Best road bike helmets 2022 - Our favourite helmets ridden and rated (2023)

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The best road bike helmets will protect your head in the event of a crash, but they won't feel uncomfortable to wear all day every day and many have advanced features to improve airflow over your head and aerodynamics, while being so light that you'll hardly notice you're wearing them.

Although the best aero helmets are designed specifically to save watts by streamlining the airflow over your head, even many of the best vented road bike helmets will also be aero optimised, while the best gravel bike helmets will aim for great airflow at lower speeds.

Many of the best road bike helmets now include rotational impact protection too. It's a useful addition to the protection from straight-on impacts that are usually the basis of the tests that all helmets have to pass as part of the mandatory safety testing before they can be sold.

MIPS is the best-known rotational protection system, but other options include SPiN, used by POC in some of its helmets. Bontrager has WaveCel, designed to crush and protect your head in an impact, while Koroyd, used by Endura and Smith in some of their helmets, has the same objective.

At Cyclingnews we've ridden and rated almost all the best road bike helmets out there, so we can give you an objective opinion of their pros and cons, looking closely at fit, form, aesthetics, comfort, noise, adjustability and many other factors besides.

Check out our pick of the best road bike helmets below or, if you're after a women's-specific helmet, our guide to the best women's bike helmets. At the bottom of the page, we've got a buyer's guide to what to look for in a road bike helmet.

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Specialized S-Works Prevail 3

Best road bike helmet for summer weather and all-out safety

Specifications

Weight: 227g (medium)

Rotational safety: MIPS Node Air

Aero: No

Sizes: S, M, L

Colours: 8 (country dependent)

Reasons to buy

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Excellent ventilation

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Lightweight

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MIPS and ANGi additional safety features

Reasons to avoid

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In-moulding doesn’t offer much coverage

Now in its third iteration, as its name indicates, the Specialized Prevail 3 helmet has some significant upgrades to increase ventilation and safety over the Prevail 2. The new design sees woven aramid fibres replacing the more traditional cross-bridges between the longitudinal ribs, to create an entire Aircage within the EPS foam. This significantly opens up the front of the helmet to airflow and makes the Prevail 3 the most airy helmet we've tested by far.

There's also a new MIPS Node Air version of MIPS technology which integrates MIPS more directly into the helmet's padding and adds perforations to increase airflow. The result is that the Prevail 3 is the best road bike helmet ever to be tested by independent rotational impact testers at Virginia Tech. In other words, there's no safer road helmet on the market right now, according to those tests.

Like the older Prevail II and Prevail II Vent, the Prevail 3 is compatible with Specialized's ANGi crash detection device that alerts a named contact if you have an accident.

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Giro Aether Spherical

Another great helmet for ventilation whilst offering novel MIPS Spherical protection

Specifications

Weight: 266g (medium)

Rotational safety: MIPS Spherical

Aero: No

Sizes: S, M, L

Colours: 11

Reasons to buy

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Excellent ventilation

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MIPS Spherical system unique to Giro

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Runs cooler than Giro's other MIPS helmets

Reasons to avoid

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Quite a large profile

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Not as aerodynamic as other helmets

The Giro Aether Spherical offers great ventilation and keeps safety as a priority through its MIPS system. Instead of putting a MIPS lining on the inside of the helmet, as is often the case, the Giro Aether Spherical has a dual-layer EPS foam structure, with the two layers able to move independently and enable protection from 'a wide range of impact energies'.

This design should not only improve fit but a lack of an additional MIPS lining contributes to the ventilation performance with the brand saying the helmet is two degrees Fahrenheit (about one Celsius) cooler than other Giro helmets, such as the Synthe MIPS.

Coming in 11 colourways from conservative black or white through to more bold fluoro options, the Giro Aether Spherical should also suit almost all aesthetic preferences.

For more info, read our review of the Giro Aether Spherical.

