Roller derby equipment options can be pretty overwhelming for a new or potential skater. Choosing the right equipment for you is important but how do you know where to start? I'll try to give you some ideas of what to look for. Your helmet is the piece of equipment that will be most likely to save your life, or at least maintain your quality of life if really horrible things happen. Your skates and your pads will help you prevent injury, but your helmet protects your brain. The rest of your body can heal, but once your brain gets busted it's going to stay busted. The three types of helmets that are commonly seen out on roller derby tracks are skateboard helmets, hockey helmets, and bicycle helmets. All three types have advantages and disadvantages. Let's talk about all three categories.