Tactical Helmet ATE® Bump


Tactical Helmet ATE® Bump

Customer Reviews

Based on 137 reviews
Wesley H.
Excellent value in a quality bump helmet

Got this as a platform for NVG's. Pre-purchase questions answered quickly & thoroughly. The included pad system is first-rate. By all means, sit down & play with that and use what they've given you to tailor this helmet for super comfort.

As a 2nd function there was going to be a need to run a GoPro cam from the shroud in some way, if possible. Several of the adapters on the market from the Chicom accessory-clone sector are not dimensioned properly. Notably SUREWO which is a fine adapter for the less-rigorous airsoft crowd perhaps on some of their helmets. If you want to run a GoPro from the robust shroud on this helmet, get the Go Pro Brand, PN: ANVGM-001. Real deal, fits great, pay once once.

Thoroughly pleased with the transaction, support & the helmet. Would do it again in a heartbeat.

Tobias H.
Bump helmet is a masterpiece

First off I’m a veteran of 11 years of service (Navy and National Guard) and have used ACH throughout my career in the Infantry. I ordered the medium/large size Bump helmet in OD green for the purpose of training. When I received this helmet I was astonished how light weight it was and impressed with the construction of the helmet. When fitting the bump helmet I added the thicker pads for a better fit for my head and found it amazing how my ACH sits so firm. Adding my Pvs14 to try out the balance and the strap made it easy to maneuver without any shift. I plan on upgrading my helmet strap to a team Wendy retention system and a counter weight. That doesn’t mean the strap included isn’t bad I have a preference. After a few run throughs to test this ACH I’ll be gladly picking up the ballistic rated ACH in the future. I highly recommend this ACH for any starter looking for a helmet that won’t break the bank to properly hold your NVGs.

Tactical Helmet ATE Bump

Tactical Helmet ATE Bump is the non-ballistic version of our ATE Ballistic helmet. Lightweight and modular, it provides the ideal bump helmet for Tactical Helmet applications, Search and Rescue (SAR), and Recreational Sports. This lightweight helmet weighs in at 1.4 lbs! Manufactured from a Polycarbonate blend the helmet offers blunt impact protection that far exceeds impact requirements not only for EN 1385: 2012, but also for AR/PD 10-02.

The tactical helmet is an essential piece of equipment for military members, law enforcement officers who are attempting to suppress a riot or others who need reliable head protection. While most helmets may look alike, they don't all perform the same. 

The choice typically comes down to deciding whether a ballistic or bump helmet is the better solution. The former is designed to stop bullets, while the latter offers protection against falling debris, impact with objects and blunt force trauma.

Current average lead times of 3-5 days to ship.

M-LOK Tactical Helmet Accessory Rails

Utilizing the MAGPUL M-LOK® SYSTEM on tactical helmet rails have allowed us to reduce the overall profile of the helmet dramatically. This reduction in helmet profile translates into less of a risk of snagging in confined spaces or on parachute risers. It also gives the user enhanced modularity with accessory options, and fewer adapters to deal with. Click the tabs below to learn how the M-LOK mounting system works with our ballistic helmet and some of the most common rail accessories used.

Tactical Helmet M-LOK Rails

How M-LOK® Mounting Works

Direct Mount Capability:

Accessories are mountable directly from the front face of the slot. No
access from the rear of the system is needed.

Tactical Helmet M-LOK Mounting
How to tighten M-LOK on helmet rail.

Cammed T-NUT The M-LOK:

Direct attachment system features a custom, cammed T-Nut that positions the T-Nut consistently for installation and removal. Simply adjust the gap between the T-Nut and accessory to match the thickness of the mounting surface, align the T-Nuts with the slot, and insert in the desired location. An initial ¼ to ½ turn of the screw for each T-Nut rotates the nut into engagement and then you may tighten normally.


1913 Picatinny Rails:

The polymer rails from MAGPUL with 3, 5, 7, and 9 slots will all fit on our ATE GEN2 tactical helmet rails in various configurations. Just about any tactical accessory is designed to work with these Picatinny rails. You can buy these rails directly from MAGPUL.