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MET Rivale MIPS

Best for sleek looks at a lower pricepoint

Specifications

Weight: 240g (medium)

Rotational safety: MIPS

Aero: Yes

Sizes: S, M, L

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Colours: 7

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight

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Good looking

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Good head coverage

Reasons to avoid

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Fairly limited colour choice

Although it's not the cheapest out there, we rated the MET Rivale MIPS helmet highly for what's a cheaper option than most of the helmets here. We really liked the sleek looks, which also add to the Rivale's aero credentials, the comfortable fit and the well-designed straps that avoid windflap. There's plenty of ventilation from the 18 ports and no tendency for sweat to drip into the eyes.

We even crash tested it ourselves and can vouch for the MET Rivale MIPS's protective qualities, having it checked out afterwards in MET's lab, as you can read in our full review of the MET Rivale MIPS helmet.

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POC Ventral SPIN

Perfect for aero fans who need a cool head

Reasons to buy

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Very comfortable

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Aero performance

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Well ventilated

Reasons to avoid

-

Bulkier than it needs to be

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Gloss-surface prone to scuffs

POC’s helmets have always divided opinions in terms of looks but when it comes to comfort, ventilation and a focus on safety, the brand has often been industry-leading.

The POC Ventral was the first to implement the brand’s SPIN technology. The helmet lining pads are constructed from a material which can roll and shear to reduce rotational impacts.

Like other aero helmets, POC uses the Venturi design theory to improve airflow and ventilation over and inside the helmet, respectively. A fore and aft sliding spar, combined with a rotating dial also ensure an excellent fit.

The brand also sticks to its AVIP (attention, visibility, interaction, protection) mantra by offering the helmet in an array of eye-catching colours.

Read our in-depth review of the POC Ventral SPIN for more info.

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Lazer Vento KinetiCore

Great for all-weather aerodynamics, comfort and convenience

Specifications

Weight: 286g (medium)

Rotational safety: Yes

Aero: Yes

Sizes: S/ M, L

Colours: 8

Reasons to buy

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Five star-rated impact protection system

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Sophisticated adjustment system

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Plenty of warm-weather comfort

Reasons to avoid

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Sunglass slots are a bit too widely spaced

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Optional rear light points a bit too far upwards

Lazer's new take on rotational impact protection is KinetiCore, which uses EPS foam blocks on the inside of the shell that deform or snap off in the event of a crash. It replaces a MIPS liner and the Vento KinetiCore has been given a five star rating by the Virginia Tech helmet testing lab.

The Vento is one of the first Lazer helmets to use the tech and has been designed along with the Jumbo-Visma pro team, with Lazer saying it's lighter, faster and better ventilated than its older Bullet design.

There's a new cradle adjustment system called Scrollsys that, when we covered it in our Lazer Vento KinetiCore review, we reckoned was easier to use, even with winter gloves, and the helmet was comfortably well vented on even the hottest climbs.

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POC Omne Air Spin

The best option for style gurus

Specifications

Weight: 305g

Rotational Safety: SPIN

Aero: No

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Sizes: Small, medium, large (regular fit), small, medium (wide fit)

Colours: 4

Reasons to buy

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Great fit, no matter your head shape

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Rapha-exclusive two-tone colour ways are stunning

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Cradle adjustment is simple and effective

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Two different widths available

Reasons to avoid

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No padding underneath the strap connector

The POC Omne Air SPIN helmet is definitely high up on our list for anyone wanting a good quality, safe road helmet with all the style to match, and with POC's large vent style but at a less premium price.

The POC Omne Air SPIN helmet is extremely comfortable to wear, has great ventilation, but could also see you through the cold winter days with some extra layering, and comes complete with POC's SPIN rotational safety technology - an alternative to the almost-ubiquitous MIPS.

We reviewed the now-discontinued Rapha special edition of the POC Omne Air Spin, but you get the same tech in the standard helmet - just not with the Rapha logo on its side - and the helmet is available just in the standard S, M, L size options.

Check out our review of the POC Omne Air Spin for more.

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Kask Protone Icon

An updated version of the airy, semi-aero classic

Specifications

Weight: 215g (medium)

Rotational safety: Kask WG11

Aero: Yes

Sizes: S, M, L

Colours: 11

Reasons to buy

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Semi-aero design offers ample ventilation with speed advantages

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Chin strap avoids flap

Reasons to avoid

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No additional rotational safety technology

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No sunglass ports

One of the first ‘semi-aero’ road bike helmets available, the Kask Protone offers decent ventilation in all but the hottest conditions while claiming to retain the benefits of an aero helmet. At 215g for a size medium, the Kask Protone is fairly competitive in the weight stakes too and the rotating tension dial to the rear should offer a secure fit for a variety of head shapes and sizes.

