Reviewers say the Bell Trigger is the best bike helmet for kids; it performs well in crash testing and has a huge number of vents -- 23 in all -- for a kids' bike helmet. Parents are fans of the Trigger's pinch-proof buckle, and the rounded profile has few snag points that can catch during a crash. The Trigger comes in one size that can accommodate head sizes between 19.75 inches and 22.5 inches. It has no cartoonish images, so it resembles an adult helmet and is more suitable for older kids from ages five to 12, and it doesn't come with a visor. Parents posting to online review sites say that the Bell Trigger helmet is easy to fit and kids generally like to wear it. However, some parents complain that the straps don't lie flat. If you have a younger child between the ages of one and five, reviewers recommend the Giro Me2 (Est. $30), which also performs well in independent impact tests.
The Bell Trigger does not get as many reviews as adult bike helmets. ConsumerReports.org tests this helmet for impact absorption, fit, ventilation and ease of use. Although the site rates the helmet on various criteria, there is little analysis to accompany the ratings. The Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute also discusses the Trigger in relation to other Bell youth helmets. We found a couple of owner-written reviews at Amazon.com.
Although ConsumerReports.org's coverage of children's bike helmets is two years old, it is still helpful. Editors evaluate more than a dozen helmets for impact absorption, fit and ease of use. The Bell Trigger is rated alongside others.
Review: Kid & Toddler Bike Helmets , Editors of ConsumerReports.org, July 2009
2. Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute
The Bell Trigger youth helmet gets a quick assessment here. Editors at BHSI are proponents of rounded bike helmets, since there are fewer edges that could snag in a crash. The Bell Trigger has this rounded design.
Review: Bicycle Helmets for the 2011 Season, Editors of Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute, July 2011
About 10 parents write reviews of the Bell Trigger, and nearly all recommend the Trigger helmet for kids. Parents say the helmet adjusts easily and provides a comfortable fit for their children.
Review: Bell Trigger Youth Bike Helmet, Contributors to Amazon.com