Biker’s Guide To The Best Bicycle Helmets in 2019

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Bikers who wear helmets are making a very smart choice. The protection a helmet offers to the most vital and vulnerable part of the body, the head, is lifesaving in many cases. In fact, of the thousands of bike accidents that happen each year, few of them are fatal thanks to the protective gear riders wear.

There is no question that helmets are imperative to the safety of all bike riders — whether they're racing champions or beginners just learning to pedal on their own. The question that is not so clear is which helmet to buy: a puzzle this article will try to answer. There will be a consensus at the end of the article on the best overall helmet, but, of course, in the end it is up to your own preferences to choose the helmet that will be of best use.

FAQs

1. How Do Helmets Work?

The primary intention of helmets has always been to lessen the impact of a head collision. In the 70s and 80s, the focus remained on creating a hard exterior shell to make sure nothing could break through and injure one’s head. However, people began to notice that more could be done. What if helmets could absorb the impact of a crash, similar to a shock absorber on a car? This is when in-mold micro shell construction started. Developments since then, such as ventilation installments and adjustable fits, have continually advanced the safety and comfort of the rider.

2. Where To Buy?

There are many places that sell bike helmets, though for this article the price of each helmet will be based on the online price given either from the brand itself or from Amazon. Unless Amazon has a deal on certain products, the price is usually the same as the brand gives.

Besides buying online, you can visit any number of bike shops, sports retailers, or department stores and find the models mentioned in the article for similar prices. There are benefits to buying online, namely the accessibility and often-lower prices, and there are benefits to buying in store, such as in-person handling of the product.

Wherever you choose to buy from, the cost of a helmet will generally range from $40 to $100. Those at the higher end often boast advanced features or designs. Also, larger helmets will typically cost more than smaller ones regardless of brand or model.

Giro Trinity

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As the first helmet on the list, the Giro Trinity will be sure to leave you with a lasting impression. It has in-mold polycarbonate construction, an AcuDial fit system for specified adjustments, and 22 vents to provide your head with much-needed airflow. It weighs 281 grams and comes in many sizes, with the largest costing most. To avoid confusion, all prices mentioned in this list will be according to the helmet’s standard size — if you require a different size, the price you pay may change as well. The Trinity comes with a one-year warranty and is priced at just $40.

Nutcase Street Bike Helmet

Nutcase Bike Helmet

Nutcase has made a superb selection of helmets here in their street collection. These helmets are meant to be worn for street biking, as the name suggests; unless you are a racer who requires a specific fit or shape, the Nutcase design will most likely be great for you. 11 airflow vents are found in the street helmet, along with an adjustable and removable spin dial. You also get 360-degree reflectivity ensuring your safety during nighttime rides. It weighs 465 grams, quite a bit more than the Trinity. However, as you will see as the list grows, the Nutcase weight is not extraordinarily high. You will need $70 to buy this helmet, and getting a refund if it does not satisfy you is as easy as sending in the helmet — free of shipping charge.

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Lazer Blade

Lazer Blade Helmet

An Advanced Rollsys System provides retention and a great fit for this high-quality helmet. With flexible adjustability and an aerodynamic narrow shape, the Lazer Blade has something for everyone. Like the Giro Trinity, this option has 22 vents for coolness and airflow. Also, the Lazer Blade only weighs 230 grams, 51 grams lighter than the Giro Trinity. The low weight and the narrow design make this helmet feel almost nonexistent on your head while still providing you with all the safety you need. The icing on the cake is the customizable aspect of the helmet, with your choice of seven different color schemes. A great choice for the recreational biker, the Lazer Blade costs $70 and comes with a five-year warranty.

Specialized Echelon II

Specialized Echelon II Helmet

Looking for a helmet with special features galore? The Echelon II definitely delivers — it has a fourth-dimensional cooling system, a Trifix web splitter for an adjustable strap, a headset with six height positions, and a whopping 27 vents. When Specialized made this helmet, they completely took into account the rider’s comfort, as every feature serves the purpose of creating a more enjoyable bike ride. The Echelon II weighs 300 grams, costs $70, and is protected by a one-year limited warranty.

Thousand Adult Anti-Theft Helmet

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The creators at the company Thousand realized that bike riders take great precautions so as not to get their bikes stolen, such as using intricate bike locks, but nobody protects their helmet while it's left out with the secured bike. Helmet thefts may seem a little odd. However, if you are paying up to $100 for a quality helmet, it is absolutely a smart idea to secure it along with your bike. This is possible thanks to Thousand’s Anti-Theft helmet, with a pop lock to connect the helmet securely with the locked bike. It is a simple idea, but the results speak for themselves with helmet thieves unable to separate the helmet from the bike. In addition to this advanced security measure, the helmet offers the rider two sets of interior padding, 7 vents, and a weight of 460 grams. Buying the Anti-Theft model will put you out $85, but if your purchase is not satisfactory, the team at Thousand will gladly assist you with refunds or repairs.

Abus Hyban Urban

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If you are a frequent nighttime rider or you hit the trails at dawn or dusk, the safety presented by the Urban will please you greatly. There is an integrated LED rear light and 180-degree reflectivity so your visibility on the road will increase dramatically with this helmet. It also has a removable visor and 18 total vents, 13 of them inlet vents and 5 of them outlet. The Urban weighs 400 grams, a fairly standard weight for the popular helmets on the market, and costs $70. This is a highly rated helmet with a refund system in place and is definitely worth the purchase.