While there's no inclusion of a separate rotational-impact protection liner, the Protone (like all products in the Kask range) has recently undergone (and passed) the 'KASK WG11 rotational impact test' - more info on which can be found here (opens in new tab).

Originally launched back in 2014, the Kask Protone has just had a (minor) update. The new Protone Icon has a new internal structure that's allowed Kask to increase the vent size slightly. There's also a new cradle at the rear and a new, larger forehead pad.Early impressions are very good, but we're yet to spend enough time with it for a full review just yet.

Although the original Protone has been superseded, you can expect to find it available still for some time and you might find a bargain at retailers looking to shift residual stock.

Find out more with our review of the original Kask Protone helmet.

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MET Trenta 3K Carbon

Great option for both aero and venting

Specifications

Weight: 228g (medium)

Rotational safety: No

Aero: Yes

Sizes: S, M, L

Colours: 4

Reasons to buy

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Superb ventilation

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Secure and even head retention

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Carbon internal structure is claimed to improve safety

Reasons to avoid

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No MIPS version available

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In moulding coverage doesn't protect vulnerable areas of the helmet well

Using carbon fibre in the construction of the Trenta 3K Carbon, MET says it was able to reduce the amount of EPS without ‘affecting the capacity of the helmet to absorb energy’. The reduction in size also contributes to a low profile when worn and is a key aspect in the aerodynamic performance of the helmet.

Other brands often focus on out-and-out aerodynamics or maximum ventilation and rarely strike the balance between the two well. MET achieves this through a semi-aero helmet that is as at home in a bunch sprint as it is in the high mountains.

The MET Trenta 3K Carbon also fits brilliantly but is let down by the lack of a MIPS option in an era where most pro-level road bike helmets include the technology as standard.

Read our MET Trenta 3K Carbon review to find out more.

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Scott Cadence Plus

A helmet that converts between aero and ventiltation

Specifications

Weight: 353g (large)

Rotational safety: MIPS

Aero: Yes

Sizes: S, M, L

Colours: 2

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Reasons to buy

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Large vents improve airflow in hotter temperatures

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Bungs can be inserted to increase warmth in cooler weather

Reasons to avoid

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Heavy

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Very limited colour choice

Scott says the Cadence Plus is one of the fastest and most aerodynamic helmets in its class. Combine this with MIPS, a great fit and the additional option of blocking the front vents with bungs if the temperatures are cold, and you’ve got a top-level aero lid.

X-Static pads lining the helmet feature anti-microbial and anti-odour technology to keep things fresh on the inside but the Cadence Plus is let down slightly by its weight and a limited colour choice.

Find out more with our Scott Cadence Plus review.

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Limar Air Pro

A great option for those wanting something a bit different

Specifications

Weight: 268g (medium)

Rotational safety: MIPS and non-MIPS available

Aero: Yes

Sizes: S, M, L

Colours: 10

Reasons to buy

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Well-vented

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Comfortable

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Novel use of carbon fibre

Reasons to avoid

-

High price

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Oval head form may not suit everyone

The Limar Air Pro was designed in collaboration with theAstana cycling team to serve as an open, well-vented helmet that still performed well in the wind tunnel.

Limar has moulded what are essentially twin carbon wings into the helmet that run horizontally across the shell, serving a dual purpose of adding structure and strength and cleaning up the airflow through the helmet. In a similar claim to MET, with its Trenta 3K, the brand says the carbon fibre allowed it to use less EPS foam and still pass the relevant safety standards.

With the carbon-fibre wings creating the helmet's structure, longitudinal EPS foam ribs form the rest of the shell creating deep channels that run the entire length. The majority of these channels have an unobstructed path, pulling oodles of air through the helmet at high and low speed.

Learn more with our Limar Air Pro helmet review.