Tactical helmet lights are one of the most common additions to our ATE ballistic helmets. They come for just about every application from IR and red light, to super bright. Utilizing a standard 1913 Picatinny rail on the M-LOK system, you can mount any of them. Check out this blog on tactical helmet lights for more info!

Headset Adapters:

Allow users to attach their communications headsets such as Peltor headsets or MSA Sordin headsets directly to the tactical helmet rail itself. For our M-LOK rails check out our RAK system if you want to mount comms directly our rails.


Helmet mounted video cameras also know as helmet cams have become prevalent for the enthusiast, police, and military. They allow for detailed after action reviews and reports, be it for training, evidence, or combat. You will find the most common ones in use in this blog post!

A3S Shroud (Adaptive 3-Hole Shroud)

Our A3S shroud is manufactured out of aircraft grade aluminum and weighs less than the majority of shrouds on the market. Each helmet includes bungees to help with night vision goggle wobble, and these conveniently connect to the bottom of our A3S shroud when not in use. This can also be used to lanyard in night vision goggles and other gear. It's designed to be compatible with most standardized NVG mounts from Wilcox to Norotos. It's a tank of a shroud without all the weight!

A3S Shroud Tactical Helmet


Designed for Compatibility:

The A3S Shroud works with the most common NVG mounts. Such as the Wilcox L4 series, or Norotos RHINO's along with many others.

Tactical Helmet Shroud Compatability

Shroud Tips and Maintenance


The fitment between the shroud and mount should be secure with minimal wiggle. Mount should not pop off when force is applied unless released. Most new mounts also come with a break-away feature that when engaged, will allow the mount to pop off the shroud when force is applied. Make sure to test your mount and shroud connection.


The fitment between the shroud and mount should be secure with minimal wiggle. Mount should not pop off when force is applied unless released. Most new mounts also come with a break-away feature that when engaged, will allow the mount to pop off the shroud when force is applied. Make sure to test your mount and shroud connection.

Initial Impact Pad System

Our Initial Impact pad system is a 2 part system designed not only to protect you from ballistic and blunt impacts but provide you with optimal comfort as well. We include two sizes of different thickness comfort pads, in addition to the Initial Impact base layer. Click the tabs below to learn about each layer and how they can benefit you. *The ATE BUMP helmet uses the same pads as the ballistic version. The middle impact pad may protrude slightly past the edge of the helmet. This can be easily fixed by re-positioning the edges of the pad with the edges of the shell first!*

Tactical Helmet Padding


Designed for Impact:

The padding on a helmet is just as important as the shell when it comes to protection performance. Detailed studies have shown that the best performing pads when it comes to ballistic and blunt impact are those that are not too hard, but also not too soft. This is precisely what our impact layer is designed for, utilizing a specially designed closed cell foam, in combination with our comfort layers, we can achieve extremely low Blunt Impact Uni-Axial impact numbers in addition to low back face deformation numbers.

Initial Impact Layer On Tactical Helmet

Comfort Pad Layer

Designed for Comfort:

Our comfort pads provide additional protection, but just as important, long-term comfort. They are designed using a proprietary open cell memory foam that conforms to your head shape. Each head is different, and that is why we also include two different sized pad sets of our comfort plus pads. This allows you to mix and match these re-positionable pads to achieve your ideal fit. If you have ever worn a standard MICH, ACH, or ECH you know just how uncomfortable they can be. Hot spots, headaches, and fatigue set in, even after short periods of use. Our Comfort Pads eliminate these issues and allow you to find the perfect fit.

Comfort Pads for Tactical Helmet

ATE GEN2 Tactical Bump Testing Data

Blunt Impact Testing Information

Helmet blunt impact testing is designed to measure the protection against realistic blunt impact threats including falls, parachute drops, and motor vehicle crashes.

