Wearing a helmet of course isn’t compulsory to cycle on the road – and long may helmet-wearing be down to individual choice – but many riders wear them simply as part of their kit.
Modern helmets are now so lightweight, comfortable and well ventilated that many riders argue that there’s no good reason not to wear one. And with many helmets wind tunnel tested since they’re developed for road racing – where helmet use is compulsory – you might even gain a few watts by wearing a helmet compared to going bare-headed.
Naturally pro-level helmets will cost more than the so-called entry level models – many of which do still benefit from trickle-down technology from the flagship lids – but it goes without saying that all must meet or exceed the EN 1078 European safety standard. This covers helmet construction including field of vision, shock absorbing properties, retention system properties plus labelling information.
With the deals on helmets the retailers are offering this Cyber Week, however, we’re seeing some of the pro-level models reduced to mid or entry level prices – and we’ve searched the internet to find the best ones out there.
We’ve tested a lot of cycling helmets between us at CW, and our testers know what represents a good deal, as well as what makes a good helmet.
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Best Cyber Monday helmet deals UK
POC Octal X Helmet at Wiggle
The Octal X supplies extra head coverage at the rear and at the temples and has varying thicknesses of EPS for more protection where it’s needed. It also has a very distinctive style, something the Swedish brand does very well.
Giro Aether Spherical road cycling helmet (MIPS)
£289.99 £169 from Tredz
We gave the Giro Aether Spherical 10/10 when we reviewed it – we just couldn’t fault it. from our review team. We’re big fans of its low weight, excellent cooling and on-trend looks.
Kask Valegro road helmet (Matt finish)
£179 £99 from Wiggle
This is race-tested helmet, worn by no less than Team Sky and now Ineos. At 180g for the size small its super lightweight and very well ventilated for the hottest racing in the highest mountains.
£179.99 £117.49 from ProBikeKit
The aero helmet used by – and developed with – the Movistar WorldTour team. It’s also very comfortable, and for an aero lid with not many vents is cool too, with intakes that move the air across the top of the head very efficiently.
Poc Omne Air Spin helmet
£140 £104.99 from ProBikeKit
With more of an urban aesthetic, the Omne has a stronger core protection zone and denser optimal line protection, making it safer than most. But it’s still extremely light and comfortable. Aero too, with more closed off panels.
Giro Vanquish MIPS
£299.99 £185 from Tredz
Somewhere between an aero road helmet and a TT lid, the Vanquish is guaranteed to save a few watts over any type of parcours – but maybe don’t wear the visor on the clubrun…
Met Trenta road helmet
£220 £120 from Wiggle
A pro-level helmet that was worn by UAE Team Emirates and Team Dimension Data, but that with its wide vents and light weight is also perfect for long summer rides by ordinary mortals.
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Abus Stormchaser helmet at ProBikeKit
The Stormchaser is a versatile helmet that’s, comfortable, well vented and has Abus’s ActiCage, a structural reinforcement built into the EPS. It uses the Zoom Ace adjustment system from Abus’s pro-level helmets as used by Movistar.
Limar Air Pro Road Helmet at ProBikeKit
Blending 3K carbon with EPS foam, this high-end helmet is lightweight, very strong and looks really awesome. Wind tunnel tested and used in real-world conditions with the Astana team riders.
Oakley AR05 Mips Helmet
A great looking aero helmet, with plenty of venting to keep you cool and a lightweight shell. There’s six different colour options, and on test we’ve found this to be a comfortable lid.
Giro Synthe MIPS road helmet at Jenson USA
The incredibly popular road helmet from Giro, which offers breathability, a decent aero performance – and MIPS protection to boot.
Keep checking back here regularly for more helmet deals. We’ll be updating this page as we find them.