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.
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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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MET Trenta was £220, now from £153
Read more: MET Trenta review
According to MET, the Trenta boasts a 7% reduction in drag over a traditional road helmet thanks to its tube shaped tail design and internal channeling. The large vents should also help keep you cool on warmer days.
Lazer Bullet MIPs was £219, now £119
Read more: Lazer Bullet MIPs review
Thanks to the very recent news about a Lazer Bullet 2.0, the original Lazer Bullet MIPs is now discounted by a whopping £100. The cool thing about the Bullet is that it offers aerodynamics as well as do-it-yourself ventilation thanks to the sliding vent.
Buy now: Lazer Bullet MIPs at Tredz for £119
Giro Synthe MIPS was £250, now £99
The Giro Synthe is one of the most stylish road helmets on the market, and it looks amazing in the Bright Pink colourway featured here.
Giro Cinder MIPs was £129, now £39
Read more: Giro Cinder review
With details borrowed from the higher end Giro Synthe, the Giro Cinder helmet has the same great fit and look, at a more affordable price. Unfortunately, only a size small is available for £39 so if you have a small head you’re in luck
More sizing variation is available at Merlin Cycles, where you can get the Cinder for £52.50
Bell Stratus 2018 was £109, now £54.99
Read more: Bell Stratus review
The Bell Stratus is a brilliant helmet that doesn’t break the bank. It is comfortable, has a great fit and is cool on hot days.
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 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.
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