Bern Macon EPS

Bern Macon Team EPS Helmet

EPS foam is used in this Bern model to absorb the impact from collision as much as possible. This safety standard makes the helmet top-ranked with doctors and parents who know all too well the fragility of the human head. The hard ABS shell exterior furthers the contact resistance this helmet is known for. Overall, it is one of the safest helmets one can buy.

It has 6 vents, weighs 440 grams, and, perhaps best of all, it is extremely affordable. At $40 it is tied with the Giro Trinity as the cheapest product on this list, but the peace of mind it has to offer is completely priceless. Your purchase is guaranteed by a one-year warranty as well, so any risk factor in buying this helmet is greatly diminished.

Giro Register MIPS

Giro Register MIPS Bike Helmet

Giro makes its second appearance on this list with another impressive model. The Register MIPS is all about safety; it's equipped with a proprietary Multi-directional Impact Protection System, hence the abbreviation. Whether or not a helmet has MIPS is a great way to know how safe it is. Of course, there are other protection systems besides this one that offer fantastic impact absorption, but MIPS is a big-league name. The Register model is also fully reflective, providing you with the safest ride possible whether it be in daylight or dark. Also, this helmet weighs just 284 grams. The Giro one-year warranty is offered for the Register. At $65, this is truly a bargain option.

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Garneau Le Tour II

Le Tour II Cycling Helmet

The French-sounding name does not deceive, as the origin language of this company is indeed French. However, it was in Quebec that Garneau was launched back in 1983. Since then, it has made a great impression on consumers all around the world. Weighing 275 grams, the Le Tour II is a lighter option. It has great airflow with 19 vents. In-mold microplastic and polystyrene construction enhances the durability, and the Spiderlock Solo II stabilizing system it comes with provides keen adjustability. The removable visor is yet another feature to be excited about. With all of these fantastic qualities, you’ll be getting a great deal buying the Le Tour II for $50 — and the one-year Garneau warranty makes it even better.

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Bell 4Forty MIPS

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Finally, the Bell 4Forty MIPS anchors off the top ten list. The Multi-directional Impact Protection System mentioned earlier makes an appearance in this Bell model, giving immense protection for your head. Additionally, there is a full hard-shell exterior and Sweat Guide padding for optimal safety. The 15 vents give your head a nice flow of air, so the 4Forty caters to your comfort as well. It weighs 380 grams and costs $95, and Bell offers flexibility with its return and refund policies. This is a great helmet to end the list with, and is, overall, a top choice among consumers.


Product

Image

Details

Rating

Price

Giro Trinity

Giro Trinity

Weight

281 grams


Number of vents:

22


Warranty: One year


Best feature: AcuDial fit system

Nutcase Street Bike Helmet

Nutcase Bike Helmet

Weight

465 grams


Number of vents:

11


Warranty: Refund policy


Best feature: 360-degree reflectivity

Lazer Blade

Lazer Blade

Weight

230 grams


Number of vents:

22


Warranty: Five years


Best feature:

ARS fit system

Specialized Echelon II

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Weight

300 grams


Number of vents:

27


Warranty: One year


Best feature: Adjustable height and strap

Thousand Adult Anti-Theft

Thousand Adult Anti-Theft Guarantee Bike Helmet

Weight

460 grams


Number of vents:

7


Warranty: Refund policy


Best feature:

Pop lock

Abus Hyban Urban

Abus Hyban Urban

Weight

400 grams


Number of vents:

18


Warranty: Refund policy


Best feature:

Integrated LED rear light

Bern Macon EPS

Bern Macon Team EPS

Weight

440 grams


Number of vents:

6


Warranty: One year


Best feature:

Impact-absorbing EPS foam

Giro Register MIPS

Giro Register MIPS Bike Helmet

Weight

284 grams


Number of vents:

22


Warranty: One year


Best feature:

MIPS

Giro Register MIPS

Le Tour II Cycling Helmet

Weight

275 grams


Number of vents:

19


Warranty: One year


Best feature:

Stabilizing system

Bell 4Forty MIPS

Bell 4Forty MIPS Bike Helmet

Weight

380 grams


Number of vents:

15


Warranty: Refund policy


Best feature:

Sweat Guide padding

The Verdict

Taking into account every helmet on this list — all of their high and low points, and every feature they have to offer — there are certainly many candidates for a number-one pick. But, since the number-one spot can only be occupied by a helmet, all ten have been scrutinized meticulously to see which one shines a bit brighter than the rest.

The helmet that receives first place on this list of the top ten best bicycle helmets is the Lazer Blade. This helmet gives the rider comfort, safety, and personalization. The 22 vents keep your head cool, the ADS fit system provides great retention, the shape is scientifically designed, the weight is low, and the price is only $70. Even better, it's backed by a five-year warranty, the most impressive warranty on this list.

While some aspects of the helmet may be a bit lacking when compared to others, the Lazer Blade is, overall, the best one out there when considering performance and dependability. Again, you may feel more inclined to buy another helmet based on your personal preferences. However, if you are looking for the all-in-all best bang for your buck, the Lazer Blade is the clear winner here.

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