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Bike Helmets

Giro Synthe MIPS Review

82

2017

Giro Synthe MIPS Review

The Giro Synthe MIPS is a lightweight road cycling helmet with stunning good looks and optimal fit.

Louis Garneau Heros RTR MIPS Review

87

2017

Louis Garneau Heros RTR MIPS Review

The Louis Garneau Heros RTR MIPS is a road cycling helmet with outstanding comfort and safety features.

Smith Overtake MIPS Review

83

2017

Smith Overtake MIPS Review

The Smith Overtake MIPS is a lightweight, well-fitting road cycling helmet with outstanding safety features.

Specialized Airnet MIPS Review

83

2017

Specialized Airnet MIPS Review

The Specialized Airnet MIPS is a lightweight, comfortable, MIPS-equipped road cycling helmet.

POC Octal AVIP MIPS Review

81

2017

POC Octal AVIP MIPS Review

The POC Octal AVIP MIPs is a lightweight road cycling helmet with outstanding ventilation and safety features.

Specialized Ambush

84

2016

Specialized Ambush

The Specialized Ambush is a cycling helmet with an Aramid-Reinforced Skeleton for internal EPS support and Energy Optimized Multi-Density EPS construction to manage impact energy.

POC Trabec Race MIPs

76

2016

POC Trabec Race MIPs

The POC Trabec Race MIPS is a cycling helmet with a MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) liner to provide additional impact protection.

Smith Forefront

80

2016

Smith Forefront

The Smith Forefront is a lightweight cycling helmet with Koroyd technology to provide additional impact protection.

 Sweet Protection Bushwhacker MIPS

81

2016

Sweet Protection Bushwhacker MIPS

The Sweet Bushwhacker MIPS is a cycling helmet with a MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) liner to provide additional impact protection.

Troy Lee Designs A1 Reflex

82

2016

Troy Lee Designs A1 Reflex

The Troy Lee Designs A1 Reflex is a cycling helmet with a reinforced polycarbonate shell in-molded with an EPS liner.

Troy Lee Designs A1 Drone Helmet

94

2015

Troy Lee Designs A1 Drone Helmet

The A1’s great achievement is that it turns full-coverage head protection into something that’s light and breathable enough for hard-charging uphill efforts.

Specialized S-Works Prevail

93

2015

Specialized S-Works Prevail

The Specialized S-Works Prevail is the helmet for helmet-haters. Its trim profile and ultralight weight make it unobtrusive in all conditions, from hot summer hammerfests to high-speed descents.

Smith Forefront

90

2015

Smith Forefront

The Forefront is a light, breezy, and comfortable helmet that is ideal for riders who value weight savings and unobtrusiveness.

POC Trabec Race MIPS

88

2015

POC Trabec Race MIPS

The POC Trabec Race MIPS is a helmet for safety. Yes, the Trabec Race offers a reasonably comfy fit and surprisingly good ventilation, but protection is its primary emphasis: a lot of technology in the Trabec claims to cushion your head better than traditional polycarbonate/foam makeups.

Lazer Z1

89

2015

Lazer Z1

The Lazer Z1 is a comfortable and well-ventilated helmet that eliminates the pressure points that are sometimes created by tension adjustments placed at the nape of the neck.

Louis Garneau Course

90

2015

Louis Garneau Course

Louis Garneau’s Course helmet proves that comfort is king.

Uvex FP 3

96

2014

Uvex FP 3

With the Uvex FP3, Uvex has produced a quality helmet with a compact form, simple styling and good ventilation. 

Lazer Helium

71

2014

Lazer Helium

Lazer's Helium helmet built on the success of their Genesis helmet. Unfortunately, Lazer's valiant attempts to innovate come up a bit short.

Mavic Plasma

85

2014

Mavic Plasma

The Mavic Plasma is a strong entry into the crowded helmet market. The Plasma’s only drawback is its weight.

Giro Aeon Helmet

98

2014

Giro Aeon Helmet

The Giro Aeon is an unassuming stalwart with some of the best fit, comfort and ventilation in the business.