Our pick of the best helmet deals the internet has to offer
A helmet update can improve your comfort on the bike – or even your speed. Though of course the primary function is to protect riders from head injuries, ventilation, weight and breathability are big areas where brands compete for our attention.
Aerodynamic road helmets have been big news in recent years – top end models will be wind tunnel tested to save watts and thus increase your average speed. In summer, breathability will be another important factor – but this becomes less of a concern come the winter months, where you might choose to wear a cycling cap to reduce the effect of the vents.
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.
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Giro Vanquish MIPs road helmet was £239, now £107
The Giro Vanquish falls neatly into both a road aero helmet and a short tailed time trial helmet. It’s actually a great helmet for those who struggle to maintain an aggressive aero position because it’s short tail allows more room to move around.
MET Trenta was £220, now £115
The MET Trenta is an aero helmet with a special focus on ventilation. According to MET, only 30% of the helmet actually touches your head, and big channels and vents help the cold air rush across your head.
Buy now: MET Trenta at Wiggle for £115
Oakley AR03 helmet was £149, now from £90
Get the Mark Cavendish look with this Oakley helmet. While it might look like it’s geared towards sprinting, it is in fact a climbing helmet with big vents on the front for improved breathability. The helmet also comes with MIPs for additial safety and a BOA fit system.
Met Manta was £180, now £81
Read more: Met Manta review
Get the (old) Mark Cavendish look with the excellent Met Manta which we found to be comfortable and well vented – which is particularly impressive considering it’s an aero helmet.
Buy now: Met Manta at Wiggle for £81
Giro Synthe was £259, now £175
Read more: Giro Synthe review
The Giro Synthe oozes style and class with it’s aerodynamic shaping and cool designs. It’s a winner in our books, receiving a spot on the Cycling Weekly Editor’s Choice list for 2017. It has a really nice fit and forget feel, and doesn’t weight too much, either.
Specialized S-works Prevail was £174.99, now £124.99
With a huge amount of vents, deep internal channels and an aligned exhaust port, the Specialized S-Works Prevail II helmet is one of the lightest and coolest helmets Specialized has made. It also features the brand’s Mindset II micro-dial fit system which makes it very easy to get a secure and comfortable grip.
Giro Cinder MIPS Road Bike Helmet was £129.99, now £57.50
Read more: Giro Cinder helmet in Editor’s Choice
You still get a Roc Loc 5 fit system, allowing plenty of positions, Air FX padding and a MIPS layer which protects against damage due to rotational forces.
Of course, if you want the top end model, there are Synthe deals around – if you wear a small, you can pick one up at Merlin for £99.
Giro Aerohead MIPS helmet was £259.99, now from £187.49
Read more: Giro Aerohead MIPS review here
It might seem pricey, but the Giro Aerohead is actually the cheaper of two options – the Aerohead Ultimate carrying an RRP of £519.99. However, we’ve reviewed both models – standard here, and Ultimate here – and we found that though the Ultimate has some nice-to-have features, the plain old Aerohead did the job (even for Dan Bigham who wore it to win a hat trick of National Track titles).
The wind tunnel tested lid comes with an eye shield made by ZEISS Optics, with magnetic attachment so you can flip it up (rather than chuck it in a bush if it fogs up).
Small and Large models at Tredz come in at £187.49, sadly medium wearers pay a tax for being ‘average’ at £224.99 – but it’s still a saving.
That’s all folks, check back soon for more deals!