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Specialized S-Works Evade 3

A comfortable, high-performing aero all-rounder

Specifications

Reasons to buy

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Full aero lid with decent ventilation

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MIPS and additional safety through ANGi

Reasons to avoid

-

Fairly weighty

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Limited colour choice

Another helmet from Specialized that's recently had an upgrade to its third edition, the Evade 3 aero helmet has increased ventilation by 10 per cent over its predecessor and Specialized says that comes without any loss in aerodynamics thanks to a rear 'diffuser'.

There's the same easy-to-operate fit adjustment and ANGi crash detection compatibility, but Specialized has incorporated MIPS Node Air into the new helmet for better integration of the sliding plane tech and better ventilation.

A review of the gen 3 Evade is in the works, but in the meantime read our review of the Specialized S-Works Evade II.

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Abus Airbreaker

Perfect for fans of unfussy styling

Specifications

Weight: 220g (medium)

Rotational safety: No

Aero: No

Sizes: S, M, L

Colours: 10

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Reasons to buy

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Great ventilation

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Wide choice of colours

Reasons to avoid

-

Not aero

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No rotational safety

The Abus Airbreaker is a lightweight, well-ventilated helmet, offered in 10 different colour options. The padding system is kept in place through two plastic screws, enabling the pads to be removed for cleaning, plus the absence of multiple velcro pads likely contributes to the low weight.

The Airbreaker is a completely different design to the aero-specific Abus Gamechanger, but there are a few cues, alongside the obvious quality in construction shared between the two helmets. It’s just a shame Abus didn’t integrate MIPS into the helmet.

Check out our review of the Abus Airbreaker for more.

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POC Ventral Tempus SPIN

A helmet designed specifically for the rain

Specifications

Weight: 311g (medium)

Rotational safety: SPIN

Aero: Yes

Sizes: S, M, L

Colours: 2

Reasons to buy

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Two colours include 'AVIP orange' for added visibility in dull conditions

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Easy to clean

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Replaceable padding

Reasons to avoid

-

Designed for a very specific niche

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Reasonably weighty in comparison to others on this list

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Rear cradle is difficult to move vertically

This unique helmet from POC is born out of a specific UCI rule that prevents riders from adding a removable aero shell to their helmets. With the desire to do so still there when the rain came down, POC created the Ventral Tempus SPIN, fixing the shell into place and thus creating a helmet designed specifically for rainy weather.

With that, it sits in a very specific niche and isn't the most versatile of helmets, but it provides a five-star performance at the job it was designed to do.

It also benefits from SPIN (Shearing Pad INside) which is POC's rotational impact protection, as well as the option to choose AVIP Orange (Attention, Visibility, Interaction and Protection) which will provide extra safety during the sorts of grey and dreary conditions that the helmet's designed for.

Ultimately, it's a helmet designed to excel at a specific purpose and it does just that. It won't be right for everyone, but for those who ride in the rain on a regular basis, it's definitely one to consider.

Read the full review for more on the POC Ventral Tempus Spin helmet.

How to choose the best road bike helmet

A helmet will always be a personal choice when it comes to pricing, aesthetics and ventilation vs aero needs.

The most important factors to consider, however, will always be fit and safety.The best road bike helmets will often have additional features that are claimed to add to safety and they'll often have been independently tested by Virginia Tech or other bodies. The best known system is MIPS, but brands are increasingly developing their own safety enhancements, as we describe below.

How do I find the most comfortable road bike helmet?

No helmet is going to be effective if it doesn't fit well, so getting the right size helmet and one that's easy to adjust is paramount. Fortunately most helmets have plenty of adjustability built in, with a rear cradle that can be moved up and down to fit well over the rear of your head and usually with a dial adjuster to fine tune the helmet to the circumference of your head, although there are alternative systems like Lazer's Rollsys.

Usually there are three helmet sizes to choose from, so you can zero in on the one that is likely to fit you based on the circumference of your head. Some helmets only come in two sizes though, while others have four which may include an Asian fit.

Different helmet manufacturers make different shaped helmets, so some designs may fit you better front to back and side to side than others. There's no substitute for trying a helmet on, so be prepared to send back a helmet if you buy online and find that it doesn't work for you.

Ensuring your helmet offers a secure fit should be the priority, and while there's no substitute for try-before-you-buy, it can be possible by using manufacturers' size guides and a fabric measuring tape to check the size of your head.

