Independent testers rate MIPS helmets as the safest for cyclists

Testers at Virginia Tech found the Bontrager Ballista MIPS helmet carried the lowest risk of concussion

A helmet fitted with MIPS technology

Researchers at a helmet testing laboratory have rated 30 cycling helmets and given the top six spaces to MIPS equipped lids, with the Bontrager Ballista MIPS taking the top position.

Virginia Tech - a leader in testing helmets for team and motor sports - used a STAR rating system which was developed via multiple studies funded by non-profit organisation the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety, to grade the helmets.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.