  • Tactical helmet is positioned on a monorail drop tower.
  • Helmet is dropped on different impact sites. (Crown, Front, Back, Right, Nape, Left Nape, Left Lateral, Right Lateral).
  • Peak acceleration is measured (G's)
Blunt Impact Energy Limits


  • Start by wrapping a measuring tape around the circumference of your head, just above your ears and eyebrows. Where the tape overlaps is your measurement.
  • No measuring tape? No problem! Use a piece of string to mark the overlap, then measure the string.
  • Use the size chart to find where your optimal tactical helmet size should be.
  • Also, don't worry if you choose the wrong size. We offer an easy exchange policy!


S/M >20 1/4"
M/L 20 1/4" - 23 1/2"
L/XL 23 1/2" - 24 3/4"
XXL < 24 3/4"

Every head is different, so we include two different size pad sets for you to achieve the ideal fit.

Hard Head Veterans Offers a High-Quality Bump Helmet for Sale

If you're more concerned about head injuries not caused by bullets, the above-the-ear (ATE) bump helmet from Hard Head Veterans can meet your protective requirements. We manufacture this non-ballistic headgear from a precise blend of polycarbonate materials that form a protective barrier against blunt impact from solid objects. You'll experience a level of protection that far exceeds blunt impact for the stringent EN 1385: 2012 and AR/PD 10-02 standards.

Lightweight Head Protection That Won't Be a Burden

Are you used to wearing helmets that become uncomfortable during extended field or training missions? You'll appreciate the lightweight design of our combat bump helmet. At only 1.4 pounds, this piece of gear won't slow you down when maneuvering in the field or hoofing over rugged terrain. The ATE construction also makes it easier to attach rail adapters for accessories such as headsets and communication devices.

Choose From Multiple Helmet Colors

We manufacture our military bump helmets in several colors to meet your functional requirements. If camouflage is your primary concern, consider our Multicam and Multicam black options. You can also select solid black for reliable nighttime concealment or go with olive drab green, orange or tan.

Numerous Helmet Accessories Are Available

We want you to get the most from your helmet, regardless of how, when or where you use it. That's why we offer a wide assortment of accessories to enhance your tactical helmet's functionality, comfort and safety. Select from options such as:

  • Helmet pads
  • Rail adapter kits
  • Helmet bags
  • Helmet covers
  • Mesh covers
  • Counterweight pouches
  • Picatinny rails
  • Sordin/Liberator adapters
  • Tactical face shields

How to Determine the Right Helmet Size

Your helmet must fit properly to maximize its protective capabilities and prevent unnecessary injuries. While we make our bump helmets in M/L or L/XL you might not be sure which is right for you. To calculate your size, start by using a tape measure to determine your head's circumference around the temples and above the ears. Then, plug the measurement into the chart below and see where you fall.

Our Bump Helmets Come With Warranties

You want to know that the company that manufactures your protective equipment is willing to stand behind its products. In addition to implementing stringent quality control and batch testing processes, we back our helmets with a 10-year warranty. It's our risk-free guarantee that if you're not satisfied with your helmet or notice a defect, we'll replace it or refund your money.

Reasonable Prices That Won't Break Your Budget

We understand that organizations across the nation must find ways to stretch every dollar and cut costs wherever possible. We strive to make our bump helmets and other gear and accessories affordable for any budget. Our goal is to ensure that every individual or entity that needs lifesaving equipment can get it without worrying about excessively high prices. You'll also find that we offer significant discounts on many of our items when you purchase them online.

About Hard Head Veterans

Hard Head Veterans is proud to be a veteran-owned small business consisting of past and current law enforcement and military members. Because we've been where you are, we know what it takes to keep you safe. We design and manufacture our products to meet the highest standards for quality, durability, performance and comfort. And with our sincere commitment to delivering top-notch service, you can count on us to support you during every step of the customer journey.

We Never Forget the People We Serve

Our unique insight into the needs of those who purchase our products also fuels our desire to give something back. We contribute a portion of our sales proceeds to deserving organizations like the Green Beret Foundation, the Concerns of Police Survivors and the Navy Seal Foundation.

Order Your Combat Bump Helmet Today

Purchasing bump helmets from Hard Head Veterans is fast, easy and secure. Our online store is open 24 hours a day for your convenience. If you have questions or need more information regarding any of our gear, email us at info@hardheadveterans.com.