It's also worth checking the padding, how much there is and where it's placed, although even minimal padding may be adequate and too much padding may restrict airflow through the shell.

What type of helmet is best for me?

There are various types of road bike helmet. For example, some prioritise ventilation while others put aerodynamics at the top of the priority list.

The answer to this question will very much depend on what sort of riding you do and what you consider to be most important. If you primarily ride in hot conditions and don't care much for your average speed, then a highly ventilated helmet will be best, so look for something with plenty of large vents up front.

If you want to go fast more than anything, or you live in an area where overheating is a rarity, then the benefits of an aero helmet will outweigh the costs of reduced ventilation. If this is you, look at helmets with a more closed-off front and a sleeker more aerodynamic shape.

Of course, safety will be a priority to all of us, but some will hold it in a higher regard than others. For each helmet in this guide, we've outlined whether or not its design includes a consideration of rotational impact protection, which we've explained in more detail a little further below.

Are all road bike helmets safe?

Thankfully, the days of the practically useless leather 'hairnet’ style helmets are gone, and most modern helmets are constructed from EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) foam that can compress on impact to provide an effective crumple zone, with a polymer outer shell bonded to the foam adding further protection.

All modern cycling helmets will have passed the rigorous industry standards of safety testing, which are different for North America, Europe and Australasia. All of the helmets we feature on Cyclingnews will be from reputable brands that ensure these criteria are met, but it's always worth ensuring the helmet you are purchasing has passed the required tests for your region.

Beyond the set criteria, it's likely that some helmets are safer than others, and there are a select few independent testing facilities - Virginia Tech is the most prominent - that strive to provide a fair rating system. However, you can stack the odds in your favour with added safety technology such as rotational impact planes, as we'll explain below.

What other helmet safety features should I look for?

In recent years, scientific research and independent laboratory tests have shown helmets that also reduce the rotational forces experienced in a crash can, in turn, reduce the risk of brain injuries or concussions.

With independent testing facilities taking it upon themselves to quantify safety and verify manufacturers' claims, the safety of the helmet is no longer something we are forced to blindly trust. With that, brands are now putting additional resources into the research and development of helmet safety, rather than just the ventilation, aerodynamics and weight, so that they can boast to be the 'safest' in their marketing.

To that end, brands are incorporating technologies such as ‘MIPS’, ‘SPIN’ and ‘WaveCel’, all of which aim to reduce rotational forces. While SPIN and WaveCel are proprietary for POC and Bontrager helmets respectively, MIPS is used in an array of brands’ helmets and all of the helmets featured in this list are marked as to whether they feature this technology.

Our article 'What are MIPS helmets' explains everything about the market leader in this segment.

How do we test to find the best road bike helmets?

Here at Cyclingnews we spend a lot of time riding our bikes, both as part of the job and in our spare time. Each review is based at its heart on plenty of hands-on time with the product, wearing each helmet in all weathers and at different intensities to see how it performs in the real world.

We use our experience to see how they measure up in terms of comfort, noise and speed. We see if they play nicely with caps and sunglasses, or whether they make us a sweaty mess at the top of every hill.

Obviously, we cannot test the safety of each helmet, as deliberately crashing would be a futile waste of time and resources, so in this case, we take the manufacturers' claims and those of third-party testing organisations such as Virginia Tech at face value.

As the Tech Editor here at Cyclingnews, Josh leads on content relating to all-things tech, including bikes, kit and components in order to cover product launches and curate our world-class buying guides, reviews and deals. Alongside this, his love for WorldTour racing and eagle eyes mean he's often breaking tech stories from the pro peloton too.

On the bike, 30-year-old Josh has been riding and racing since his early teens. He started out racing cross country when 26-inch wheels and triple chainsets were still mainstream, but he found favour in road racing in his early 20s and has never looked back. He's always training for the next big event and is keen to get his hands on the newest tech to help. He enjoys a good long ride on road or gravel, but he's most alive when he's elbow-to-elbow in a local criterium.

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FAQs

What is the safest road cycling helmet? ›

According to their tests the Lazer G1 MIPS is the safest road cycling helmet in 2021.

