We all know that wearing a helmet while riding a bike is important, but with so many different helmets on the market, it can be hard to know which one is right for you. In this article, we’ll help you narrow down your choices by discussing the different types of helmets, what to look for in a good helmet, and some of our top picks.
What we’re looking for
When choosing a bike helmet, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind. First, you’ll need to decide what type of helmet is best for you.
When choosing a helmet, you’ll first need to decide what type of riding you’ll be doing most. If you’re mostly going to be riding on the road, a road helmet is a good choice. If you’re going to be doing more off-road riding, a mountain bike helmet is a better choice. And if you’re going to be doing mostly BMX riding, a BMX helmet is the best choice.
Another important consideration is comfort. You’ll want to make sure the helmet you choose is comfortable to wear, especially if you’re going to be wearing it for long periods of time. Look for a helmet that has adjustable straps and padding that can be adjusted to fit your head comfortably.
Visibility is also an important safety consideration. You’ll want to make sure the helmet you choose is bright and visible, so that drivers and other cyclists can see you. Look for a helmet with reflective strips or bright colors.
Sizing and fit:
It’s also important to make sure the helmet you choose is the right size and fit for you. Most helmets have adjustable straps and padding that can be adjusted to fit your head. It’s important to follow the sizing instructions on the helmet’s website or packaging to make sure you get a helmet that fits properly.
Of course, you’ll also want to choose a helmet that looks good. Helmets come in a variety of colors and styles, so you should be able to find one that suits your taste.
When choosing a helmet, you’ll want to make sure it has been impact tested. Impact testing is a way of measuring how well a helmet protects against impacts. The helmets that we recommend have all been impact tested and meet or exceed safety standards.
Some helmets also have rotational-mitigation technology, which can help reduce the risk of brain injuries in the event of a crash. Rotational-mitigation technology works by reducing the amount of rotational force that is applied to the head in a crash. This technology is still fairly new, but it has the potential to greatly improve safety.
Freetown lumiere is a comfortable, lightweight helmet that is perfect for those who enjoy skating, cycling, and BMX. The helmet has a MIPS system that is designed to provide added safety in many accidents. For certain impacts, the system can reduce harmful rotational forces.
The helmet also has a double adjustment system that allows for a better fit and more comfortable wearing. The visor is removable, and the chin strap is adjustable, making it a great choice for those who want a versatile helmet that can be used for multiple sports.
The helmet comes with two different thickness liners and a dial that allows you to adjust the fit. The helmet also has 25 individual vents that provide next-level ventilation.
Weight: 320g (my weight with visor, size medium. Claimed is 250g)
Materials: EPS foam surrounded by a polycarbonate shell, with nylon strap
Complies with ASTM and CPSC standards
10 color options
What We Like:
Value and quality are the biggest selling points
“keep out the bugs” mesh is great
Extra set of pads and velcro tabs are a nice touch
Giro Register MIPS is a helmet that is specifically designed to protect your head in the event of a crash. The helmet features a synthetic construction and utilizes the Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (MIPS) to redirect energy away from your head in the event of a crash.
The helmet also features universal fit sizing, so you can get the right fit straight out of the box. The helmet has 22 vents to keep your head cool, and is ruggedly constructed with in-mold construction.
Inner Material: Expanded Polystyrene
Other Specifications: :Removable Quick Link visor, Quick-dry padding
What We Like:
Lightweight and compact design
In-mold polycarbonate shell makes it shock resistant
Kali protectives alchemy helmet is one of the best bike helmets on the market. It has LDL - Low Density Layer and Composite Fusion Plus technology to keep you shielded at all times. The PC Shell And Under Wrap With EPS Foam is another great feature of this helmet.
The micro-fit closure system with two position height adjustment is also a great feature. The locking buckle and sliders are also great features. The weight of this helmet is 300 g / 10.5 oz and it is EN 1078 certified.
Smith bike helmet is one of the best helmets in the market. It is designed for ultimate integration with Smith performance eyewear for maximum comfort, venting and storage convenience. It has 21 fixed vents for consistent airflow and ultra-light single layer webbing.
This helmet is made for great days on the bike and the daily commute alike, and it gives you the protection you need no matter where your wheels take you.
LEM Boulevard helmet is a great choice for those who are looking for an affordable, stylish, and comfortable helmet. This helmet features LEM Tech Integrated EPS in-mold technology for impact energy management, durability, and lightweight feel.
