A helmet is a personal decision. You must consider proper safety labeling, type, fit and comfort when making a choice. We’ll take you through these considerations, and we’ll even list 32 great options of 2017, that you can find online.
1) Bern 2016 Men’s Allston Summer Bike Helmet | 2) Bern Unlimited Jr. Nino Summer Helmet with Visor | 3) Abus Scraper Urban Helmet | 4) Bell Super 3R MIPS Bike Helmet | 5) BaseCamp ACE Road Bike Aero Helmet | 6) Joovy Noodle Helmet, Black | 7) Kids helmets Children’s Multi-Sport Safety Bike Helmets | 8) Base Camp Moon Road Bike Helmets | 9) Kiddimoto Helmets – Kiddimoto Kids Helmet | 10) LIVALL MT1 Smart Bike Helmet | 11) Giro 2015/16 Youth Winter Snow Helmet | 12) Giro Aeon Cycling Helmet with Geared2U Helmet Mirror | 13) Bell Child Star Wars Multi-Sport Helmet | 14) Helmet for Dogs, Cats and All Small Pets | 15) Special Cool Ultralight Kids/Toddlers Bike Helmets | 16) Giro Revel Mips Lme UA 17 US | 17) Disney Minnie Mouse Self-Adjust Toddler Helmet | 18) Zacro Lightweight Cycle/Bike Helmet | 19) Louis Garneau – HG Tiffany Cycling Helmet | 20) Bell Child Star Wars Multi-Sport Helmet | 21) Giro Reverb Bike Helmet | 22) Bell Spider-Man Child Helmets | 23) Thomas & Friends Safety Helmet | 24) Giro 2014 Revel Cycling Helmet | 25) Bell Sanction BMX/Downhill Helmet | 26) Bern Unlimited Lenox EPS Women’s Summer Helmet | 27) Nutcase – Patterned Street Bike Helmet for Adults | 28) Nutcase – Little Nutty Street Bike Helmet | 29) Raskullz Girls Love Sparklez Helmet | 30) Traverse Vigilis 2-in-1 Helmet | 31) Baseca Elastic Ultralight Bike Helmet | 32) Gonex Cycling Bike Helmet for Men Women |
If you are new to cycling then the wide range of helmets can be confusing. How do you maximise the safety and comfort a helmet can offer, and what’s the best helmet for you? Read on to find out…
Cycling helmets are designed to protect riders from head injuries, but with brands constantly competing to create the best bike helmet, other factors also come in to play: comfort, aerodynamics and breathability being key opportunities for competition.
The primary function of a cycling helmet is to protect your head – and all helmets sold by reputable retailers will meet the standards set out by the authority in the country of sale.
However, if you choose to spend more, you’ll get a lid that is lighter, and more breathable. The retention system often becomes more comfortable on a more expensive cycling helmet, too.
For competitive cyclists, aerodynamics become a concern. More expensive helmets will be wind tunnel tested, and will often provide a watt-saving figure as to how much energy can be retained thanks to the improved aerodynamics of the helmet.
Whilst during the summer months, breathability is a major concern, this is less so the case in autumn and winter. Since you’ll likely wear the lid all year round, it still makes sense to take venting into consideration – and if you suffer from a chilly noggin, you can always slip a cycling cap underneath.
We’ve rounded up some of our favourite cycling helmets below, but you’ll find more information about specific considerations when buying a cycling helmet further down the page.
Bike Helmet Safety
Always look to see if a helmet has a European CE EN 1078 sticker. The EN 1078 standard ensures the helmet has passed a number of tests that look at the following: helmet construction, field of vision, shock absorbing properties, retention system properties, chin strap and fastening devices.
In order to cycle in certain events such as races, sportives and triathlons it is often a requirement to have a helmet that adheres to this standard or an international equivalent.
Bike Helmets and MIPS: What is MIPS and Do I Need it?
In recent years, we’ve seen more and more bike helmet brands adopt MIPS. MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System; MIPS is actually a brand in itself, and helmet providers using them build the layer into their own helmets.
The MIPS liner is designed to reduce rotational forces on the brain that can occur in the event of a crash, by adding an extra layer of friction and thus spreading the impact.
Helmets with MIPS layers often cost a little more – but there is evidence to suggest the layer is effective in reducing injury in certain types of crashes.
Bike Helmet Fit
If a helmet doesn’t fit properly then it will not do the job it is designed for. Helmets are often available in different sizes relating to the circumference of your head, and while you could measure your head with a tape measure and buy online, we strongly advise going to a bike shop and trying a helmet on before you buy it.
You are going to be wearing the helmet a lot, potentially for over five hours at a time, so it’s imperative that it is comfortable. It is also advisable to try on a variety of makes and models to see which is most comfortable and the best bike helmet for you, as they are often different shapes internally.
Some helmets are women specific and even feature a special gap to allow for a pony tail, such as Specialized’s Hair Port system. However, most helmets are unisex and will fit both men and women.