What is the lightest and most comfortable bike helmet? ›

Best lightweight helmets
  • Lazer Blade+ MIPS Helmet. Best low-cost lightweight helmet. ...
  • Kask Protone helmet. Best road bike helmet for a super Lightweight ride. ...
  • Giro Helios Spherical MIPS Helmet. Best lightweight road bike all-rounder helmet. ...
  • Lazer G1 Genesis helmet. ...
  • Specialized S-Works Prevail 3. ...
  • Bell XR Spherical MIPS.
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What is the best color for a road bike helmet? ›

Color. Your helmet is the first thing a motorist sees. Black helmets are cool and stylish, but if you're mostly road biking, you might want to opt for a white or brightly colored helmet that's visible to oncoming traffic.

Which Bontrager helmet is best? ›

The top-of-the-line helmet that Bontrager offers is the XXX WaveCel helmet. Aerodynamics and weight are what set the look of that helmet.

What is the best quality bike helmet? ›

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How often should you replace bike helmets? ›

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, for example, advises that unless manufacturers recommend otherwise, you should get a new helmet every five to 10 years.

Which is better fiberglass or polycarbonate helmet? ›

So, there is a real range of applications here. As far as the material itself goes, fiberglass will be lighter than a polycarbonate helmet. But, since it is harder, it will absorb less energy across the shell. Which means the helmet will need a bit more EPS to absorb this extra energy.

What Colour lens is best for road cycling? ›

Amber and rose lens tints increase visual acuity and are highly recommended for cycling. They provide the brightest field of vision and are ideal for weak to no sunlight. Thanks to their strength in colour contrast, these tints are particularly recommended when cycling on roads.

What color bike is most visible? ›

As mentioned above, fluorescent yellow-green is the best choice during the day—and best all-around choice for a single color. But as dusk sets in and lighting gets dim, orange-red and red start to become more prominent.

What color helmet is most visible? ›

While white is considered the most visible helmet, light-colored helmets like orange, bright red, and neon green are highly visible and statistically advantageous. Those numbers look good, and as you can see, there are only a few points of difference between red, yellow, orange, and white.

Which is the No 1 helmet brand? ›

1. Bell Helmets. Established in 1954, this US-based brand is popular for its lightweight headgears with detailed designs. Scoring an average of 4.4 across safety ratings, Bell helmets offer maximum protection even in off-road conditions, which makes these helmets a favourite with professional motocross racers.

Are WaveCel helmets better than MIPS? ›

The research found that while slip-plane systems like MIPS reduced rotational acceleration by 22 percent on average compared to standard EPS-only helmets, WaveCel reduced rotational acceleration by 73 percent, leading to a brain-injury risk of just 1.2 percent compared to 34 percent for MIPS.

How much should I spend on a road bike helmet? ›

A more direct answer: If you shop in a bike shop you'll probably have to shell out $50-75 for something that fits and suits your taste. If you shop in a discount store you can likely find a serviceable helmet for $20-30, though it may not be vented as well, if that's a criterion for you.

Are more expensive bike helmets better? ›

There were very few differences in performance among the helmets. Our conclusion: when you pay more for a helmet you may get an easier fit, more vents and snazzier graphics. But the basic impact protection of the cheap helmets we tested equaled the expensive ones. Just look for a helmet that fits you well.

What is the most bullet resistant helmet? ›

PASGT ("K-pot," "Kevlar Helmet")

It's the original gold standard when it comes to ballistic protection. Key features of this helmet include an outer shell usually of multi-layer Kevlar, a low cut over the ears, and a lip over the brow.

Who makes the best street bike helmets? ›

These are the best motorcycle helmets of 2022.
  • Shoei NXR 2.
  • Shark Spartan RS.
  • Shoei GT-Air 2.
  • Shoei Neotec 2.
  • AGV Sportmodular.
  • HJC RPHA 11.
  • X-lite X-803 RS.
  • AGV Pista GP RR.
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How much does a good quality helmet cost? ›

The most expensive product is NEXX - Full Face Helmet - Cafe Culture (Black Base with White Stripes) priced at Rs. 20,309. Contrary to this, the lowest priced product is Shri Krishna Engineers Safety Helmet - Pack of 2 available at Rs. 203.

