Whether you’re riding a skateboard, a bicycle, skiing, or riding a motorbike you need protection on your head that not only keeps you safe but that fits comfortably and looks cool. Novelty helmets are the ideal accessory when you’re looking for more bling and cool graphics than safety. Although flashy designs on novelty helmets do look great you have to keep in mind that most of them are not D.O.T certified.
All motorcycle helmets need to meet the standards set by the DOT (US Department of Transportation). Alternatively if you can’t find one certified by the DOT then your second best option is to look for helmets that have been certified by the Snell Foundation. Both these bodies of authority have performed independent testing on helmets that determine how much impact helmets can take and what the threshold would be for surviving an impact like an accident. Studies across the world have shown that individuals wearing DOT or Snell certified helmets are more likely to survive serious injuries than those that don’t.
Different Novelty Helmets
Now that we have that out of the way it’s important to point out that most Novelty Helmets are not certified by the DOT or the Snell Foundation and are therefore not recommended to be worn when on a motorbike at any given time. Users must be aware that they are using these helmets at their own risk when doing so. Check the fine print on any website or store selling these. Two other types of helmets that fall into this category are often called “Beanies” or “Brain Buckets” so take notes. Voss Novelty helmets specialize in a huge range of “Beanies” that are quite popular.
Novelty Helmet Features
A good feature about novelty helmets is that there are so many variations that are based on “Half Face” or “Skid Lid” helmets is that you get them in sizes to fit everyone. If you need a size in XXXL then you’re best off in selecting the Mongo style Novelty helmet. The first in the novelty design range were the Novelty Eagle helmets available with single straps which still remain to be the most popular.
The Jockey or Polo designs came out soon after and remained popular until bikers craved for helmets that were more expressive with the use of spikes and horse tails etc… This soon gave birth to Helmets like the “Big German” and it sister the “Little German”; also available with single straps. Styles like the Mongo and Smokey are recommended for those folks needing something bigger for their heads, usually available up till XXXL for those really big heads.
Into spikes, then the Kaiser Novelty helmet is just for you. A design that went out of style was the “Duck Tail”, nice and light but not too safe. In the end if you’re a collector then you probably already have an EZ-Rider which suits people especially into Old school kind of designs. If you want value while saving money then consider looking into Voss novelty helmets as they specialize in chrome and painted finishes.