Our pick of the best helmet deals the internet has to offer
Helmets are quite a personal choice, and certain brands will fit the heads of some riders better than others. Your choice will also be influenced by the sort of riding you do: some cyclists will place aerodynamics at front of mind whilst the hot heads out there might just want best in class ventilation.
All helmets sold via reputable retailers will comply to British safety standards – but some have additional protective features, like MIPS layers to help reduce the effect of rotational force.
The products featured have been chosen because we know they’re good quality and are an excellent offer at the price we’ve included (at the time of writing). Our tech team have unrivalled expertise and years of experience testing new products, so you can trust our recommendations – and we also know what represents a good deal.
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Specialized S-Works Evade helmet was £174, now £124
Until the new S-Works Evade II came along, the S-Works Evade was considered one of the fastest aero road helmets on the market.
When we tested the Evade, we thought it was a really good helmet. It’s warmer than a normal helmet, but that’s because to be aerodynamic often necessitates a lack of vents. To make up for that, it’s really comfortable, and Specialized uses a really good Mindset retention system.
It’s now at a whopping £50 discount, available in a broad range of sizes. However, if you’re a size large you can find it cheaper at Evans cycles, at just £87.
Giro Cinder MIPs was £129, now £87
The Giro Cinder could well be considered just a more affordable version of the excellent Giro Synthe. In fact, that’s exactly what we thought when we rewarded the Cinder MIPs with our Editor’s Choice award. It’s an excellent compromise between top of the range technology and price. It comes with MIPs and Giro’s excellent Roc Loc 5 retention system which will fit all manner of heads.
Multiple sizes are available at Evans Cycles, or you can get a super cheap size medium at Wiggle for £70.99.
Giro Synthe MIPs was £179, now £119
Read more: Giro Synthe MIPs review
If you’re feeling flush, you can upgrade to the Giro Synthe, a firm favourite at Cycling Weekly. It has bigger vents than the Giro Cinder which helps keep things cool out on the road. It’s also lighter at 234g in a size medium. Plus, we ran our own independent testing and found that the Synthe to be almost as fast as a time trial helmet. No wonder we awarded it a spot on our Editor’s Choice list for 2017.
POC Octal was £224, now from £157
The POC Octal is a good looking and well designed helmet. It has a series of enormous vents that ensures it is generously well ventilated and comes with an eye garage to hold your sunglasses when you don’t want them on your face. Unlike a lot of brands, POC has adopted the idea that channeling air through the helmet is more aerodynamic than forcing it over the top, which should mean the Octal is nice and aero out on the road, too.
You can get a small and medium MIPs in orange at Wiggle from £134 (down from £300) or opt for Evans Cycles where prices start at £157 for a non MIPs equipped version (down from £224).
Buy now: POC Octal at Evans Cycles from £157
Buy now: POC Octal at Wiggle from £134
Specialized S-Works Prevail was £174, now £129
The Specialized S-Wokrs Prevail is the go to choice for a lot of the Specialized sponsored pro teams because it is so lightweight and so well ventilated. It has a shell made of a multi density EPS construction and has an Ultra-light version of Mindset, Specialized’s excellent retention system.
Right now, you can small, medium and larges at Evan Cycles from £122 or just smalls and larges at Cyclestore for £129.99. Both are discounted down from £174.