What is the toughest helmet in the world? ›

THE NEOSTEEL™ HELMET – The world's toughest ballistic helmet. The Face Protection Module is, at present, incompatible with the ACH-style helmet.

How do I choose a safe bike helmet? ›

A good-fitting helmet should be snug but not annoyingly tight. It should sit level on your head (not tilted back) with the front edge one inch or less above your eyebrows so that your forehead is protected. Push the helmet from side to side and back to front.

What happens to a helmet after 5 years? ›

Some might suggest that there could be degradation in the lamination of the shell. And whilst these outcomes are possible, a helmet that has sat in a box in a properly aired room for four or five years should still perform its primary role. An old helmet may look like new, but it will become less safe over time.

What do you do with old bike helmets? ›

Most local recycling programs don't want mixed materials. So your best solution may be to take the helmet apart, put the plastic shell in your plastic recycling, break up the EPS foam for use as packing material or a soil amendment, and pitch the strap and buckle in the trash.

Do unused helmets expire? ›

Yes, motorcycle helmets do have definite expiration dates and could become less effective in the event of an auto accident. Ask yourself these questions to determine whether or not it's time for a replacement.

What is the fastest cycling helmet? ›

The Eclipse is claimed to beat the “closest aero road helmet competitor” by 14 seconds over 100 miles at 25mph (40.2 km/h) in a wind tunnel test, and is also a full minute faster than Giro's very own Vanquish.

Are carbon fiber helmets worth it? ›

For the seriously-minded athletes, the move to carbon fiber helmets should be an easy one, yes they are worth it! In racing where every gram matters, saving weight that is mounted high in the vehicle makes a big difference to vehicle performance.

How do I reduce the wind sound on my helmet? ›

Adding extra padding to a motorcycle helmet is also a popular choice. Many riders also like to wear earmuffs underneath their helmets, and others will insert a piece of foam or fleece between their cheek pads or around their ears to muffle the noise of the wind and the road.

Is carbon fiber better than polycarbonate? ›

Polycarbonate vs Fiberglass vs Carbon Fiber Safety

The main difference for safety is the helmet's weight and the material's behaviour in an impact. Polycarbonate is more susceptible to abrasion so you will need more of it to provide an adequate level of protection. So, as a result, you'll end up with a heavier helmet.

What are the best helmets made of? ›

Carbon or carbon mixed composite helmets score higher marks than other constructions with an average SHARP rating of 4.26 stars across all tested helmets.

Which is better open face or full face helmet? ›

Crash protection

The statistics don't lie—full-face helmets will be more protective for the rider than open-face helmets will be. If you're looking to maximize the helmet safety you will gain on the road, it may be best to look into full-face helmets for optimum protection.

What color lens is best for bright days? ›

Sunglasses with green lenses provide better contrast than gray lenses and transmit color accuracy better than brown lenses. Ideal for both sunny and low-light environments, green lenses have a way of reducing glare while brightening shadows.

What lens color is best for overcast days? ›

The Best Lens Color for Overcast Days

That color is anything in neighborhood of the yellow family – very light brown to amber to yellow to orange to orange-red. The reason is because overcast days create a lot of “blue light,” light from the bluish stage of the light spectrum.

Which is better grey or brown lenses? ›

For Driving

Both lenses provide the glare-reducing benefits of polarization, but the color ultimately depends on your personal preference. Gray is a popular choice for its true-to-world color experience and brown is ideal for contrast-enhancement.

Which is the most beautiful bike? ›

Top 10 Most Beautiful Racing Bikes
  • 1950 Norton Manx. ...
  • 1956 MV Agusta 500cc Grand Prix. ...
  • 1966 Honda RC166 250cc Grand Prix. ...
  • 1969 Harley Davidson XR750. ...
  • 1980 Honda NR500. ...
  • 1991 Britten V1000. ...
  • 1994 Ducati 916. ...
  • 2007 Ducati Desmosedici GP7.
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Which road is best for cycling? ›

Cycle on world's highest motorable road from Leh to Khardung La beyond which lies the Siachen Glacier & Khardung La has world's highest motorable road.

