Pads and Gear: Comparison Charts and Ratings

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Pads and Gloves

Editor's Picks: Pads and Gloves

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G-Form Protective Pads

What We Would Wear

Simply stunning. The only pads our testers were willing to wear for longer periods of time. Provides great protection without adding bulk or weight.

Our Review Buy: $60

Strider Elbow & Knee Pads

Best Pads for Toddlers

Perfectly sized for toddlers and preschoolers learning the ropes on their bike.

Our Review Buy: $19

Zippyrooz Gloves

Best Gloves for Young Riders

Fun and functional. Fun graphics get kids excited to put them on, while the finger hoops allow them to easily take them off.

Our Review Buy: $18

Ratings & Comparison Chart: Pads and Gloves

Recommendation Levels:

exceptional = Exceptional

highlyrecommended = Highly Recommended

recommended = Recommended

= Not Recommended

Model
MSRP
Seat Height
Weight
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Xtracycle Family Cargo Bikes

Highly Recommended

Product Specifications

MSRP: $1,999+

Recommendation: Highly Recommended

The ultimate family cargo bike. From hauling kids to cargo, Xtracycle's line of bikes has you covered.

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G-Form Protective Pads

Exceptional

Product Specifications

MSRP: $60

Recommendation: Exceptional

What We Would Wear

Simply stunning. The only pads our testers were willing to wear for longer periods of time. Provides great protection without adding bulk or weight.

View on Amazon (Knee) View on Amazon (Elbow)

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Beto Standard

Recommended

Product Specifications

MSRP: $109

Recommendation: Recommended

A quality and comfortable child bike seat that's easy to install, but if a child stretches against the ankle straps there could be a clearance issue with the adult's feet.

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WOOM 5 City

Exceptional

Product Specifications

MSRP: $549

Recommendation: Exceptional

The WOOM City series is the perfect companion for kids commuting to school. Easy to ride and easy to see, the City series is a unique ride that is sure to be loved.

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Ridgeback MX14

Recommended
x

Product Specifications

MSRP: x

Recommendation: Recommended

Discontinued

Read our Review

Dahon Uno

Recommended
X

Product Specifications

MSRP: X

Recommendation: Recommended

Discontinued

Read our Review

Stampede Sprinter 20″

Recommended

Product Specifications

MSRP: $250

Recommendation: Recommended

Stampede Bikes packs a lot of punch into its 20" Sprinter. With 7-speed trigger shifters and mechanical disc brakes, you get a lot for the price.

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Strider Elbow & Knee Pads

Exceptional

Product Specifications

MSRP: $19

Recommendation: Exceptional

Best Pads for Toddlers

Perfectly sized for toddlers and preschoolers learning the ropes on their bike.

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Louis Garneau Apparel

Highly Recommended

Product Specifications

MSRP: $40

Recommendation: Highly Recommended

Comfortable and practical, the Louis Garneau's youth line is a excellent starter kit for your child.

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Ridgeback Dimension 16″

Highly Recommended

Product Specifications

MSRP: $350

Recommendation: Highly Recommended

An amazing mix of speed and comfort, the Dimension 16 is a great starter bike for adventurous riders who feel the need for speed! Best for mild terrains, this bike will fly in flat areas, but will be a challenge in hilly areas.

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Bern Junior Pads

Highly Recommended

Product Specifications

MSRP: $40

Recommendation: Highly Recommended

Built for skate parks, these pads are well-built to take on multiple impacts. These pads are too big for toddlers and are best for kids aged 5 to 8.

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Little Tricky Pad Set

Highly Recommended

Product Specifications

MSRP: $30

Recommendation: Highly Recommended

Triple 8 pads offer high-end, flexible, full-coverage protection for kids aged 5 and up. The Little Tricky line is great for kids 4 to 8, while the junior-sized Saver Series is best for kids 8 and up. Compared to Strider pads, they are much thicker and better overall quality.

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Lazer Beam Jr.

Exceptional

Product Specifications

MSRP: $50

Recommendation: Exceptional

Lightweight, well ventilated and sporty, the Lazer Beam Jr. is an exceptional helmet.

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Zippyrooz Gloves

Exceptional

Product Specifications

MSRP: $18

Recommendation: Exceptional

Best Gloves for Young Riders

Fun and functional. Fun graphics get kids excited to put them on, while the finger hoops allow them to easily take them off.

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Schylling Tiny Rider

Recommended

Product Specifications

MSRP: $80

Recommendation: Recommended

With two wheels in front and one in back, this bike easily remains balanced to give confidence and freedom to even the smallest riders.

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  • James

    With your recommendation, I’m thinking about purchasing Uvex helmets for my kids. My son is 49cm while my daughter is 51cm. Would the Junior be too big for her so I’d purchase 2 Heros or should I get 1 Hero and 1 Junior? I appreciate all the information you’ve been providing with this great website!

