Nutcase offers bike helmets for the whole family. In fact, you could totally be matchy-matchy on the road if that’s what you’re into. Nutcase touts “bike helmets don’t have to be boring,” which is an understatement given the brand’s array of overall prints and colors — one of its core value propositions.
A notable difference between Nutcase and Thousand is Nutcase doesn’t advertise its certifications like we take care to do. So, proceed with caution. It’s also impossible to know how much Nutcase helmets weigh. There’s no information, so we find it tough to make an informed decision. This seemingly insignificant detail can actually make all the difference for someone like an urban rider who commutes by bike.
Trying to decide between Thousand lightweight bike helmets and Nutcase helmets? This guide should help.
The Nutcase Street helmet for biking and skateboarding has MIPS technology and is available in 32 different designs compared to our 12 in the Thousand Heritage helmet. We believe our carefully curated collection of colorways helps make the decision a little simpler. At the time of this writing, Street was priced at about $9 less than Heritage, and several styles were on sale for $65 and $35. Some reviews state that it’s difficult to install the Street’s removable visor, and once installed, it doesn’t always stay in place. Meanwhile, the Heritage includes a built-in low-profile visor that’s just the right size for all domes. And you never have to worry about it falling off mid-ride. Street and Heritage both feature an adjustable dial for a snug fit. The extra front vents on the Street make it look more like a sporty helmet and could cause cool breezes during fall and winter months, which means you may need to buy a helmet cap to keep warm. The secret PopLock on all Thousand retro bike helmets allows you to lock it up with ease and is protected by our Anti-Theft Guarantee.
Nutcase recently released its Vio bike helmet, which features MIPS technology and 360-degree LED lighting with a 3-hour run time on a full charge. Speaking of, the design flaw of this helmet is that both the USB charger input and power button on the back aren’t at all discreet, giving it the look of a device. Price-wise, it’s $15 more than the Thousand Chapter MIPS Helmet, which comes with a magnetic rear light that can be removed and placed on your bicycle. Vio loses points for versatility as it’s really only catered to bicyclists. The Thousand Heritage Helmet is versatile enough to wear as a skateboard helmet, e-bike helmet and scooter helmet.
We can’t exactly compare Thousand bike helmets to Nutcase children and baby bike helmets (yet... hint hint!). So we’ll just offer our expert overview. The Little Nutty MIPS helmets are developed for kids aged three and older. You can choose between two sizes, toddler and youth, and buy extra pads for a better fit. The lack of size customization means that the helmet may not be a perfect fit if your kiddo’s head is too small. That said, a slightly larger size means they can grow into it. At $70, the price is a little steep for something they’re just going to grow out of. The designs are perfectly suited to brighten any little one’s day.
The Baby Nutty MIPS helmet is designed for growing brains starting at one year of age, but is only available in one size. You’ll have to buy the replacement pads for a more customized fit, which means a $60 infant bike helmet all of a sudden costs upwards of $70 or $80. Yikes! The prints are fun, and the magnetic buckle system should make getting in and out a breeze.