What does a black helmet mean? ›

White – Chief Officers (Fire Chief, Deputy Chief and District Chiefs) Red – Company Senior Captain and Captain Officers. Yellow – Company Lieutenants. Black Traditional Leather – Senior Firefighter. Black Composite - Firefighter.

What does a white helmet mean? ›

White - for managers, foremen, engineers or supervisors. Green - for safety inspectors, new or probationary workers. Yellow - for general labourers or earth-moving operators. Brown - for those involved in high-heat applications such as welders. Blue - for carpenters, electricians and other technical operators.

Does a black helmet get hotter? ›

While the model ignores factors related to conduction, convection/ventilation, which will reduce the differences between white and black helmets in the real world, the exercise definitively shows that a black helmet will be hotter than a white one, in any practical situation.

Which is the best helmet for men? ›

Summary Table: Best Helmet Brands In India With Price
S No.Helmet Brands ListBest Selling Helmets
1SteelbirdSteelbird SBA-7 7Wings ISI Certified Flip-Up Helmet for Men and Women
2StuddsStudds Ninja Elite With Carbon Strip
3VegaVega Crux Open Face Black Helmet - M
4Royal EnfieldRoyal Enfield MLG ABS Open Face
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How long does a WaveCel helmet last? ›

WaveCel helmets have the same lifespan as a standard foam helmet. Most helmet manufacturers recommend replacing a helmet after three years, however a helmet should always be replaced if it has been damaged or has been involved in a crash.

Is Bontrager a good helmet brand? ›

Bontrager Rally MIPS

Its STAR value score of 9.34 ranked #8 of 178 helmets tested.

What is safer Snell or ECE? ›

So, Which is Better ECE or Snell? Snell certification involves more rigorous and more extensive testing which would suggest it is the better motorcycle helmet standard. ECE certification is the most up-to-date current standard, and it is recognized in most countries.

How much safer is MIPS helmet? ›

All we know is a MIPS equipped helmet is at least 10% better at handling rotational impact than the non-MIPS verision.

Are carbon fiber helmets safer? ›

The impeccable appearance does not compromise safety. Thanks to their unrivaled level of shock deflection, carbon fiber motorcycle helmets are more robust and more durable.

What type of helmet should a rider must use? ›

Full-face: An ideal choice if you want all-around protection and aerodynamics. Full-face helmets have a fixed protective chin bar and a visor. They're a popular choice for the street.

How do you tell if a helmet is DOT approved? ›

DOT Sticker

Helmets that meet FMVSS 218 must have a sticker on the outside back of the helmet with the letters “DOT,” which certifies that the helmet meets or exceeds FMVSS 218. It is important to note that some novelty helmet sellers provide DOT stickers separately for motorcyclists to place on non-complying helmets.

How long is Snell rating good for on helmet? ›

Auto Racing Helmet Requirements

SNELL ratings on helmets change every 5 years. The current rating is SNELL SA2015. Most sanctioning bodies will allow either the current Snell rating (i.e. SA2015) or one back (i.e. SA2010) to be used.

What color helmet is safest? ›

White is the most statistically backed choice for a safe helmet. White not only provides a clear and visible advantage, but it doesn't absorb eat in the way darker colors do. Riders tend to sway from white helmets, though, as they're often considered bland.

Is helmet should be tight or loose? ›

It should be snug like a big hug. You shouldn't feel any specific pressure points anywhere on your head for example your forehead or top back corners. *The helmet should give you chipmunk cheeks. Pushing your cheeks up is one of the ways that the helmet stays on your head in the event of an impact.

Is a 20 year old helmet safe? ›

Replace it if you crash

Cycling helmets are single-use safety devices. Once you compress the foam underneath the helmet's plastic shell, it can no longer protect you. That's true whether your helmet is 20 years old or you just bought it yesterday. Any physical damage to the foam means your helmet can't do its job.

How do you know if a safety helmet is good quality? ›

Method to test for sterilization

Expose the helmet to moist air (using formaldehyde) for 10 minutes at temperature of 250 c. Immerse in 1:10 Formalin solution for 10 minutes at temperature of 250 c. The helmet showing any sign of deterioration, distortion or separation, should be replaced.

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