Protecting your head doesn’t have to be at the cost of style or function and with many modern day helmets meeting strict regulations and law, you are pretty much free to pick one that matches your style and application.
The primary job of a cycling helmet is to protect your head in the event of an incident. However, brands are constantly pushing forwards in their attempts to make them more lightweight, more aero and more comfortable.
You can pick up a basic, entry level helmet that will meet the safety requirements in the UK for around £50 quite comfortably. However, for the cutting edge in aerodynamics, the lightest lid on the block or the most breathable brainbox, prices will exceed £200. Which is where deals come in.
The Cycling Weekly tech team has tested all sorts of cycling helmets over the past few years, so we certainly know what represents a good investment. We scoured the internet for the best deals out there, on helmets that we’d recommend ourselves.
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Abus GameChanger was £179.99, now £129
Abus’ wind cheating GameChanger helmet is all about getting an aerodynamic advantage. Developed in conjunction with the Movistar team it features a shape designed to work in the real world no matter your head position. Here at Cycling Weekly we really rate the latest wave of helmets coming from the German company and the GameChanger is certainly going to be no different.
Met Trenta was £220, now from £150
Read now: Met Trenta review
One of our favourite helmets of 2019, the lightweight Met Trenta won our coveted Editors Choice award in 2018. It also has a design that helps it cut through the wind better than many of it’s featherweight rivals. It also comes supplied with a rear LED light to further its appeal.
Buy now: Met Trenta from Tredz for £150
Poc Omne Air Spin was £139.99, now £79.99
The Omne Air SPIN has been developed for enhanced safety the core of which is an optimized EPS liner density for crash protection while maintaining a slimmer profile thanks to the precise depth in core zones of the liner and the optimized coverage of the helmet shell. The frontal zone ventilation ports and a semi-shell construction contribute to a helmet that strikes the perfect balance for all riders in all conditions.
Oakley Aro3 was £149.99, now from £80
Oakley’s all-round helmet is built to give maximum ventilation thanks to its cavernous vents. Lightweight BOA retention system keeps the Aro3 in place with bags of comfort and a full MIPS safety insert adds a much needed layer of protection. It’s also available in loads of colour options.
Buy now: Oakley Aro3 from Evans from £80
Met Manta was £180, now £64.99
Read now: Met Manta
The Met Manta has a distinctive, purposeful design, but is still comfortable for the average cyclist to use – hence it’s made its way into the 2017 Editor’s Choice awards. The brand claims this lid can save 10 watts at 50km/h – but it isn’t a helmet you can expect to overheat in.
Buy now: Met Manta from Wiggle for £64.99
Specialized S-Works Prevail was £175, now from £105
The lightweight helmet in the American brands armoury is the Prevail. It is a very comfortable and versatile helmet that’ll suit a wide range of applications, most notably on the road, especially on those hotter days. If you want to go aero though, you can take a look at Specialized’s Evade helmet here.
Giro Vanquish MIPS was £219.99, now £189
Read now: Giro Vanquish review
Buy now: Giro Vanquish MIPS at Tredz for £189
The Giro Vanquish MIPS turned a lot of heads when it was launched, many riders turning their noses up at it. But there is no denying that this helmet is super aerodynamic and will help make any ride more efficient… just maybe don’t use the visor on the club run.