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 Prevail was £174.99, now £149.99
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.
If you have a smaller sized head then you’re in luck because you can also pick up the Specialized S-Works Prevail II helmet for £115 at Cycle Surgery.
POC Octal Raceday helmet was £179.99, now £132.99
The POC Octal is a very smart looking, race ready helmet that’s worn by the Education First-Drapac team at the WorldTour races. Its most notable features are the big vents and these should really help cool down your head. POC says that it also comes with a temperature regulating Coolbest pad and an eye garage to keep your sunglasses securely in position when you’re out on the road.
Alternatively, if you want an aero helmet instead, ProBikeKit is discounting this POC Ventral Spin helmet by £75. It’s different to a lot of aero helmets because it’s designed to lead air through the centre of the helmet rather than around it.
The Ventral also features POC’s SPIN system which adds an additional level of protection. The pads can move in any direction, helping to dissipate the impact of a fall.
Giro Cinder MIPS Road Bike Helmet was £129.99, now £57.50
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.
Read more: Giro Cinder helmet in Editor’s Choice
Giro Aerohead MIPS helmet was £259.99, now from £187.49
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.
Read more: Giro Aerohead MIPS review here
Lazer Z1 Helmet in Camo Flash Green was £199.99, now £64.99
Alright, so you’re going to need to like camo. But provided you’ve got that box ticked, you’re getting a top level lid (which featured in our 2017 Editor’s Choice awards) for a bargain price.
The Z1 is lightweight – at 225g in a size medium – and prioritises cooling with deep vents and channels to draw in cool air. There’s extra safety features in the T-Pro coverage, which protects the weakest areas of the skull around the temple and the ‘Advanced Rollsys® System’ gives riders the ability to make micro adjustments.
Read more: Lazer Z1 helmet in Editor’s Choice
Bell Stratus helmet was £99.99, now £59.99
Read more: Bell Stratus MIPS helmet review
Carrying many of the performance benefits of the top level Zephyr, the Stratus is a lightweight aero helmet, and when we tested it we gave it 9/10, finding the venting to be effective and comfort on point. Bell has loaded the lid up with tech: The ‘Float Fit’ system is said to be the development behind the comfort and ‘Overbrow Ventilation’ explains the way cool air comes in and hot air leaves.
The retention system dial isn’t quite as fancy as those you’d find elsewhere, but you do get a lot of bang for your buck.