Upgrade Your Old Skateboarding Helmet into a New Snowboarding Helmet for free

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Upgrade your old Skateboarding Helmet and turn it into a Snowboarding Helmet with things lying around the house...

stuff you'll need / want:

1. Hot glue gun
2. Hot glue sticks
3. Scissors
4. Knife (exacto, Boxcutter, etc.)
5. Ruler (Maybe)

1. Fabric (I chose camouflage) - about 1.5 to 2 sq ft
2. Soft Plastic (I cut some off of a blister package) - about 3" x 4" rectangle
3. Packaging Foam Sponge
4. Self-adhesive, Reflective fabric tape (for optional search/rescue panel)
4. Scrap Fleece (for optional ear flaps)
5. Hard Rubber media (for Optional goggle strap stays, i used a power cord hider)
6. Velcro or Hook 'n' Loop fasteners strips
7. Narrow Nylon webbing - about 12-20" (depends on how big your chin/head is)
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Step 1: Grab Your Brain Bucket

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i used an old, classic Pro-Tec Skateboarding helmet i stopped using, you can use others as well, or as the original design allows....

-clean it with rubbing alcohol if need be
-remove the old cushion lining on the inside

Step 2: Attach an optional Goggle-Strap Stay

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In this step, i cut a section off of a hard rubber Cord Hider that i had lying around the house to use as a base. with a good imagination, you can use whatever media you may have at your disposal...

- use hot glue to anchor down one end of the strip. i used a compressed air can and turn it upside down to spray the hot glue with the liquid diflouroethane in order to speed up the cool down/hardening process - just try not to breath in the gas, it's extremely harmful

- once you've anchored down one end and have the strip in the right positioning, apply hot glue to the rest of the contact surface directly onto the helmet

- you should add a second small piece underneath the main piece. the main piece is to keep the strap from going up, the small piece is used to keep the goggle strap from falling down

eric squat1 year ago
My son and I were just trying to figure out what sort if project to get into this weekend. He'll use it for Airsoft battles. Thanks! Nice work.
admanrocks4 years ago
That's cool.
But a bike helmet isn't the same as a ski/snowboard helmet. They're designed for different things. I mean, this is better than no helmet, but if you're killin' major gnarly lines or something of that nature, you probably want to invest in a snow specific helmet.
psyoper22 (author)  admanrocks4 years ago
1. have you read the title? this is a skateboarding helmet converted into a snowboarding helmet

2. skateboarding helmets are designed to withstand impacts on concrete and asphalt, whereas snowboarding is a winter sport performed on snow

3. snowboarding helmets are made of the same high-impact ABS plastics that skateboarding helmets are made of

4. do you/have you ever snowboarded or skateboarded?

... (-_-)

I'm a ski patroller and I ski a lot. I've also spent a lot of time longboarding around in the summers.

but like you said, skateboard helmets aren't designed to be used on snow.
psyoper22 (author)  admanrocks3 years ago
"but like you said, skateboard helmets aren't designed to be used on snow."

- i never said that. i was simply comparing the conditions, and environment between the two sports, and how Skateboarding Helmets were designed to protect your head from impacts on concrete.


Just a random question, are you ladies done arguing? You both have good points. Adamanrocks, you are right about using a snow specific helmet. Psyoper22, you are correct that you were just comparing environments. I have heard ENOUGH arguing today and I have no intention to hear it online either. Honestly, you two are like two four year olds fighting over a toy. Don't take the metaphor too far.
It's his Instructable. If he wants to turn it into a debate forum what business is that of yours?
Look. I hear enough arguing throughout the day and I don't need to hear it online as well. I'm sure that no one else does either. Arguing and Debate are generally the same thing. Don't even think about making me go over this with you. I am having relationship problems (with my girlfriend AND my mind), I hear my wrestling coach yelling his a** off at me daily, and the one place where I can go for some peace is the internet. Now that too is covered in arguments. Most people at my school have the mind of a four year old. I don't need more aggravation coming from the internet. Honestly, some people never know when to shut their mouths.

