The Impact-Rated Helmet Revolution

Cookie Helmets has recently released the M3 & G4 helmets featuring impact-rated designs.

For the last 25+ years, impact-rated helmets have not been an available skydiving gear option. Helmets with impact ratings, such as from the motorcycle world, tended to be too big and bulky for sport skydiving.

But in the past year, we have seen helmet manufacturers figuring out how to create skydiving helmets that are passing impact testing, and be comfortable and form-fitting for the heads of jumpers.

Three manufacturers seem to be getting the most traction on impact-rated skydiving helmets: Pro-Tec, Tonfly and Cookie. Most of the impact-rated skydiving helmets are open-faced, but Tonfly and Cookie now also have full face helmets with an impact rating.

Pro-Tec's Full Cut Certified Skydiving Helmet was the first on the scene, and carries the lowest price tag at $60.

The Full Cut Certified helmet is CPSC/CE dual certified. More info on this helmet along with selecting size and color options to purchase can be found on ChutingStar.com at this link.

The Tonfly ICE Certified Multi Sport Helmet is $375, and has a unique goggle retainer.

The ICE has been certified with the the European standard EN1077: 2007,  American standard ASTM F2040-11 (for skiing and snowboarding) and the  European standard EN966: 2012 + A1: 2012, category HPG for airborne sports.

This helmet is available in stock colors as well as custom colors. For more info and ordering, see this link on ChutingStar.com.

The Cookie M3 Skydiving Helmet fits right in-between the ICE and Full Cut Certified in price at $169. Cookie's M3 features a moisture-wicking liner.

The M3 complies to the newly developed Skydiving Helmet Standard AFNOR XP S 72-600 and conforms to this standard under EU Regulation 2016/425.

Cookie's M3 is currently available in 7 colors and 6 sizes at this link on ChutingStar.com.

The Tonfly TFX was the first full face helmet in this impact-rated category, and carries the highest price tag at $578.

Tonfly's TFX helmet has been certified under European standard EN966: 2012 + A1: 2012, category HPG for airborne sports. The visor is additionally rated under EN:166 for personal eye protection. Additionally, the TFX complies to the newly developed Skydiving Helmet Standard XP S 72-600.

This helmet is only available for ordering after getting fitted with the TFX fitting kit at ChutingStar Skydiving Gear SuperStore (or another shop with the kit) due to the 36 different size combinations. You can learn more, pre-order and setup a fitting appointment at ChutingStar.com at this link.

The Cookie G4 is the newest impact-rated helmet. The G4 builds off the history of the Gas, G2 and G3, but completely redesigned and comes with impact rating certification of the helmet and lens.

The XPS 72-600 is a Skydiving and Windtunnel Helmet standard used for the G4. The impact testing is the same as the EN966 standard for drop height and conditioning prior to impact (5.47 m/s at roughly 1.6 meters). The impact must be less that 250G. The XPS standard also requires a SNAG test, while the EN966 does not. The XPS requires the chinstrap to be on the exterior of the shell so that a line cannot pass up the inside of the helmet, while the EN966 does not. The EN966 is a Hanggliding helmet standard and also has a penetration test, while the XPS does not require a penetration test. However, Cookie has tested the G4 helmet for penetration according to EN966 and it passes with "great results," says Cookie.

Cookie's G4 Helmet is available for order on ChutingStar.com at this link.