You bought a hoverboard and can’t wait to hop on and get riding, but before you do, it’s worth investing in some safety gear. If you ride carefully, there's no reason why you should come to harm, but there are a number of hoverboard accidents each year and you could avoid injury with a few cheap purchases.
Here is a selection of some of the best safety equipment for hoverboard that you should and can buy.
- Giro Escape helmet - if you’re worried about a sweaty head and looking square, relax because the Giro Section helmet is so light you won’t even know you’re wearing it and in matte black, it’s pretty cool. It hugs the skull and is great for more than just hoverboarding – you can use it on your skateboard, e-scooter and trail bike too. Safetywise, you can’t beat the MIPS brain protection system, it has LED lights front and rear in addition to reflective detailing. Well worth the £129.99 price tag.
- Bodyprox Protective Knee Pads - when it comes to hoverboard safety, knee pads won’t save your life, but they will protect your knees if you fall. Made from breathable fabric, Bodyprox Knee Pads won’t restrict movement or overheat your knees. They are a reasonably snug fit, which warms the muscles and stimulates blood flow. A snip at £14.99
- Official Hoverboard Replacement Charger - hoverboard chargers have to pass safety checks for a reason – use a dodgy replacement and you could end up ruining your hoverboard or worse case scenario, starting a fire. The Official Hoverboard Replacement Charger has passed all the stringent safety certifications and will fit most models. Only £24.99. If in doubt, contact us, your hoverboard manufacturer or retailer to find out which replacement chargers are compatible.
- Triple 8 Hired Hands Skate Wrist Guards - wrist injuries are one of the most common forms of injury among hoverboard riders, so it pays to protect them. Triple 8’s feature impact-absorbing splints positioned both above and below the wrist – these are removable. They’re comfy too, thanks to the EVA foam lining. They come in black only and cost £39.95.
- Adjustable handlebar - if you are new to hoverboarding or are buying one for a child, then it’s worth investing in an adjustable handlebar. This offers the rider extra stability and is really handy when you are novice. You can buy them on Amazon for just £19.99.
- Hi-viz reflective belt - being seen is vital when riding your hoverboard and if the model you own doesn’t come with lights as standard, then a hi-viz reflective belt is a cheap alternative – you can also use it for running, dog walking etc. Most of them come with an adjustable buckle and fits most riders. Amazon sells one for £5.69.
- Lights - most good hoverboards come with LED lights as standard and it is highly recommended that you buy one that is already equipped. In the event of mechanical failure, you can buy replacements. SmartBoards UK sell a set for just £3.99 or you could consider a pair of ARCH hoverboard LEDs for £8.09. They fit most hoverboards and are easy to secure. Each strip is 15 cm.