I'm sorry, I've had a bad day. If you'll excuse most of that, I'd be grateful.

Thank you for your time,
gedgreen4 years ago
where do you get the army
Garlikguy4 years ago
I'm making mine but I think I'll use it more for airsoft
psyoper22 (author)  Quest for Questions4 years ago
yeah, it'll definitely protect you from 6mm plastic BBs. not too sure about metal BBs though! probably depends on the FPS rating. you can even rig it with some type of communications device too...that would be awesome!
ilpug psyoper224 years ago
you dont use metal bbs for competition air-soft, although you can get 6mm metal bbs.
tbone1214 years ago
nice, instructable! where is that in your last picture, it looks like this place i ride at all the time
psyoper22 (author)  tbone1214 years ago
i think that was taken at Mount Killington, VT...
i knew it!! i ride at killington all the time!! such a great place.
psyoper22 (author)  tbone1214 years ago
yeah, i love Killington too! the only downside for me is that i live in NYC, and it's quite a distance away to go too frequently. you ever go to Mt. Snow? i go there too...
i live in new jersey, so i know what you mean, and i've only been to mount snow once.
psyoper22 (author)  tbone1214 years ago
you ever go to Camelback in the Poconos?
yeah, but i dont like camelback, theres too many skiiers. i like mountain creek, and killington, and theres a couple other places but. those are my main places. one of my favorite places is this mountain in new mexico. it was soo tall, it was hard to breathe near the top.
psyoper22 (author)  tbone1214 years ago
new mexico? really? man, i should go there! my friends are big time snowboarding fanatics, they love going to Colorado, ever been there?

snowboarding season is almost here, man!! weeeeee!
never beem to colorado, but i plan to, and i just bought a new burton custom. im soo ready for this season
OR, if you guys like riding in Vermont you could go to a little mountain called "Elk Mountain" It's a small resort mom and pops kinda thing. Gotta healthy amount of boarders plenty of trails and a decent bar if your old enough. IT literally is, "Like skiing in Vermont without the drive." Plus, a mourning or night pass will only run you about $25 an all day is roughly $40. And if you're a college kid on Wednesday's it's $20 bucks with your ID.

Hell it's my home mountain and I've been to bigger mountains still like Elk more. Small, the lift jockey's if you're nice to them and not a total twat won't check your pass after awhile. Lord knows I've ridden all day without any problems on a mourning only pass. OF course I grew up with all of 'em. It's like maybe 4 hour's from NYC maybe a tad bit more but it's not hard to find.

Everything you need to know about ELK right there.
psyoper22 (author)  cheapasdirt4 years ago
cool, ill look into that, but were in the gold club at killington, so we use season passes, its so much cheaper than buying a lift ticket every day
now i can reenact COD MW 2
psyoper22 (author)  unaffiliatedperson4 years ago
psyoper22 (author) 4 years ago
i just hit 1,000 views!! Yippeeeee~!!!
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thanks!! guys don't have any tall mountains where you Aussies can go board?? that's too bad, maybe someday you can visit a place where you can experience it! it's very fun...
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also...when you get a chance, you should check out my other instructable. its should definitely suit you if you're the outdoorsy type.
sounds like a potential road trip to me!
caitlinsdad4 years ago
It's cool to wear a cool helmet.
psyoper22 (author)  caitlinsdad4 years ago
lol! indeed...
psyoper22 (author) 4 years ago
i guess not too many people are crazy about snowboarding... =(
blfr psyoper224 years ago
Haha, I don't think that's the problem. I practically live for snowboarding! I just don't skateboard. It's hard to reuse an old skateboarding helmet I don't have. If I ever get into skateboarding, I will definitely do this though ;) It's an awesome idea!
psyoper22 (author)  blfr4 years ago
lol, sweeeeet! thanks!