Bell Span Helmet Review

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.

young boy wearing a red bell span helmet

Bell Span Helmet Overview

RATING: Recommended

MSRP$55

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

MIPS: No

PROS:

  • Internal dial adjustment for a quick and accurate fit
  • Dual certified for bike and skateboard use
  • Great front, side, back coverage

CONS:

  • 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.

collage showing the front, side and rear of a boy wearing the bell span bike helmet

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.

Adjustability 

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!

Weight

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.

Dual Certified

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.

FTC Disclosure: Affiliate links are included in this review.  No monetary compensation was provided for this review.  The product reviewed was purchased by Two Wheeling Tots and not supplied by the manufacturer. All opinions and images are that of Two Wheeling Tots LLC.  All content and images are copyrighted and should not be used or replicated in any way. View our Terms of Use.

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