    • Technically, the Junior would be too large for your daughter, however unless your daughter has a really small head top to bottom (meaning if you were to measure from under her chin to the top of her head), then taking the time to throughly tighten the straps should be enough to properly secure the helmet. If however, she has a smaller head, then the chin straps most likely won’t be able to adjust small enough. Unfortunately, I don’t have any measurements as a comparison, but a simple visual comparison to other kids her age should be enough. Either way, be sure to buy the Junior through a retailer with a good return policy just in case.

  • BobHookstratten

    Hi there — I stumbled upon your website and am now obsessed with finding a helmet for my 32 month old daughter (i.e. turns 3 in four months) whose head, if I measured correctly, is 49 cm. For now just for a tricycle, but I hope bigger and better things are to come, and I’m mindful of your preference for balance bikes. One thing that confuses me is you said that the Uvex Hero is too small for most 3 yr olds, but if it’s good up to 55 cm, shouldn’t that be good most kids far beyond age 3, per your 50th percentile chart? Am I misunderstanding something? Thanks!

    • I completely understand your confusion as it took me a while as well to figure out what all the measurement mean. The reason why the Uvex doesn’t work for three year old is not that it isn’t big enough around (the circumference measurement), it’s that it isn’t deep enough (a measurement that the company does not provide and it really hard to measure in general). As a result, the Hero tends to fit too high up on older toddlers head. A properly fitting helmet should be no higher than two finger widths above a child’s eyebrows, not up above the hairline where the Hero sits on older kids. If you like the features of the Hero and are concerned that it will be too small for your daughter, then I would take a look at the new Uvex Quatro, which I am currently reviewing and love. It is Uvex’s size up from the Hero and is slightly deeper than the Hero. It does, however, fit head circumferences from 50 to 55 cm, so it may be slightly to big for your daughter right now. http://weebikeshop.com/store/awesome-helmets/by-brand/uvex-germany/uvex-helmet-quatro-red.html

      • Cecile

        We just ran into that problem: our three year old has a 52cm head circumference and his Uvex Hero helmet sits way too high on his head. It will be used by his little sister when she gets big enough. His little brother also has a gigantic head and a big forehead! Looking for a deeper alternative now: Uvex Quatro? Onyx? Lazer Nutz?

        • The Uvex Quatro and the Lazer Nutz are both designed for older kids, so they both have much deeper profiles as compared to the Hero, but are also much larger. My now five-year-old has always had a large head and never fit into toddler helmets. The Nutz, however, fit him just fine as shown in my Lazer review here: https://www.twowheelingtots.com/lazer/. Two years later, the Nutz helmet stills fit him and is his go to helmet. The Quatro is also a great helmet, and while I don’t have a three year old to try it onto, as you can see in these pictures, it has a much deeper profile and still fits kids with larger heads (such as the boys in the pictures below aged 8 and 5). For comparison, the girls in the pictures are aged 7 (upper right) and 6 (lower left) and both has smaller heads (shorter foreheads) as compared to the boys.

          • Cecile

            Thank you for the quick reply Natalie! We just received the Quatro today, and what a difference indeed! I fits well and does not move off of his (big) head. Hopefully it will last him a while.

          • Yeah! Glad to hear that it fits!

  • Cindy

    My daughter just turned 3 and has a head size of exactly 19″. I am thinking the Hero would be right for her but is she only going to get a year or so use out of it? Would you recommend a completely different helmet? Safety is my # 1 concern. Thanks!

  • Cindy

    Wouldn’t I have the same issue with a short amount of time to use it since the Lazer P’Nutz only goes to 19. 6″? Also she has long hair that she does not like pulled back so I am concerned about the adjustment as stated in their review.

  • Donald

    I can’t seem to find the Uvex Hero…it doesn’t show up on the Uvex website anymore so i assume it’s been discontinued? I have a son with a big head…not quite 2 (in 4 days) and a 51cm size. The Uvex website still lists the Uvex Quattro Junior but I fear it my be too deep…Wee Bike Shop doesn’t list them on their website anymore either…just the Junior. Thoughts or suggestions?

    • Donald

      I should clarify that I was looking in the Uvex USA section…I found it on the Uvex International section…so maybe they’ve stopped selling in the USA?

      • I know that Uvex lost its previous distributor for the US and I’m not sure if they found a new one, so I am assuming that is part of the reason. I know many retailers still had stock, so I didn’t make a note on my review, but perhaps their stock is running out. Then again, I have seen a couple sites still selling the Quatro, so maybe it is just the Hero. I will ask around and see if I can find out more info.

  • Amy Douglass

    My twin 3 year old girls have a head circumference of 50 1/4 cm. Vertically about 20 1/4″. Would the Hero be outgrown quickly?