Dual-certified for skateboard and bike use, the Bell Span Helmet is ideal for fun-loving kids that love all kinds of wheels. With a more compact shape than most skater-style helmets as well as a dial-adjust fit system, the Bell Span is a great helmet for kids riding on bikes, scooters or skateboards! Read the full review below for why it’s one of our favorite skater-style helmets.
Bell Span Helmet Overview
BEST FOR: Riders in need of a dual-certified helmet who bounce between their scooter, skateboard, and bike.
SIZE: 49 – 55 cm
ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM: Dial adjust
WEIGHT: 433 g
- Internal dial adjustment for a quick and accurate fit
- Dual certified for bike and skateboard use
- Great front, side, back coverage
- Heavier than most helmets
Bell Span Youth Helmet – Results of our Testing
The Bell Span is a high-quality helmet that adjusts easily to fit your child’s head and stays in place! With full front, side, and back coverage, soft internal pads, and plenty of colors to choose from, this helmet is a winner for parents and kids alike!
Size and Coverage
The Bell Span has a head circumference range of 49 to 55 cm. To ensure a great fit, be sure to measure your child’s head circumference before ordering. For instructions on how to measure a child’s head size, check out our Helmet Sizes and Fit Guide.
The more coverage a helmet has, the more it can protect your child’s head in the event of a crash. The Bell Span offers thorough back, front, and side coverage.
Just as important as buying the right size of helmet is buying a helmet that can adjust to fit your child’s head properly. If the fit isn’t snug enough, a helmet can shift during a crash and fail to provide proper protection.
The Bell Span has a high-quality dial-adjust system that quickly and easily adjusts the back of the helmet to fit your child’s head. Like the majority of dial-adjust systems, the Span only adjusts from the back (pushing your child’s head forward). Along with the dial-adjust, the width of the helmet is relatively narrow, and the internal padding doesn’t shift around.
These combine to make a helmet that fits snugly and stays in place. The internal padding is a high-quality, soft textured fabric that has sealed edges to prevent any sweat that is collected from dripping in your child’s eyes. The advantage of pads with textured fabric is that there is less direct skin contact, which leads to less SWEAD (sweaty +head), as our family calls it!
One disadvantage of skater-style helmets is that they are typically much heavier than standard helmets. While a standard helmet generally weighs 250 – 300 grams, The Bell Span comes in at 432 grams. Heavier helmets are obviously less comfortable to wear for long periods of time and may result in kids wanting to take them off while they are still riding.
If you know weight is going to be a deal breaker, check out our list of Best Kids Bike Helmets for recommendations of helmets that weigh less.
Not all skater-style bike helmets are certified for skateboard use. Unless a skater-style bike helmet is dual certified for bike use (CPSC) and skateboard/scooter use (ATSM), it is NOT safe for your child to use for both activities. The Bell Span is certified for skateboard use.
Bell Span Helmet Bottom Line
If your child is insisting on a skater-style helmet, both the Bell Span is a high-quality helmet that will serve your child’s noggin well! For more great Dual-certified helmets for kids, be sure to check out our Best Dual-Certified Helmets for Kids list.