 4 different kinds of visors at checkout- the clear, tinted, iridium, and mirror finishes. Each have their merits for different lighting conditions. For clear and tinted visors are for bright and clear days, while the iridium and mirror finishes are for extremely bright, sunny days when glare from cars and shiny trucks might blind you momentarily.

 

Check them out at the link!

BamBam – Pucks and Gloves

For years- no, decades, Swiss engineering has been hailed as some of the most elite. Luxury cars and sports cars come with Swiss engineering inside of them, as do many expensive watches and clothing. In fact, the Swiss have even perfected the art of engineering chocolate! We all know Swiss chocolate to be some of the best and most decadent.

But they didn’t stop there. The Swiss have broken into the longboard market with BamBam, a new slide puck and glove company right out of Switzerland! Following closely after Crema Fire, BamBam reworked their design and production process for flint-impregnated slide pucks which spark and fire up during slides due to abrasion with asphalt. The result is bright, hot and dangerous (well, not really, the sparks are cool to the touch).

Sure, those pucks look super uber-cool, but the best part about BamBam is their gloves. Their gloves are some of the best we’ve seen so far, hugging every crevice of your hands, all the while being supremely flexible and comfortable. One of the riders we talked to said that he forgot he had them on at one point! These gloves come with built-in knuckle protection and a thick but breathable leather skin, so you can have confidence that these won’t fail you in the worst of falls! The strap is made of durable plastic straps, so you won’t have to worry about them falling off mid-slide.

 

Also from BamBam, these quirky little tail pucks for your kicktails so you can spark up your bluntslides! These aren’t available in North America, unfortunately. (We’re just as sad as you are.)

TSG Evolution Knock on Wood

Evolution Wood – TSG

Staying safe while you ride is one of the most important aspects of skating and you can do it in style with TSG. Their popular Evolution helmet is now available in a new wood pattern. Construction features a hard, injection molded nylon exterior shell with a shock absorbing EPS foam interior. The wood grain pattern is applied using printed foil so as not to affect the safety features of the helmet.

Comfort and style remain priorities as well. The anatomical design results in one of the slimmest, best fitting hardshells on the market. It sits low and snug to fully protect the back and sides of your head without sacrificing any freedom of movement. Owners can customize the fit using the included interior comfort pads of varying thicknesses. Thoughtfully located air vents keep the air flowing and your head cool.

Available now at the link. Visit TSG and pick one up today!