It also has a reinforced visor for road and trail versatility. The thermo-formed and washable inner padding is comfortable and cooling vents keep you cool and comfortable. The snap on/off visor is easy to use.
This helmet complies with U.S. CPSC Safety Standard for Bicycle Helmets for Persons Age 5 and Older in the US, and in Europe with EN 1078 CE.
Weight: 245 grams (w/o visor)
Visor: Reinforced Secure Socket Snap
Fit system: FS1 - Adult; Micro-Adjust
Padding: Brushed Nylon; Removable
Number of vents: 15
Reflector: Yes, Decal
What We Like:
Thermo-formed and washable inner padding
15 cooling vents to keep you comfortable and enjoying the ride
Bell trigger youth bike helmet is an entry-level, youth bicycle helmet perfect for cruising and recreational touring. It has a universal size that fits head circumferences of 54 to 61 centimeters / 21.25 to 24 inches and features Fusion In-Mold construction with 23 cooling air vents.
The ErgoDial fit system and Cam-lock levers make size adjustments simple, while the PinchGuard buckle helps prevent accidental pinching. This helmet is CE EN1078 certified and comes with a one year warranty.
BEST FOR: Preschool and Pre-K riders, typically ages 4 to 6, looking for a “big kid looking” helmet with a lot of features for a fair price.
SIZE: 47 – 54 cm
ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM: Dial adjust
What We Like:
Extended coverage in back for better protection
Dial-adjust system has a full cage for a more precise fit
15 vents and internal air channels for great ventilation
Tri-glide sliders stay in place better than traditional sliders
Stylized like a mountain bike helmet for an extra cool look
What We Don't Like:
The buckle is difficult to figure out and takes some practice
The dial adjust can be hard to grab when on a child’s head
Bontrager tyro children's bike helmet is one of the most popular bike helmets on the market. It is known for its durability, comfort, and safety features.
This helmet is made with an in-molded EPS shell and has additional rear coverage for protection and durability. The helmet also features a Fidlock magnetic buckle that fastens effortlessly for a quick, secure, kid-friendly fit.
Additionally, the dialed fit system provides a secure and comfortable fit, while the adjustable helmet straps provide a clean look and easy fit management. The helmet also comes with a Crash Replacement Guarantee, which provides a free helmet replacement if involved in a crash within the first year of ownership.
In-molded EPS shell with additional rear coverage for protection and durability
Fidlock magnetic buckle fastens effortlessly for a quick, secure, kid-friendly fit
Dialed fit system provides a secure and comfortable fit
Soft, comfortable, moisture-wicking, and washable helmet pads
Adjustable helmet straps provide a clean look and easy fit management
Crash Replacement Guarantee provides a free helmet replacement if involved in a crash within the first year of ownership
Helmet meets ASTM standards—their tests use a smaller mass headform more realistic to younger riders
Complies with U.S. CPSC safety standards for bicycle helmets for persons age 1 and over
Louis garneau kids nino bike helmet is a great helmet for kids. It is comfortable to wear and has a lot of features that make it a great choice for kids.
The helmet is made with In-Mold construction, which makes it durable and safe. It also has 20 vents, which help keep the head cool. The helmet comes with a rotary damping system, which helps reduce the amount of vibrations that the head experiences.
The helmet also has a Step lock divider, which helps keep the helmet in place. The helmet also has Airdry padding, which helps keep the head dry and comfortable. The helmet is certified by CPSC - ASTM F1447 - CEN.
Uvex Quatro Junior helmet is a great choice for kids who want maximum protection while riding their bike.
This helmet features inmould technology that meets EN 1078 and TÜV GS/CE standards, as well as a comfortable fit and 9 ventilation channels. Additionally, the helmet comes with a basic pads bug net, plug-in LED, and removable visor.
BEST FOR: A top pick for 4 to 5 year olds (50 – 55cm), or older toddlers in need of a deeper helmet. True non-pinch buckle makes it very suitable for kids antsy about being pinched.
SIZE: 50 – 55 cm
ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM: Dial adjust
WEIGHT: 265 g
What We Like:
Precise fit for young kids’ heads – designed for kids who are too old for toddler helmets, but still too small for most youth helmets
Unique, pinch-free, ratcheting buckle
Durable in-mold construction prevents the shell from warping or cracking
There is no definitive answer to the question of what the best bike helmets are. However, the helmets reviewed above offer a good starting point for anyone looking for a quality helmet. Each helmet has its own set of features and benefits that make it unique. Ultimately, the best helmet for you is the one that meets your specific needs and preferences.