“ Brand: Specialized / Type: Road Helmet „
Having bought my son a weeride child seat so he can join me on bike rides the next logical purchase would be a helmet for him to wear when we were out and about. I left the responsibility up to his grand parents to buy him one for Christmas and pointed them in the direction of the Specialized Small Fry Toddler 2013 Helmet.
I first came across the helmet in an Evans cycles store. What drew me to it was the name specialized. Specialized are a big name in cycling terms and it's a name I would trust to produce top quality products.
Most of the kids helmets I came across were quite plain but the design of this particular helmet were very bright and colourful, perfect for a toddler.
There are four different designs of this helmet that Evans sell and can be viewed on their website. First is sky blue with cats, a white colour with motorbikes and tools, for the little girls there is a pink helmet with different coloured butterflies and my personal favourite is bigfoot.
I asked my parents to buy him the big foot helmet. The top of the helmet is blue depicting a blue sky and at the front is a forest with a yeti sat on a rock eating a tree whilst behind him a bear looks on bemused and a hiker hides in the bushes. I found it quite a quirky scene and the best out of the four designs.
At first the price of £28.00 put me off a little but as somebody else offered to buy it I didn't have to worry too much but when you consider my own helmet only cost half that It is quite expensive for a toddler.
The helmet is designed to fit from 44cm to 52cm and weighs 268g which is very light and not putting any undue weight onto your child's head and neck.
My son was around sixteen months old when he first started wearing it, albeit with a hat on when it was cold and is just coming up to his second birthday. Up to now I have only made minor adjustment to the strap under his chin and there is still plenty of length left on the strap so it should last him at least until his third birthday (age recommended) before he needs another size helmet.
The helmet is fitted to the head using a dial fit system and a strap that clips under the chin just like an adults helmet would. The dial fit system is easy to use. Just place the helmet onto the head and turn the dial to tighten or loosen the helmet around the head. I'm sure your child will let you know if you make it too tight and you will definitely know if it is too loose. The helmet does come with an instruction manual that does explain the correct way to wear the helmet.
The chin strap is also simple to use. The straps come down so that your ears are in between and then meet in the middle under the ear to form one single strap. The single strap has a plastic clip that fastens under the chin. This can be tightened or loosened easy enough much the same as you would loosen the strap on a backpack. Sometimes in can be tricky to fasten the clip as children can be uncooperative sometimes and my son sometimes will not lift his chin and I worry I will trap his skin in the clip so I have to be a little careful with it.
For your child's protection and comfort there is also padding placed inside the helmet. It fastens around the front of the dial fit system to provide padding along the forehead and then runs along the top of the head. Extra padding is also supplied with the helmet in case you want to add some extra but I haven't had too.
Specialized have also added some other excellent design features including ventilation at the top of the helmet to allow heat to leave the head and cool air in. Three of the vents on the front of the helmet have a mesh in them. The mesh acts as a guard to keep insects and bugs out.
The helmet is also designed to have a peak at the front. This acts as an integrated sun visor and keeps the sun out of the eyes and off the face.
The helmet complies with one or more of the following safety standards for bicycle helmets: CPSC, SNELL B90C (toddler), CE and AS/NZS. Admittedly I don't know what tests are done to reach these standards but like I said earlier Specialized is a product I would trust and I'm sure that any product they produce is tested rigorously. I doubt they would want to stake their reputation on a toddlers helmet they produce or they wouldn't make them. I'm sure my child's head is more than safe in this helmet.
In my opinion it is worth paying that little extra for a product you can trust. In my experience some products trade on their name alone and produce inferior products at inflated prices. In the world of cycling you pretty much get what you pay for and I trust Specialize as a brand and would happily pay extra for the safety of my child.
I am now off to buy myself a new helmet. It just occurred to me as I was writing this review that my son has a better helmet than I do. Thanks for reading.