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Bump Helmet vs Ballistic Helmet

Bump vs Ballistic Helmet: Differences and Comparison 

There are many types of helmets on the market, and it can be difficult to decide which type is right for you. In this article, we will compare bump helmets and ballistic helmets to help you make a decision.

Bump helmets are designed to protect the head from impact during falls, while ballistic helmets are designed to protect against bullets and other projectiles.

Both types of helmets have their advantages and disadvantages, so let’s take a closer look at each one.

What is a bump helmet?

A bump helmet is a type of headgear that is worn in order to protect the head from injuries sustained during impact. Bump helmets are typically made from a variety of different materials, including plastic, foam, and even Kevlar.

They are designed to absorb the force of an impact and distribute it evenly over the surface of the head, in order to minimize the risk of serious injury. 

What are bump helmets used for?

Bump helmets are commonly used in airsoft and MilSim games, as well as in other adrenaline-fueled activities such as base-jumping and extreme sports. 

They are also used by people working in high-risk occupations, such as law enforcement, the military, and construction.

What is a ballistic helmet?

A ballistic helmet is a type of tactical helmet that is designed to protect the wearer’s head from bullets, shrapnel, and other ballistic threats. Ballistic helmets are made from a variety of different ballistic materials, including Kevlar, and they usually have a thick layer of padding to absorb impact.

What are ballistic helmets used for?

Ballistic helmets are worn by soldiers, law enforcement officers, and security personnel in high-risk situations. And well in general whoever is at risk of running into flying shrapnel or being shot.

Tactical bump helmets vs ballistic helmets

Bump Helmets vs Ballistic Helmets

Now that we have a better understanding of what bump helmets and ballistic helmets are, let’s compare the two.

Differences between bump and ballistic helmets

The main difference between bump and ballistic helmets is the level of protection they offer. Bump helmets are designed to protect against impact, while ballistic helmets are designed to protect against bullets and other ballistic threats.

Another difference between the two types of helmets is their weight. Ballistic helmets tend to be heavier than bump helmets, due to their increased level of protection.

Ballistic helmets also typically have more padding than bump helmets, in order to provide additional protection against impact.

Ballistic helmets also cost a lot more than bump helmets, due to the increased level of protection they offer. The prices for ballistic helmets range from hundreds to thousands of dollars while bump helmets cost usually a few hundred dollars.

Pros and cons

Pros of bump helmets

  • Cheaper than ballistic helmets
  • Lightweight
  • Good level of protection against impact
  • Usually have ventilation holes to keep the head cool

Pros of ballistic helmets

  • Provide a higher level of protection against
  • Designed for military use
  • Can often be used with night-vision goggles and other military equipment
  • Offer less (or no) protection than ballistic helmets against bullets and other projectiles
  • Expensive
  • Heavier than bump helmets

When to use them?

When to choose a pump helmet:

  • If you are looking for a helmet to protect against impact during airsoft or MilSim games, then a bump helmet is a good choice.
  • If you are looking for a lightweight helmet that won’t break the bank, then a bump helmet is also a good choice.

When to choose a ballistic helmet:

  • If you are in the military or law enforcement, then you will need to use a ballistic helmet.
  • If you are working in a high-risk occupation where there is a possibility of being shot or coming into contact with shrapnel, then a ballistic helmet is also a good choice.
Soldier wearing a ballistic helmet with NVG attached to it

Which one should you get?

The type of helmet you need depends on what you will be using it for. If you are looking for a bump helmet for airsoft or paintball, then any bump helmet will do.

But if you working in a high-risk environment and are in danger of being shot or coming into contact with shrapnel, then you will need a ballistic helmet.

In conclusion

All-in-all bump helmets offer a lower level of protection than ballistic helmets but are significantly cheaper and lighter. Ballistic helmets provide a higher level of protection but are more expensive and heavier.

Bump helmets are great for extreme sports and MilSim such as airsoft or paintball, but they aren’t meant for real combat situations. Ballistic helmets are designed for the military and law enforcement where they might be shot at or come into contact with shrapnel.

So, when choosing between a bump helmet or a ballistic helmet, think about what you will be using it for and make your decision accordingly. Thanks for reading!

John-Caspar Jaanus

Written by John-Caspar

John-Caspar Jaanus is an Estonian military, tactical gear, and survival expert and author. He has an extensive military background and has been involved with the Estonian defense structure for over 10 years. Read bio!

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