These days a bike helmet, especially for kids, is an essential item, and with kids growing up so fast these days it has to one they are happy to be seen wearing.
I chose this for my little girl over the many other helmets available from big name brands like Specialized, Bell and Met as it, to my mind at least, has a much better design for covering the back of the head than any of the other styles I saw. Most helmets tend to cover only part way down at the back but the Uvex Hero stood out as being different and reaches much further down to provide maximum protection by curving round and down towards the neck.
With this being a present to go along with a new bike at Christmas I couldn't let my daughter try one on in a shop so had to trust in the sizing on the Uvex website (49-55cm measured around the fullest part of the head). Thankfully it is spot on and, once adjusted using the dial at the back, made for what I'm told is a comfortable fit.
It's made with a moulded hard foam inner bonded to the very hard outer shell. For comfort a soft foam strip runs round the front to rest against the forehead, another at the back attached to the adjusting strap and then two more along the crown from front to back. The chin straps are colour coordinated to the rest of the helmet and have a great 'no pinch' connector. This was a real plus as we had once accidentally caught a bit of skin in the buckle of her old helmet when putting it on and had to abandon the trip out on her bike as she was inconsolable at the time.
My daughter absolutely love this helmet as it looks more grown up than her previous one and she often comments on how the visor peak makes it just like Daddys (mine isn't lilac with pink flowers like hers I should point out). The light on the back is a nice but unnecessary touch as I guess she will have outgrown this helmet before she goes cycling in the dark. The red LED lights in the light are quite very effective though and have two different flashing modes along with the normal on and off. Simple to use, just press the light to turn on and cycle through the modes.
All this along with the solid reputation of Uvex made this a clear winner for us and I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone.
The picture above shows the lilac model which is the one we chose, but there are 4 other designs to chose from so there is one to suit both girls and boys.
I bought my eight year old daughter a Uvex bicycle helmet when she started her cycling proficiency course at school several months ago. I had never heard of Uvex before this, but it was recommended to me from a friend who know about these things - and apparently it's an American safety brand that is well respected. I bought the helmet off of Amazon for £25.00 - which included postage and packaging - and while there were cheaper helmets I really didn't want to scrape on quality when it came to such important safety equipment.
There were a number of Uvex helmets to choose from in terms of style and appearance - and as my daughter is very much a girlie girl, I opted for a helmet that was pink and purple with pretty slashes over it - one that was actually not that different to the helmet in the picture above, except the main part of the helmet was a dark purple. My daughter thought it looked good - which is obviously a positive thing because it means she won't be ashamed to wear it.
The helmet is made of an enforced plastic outer shell which apparently is crack resistant and so would aim to protect the head in the case of an accident. The inside of the helmet is made of a softer material which is designed to accompany the outer shell in order to absorb shock is there was an impact. My daughter assures me that the inner part to the helmet is very comfortable to wear and doesn't get hot and sweaty - and again, it's really important that it's comfortable so that she will wear it whenever she's out on her bike. The whole helmet is really lightweight and weighs just 200g. Although luckily we haven't had any incidents to prove the crash impact shock absorbing capability of the hat, it does seem really well made and so I have no reason to doubt its efficiency.
The helmet is adjustable and so it fits heads of different sizes easily and securely. There is a strap that comes underneath the chin and this does keep the helmet on the head and does not accidentally get knocked off. There is also a LED light at the back of the helmet which would obviously help my child to be seen if she was out when it was dark - not that she'll be cycling in the dark for quite a few years yet!!
Overall, I think this is a great product and I believe it is something that will help to protect her should she come off her bike. It's funky and comfortable design also means that I don't have to battle with her to get her to wear it!
Uvex Hero Kids Helmet / The Uvex Hero Kids Helmet is a versatile helmet, great for young kids.