Well designed, durable, and complete with features adults are sure to envy, the Quatro Junior helmet is one of our top picks for 4-5 year olds, or older toddlers in need of a deeper helmet.
Head Circumference: 50 - 55 cm
Weight: 265 g
Internal Adjust: Dial
Skater Style: No
Sizes Available: One
One Size: 50 – 55 cm
The big brother to the popular Uvex Hero (no longer available), the Quatro Junior is larger, deeper and properly scaled for preschoolers and early grade schoolers. While fitting the same size head circumferences as the Hero, the Quatro Junior is symbolic of Uvex’s attention to details in helmet design. Well aware that kids often outgrow their helmets vertically (their helmets sit too high on their heads) before horizontally (physically too small to fit around their head), the Quatro Junior is designed for kids who are too old for toddler helmets, yet too small for most youth helmets.
With a sizing circumference of 50 to 55 cm (19.6-21.6″) the Quatro was far to big for our two-year-old tester (who wouldn’t keep it on long enough for a picture), but was a good fit for our 5, 6 and 7 year-old testers. A properly fit helmet should no more than two finger tips widths above the eyebrows, which was the case with our 5, 6 and 7 year-olds. Too high on his head, the Quatro was slightly too small for our 9-year-old tester. As a comparison, even though our testers head circumferences fall within the range of the Hero’s, the shallow, smaller frame of the Hero would simply not offer enough protection for our 5, 6 and 7 year-old testers and would be unsuitable for their size and age.
In addition to size and scale, the Quatro Junior is well built and designed with your child in mind. Build with a durable in-mold construction, the shell of the helmet is fused with the foam core, thereby preventing the shell from warping or cracking. To ensure a proper fit, the dial-adjust system allows a child to easily secure their helmet to their head. Other features include the quick-release buckles on the chin straps, which allows parents to ensure the proper placement of the straps (they should come together just beneath the ear) and a soft pad under the chin that comfortably holds the excess chin straps in place. Lastly, a small, removable visor helps to block the sun.
Uvex’s unique, pinch-free, ratcheting buckle is, however, the stand-out feature of the Quatro Junior. The only “pinch-free” buckle we have yet to pinch a child with, Uvex’s buckle is also easier to use and ratchets to provide small, incremental adjustments to the chin straps.
Uvex Quatro vs. Lazer Nut’z
While the Quatro was well loved our testers, with time we did notice that our 5-year-old, who has a large size head for his age, found the helmet to be too narrow. Having trouble properly fitting him for a helmet in the past, we weren’t surprised and found that the Lazer Nut’z was a much better fit for him. Designed for older kids, the Nut’z is deeper and larger than the Quatro. As a point of reference, our five-year-old’s horizontal (front to back) head circumference was 20.75″ while his vertical head circumference (top to bottom) was 22 inches. Meanwhile, his 7-year-old sister (whom loves the Quatro, but does not like the Nut’z as it slides up on her head) has a 20.5″ horizontal head circumference and a 21.5″ vertical circumference. While their numbers are similar, it does go to show that due to the vast differences in head shapes, helmets are truly anything but one-size-fits all.
Well designed, durably built and with complete with features adults are sure to envy, the Quatro Junior is one of our top picks for preschoolers, early grade-schoolers or older toddlers in need of a deeper helmet.
By: Natalie Martins
Last Updated: January 11, 2017
FTC Disclosure: Two Wheeling Tots LLC was provided a Quatro Junior helmet by Uvex to help facilitate this review. No monetary compensation was provided and Two Wheeling Tots is not an affiliate of Uvex, but is an affiliate of Amazon.