Putting a helmet on a child is like trying to put anything else on a child, painful one day and amazing the next. It’s magical when a child asks you to put something on and as much as we loathe to think that the graphics on a product is what excites a child sometimes that’s just the way it is. It’s a Bonus when the product your child is excited about is actually useful. Double bonus when they can put it on themselves. So thank you Nutcase for making lots of fun colorful designs that get our kids excited about riding their bikes.
Since 2000, Nutcase has designed stylish, quality bicycle helmets for riders of all ages and personalities. Every year they unveil new designs, but this year they nailed it with their Little Nutty line. Out of the fifteen patterns available, five are new: Tin Robot, Ahoy!, Radio Wave, Flutterby, and Bluebirds & Bees.
We were excited to find out that the Little Nutty line is in its third iteration. This newer design is engineered to comply with the U.S. CPSC safety standard for bicycle helmets and also meets the requirements for the ASTM F1492 skating certification, so your kid can also use it for skateboarding and roller skating. We found that the hard shell made this helmet a great option for our rough-and-tumble testers and we were confident knowing that in addition to protecting against injury caused by single impacts, this helmet can withstand multiple smaller impacts.
Especially important on this newer model is the increased internal channeling, giving this version more ventilation than the former generation.
“Where have you been all my life magnetic buckle!?” The magnetic buckle should be a standard on all helmets. As soon as the kids and I figured out how to open and close it, we fell in love. Luckily this “no-pinch” buckle is a feature on all of their helmets, so we can get it on larger sizes as well. Getting the helmet on and off is a cinch without the pinch. We realized we can open and close the buckle with one hand, even with gloves on!
Speaking of cold weather accessories… Did you know these helmets have ear pads you can buy separately to use during the winter months? They attach to the helmet, giving you one less thing to have to think about when your kids gear up to leave the house.
Overall, we were pleased with the fit, construction, and features of this helmet. Now, if they only made the Tin Robot in a bigger size…
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